Single vehicle crash

SEARSBURG -- On July 23 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Ida Bessette, 54, of Bennington, was traveling east on Route 9 in Searsburg when her vehicle hydroplaned on the wet road surface. Her 2001 Dodge Caravan struck a guardrail on the north side of the highway, travelled across the road, and ended up in a ditch on the south side of the highway. At the time of the crash, there was a heavy rain storm occurring in the area. According to police, no drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

Bessette, who was wearing a seatbelt but suffered from minor bumps and bruises, was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for evaluation. The front bumper and grill were torn from the vehicle.

There will be no court action as a result of these events.

~Derek Carson

Domestic assault

POWNAL -- On July 25, at 11:30 p.m., Vermont state troopers responded to a 911 hang up call on Krum Road in Pownal. Upon their arrival at the scene, police spoke with two parties that were involved and said they witnessed the incident. Eventually, they arrested Walter Sumner, 33, of Pownal, for alledged domestic assault. He will appear in court on July 28 to answer to the charges.

Sumner was processed and released on conditions of release.

~Derek Carson

No injuries reported in car fire

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Fire Department and Bennington Police respond to a car fire on Park Street, near Bennington Elementary School, Wednesday afternoon, July 30.


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Firefighters had it under control within a few minutes and there were no reported injuries. Police said it was likely a problem with the vehicle’s brakes that caused the fire.

~Keith Whitcomb Jr.

’Neighborly dispute’

POWNAL -- State police, Shaftsbury barracks were dispatched to Alta Gardens Trailer Park on Sunflower Street on Wednesday, July 30 at 2:05 p.m. for a report of a neighborly dispute. Trooper Paul F Sokolowski Jr. reported that a victim was struck in the face by Christopher Michael Myers, 34, of Pownal, and was not allowed to leave. After the conclusion of the investigation on July 31, Myers was arrested on charges of unlawful restraint, simple assault, aggravated disorderly conduct, and false information to a police officer after he allegedly attempted to hide his identity when questioned during the investigation. Myers was lodged on conditions of release and transported to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility to be held until his court date, slated for Friday, Aug. 1. Bail was set at $750.

~Staff report