Police News in Brief


Marijuana cultivation and furnishing alcohol to minors

POWNAL -- On July 12, at 11:17 p.m., state police and Bennington County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Jackson Cross Road in Pownal, for a noise complaint involving a large, disruptive party. During the course of their investigation, it was determined that there were several juveniles in attendance who had consumed alcohol on the premises. They also discovered a marijuana plant at the residence. Austin Burnell, 18, of Pownal, was arrested and has been accused of marijuana cultivation and furnishing alcohol to minors. He is set to appear in Bennington County Court -- Criminal Division on Sept. 15 to answer to the charges.

~ Derek Carson Two-car collision

ARLINGTON -- On July 13, at 1:37 p.m., state police were dispatched to a two-car motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Ball Mountain Road and Route 7A in Arlington. The investigation revealed that the first vehicle, a BMW X3, operated by Donna C. Davis of Brookfield, Connecticut, had stopped at the stop sign on Ball Mountain Road and was preparing to turn south on Route 7A when a second vehicle, a Honda Civic operated by Nancy E. Hagelberg, 58, of Arlington, pulled up behind her. According to police, Davis turned southbound onto Route 7A, but stopped to yield to an oncoming vehicle. Hagelberg stopped at the stop sign, then pulled out onto Route 7A southbound, not seeing that Davis had stopped. Hagelberg’s vehicle then collided with the rear end of Davis’s. No inujuries or leaked fluids were reported, although both vehicles suffered extensive damage, and Hagelberg’s had to be towed from the scene. Per state police, no charges have been filed as a result of this crash.

~ Derek Carson

Damaged property

POWNAL -- On July 13, state police responded to a report of damaged property on Post Drive in Pownal. According to the victim, April Carpenter, 38, of Pownal, between 10 p.m. on July 12 and 8 a.m. on the 13th, a car travelling west on Post Drive exited the roadway and struck a wooden privacy fence located approximately 10 feet off the road. After striking the fence, the vehicle returned to the roadway and continued into Alta Gardens trailer park, according to police. The vehicle left paint and a tail light at the seen of the crash, and police are looking for a small-sized red vehicle. Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to contact Trooper Brian Turner at 802-442-5421.

~ Derek Carson


BENNINGTON -- On July 11, state police responded to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, where someone had broken the tail light of a vehicle. Gerald Crawford, 68, of Woodford had been at the hospital between noon and 1 p.m., when the vandalism occurred. While there are currently no suspects, state police are still investigating, and encourage anyone with any information to contact the Shaftsbury barracks at 802-442-5421.

~ Derek Carson


DORSET -- On July 11, Vermont state police responded to a reported theft from a vehicle at Dorset Quarry. An unknown suspect broke the window of a 2013 Dodge 3500 and stole items including an iPhone 4, a Vera Bradley wallet, and a Vera Bradley purse. The wallet included numerous credit cards and identification. The victim advised police that there was only one other group of people at the quarry during the time the theft occurred, between 6:30 and 7:10 p.m., a group of three people, who the victim estimated as being around 18 years old, all standing about 5’6, with dark hair, and carrying a vodka bottle. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact state police at 802-442-5421.

~ Derek Carson

Harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- New York State Police in Brunswick arrested 34-year-old Christopher Dennis of Hoosick Falls on Thursday, July 3, for 2nd degree harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. According to police, Dennis had kicked and choked his girlfriend at her residence in Hoosick Falls.

After Dennis was arraigned in the Town of Hoosick Court and issued an order of protection requiring him to stay away from his girlfriend, he was remanded to Rensselaer County Jail. Dennis was bailed out of jail on July 4 and immediately returned to his girlfriend’s residence.

Again remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail, Dennis is cited to appear in court at a later date for all of the pending charges.

~Tom Momberg

Motor vehicle violation

SUNDERLAND -- While Vermont State Police were out on a routine patrol on US Route 7, in Sunderland, they stopped Florence B. Church, 58, of Cherry Plain, New York, at 10:18 p.m. for a motor vehicle violation.

Upon further investigation, police learned that Church’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle in Vermont was suspended. He was arrested for driving under a suspended license, and was released later on, with a citation for Bennington Superior Court-Criminal Division on August 11, at 8:15 a.m.

~Staff report

Police suspect DUI in crash

POWNAL -- State Police said they screened a man who crashed into a telephone pole Sunday on Route 7 for possibly being under the influence of a substance. Police said Peter Joseph Nolan, 20, of Pownal, crashed his vehicle just north of Jackson Cross Road. He showed signs of impairment and gave a blood sample at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center , where he was taken to be treated for injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Bennington woman accused of DUI with two flat tires

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- New York State Police said they cited a Bennington, Vt. woman with driving under the influence of alcohol after witnessing her drive off the road, causing two of her tires to go flat.

Police said Lacey M. Burleson, 31, was driving on Route 67 when her car left the roadway briefly. Police signaled for her to stop and followed her for a few hundred yards before she pulled into a parking lot. She told police she went off the road because she had been texting.

Burleson failed a field sobriety test and gave a breath sample showing her blood-alcohol content to be .160 percent. She was issued tickets and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Fatalities mar otherwise calm Fourth, police say

Police encountered less unsafe driving this Fourth of July weekend but did respond to two fatal crashes, including one involving a lawn mower operator, according to state police. The Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest of the year because of drunken driving, police said.

Officers responded to 61 car crashes this year, up from 41 last year, but made just 20 DUI arrests, down from 23 last year, police said.

There were nine alcohol-related crashes, down from 12 last year, police said.

State police issued 506 speeding tickets, down from 646 last year.

Officers issued nine tickets for children not wearing seat belts, six more than last year. Police gave 13 tickets to adults for not wearing seat belts, down from 20 last year. Police also assisted 43 motorists this year and 73 last year.

Troopers responded and arrested Dennis for 2nd degree criminal contempt for violating the court order.



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