Police News in Brief


Driving with license suspended

SANDGATE -- On May 3 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Vermont state police were notified that Garth Jennings, 22, of Sandgate, had been operating a motor vehicle while criminally suspended. Police found about Jennings driving while investigating another incident, according to the police report, submitted by Trooper Lauren Ronan. Jennings was arrested for criminal DLS, and will appear in court on July 14 to answer to the charge.

Simple assault

WOODFORD -- On May 4 at approximately 11:44 a.m., Vermont state police responded to an incident on Route 9 in Woodford. Nicole Sweet, 34, of Woodford was engaged in a verbal argument with her landlord, William Smith, 60, also of Woodford. During the argument, Smith reportedly approached Sweet, gave her an obscene gesture and struck her in the face with one of his fingers. Smith was arrested and charged with simple assault. He is scheduled to appear in Bennington County Criminal Court on July 14.

Motor vehicle crash

SHAFTSBURY -- On May 1, at approximately 7:12 p.m., the Vermont state police were dispatched to the area of 907 Holy Smoke Road in Shaftsbury, for a single vehicle crash. According to the police report, the operator of the vehicle, Katherine Cormier, 42, of Danby, was reaching for an item, which took her eyes off the road, at the time of the crash. The vehicle, a 2002 Audi Quattro, left the road and struck a tree. No injuries were reported.

Driving with license suspended

SUNDERLAND -- On April 28, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Vermont state police stopped Dennis M. Winchell Jr., 27, for a motor vehicle violation on Route 7 in Sunderland. Further investigation revealed that Winchell was criminally suspended to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Vermont. Winchell was arrested and processed for the offense. Winchell was released on a criminal citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court-Criminal Division on June 23 to answer to the charge.


ARLINGTON -- On March 12, at approximately 1:50 p.m., state police were called to a residence in Arlington to perform a welfare check on Tara Grover, 50, of Arlington, according to a report by Trooper Lauren Ronan. After police arrived at the residence, Grover pulled into the driveway operating a 2000 Ford Explorer. While speaking with Grover, police detected a heavy odor of intoxicants on her breath. Grover completed field sobriety tests and provided a preliminary breath sample on the scene, after which she was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to Ronan, Grover resisted arrest, but police were able to successfully take her into custody. She is scheduled to appear in Bennington County Criminal Court on March 31, at 8:15 a.m., to answer to the charges.

~Derek Carson


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