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April 18, 2019

NEWS RELEASE/VERMONT STATE POLICE/STRUCTURE FIRE/19B201520

VSP News Release-Structure Fire

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B201520

STATE OF VERMONT

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE INVESTIGATION UNIT

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE – RUTLAND BARRACKS

 

INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sr./Sergeant Thomas Williams, Detective Sergeants Mike LaCourse and Matt Hill-VSP, and Investigator Josh Maxham-DFS.

 

STATION: Rutland

CONTACT# 802-773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: 04/18/19 @ approximately 0030 hrs.

INCIDENT LOCATION: 142 VT RTE 113, Chelsea, VT

INCIDENT: Structure Fire (Residence)

 

VICTIM:   Owner Mike Johnson 

                 Occupant Baron Johnson 

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Same as above

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On 04/18/19,  the Chelsea Fire Department  responded to the above address for a reported structure fire in an occupied residence.  The fire was found to be in the basement of the residence.  The fire department was able to keep the fire contained in the basement but smoke and water damage was throughout the house. 

 

The Chelsea Fire Chief Alan Ackerman contacted the Vermont Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosions Unit and requested assistance with determining the origin and cause of this fire.  Detectives from the Vermont State Police and an investigator from the Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene in the morning hours of 04-18-19 to initiate an Origin/Cause investigation. 

 

Investigation showed that this fire originated inside the residence in the basement.  Investigation showed that a sump pump and an electric space heater were plugged into several extension cords.  The cords were coiled in several spots and pinched between some lumber on the floor.  This could cause the line to be overloaded, can cause resistance in the line, and extreme heating of the cord.  Evidence of extreme heating was found. 

 

This fire is not considered suspicious at this time.  No injuries were reported.  This fire is classified as accidental.

 

Anyone with any further information on the fire is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Tom Williams at the Rutland Barracks or call the Arson Tip Award Line at 1-800- ARSON. If information is provided that leads to an arrest, up to $5000.00 could be awarded.

 

DETECTIVE SR./SGT. THOMAS WILLIAMS

(CFEI, ProBoard CFI, NYS LVL I & II CFI)

VERMONT STATE POLICE

BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

FIRE & EXPLOSIONS INVESTIGATION UNIT

(RUTLAND BARRACKS EVIDENCE OFFICER)

B-Troop (West)

RUTLAND BARRACKS

124 State Place

Rutland, VT. 05701-9332

Office:(802)773-9101

Fax: (802)775-6968

thomas.williams@vermont.gov

 

DLS / ST. ALBANS BARRACKS / CASE #19A201801 & 19A201803

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A201801 & 19A201803

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Hunt                            

STATION: St. Albans                     

CONTACT#: 524-5993

 

DATE/TIME: 04-18-18 / 1609 hours & 1635 Hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: School Road, Fletcher

VIOLATION: Driving License Suspended

 

ACCUSED #1: Billy Pecor                                               

AGE: 44

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: North Troy, VT

 

ACCUSED #2: Jacob Yetto                                              

AGE: 19

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Fairfax, VT

 

VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of

sexual assault or domestic violence.)

AGE:

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On 04-18-18, during the afternoon hours State Police were patrolling the Town of Fletcher. Two motor vehicle stops occurred on School Road, Fletcher for motor vehicle law violations.  In both cases both operators had criminally suspended licenses in the State of Vermont.

 

At approximately 1609 hours, Billy Pecor (Accused #1) was stopped operating a motor vehicle, Case # 19A201801.

 

At approximately 1635 hours, Jacob Yetto (Accused #2) was stopped operating a motor vehicle, Case # 19A201803.

 

Both Pecor and Yetto were released on citations to appear in the Franklin County Court on June 10, 2019 for Driving License Suspended.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 06-10-19 / 1300 Hours           

COURT: Franklin

LODGED - LOCATION:     

BAIL:

MUG SHOT: NO

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

Royalton Barracks / Fugitive from Justice

 

 

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B201527

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Knapp               

STATION: Royalton Barracks              

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

 

DATE/TIME: 04/18/19 / 0843 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 14, Sharon

VIOLATION: Fugitive from Justice

 

ACCUSED: Jessica Morehouse                                            

AGE: 30

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: White River Junction, Vermont

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On the above date and time, Vermont State Police in Royalton responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the Sharon Library. Troopers made contact with the two occupants of the vehicle and identified one occupant as Jessica Morehouse. Investigation revealed that Morehouse had an extraditable warrant out of Grafton County, New Hampshire. Morehouse was arrested and transported to the Royalton Barracks for processing. She was then transported to Windsor County Superior Court to be seen by a Judge.

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE/TIME: 04/18/19           

COURT: Windsor

LODGED - LOCATION:     

BAIL:

MUG SHOT: Y

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

News release/DLS-C/Shaftsbury/4/17/19

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#:19B301115

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  LT Thomas Mozzer                           

STATION: VSP Shaftsbury                    

CONTACT#: 442-5421

 

DATE/TIME: 4/16/19. 0803 hrs.

INCIDENT LOCATION: RT 7 in Sunderland

VIOLATION: DLS-C, Criminal suspension

 

ACCUSED: Allen Shores                                           

AGE:27

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Arlington, VT

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 4/16/19, Allen Shores was stopped on RT7 in Sunderland for traveling at a high rate of speed.  Investigation revealed Shores was under criminal suspension for (2) previous DUI convictions on 11/30/11 and 3/28/13. 

 

Shores was arrested for the offense and transported to the Shaftsbury Barracks for processing.  He was issued a criminal citation to appear for the charge at a later date.  Shores was also issued a traffic complaint for the speeding violation.

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE/TIME:  6/17/19, 0815 hrs.          

COURT: Bennington Superior Court/ Criminal Division   

BAIL:N/A

MUG SHOT: NOT AVAILABLE

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

Lieutenant Thomas Mozzer

Station Commander

Shaftsbury Barracks

Honor Guard Team Leader 

Vermont State Police

(802) 442-5421

 

 

 

Vermont State Police announces retirement of Maj. John Merrigan

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

Vermont State Police announces retirement of Maj. John Merrigan

 

WATERBURY, Vermont (April 18, 2019) – Maj. John Merrigan, who joined the Vermont State Police more than 22 years ago, is retiring later this month following a distinguished career that included service as a road trooper, undercover narcotics investigator and commander of one of the agency’s three divisions.

 

Since early 2018, Merrigan has led the Field Force Division, which encompasses all Vermont State Police uniformed troopers, corporals, sergeants and lieutenants at the barracks level.

 

A native of Brattleboro, Merrigan said his plan growing up was to join the Vermont State Police.

 

“I wanted to be a trooper, I wanted to have an opportunity to do some of the special teams that the state police had, and really, the big push to come to the state police was so I could join the Drug Task Force. That was my big desire as a young man,” he said.

 

Following service in the U.S. Marine Corps and a first job in law enforcement at the Wilmington Police Department, Merrigan joined the Vermont State Police in 1996. He initially was assigned to the Rockingham Barracks as a road trooper before transferring into the Narcotics Investigation Unit in 1999 — the assignment that drew him to the state police in the first place.

 

“I wanted to do investigative work that wasn’t conventional,” Merrigan said. “I wanted to do undercover work. I felt like it would be — and it was — rewarding to work in an atmosphere where you identify an organization or a group of individuals working together to move illegal drugs, and to be part of disrupting that. I was lucky; I got to be a part of that for a long, long time.”

 

Merrigan would spend the next 17 years working in the drug unit in various capacities, from undercover investigator to supervisor to unit commander. He also served as a member of the state police Scuba Team for three years, and on the Tactical Services unit for more than four years.

 

He was promoted to detective sergeant in 2004, then to lieutenant in 2014, and again to captain in late 2015 as commander of the state police’s Special Investigations Unit, which oversees the drug unit along with other specialized teams including the Vermont Intelligence Center and the Homeland Security Unit. A promotion to major and Field Force commander followed just over two years later, in February 2018.

 

“John Merrigan represents the very best of what it means to serve the people of Vermont,” Public Safety Commissioner Thomas D. Anderson said. “Having worked closely with John when I was a federal prosecutor and now as commissioner, I have seen firsthand that he embodies all that it means to be a Vermont State Trooper:  courage, honor and integrity. He has always led by example. Vermont is a better, safer place thanks to his exemplary career. We will miss John and wish him nothing but the best in retirement.”

 

“I have known and worked with John since his days in the field,” said Vermont State Police Director Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, who served with Merrigan during his time as an undercover drug investigator. “He excelled in that role, helping to modernize and better organize the way the state police plan, coordinate and execute our sensitive and critically important undercover operations.”

 

“Since then,” Birmingham added, “John has been a friend and trusted partner. He has earned respect throughout the field. He has stepped up and served with distinction in any and every role we have asked him to take on. I extend my thanks to him for all he’s done. We’ll miss him and wish him all the best in his next chapter.”

 

Merrigan said what he will remember most from his years with the Vermont State Police includes time spent conducting and leading investigations in the field; the positive impact he had on people’s lives; and the work he did as Field Force commander to unify the state police’s 10 barracks and improve communication across all ranks.

 

“One of the things I’m most grateful for was that I spent so much time operational and actively involved in drug investigations,” Merrigan said. “It’s rare to have a specific mission and a really narrow focus in law enforcement. When you have that kind of narrow, pro-active focus, that really frees you up to do that one thing.”

 

He continued: “The best thing about it, when I look back, it’s not the cases, it’s not the investigations — it’s the time I spent with the people while we were doing those things, whether it was 10 hours in a car doing surveillance, or prepping to go undercover, or any of the million things that you do when you’re doing that type of investigative work.”

 

Merrigan, 50, said his initial plans for retirement include spending more time with his wife, Pamela, and his three adult children, Ashley, Michael and Sarah. He’s also aiming to fulfill another lifelong dream: learning to surf. And after that?

 

“The future is wide open,” he said.

 

Maj. Merrigan’s last day on duty is Friday, April 26, 2019. Maj. James Whitcomb, who was promoted from captain earlier this year, then will assume sole command of the Field Force Division.

 

 

Photo attached: Maj. John Merrigan, commander of the Vermont State Police Field Force Division, speaks to troopers at the St. Albans Barracks during an inspection in spring 2018. Merrigan is retiring effective Friday, April 26, 2019, following more than 22 years of service to the state of Vermont.

 

 

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Daily Incident Summary - April 18th, 2019




Royalton Barracks / DUI - Drugs

VSP News Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE
        
CASE#: 19B201519
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Stacy Corliss                              
STATION: Royalton Barracks                     
CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

DATE/TIME: 04/18/2019 at approximately 0055
INCIDENT LOCATION: I-89nb mm 1.4, Hartford, VT 
VIOLATION: DUI - Drugs

ACCUSED: Robert Massa                                               
AGE: 25
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Warren, VT


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 04/18/2019 at approximately 0055 hours, State Troopers initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle for a minor motor vehicle infraction on I-89 northbound at mile marker 1.4 in the Town of Hartford, VT (Windsor County).  Investigation revealed the operator was under the influence of marijuana.  He was processed for DUI at Hartford Police Department and later released on a criminal citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court Windsor Criminal Division on 06/18/19 to answer to the charge.    


COURT ACTION: Yes
COURT DATE/TIME: 06/18/2019 at 0800            
COURT: Windsor
LODGED - LOCATION: N/A     
BAIL: N/S
MUG SHOT: INCLUDED


Trooper Stacy Corliss
Vermont State Police 
B Troop - Royalton Barracks
2011 VT Route 107
Bethel, VT  05032
(802)234-9933
(802)234-6520 fax

St. Albans Barracks / DLS

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

CASE#: 19A201778                                                          

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Adam Lippa

STATION: St. Albans Barracks                     

CONTACT#: 802-524-5993

 

DATE/TIME: 4/17/19 @ 5:03 pm

INCIDENT LOCATION: Rt 7 and Conger Rd.  

TOWN: Georgia, VT

VIOLATION: DLS

 

ACCUSED: Matthew Peno                                               

AGE: 31

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Fairfax, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On the above date and time the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop in Georgia, VT for a motor vehicle violation. The operator was identified as, Matthew Peno, of Fairfax, VT, and he had a criminally suspended license. He was issued a citation to appear in Franklin Criminal court to answer to the above charges.

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE/TIME: 6/10/19 @ 1:00 pm           

COURT: Franklin County

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A   

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N/A

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

April 17, 2019

Williston Barracks // DUI & Crash on I-189W

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#:  19A101848                                         

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Valenti

STATION: Williston Barracks                                       

CONTACT#: 802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: April 17, 2019 at 1725 hours

STREET: Interstate 189 West

TOWN: South Burlington

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS:  U-Turn

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM .4

WEATHER: Clear

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Samuel Dickens

AGE:  68   

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Burlington, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2010

VEHICLE MAKE: Nissan

VEHICLE MODEL: Maxima

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: heavy

INJURIES: none

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Abigail Roy

AGE:   15  

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bristol, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2014

VEHICLE MAKE: Dodge

VEHICLE MODEL: Dart

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: heavy

INJURIES: none

HOSPITAL: University of Vermont Medical Center

 

VEHICLE #3

OPERATOR: Sonya Cook

AGE:   27

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: White Hall NY

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2017

VEHICLE MAKE: Chevrolet

VEHICLE MODEL: Silverado

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: moderate

INJURIES: none

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On April 17, 2019 at approximately 1725 hours, Vermont State Police responded to a three vehicle collision on Interstate 189 West, in the Town of South Burlington. Vehicle 1 was traveling too closely and struck Vehicle 2, which was coming to a stop due to traffic. After Vehicle 2 was struck from behind, it struck the back end of Vehicle 3. Operator 1 was identified as Samuel Dickens, 68, of Burlington. Dickens was exhibiting signs of impairment. Dickens was subsequently arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and transported to the Williston State Police Barracks for processing.  Dickens was issued a citation for DUI and is ordered to appear in the Chittenden County Superior Court, Criminal Division on the below date and time. Dickens was later released to the Chittenden County Correction Center for detox.

 

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint _

3370561 T23 VSA 800(C): Operating without proof of financial responsibility Waiver $76 Points:0

3370564 T23 VSA 1134(b): Driver Possessing Open Container Waiver: $76 Points: 2

3370563 T23 VSA 1039: Following Too closely Waiver: $220 Points: 3

LODGED - LOCATION:     N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: Yes

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT: Chittenden County Superior Court, Criminal Division

COURT DATE/TIME: May 7, 2019 at 0830AM

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

 

South Brownell rd

Thank you for your patience. South Brownell rd in the area of house 2081 is now open both ways.

 

 

Williston Police

802-878-6611

Rutland Barracks/ Distracted Driving Detail/ 1 Arrest

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

SATURATION PATROL

 

On April 17, 2019, from 1700 hours to 1930 hours, Troopers from the Rutland Barracks conducted a saturation patrol on S Main Street (Rutland) and Business Route 4 (West Rutland).  The purpose of the patrol was to enforce distracted driving laws and promote traffic safety.

Patrol Details:

  • Troopers involved: 5
  • Number of traffic stops: 16
  • Number of traffic tickets issued: 11
  • Number of written warning issued: 9
  • Number of Arrest(s): 1

 

Highlights:

  • One operator, David Stearns (age 27), was arrested for operating with a criminally suspended license (C-DLS).
  • Multiple VCVC’s issued to operators texting and/ or using portable electronic devices while operating.

 

Sergeant Luke Hall

Patrol Commander

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE

Rutland Barracks- Troop B

124 State Place

Rutland, VT 05701

 

Office: (802) 773-9101

Cell: (802)

Email: Lucas.Hall@Vermont.Gov

 

 

Road Closure

Please be advised the road is closed in both directions in the area of 2081 South Brownell rd in Williston due to a car fire. We will advise when it is back open. Thank You for your patience.


Williston PD
802-878-6611

ST. JOHNSBURY / RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A402155

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Jason Danielsen                             

STATION: St. Johnsbury                     

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

 

DATE/TIME: 4/17/2019 at approximately 1817 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Interstate 91 North, St. Johnsbury, VT

VIOLATION: Reckless Endangerment

 

ACCUSED: Brenden Davis                                              

AGE: 28

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: St. Johnsbury, VT

 

VICTIM: Juvenile

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 4/17/2019, at approximately 1817 hours, Vermont State

Troopers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling at 110 miles per hour

on Interstate 91 North near exit 21 in the town of St. Johnsbury, VT. Subsequent

investigation showed Brenden Davis (28) was operating the vehicle with a

juvenile under 2 years old the vehicle. Davis was cited and released roadside

for Reckless Endangerment.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 6/3/2019 at 0830 hours           

COURT: Caledonia Superior Court

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: Not Available

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

Trooper Jason Danielsen

Vermont State Police

St. Johnsbury Barracks

Phone: (802) 748-3111

Fax: (802) 748-1585

 

Middlesex Barracks/ Saturation Patrol

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

SATURATION PATROL

       

CASE#: 19A301805

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  SGT Andrew Campagne                           

STATION:     Middlesex                

CONTACT#: 802-229-9191

 

DATE/TIME: 04/17/2019 1630-1830

INCIDENT LOCATION: Washington County

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On April 17, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Trooper from the Middlesex Barracks conducted a Saturation Patrol in Washington County, focusing on I-89 between Waterbury (exit 10) and Northfield (exit 5). The purpose of this patrol was to detect and deter aggressive and speeding drivers, enforce motor vehicle laws and promote safe driving. The detail consisted of 4 Troopers. 10 vehicles were stopped during this period. 4 tickets and 6 warnings were issued.

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

SGT Andy Campagne

Patrol Commander

Middlesex Barracks

Vermont State Police

Middlesex Vermont 05602

802-557-7639

 

NEWS RELEASE/VERMONT STATE POLICE/ARSON/19B201510

VSP News Release-Arson Fire

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B201510

STATE OF VERMONT

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE INVESTIGATION UNIT

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE – RUTLAND BARRACKS

 

INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sr./Sergeant Thomas Williams-VSP

 

STATION: Rutland

CONTACT# 802-773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: 04/14/19 @ approximately 2337 hrs.

INCIDENT LOCATION: Falls Hill Rd. & Howe Lane, Tunbridge, VT

INCIDENT: Arson Fire (Vehicle)

 

VICTIM: Unknown

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On 04/14/19,  the Tunbridge Fire Department  and Vermont State Police responded to the above address for a reported vehicle fire, in which the vehicle was in the middle of the roadway burning.  The fire was quickly extinguished.

 

Troopers from the Royalton Barracks contacted the Vermont Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosions Unit and requested assistance with determining the origin and cause of this fire.  The vehicle was taken and secured.  A detective from the Vermont State Police responded to the scene in the afternoon hours of 04-17-19 to initiate an Origin/Cause investigation. 

 

Investigation showed that this fire originated inside the front passengers compartment of the vehicle.  Investigation showed that this vehicle had been stripped of usable parts and brought to the scene either by towing or flat bed.  The vehicle was found not to have been able to be driven to the scene under its own power.  This fire is considered suspicious at this time.  This fire is classified as incendiary/arson.

 

The sign suffered moderate fire damage during this fire and is a total loss.  It is unknown at this time who the owner is. 

 

Several leads are being followed up on at this time.

 

Anyone with any further information on the fire or how the vehicle was transported to the fire scene is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Tom Williams at the Rutland Barracks or call the Arson Tip Award Line at 1-800- ARSON. If information is provided that leads to an arrest, up to $5000.00 could be awarded.

 

DETECTIVE SR./SGT. THOMAS WILLIAMS

(CFEI, ProBoard CFI, NYS LVL I & II CFI)

VERMONT STATE POLICE

BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

FIRE & EXPLOSIONS INVESTIGATION UNIT

(RUTLAND BARRACKS EVIDENCE OFFICER)

B-Troop (West)

RUTLAND BARRACKS

124 State Place

Rutland, VT. 05701-9332

Office:(802)773-9101

Fax: (802)775-6968

thomas.williams@vermont.gov

 

Derby Barracks Possession of Cocaine/DLS-C

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A501367

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Debra Munson                           

STATION: Derby                     

CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 04/11/2019 approximately 2100 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: VSP - Derby Barracks

VIOLATION: DLS-C and Possession of Cocaine

 

ACCUSED: Jason Letourneau                                              

AGE: 35

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport Center

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 4/11/2019 at approximately 2100 hours, Vermont State Police were actively patrolling the town of Coventry on VT RT 14. State Police observed a vehicle exiting the Coventry Town gravel pit and noted the license plate affixed to the vehicle did not match the vehicle description provided by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. A traffic stop was initiated for a violation of T23 VSA 513; Plates Not Assigned. The operator was identified as Jason Letourneau and it was subsequently learned that Letourneau’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle was criminally suspended. Letourneau was taken into custody for the offense and searched incident to arrest; State Police subsequently located several grams of cocaine in Letourneau’s possession. Letourneau was transported to the Derby Barracks where he was processed and released on a citation to appear in Orleans County Court. This incident remains under further investigation.

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 5/28/2019             

COURT: Orleans

LODGED - LOCATION: No  

BAIL: n/a

MUG SHOT: INCLUDED

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

 

Sergeant Debra Munson

Patrol Commander

Vermont State Police

A-Troop Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Road

Derby, VT 05829

(802) 334-8881

(802) 498-8218

E-mail: Debra.Munson@vermont.gov

 

MIDDLESEX/MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

Crash- VSP Middlesex Barracks

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#:19A301757                                     

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Jacob Fox

STATION:VSP - Middlesex

CONTACT#:(802)229-9191

 

DATE/TIME:04/14/19 @ 1110 hours

STREET: Brush Hill Rd

TOWN: Williamstown

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Flint Road

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Overcast      

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Unknown

AGE: Unknown     

SEAT BELT? Unknown

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Unknown

 

VEHICLE YEAR: Unknown

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Truck

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Front passenger side damage

INJURIES: Unknown

HOSPITAL: Unknown

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Cheryl Bador

AGE: 51    

SEAT BELT? N

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Williamstown, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2007

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: FJC

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Passenger side damage, dents and scrapes.

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL:N/A 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On 04/14/19 at approximately 1110 hours, State Police were

dispatched to Williamstown, for a report of a two vehicle crash. It was reported that

 vehicle one had fled the scene after the crash occurred. When the State Police

arrived, it was determined that Vehicle #2 was a Toyota operated by Cheryl Bador of

Williamstown. Bador advised that the vehicle that struck her was a four door red Ford

 truck either this year or last. Bador advised the operator was a male with a beard

wearing a tan baseball hat. Bador also stated that there was a blonde female wearing

a pink shirt in the front seat of the truck. The State Police are asking the public for

 help in locating the vehicle involved. Please call the State Police Middlesex Barracks

 at (802) 229-9191 if you have any information.    

 

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A          

BAIL:N/A

MUG SHOT: N/A

COURT ACTION: N/A

COURT: N/A

COURT DATE/TIME: N/A

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 


St. Johnsbury / Vandalism

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A402136

TROOPER: David Garces                             

STATION: St. Johnsbury                    

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

 

DATE/TIME: 04/16/2019 between the hours of 2200 and 2300

INCIDENT LOCATION: Brook Road, Burke, VT.

VIOLATION: Vandalism

 

VICTIMS: Multiple residents on Brook road

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Burke, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

 

On 04/17/2019, at approximately 0728 hours, State Police received a report of vandalism on 1818 Brook Road, in the town of Burke, Vermont. The residents of this address reported their mailbox being smashed the night before. After further investigation, Troopers learned there were 10 total mailboxes on Brook road that appeared to be smashed by a blunt object on 04/16/19 between the hours of 2200 an 2300. If anyone has any information on this incident, please call Trooper David Garces at 802-748-3111.

Daily Incident Summary - April 17th, 2019




Westminster Barracks - Possession of Cocaine, Poss. Narcotic/Stimulant/Depressant

VSP News Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

CASE#: 19B102066
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Ryan Wood
STATION: Westminster Barracks
CONTACT#: 802-822-4600

DATE/TIME: 4/17/19 0116 hours
INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 5, Rockingham, VT
VIOLATION: Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Depressant/Narcotic/Stimulant

ACCUSED: David Reyes
AGE: 28
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Springfield, MA

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 4/17/19, at approximately 0116 hours, Troopers with the Westminster Barracks stopped a vehicle on US Route 5 in Rockingham, VT for a motor vehicle violation. During the course of a consent search of the vehicle, the passenger, David Reyes, was found to be in possession of approximately 3 grams of cocaine and a misdemeanor amount of Suboxone. Reyes was arrested, processed and issued a citation to appear in court at a later date and time.


COURT ACTION: Y
COURT DATE/TIME: 6/18/19 0800
COURT: Brattleboro
LODGED - LOCATION: NA
BAIL: NA
MUG SHOT: INCLUDED




*Please note: court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of
the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

Sgt. Ryan Wood
Vermont State Police
Westminster Barracks
1330 Westminster Heights Road
Westminster, VT
Barracks - 802-722-4600
Office Line - 802-722-4658

Derby/ Heroin/Fentanyl Poss.

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A501354

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Mikkola                           

STATION: Derby                     

CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 04/10/2019

INCIDENT LOCATION: VSP - Derby Barracks

VIOLATION: Heroin and Fentanyl Possession

 

ACCUSED: Roberto Seals                                              

AGE: 45

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Orleans

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 04/10/2019, troopers with the Vermont State Police

executed a search warrant on a recovered safe that belonged to Roberto Seals.

Fentanyl, Heroin and other drug paraphernalia was located within the safe. Seals

was arrested on a traffic stop in Newport VT on 04/13/2019. Seals was

transported to the Derby Barracks for processing and was later released on a

citation to appear in court for 04/16/2019 to answer to the charges.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 04/16/2019             

COURT: Orleans

LODGED - LOCATION: No  

BAIL: n/a

MUG SHOT: INCLUDED

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

 

Trooper Joshua Mikkola

Vermont State Police

Troop A – Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Road

Derby, Vermont 05829

Joshua.Mikkola@Vermont.gov

802-334-8881