Negligent operation

POWNAL -- At about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, several motorists called the Vermont State Police regarding a driver on Route 7 South in Pownal who was reportedly tailgating vehicles, swerving, and passing in unsafe locations. According to witnesses, the male, who was operating a Toyota 4Runner, appeared to be distraught. The state police were able to locate the man, John Russell, 34, of Pownal, who had stopped his vehicle on the side of the road. Russell was screened by medical personnel on the scene, and arrested for negligent operation. He was transported to the Shaftsbury state police barracks, where he was processed and released. He will appear in court on Sept. 15 to answer to the charge.

~Derek Carson


SHAFTSBURY -- The Vermont State Police have announced that throughout the month of August, and through Labor Day weekend, troopers from the Shaftsbury barracks will be working with other area law enforcement agencies to conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout Bennington County.

These checkpoints will be in support of Governor Peter Shumlin’s highway safety initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

The goal of these checkpoints, according to Sgt. Brian Turner, is to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes that are caused by impaired drivers. The state police encourages residents to drink responsibly and to utilize a designated driver.

~Derek Carson