Monday February 25, 2013

Man arrested and charge in connection with break-ins

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The second individual police say is responsible for two separate break-ins at an area restaurant last year has been arrested and charged.

Garth Jennings, 21, of Sandgate, Vt., was arraigned in Hoosick Falls court on two counts each of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, and third-degree criminal mischief -- all felonies.

Hoosick Falls police arrested Jennings last Thursday in connection with the two break-ins at Farrara's Pub and Grill in May of last year. Police allege Jennings, along with village resident Brett Stone, 20, who was arrested earlier this month on Feb. 14, stole liquor, cash, and property amounting to over $1,000 and caused additional property damage.

Jennings was remanded to Rensselaer County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Several burglaries in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Authorities are investigating a spate of burglaries in Arlington over the past few days.

In separate written releases, state police said several homes on River Road had been broken into, including that of local representative Cynthia Browning. The break-ins follow three burglaries on Route 313 reported late last week.

In the latest new report, authorities said Constance Jensen called police last Friday, Feb. 22, after her residence was broken into at some point during the preceding two days and stole a large amount of jewelry. The same day, police said Robert and Christine Stockoff reported a burglary at their residence, where a small amount of jewelry was stolen. That incident occurred some time between Monday, Feb. 18, and last Friday.

In a third release over the weekend, police reported two more burglaries which they said were not believed to be connected. In Rupert on Saturday, Edward Ferenc reported missing coins and metals. In Arlington, Browning called authorities to report she was missing similar belongings. Neither homeowner was home at the time, and police said the suspects in both instances gained access through the front door.

Anyone with information about recent burglaries is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at their Shaftsbury barracks at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword: VTIPS. Troopers Lauren Ronan and Dave Ferencik are investigating the latest incidents.

-- Zeke Wright

Snowmobile crash in Peru kills New York man

PERU -- Police say a New York man was killed Sunday morning when he was thrown from his snowmobile on a trail south of Griffith Lake.

According to the Vermont State Police, Verouzhan Bagramian, 45, of Cropseyville, N.Y., was riding a 2011 Skidoo Snowmobile on Sunday at about 9:45 a.m., traveling east on the Griffith Lake snowmobile trail when the left ski of his snowmobile hit a section of ledge on the left side of the trail causing him to lose control.

Police said he was ejected from the snowmobile and thrown into a section of trees on the right side of the trail. Bagramian was wearing a helmet which was lost during the crash.

Bagramian was immediately found by riders that were in his group who called for help and started CPR. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Londonderry Rescue personnel, police said.

Londonderry Fire and Rescue, Windhall Police, Fire and Rescue, Vermont State Police Auxiliary-Shaftsbury and members of the South Londonderry Fire team all assisted.

This crash remains under investigation.