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February 28, 2019

Saint Johnsbury Barracks / Larceny from a motor vehicle

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A401178

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:                 Dave R Powers            

STATION:                      Saint Johnsbury

CONTACT#: 802-222-4680

 

DATE/TIME: 02/27/19 @ approximately 2140 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Hungry Bear Restaurant; 776 Lower Plain Bradford, VT

VIOLATION: Larceny from motor vehicle

 

ACCUSED:                                               

AGE:

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

VICTIM: Samantha Roberts

AGE: 27

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bradford, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 02/27/19 at approximately 2140 hours, Troopers received a report of items which were stolen from a 2014 Jeep Compass (silver) when it was briefly left unlocked in the parking lot of the Hungry Bear. The items were stolen on the reported date and approximate time.  Anyone with any information, such as suspicious vehicles or persons in the area, is encouraged to contact Trooper Dave R Powers with the Vermont State Police at 802-222-4680 or submit an anonymous tip via http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

 

 

 

COURT ACTION: N/A

COURT DATE/TIME:            

COURT:

LODGED - LOCATION:     

BAIL:

MUG SHOT: INCLUDE IMAGE or INDICATE 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.

 

Rutland Barracks / MV Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 19B400905                         

RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Zach Shaughnessy

STATION: Rutland                           

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: February 27, 2019, at approximately 2042 hours

STREET: US Route 7

TOWN: Center Rutland, Vermont

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: VT RT 3                                     

WEATHER: Windy, snowing

ROAD CONDITIONS: Icy, snowy

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Joseph Tardif

AGE: 35

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Proctor, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2012

VEHICLE MAKE: Volkswagon

VEHICLE MODEL: Tiguan

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Major damage to passenger side of vehicle.

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Todd Fordley

AGE: 31

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Center Rutland, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2014

VEHICLE MAKE: Jeep

VEHICLE MODEL: Patriot

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Major damage to front of vehicle.

 

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL: None

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On February 27, 2019, at approximately 2042 hours, Troopers from the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks were notified of a two-car crash at the intersection of US Route 7 and VT Route 3, in the Town of Rutland Town, Vermont.

Investigation revealed Tardif was operating vehicle #1, traveling south on VT RT 3 at approximately 45-mph. Tardif advised he could not stop at the intersection due to the icy conditions.  Tardif advised when he could not stop, he swerved to avoid another vehicle that was already stopped at the intersection and went through the red light on Route 7. Vehicle #1 collided with vehicle #2.

Neither operator sustained injuries.

The Vermont State Police were assisted by Rutland Town Fire Department and the vehicles and contents were removed by Carrera’s and Hop to It Towing.

 

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint (Pending)

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

 

Westminster Barracks / Internet Fraud

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B100989

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Sgt. Christopher Buckley                          

STATION: VSP Westminster                    

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: January and February 2019

INCIDENT LOCATION: Townshend, Dummerston and E. Dover, VT

VIOLATION: Fraud

 

ACCUSED: Unknown                                                

AGE:

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

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 02/21/2019 at approximately 1200 hours, an alert clerk at the Circle K convenience store in Dummerston called VSP Westminster to report suspicious circumstances.  The clerk reported that an older male subject had been into the store and purchased nearly $1000.00 in I-tunes gift cards on that day. The clerk was concerned by the amount of the purchase and wanted VSP to investigate to see if the subject was being financially exploited.

 

A Trooper responded to the scene and made contact with the male. During the investigation that followed, it was learned that the male had received a Facebook request from a female that was not known to him. The male accepted the Facebook friend request and the two subjects began to communicate via Facebook messenger. Over a period of weeks, the female subject befriended the male subject and explained that one of her parents had died and the other was in the hospital. The male reported that the female told him via messenger that she was in line for an inheritance but needed a beneficiary or a fiancée to help accept the inheritance. The male told the female that he couldn’t be the fiancée but was willing to be the beneficiary.

 

Once the female had gained the trust of the male, she explained that she was having some legal issues and that she needed money to expedite the inheritance. The female asked the male to send her money via I-tunes gift cards for legal fees and other administrative fees. The male would purchase the I-tunes gift cards and then send the codes on the back of the cards to the female as the currency.

 

When confronted by law enforcement the male subject admitted to sending approximately $10,000 in I-tunes gift card codes to the female.  The male was informed by the Trooper that this was common online scam.

 

Persons are reminded to use caution when receiving friend requests from persons not personally known to them. Caution should also be used when engaging in online transactions that don’t use traditional exchanges of currency. As a note if it seems too good to be true, then it likely is.

 

The following link is provided to provide online assistance to help identify online scams.

 

https://www.usa.gov/online-safety#item-37232

 

COURT ACTION:

COURT DATE/TIME:            

COURT:

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A    

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT:

 

*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.

 

 

 

Westminster Barracks / Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 19B101139                                                           

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Travis Leavy

STATION: Westminster                                 

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 2/28/19, 0806 hours

STREET: Guilford Center Road    

TOWN: Guilford

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Fitch Road

WEATHER: Cloudy/Snow             

ROAD CONDITIONS: Snow/Slush

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: John Kersey

AGE: 38     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Guilford, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2004

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Truck

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Rear end, Front right

INJURIES: None

 

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Karen Schippert

AGE: 50     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Keene, NH

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2015

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: COA

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Front end

INJURIES: None

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On 2/28/19 at approximately 0806 hours, operator one was traveling Eastbound on Guilford Center Rd, near the intersection of Fitch Rd.  During a downhill, left curve in the road, vehicle one spun out 180 degrees, entering the opposite lane of travel, and struck the guard rail.  Vehicle two was traveling Westbound on Guilford Center Rd, and was not able to stop in time and collided with the rear end of vehicle two.  Neither operator suffered injuries.

Westminster Barracks / Petit Larceny and Uttering Forged Instrument - 2 counts

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B100625

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Sgt. Christopher Buckley                          

STATION: VSP Westminster                    

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 02/01/2019

INCIDENT LOCATION: Townshend, Brattleboro, Londonderry, and Jamaica, VT

VIOLATION: Petit Larceny, Uttering a Forged Instrument – 2 counts

 

ACCUSED: Ian Biercuk                                                

AGE: 34

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Jamaica, 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 02/01/2019 a subject arrived at the Westminster barracks to report the larceny of several checks from her checkbook while her vehicle was receiving automotive service by Biercuk. A Trooper from VSP Westminster investigated the matter over the course of three weeks and discovered that Biercuk had taken several checks from the vehicle while performing automotive service for the victim. Biercuk then provided the fraudulently endorsed checks to two other subjects and asked them to cash the checks. The checks were ultimately returned as forgeries.  

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: April 30, 2019 at 0800 hours           

COURT: Vermont Superior Court, Windham Criminal Division

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.

 

 

DERBY BARRACKS / REPEATED AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A CHILD

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A500694 and 19A500762

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Trooper Marie Beland                           

STATION: Derby Barracks           

CONTACT#: (802)334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: Incident with Victim #1 - Approximately 1994; Incident with Victim #2 - August 2012 - November 14, 2013

INCIDENT LOCATION: Canaan, Vermont

VIOLATION: Repeated Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child; Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child - 2nd Offense; Sexual Exploitation of a Minor; Sexual Assault – No Consent

 

ACCUSED: Gordon Edward Noyes Jr.                                             

AGE: 45

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Canaan, Vermont

 

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

sexual assault or domestic violence.)

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 02/14/19, Gordon Edward Noyes Jr., 45, of Canaan, Vermont was arrested and lodged for multiple charges related to sexual assault on a child, for which he is still being held without bail. Since his arrest, two more victims have come forward and provided information which resulted in Noyes Jr. being arrested on 02/28/19, for Repeated Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child, Sexual Assault - No Consent, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child - 2nd Offense. Victim #1 disclosed sexual abuse taking place on two instances in 1994. Victim #2 disclosed multiple instances of sexual abuse spanning from August 2012 - November 14, 2013. Noyes Jr. was issued a citation to appear in Essex County Superior Court, Criminal Division on 03/19/19 at 0830 hours.

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE/TIME: 03/19/19 at 0830 hours 

COURT: Essex County Superior Court, Criminal Division

LODGED - LOCATION: NECC

BAIL: Held without

MUG SHOT: Image 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.

 

Detective Trooper Marie Beland

Vermont State Police

Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Road

Derby, Vermont 05829

(802)334-8881

Marie.Beland@Vermont.gov

 

 

Derby Barracks/Request for Information

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

Vermont State Police Derby Barracks

ACCUSED:  Mark Lovejoy                                             

AGE: 39

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Homeless/Unknown

 

 SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: The Vermont State Police are looking for assistance in locating Mark Lovejoy. Lovejoy has been out of compliance as a sex offender since February 7th, 2019, by not providing his current address.  Lovejoy is reported to be currently homeless.  Lovejoy has also violated several conditions of release in addition to being in violation of the Sex Offender Registry State Police have attempted to locate Lovejoy at his former listed addresses in the Orleans/Barton area with negative results.  Lovejoy is listed on the Sex Offender Registry for a conviction of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault on 5/27/2004 in the State of Connecticut. Lovejoy is 5'10" tall, 160lb with brown hair and hazel eyes. Any person(s) with information relating to Lovejoy's whereabouts, is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks.  Lovejoy is currently wanted by police, pending the application for an arrest warrant.

 

 MUG SHOT: included



Trooper Jeff Ferrier
Vermont State Police
Troop A - Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Rd
Derby, VT 05829
Jeff.Ferrier@Vermont.gov
(802) 334-8881

Westminster Barracks / Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 19B101149                                

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Christopher Buckley

STATION: VSP Westminster                                           

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 02/28/2019 at approximately 1240 hours

STREET: Route 30

TOWN: Townshend

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Mountainview Road (private)

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Sunny and cold         

ROAD CONDITIONS: wet pavement 

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR:  Juanita M. Ray

AGE: 62     

SEAT BELT: Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Winchester, NH

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2011

VEHICLE MAKE: Nissan 

VEHICLE MODEL: Versa

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1:  Moderate damage to front bumper, grill and hood

INJURIES: None reported

HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY) N/A

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Karli Knapp

AGE: 22    

SEAT BELT: Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Townshend, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2012

VEHICLE MAKE: Subaru 

VEHICLE MODEL: Impreza

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1:  Minor damage to the passenger side rear down and passenger side rear quarter panel.

INJURIES: None reported

HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY) N/A

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: Vehicle #1 and Vehicle#2 were traveling northbound on Route 30 just north of the intersection of Route 30 in the Town of Townshend. Vehicle #1 was following behind vehicle #2. Vehicle #2 put on its right turn signal to turn into Mountainview Road. Due to the road design of the intersection of Route 30 and Mountainview Road and the extreme right turn angle to travel onto the roadway, vehicle #2 moved partially into the southbound travel lane to make a wide turn to turn right into Mountainview Road. Vehicle #1 became confused by the action of vehicle #2 and vehicle #1 struck vehicle #2 broadside as vehicle #2 completed the turn onto Mountainview Road.  Vehicle #1 sustained damage which made the vehicle inoperable. Scott Brooks Towing removed vehicle #1 from the scene.

 

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint _N/A____________ T23 VSA _______

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royalton Barracks / Motor Vehicle Crash with injuries

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#:                  19B200829                          

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Joseph Pregent

STATION:             Royalton                             

CONTACT#:        234-9933

 

DATE/TIME:        2-28-19 / 8:25 AM

STREET:                Interstate 89 north

TOWN:                 Sharon

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: 

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER:                         11/35

WEATHER:           Clear

ROAD CONDITIONS: Black Ice

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR:        David Clough

AGE:    73 

SEAT BELT? No

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Concord, NH

 

VEHICLE YEAR:   2008      

VEHICLE MAKE: Chevrolet

VEHICLE MODEL:              Silverado

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: front and right rear quarter panel and bumper

INJURIES:            Hip

HOSPITAL:           Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On February 28, 2019 at 8:30 AM Troopers traveling north on Interstate 89 in the

town of Sharon came upon a 1 car motor vehicle crash.  The initial investigation

found that Operator#1 had been traveling north at approximately 50 miles per

hour when he lost control of his vehicle on the ice covered road.

 

Operator#1 was not able to regain control of his vehicle. The back right side of

the vehicle collided with the guardrails on the left side of the interstate

causing damage to the right rear and bumper of the vehicles and the guardrail

system. The impact caused the vehicle to change directions which crossed both

lanes of travel and collided head on with the guardrails on the right side of

the interstate causing damage to the font of the vehicle and deploying the front

airbag.

 

Operator#1 was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and suffered an unspecified injury to his hip.  Hartford Ambulance arrived and transported Operator#1 to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.

Derby Barracks / Fraud

VSP News Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

        

CASE#:19A500719

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Paul Pennoyer                           

STATION: Derby Barracks                     

CONTACT#:802-334-8881

DATE/TIME: 02/25/2019

INCIDENT LOCATION: 3rd Street, Newport

VIOLATION: Fraud/ Deceit, Petit Larceny

 

ACCUSED: Marilyn Gaudette                                               

AGE: 38

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT

 

VICTIM: Susan Johnson

AGE:63

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Coventry, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 02/22/2019, Susan Johnson arrived at the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks to report the theft of her medication.  Johnson stated she had an arrangement with the accused, Marilyn Gaudette, in which Gaudette would pick up her medication from the pharmacy. Gaudette did not return the medication to Johnson for a full day.  When Johnson finally received the medication, the pills had been switched with a different medication. Gaudette was taken into custody on 02/25/2019 at 1218 hours and processed at the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks.  Gaudette was released on citation to appear in Orleans Superior Court on 02/28/2019 at 1230 PM.

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 02/28/2019 / 1230          

COURT: Orleans Superior Court

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A     

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT:

 

 

 

*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.

 

Respectfully

Trooper Paul Pennoyer

Vermont State Police

Troop A - Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Rd. Derby VT

paul.pennoyer@vermont.gov

802-334-8881

 

 

 

DPS, State Police Advisory Commission issue summary of 2018 misconduct investigations

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

STATE POLICE ADVISORY COMMISSION

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Commissioner of Public Safety and Chairwoman of State Police Advisory Commission Issue Summary of Misconduct Investigations Against Members of the Vermont State Police in 2018

 

WATERBURY, Vermont (Feb. 28, 2019) — Thomas D. Anderson, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and Nancy P. Sheahan, Chairwoman of the State Police Advisory Commission, have issued the following joint statement summarizing the work of SPAC and the Internal Affairs Office within the Department of Public Safety during 2018. 

 

This marks the first time that DPS has released a public summary of the commission’s work.

 

“DPS and the Vermont State Police strive to hold members of the State Police to the highest professional and ethical standards.  Sharing this information with Vermonters represents another step in advancing transparency and accountability within the Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police,” Commissioner Anderson said. “By providing this summary, we are able to give people a better understanding of the oversight role and critical work of the State Police Advisory Commission and the important work of VSP’s Internal Affairs Office.”

 

In 2018, the State Police Advisory Commission met five times with the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Director of the Vermont State Police, and the Director of Internal Affairs.  In 2018, the Commissioner of Public Safety directed formal internal affairs investigations be commenced in response to four citizen complaints and 15 employee complaints.  These allegations of misconduct included but were not limited to failures to follow orders, conduct unbecoming a State Police officer, neglect of duty, and criminal conduct.  The 19 citizen and employee complaints were resolved as follows: Six are pending, four were unfounded, six were founded, and three involved members who resigned prior to the completion of the investigation.  Disciplinary action included letters of reprimand, loss of annual leave, suspension without pay, and demotion. 

 

Additionally, there were five officer-involved-shooting investigations, which as a matter of routine procedure resulted in internal investigations being opened on 15 troopers.  Two of the officer-involved-shooting investigations remain pending.  Three of the shooting investigations involving 13 officers were closed after being found to be justified by the offices of the Attorney General and the relevant State’s Attorney, and after the 13 officers were found to have acted in conformity with the State Police Use of Force Policy. 

 

In addition, there were 48 motor-vehicle crashes involving State Police officers that also were reviewed by the IA Office.  Of these matters, 20 resulted in formal discipline being imposed, which ranged from a letter of reprimand to a loss of annual leave to a suspension without pay.

 

The State Police Advisory Commission (SPAC) was created by statute in 1979 and is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Vermont Senate.  Among the duties of SPAC is to provide civilian oversight of the Vermont State Police and to advise and counsel the Commissioner of Public Safety in his/her overall responsibilities for the management, supervision and control of the Vermont State Police.  In addition, SPAC is statutorily empowered to provide advice and counsel to the Commissioner of Public Safety to ensure appropriate action is taken with respect to allegations of misconduct by State Police officers.  To assist the Commissioner of Public Safety and SPAC, Vermont law also requires DPS to maintain an Office of Internal Investigations (IA), whose sole responsibility is to investigate allegations of misconduct by members of the Vermont State Police. The IA Office, staffed with a Vermont State Police commander, reports directly to the Commissioner.

 

The current SPAC members are each highly respected professionals and represent a cross-section of Vermont.  Current members are: 

 

  • Shirley Jefferson:  A professor and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity at Vermont Law School.  She graduated summa cum laude from Southeastern University. 
  • Mary Alice McKenzie: The former Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington for 10 years and the former CEO of McKenzie of Vermont.  In 2014, Ms. McKenzie was the winner of Champlain College’s Distinguished Citizen Award and has served on numerous boards of directors, including Central Vermont Public Service, VELCO, Vermont Yankee, Vermont Federal Bank, the Associated Industries of Vermont, and the American Meat Institute. 
  • Patti Pallito: A Director for Aon Captive Insurance & Management.  Ms. Pallito is responsible for the delivery of financial and insurance services to Aon's Vermont-based captive clients.  She holds an M.B.A. from Fordham University and is a C.P.A. 
  • Glenn Boyde: A long-time and well-respected Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Vermont.
  • Allison Crowley DeMag: A businesswoman and principal of Morris and Demag, Inc., which was founded in 1990 and assists clients achieve public-policy goals. 
  • Nancy Sheahan: A principal of McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan, one of the most respected law firms in Vermont.  She has expertise in constitutional violations, police misconduct and accepted police practices and policies. 
  • John Filipek:  A retired Vermont State Police officer who served the people of Vermont for 30 years.  Over his career, Mr. Filipek worked his way up through the ranks serving as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and as Major of the Field Force Division. 

 

The Department of Public Safety IA Office receives allegations of misconduct or improper conduct by a Vermont state trooper in two ways.  First, the public may lodge a complaint regarding a State Police officer’s conduct by telephone, through the Vermont State Police website, via email, or in person.  These allegations are referred to as “citizen complaints.”  In addition, each State Police officer is obligated to promptly report any evidence or allegation of misconduct or improper conduct involving a State Police officer.  These reports are referred to as “employee complaints.” 

 

Not all complaints rise to the level of requiring a formal internal affairs investigation.  These are typically handled by the station or unit commander.  By way of example, a complaint about a trooper writing an individual a ticket, or a complaint that a trooper was speeding on the highway normally would be handled by the station or unit commander.  More serious allegations, as determined by the Commissioner, are opened as formal internal affairs investigations.  In the case of an allegation of misconduct that consists of criminal conduct, the internal investigation typically is stayed pending the conclusion of a criminal investigation and/or prosecution by appropriate prosecutorial authorities.  Once an internal affairs investigation is complete, the Commissioner determines what disciplinary action, if any, is appropriate and should be imposed.  The entire case is then reviewed by the State Police Advisory Commission to ensure appropriate action has been taken.

 

Vermont law requires that all internal investigations “shall be confidential” except in very limited circumstances.  Thus, specific details regarding these 2018 investigations cannot be made public.  Moreover, Internal Affairs investigations mostly deal with conduct that may or may not result in disciplinary action being taken against an employee, ranging from no discipline up to and including removal from service.   In essence, many of the matters SPAC deals with are personnel matters to which the employee has a right to privacy.  Police officers often are falsely accused of misconduct and are cleared after an internal affairs investigation.  In such circumstances, the law recognizes the officer’s right to privacy.  

 

SPAC meetings are generally held bi-monthly and are open to the public (except when SPAC is in executive session).  Meeting dates can be found on the DPS website by clicking the SPAC link under “Committees and Boards.”

 

 

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Westminster Barracks / Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 19B101138                                

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Christopher Buckley

STATION: VSP Westminster                                           

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 02/28/2019 at approximately 0740 hours

STREET: Interstate 91 - northbound

TOWN: Guilford

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: N/A

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: 01/50

WEATHER: Cloudy         

ROAD CONDITIONS: Slush, snow covered, wet 

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR:  Jean Michael Gonzalez-Garcia

AGE: 19     

SEAT BELT: Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Holyoke, MA

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2012

VEHICLE MAKE: Mercedes

VEHICLE MODEL: Sprinter Van

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1:  Moderate damage to the entire driver’s side of vehicle, driver side head light assembly, grill, radiator and front bumper.

INJURIES: None reported

HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY) N/A

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: Vehicle #1 was traveling northbound at approximately 65 miles per hour when the driver, Gonzalez-Garcia fell asleep. Vehicle #1 traveled into the median, struck a reflector post and then struck some small trees. As a result of striking the trees, vehicle #1 became disabled (radiator) and needed to be towed from the scene. Rod’s Towing removed the vehicle.

 

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint _N/A____________ T23 VSA _______

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Incident Summary - February 28th, 2019


Derby Barracks multiple charges Irasburg Incident

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A500793

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Joshua Mikkola                            

STATION: Derby                    

CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 02/27/2019 1855 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: 670 Simino Ln Irasburg, VT

VIOLATION:

1st Degree Agg Domestic Assault

2nd Degree Agg Domestic Assault

Agg. Assault w/weapon

Interference with Access to Emergency Services

Reckless Endangerment

Cruelty to a Child

 

 

ACCUSED: Joshua Hall                                                

AGE: 33

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Irasburg, VT

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 2/27/2019 at approximately 1855 hours, State Police responded to 670 Simino Ln in the town of Irasburg for a report of an escalating incident in which Joshua Hall was intoxicated and fighting with family members. While receiving the initial information from the caller, the caller advised Hall began shooting a shot gun at family members. State Police arrived at the scene moments later and led the victims to a safe location. The victims reported Hall was highly intoxicated and shot several shot gun rounds at them and at the dogs. After ensuring the victims safety, State Police informed neighbors of the incident and contained the area. State Police began speaking with Hall over the phone and were able to take him into custody after a short period without further incident.

 

Investigation revealed Hall and a victim had been arguing earlier that evening after Hall had been consuming a large amount of alcohol. When family members arrived to help the victim leave the residence, Hall became upset and would not allow another victim to call 911 for help. During the struggle over the phone to call for help, Hall knocked over a small child causing the child receive a facial injury. The incident then escalated when the victims began leaving. Hall exited the residence with a shot gun and began shooting at the victims and then the dogs. Nobody was injured by the projectiles however Hall approached a victim and struck the victim in the face with the butt stock of the shot gun. The victims were able to escape as Vermont State Police arrived at the residence.

 

Hall was transported to the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks for processing. Hall was held at Northern State Correctional Facility on lack of $100,000.00 surety bond set by the Honorable Court and he is to appear in Orleans County Court on 2/28/2019 at 1230 hours to answer to the above listed charges.

 

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME:  2/28/2019 1230 hours           

COURT: Orleans

LODGED - LOCATION: Northern State Correctional  

BAIL: $100,000.00

MUG SHOT: attached

 

 

*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