Monday February 11, 2013

Police cite teen for burglary

ARLINGTON -- State Police said they have cited an Arlington teenager for burglary after investigating a theft complaint reported to them in November 2012. Police said Benjamin Culler, 19, is scheduled to appear in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division on March 25 to answer accusations that he took a safe containing personal papers and valuables from the home of Elizabeth Waters, of Arlington.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Police seek missing Comcast trailer

ARLINGTON -- State Police are seeking information on a reportedly stolen yellow cable reel trailer taken from Comcast Cable’s warehouse yard at 5539 Route 7A sometime between Jan. 25 and Feb. 8.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police Trooper Thomas Stange at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting the number 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword "VTIPS" followed by the information.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Break-in reported in North Pownal

POWNAL -- A second home on North Pownal Road was broken into sometime last week and authorities are seeking information.

In a written release, state police said the break-in was reported Friday evening and occurred sometime between then and last Tuesday, Feb. 5. Police said the door was "kicked out" but it was not immediately known what items may have been taken. The homeowner was reported to be a New York City man, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Justin Walker at the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info.

Teens charged with alleged shooting spree

SALEM N.Y. -- Two teens were arrested Thursday for an alleged shooting spree on Christmas night during which they shot cars, buildings and outdoor Christmas lights while driving through Salem and Jackson.

Dustin Kvinlaug, 16, of Salem and a 15-year-old Salem boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, were each charged with eight felonies -- two counts of second-degree criminal mischief and six counts of third-degree criminal mischief, as well as five counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, illegal discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, illegal discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, misdemeanors.

State police say Thursday’s arrests came after an investigation into the shooting spree on Christmas night when the two allegedly shot their .22 caliber rifle at a satellite television dish, two garages, numerous motor vehicles, a tractor and outdoor Christmas lights on several homes.

Police say the two "Grinches" caused roughly $12,000 in damage. Kvinlaug was arraigned in Argyle Town Court and released on house arrest.

His alleged accomplice was released on a juvenile appearance ticket for Family Court at a later date.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation assisted with the month-long investigation.

--The Saratogian

N.Y. officer punched by boy on bath salts

DANSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- State police say an officer suffered a concussion after a teenager punched him in the head while high on a synthetic drug known as "bath salts."

The Dansville Police Officer was responding to a call about a 15-year-old boy out of control in a vehicle at 2:15 a.m. Sunday at a truck stop on Interstate 390 south of Rochester. State police and Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies report seeing the boy biting and striking his aunt in a parked car.

Troopers say the boy fought off police, punching the Dansville officer in the head. The officer was treated at a hospital.

The boy eventually was removed from the car. He and his aunt were taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Charges are pending. The boy’s name hasn’t been released.