Fire leads to drug charges
ARLINGTON -- State police said they have cited a man for allegedly growing marijuana plants and possessing drugs after a fire on his property brought him into contact with troopers.
Vermont State Police Trooper Lewis Hatch wrote that on Sept. 9 at 6:16 p.m. he was dispatched to a home on Route 7A where an "out of control" fire was reported. While talking to Larry Clayton, 60, Hatch said he noticed Clayton was in possession of cocaine and arrested him. Police obtained a search warrant and found on his property 11 marijuana plants, and narcotic pills Clayton did not have a prescription for. Clayton was issued a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division on Nov. 19.
Police investigate break-in in Pownal
POWNAL -- Vermont State Police said on Tuesday sometime between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. a home at the Green Mountain Mobile Home Park was burglarized. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. Police did not say how entry was gained or specify which home in the park was entered.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously at www.vtips.info or by texting information to the number 274637 (CRIMES) and by writing "VTIPS" in the message body followed by a space then the tip.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.