Police News in Brief


Eluding a police officer

POWNAL -- On March 18, at approximately 10:40 p.m., state police attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Route 7. The vehicle, operated by Danny Thomas, 25, of Pownal, was traveling at speeds exceeding 80 m.p.h., and failed to stop after the trooper activated his lights and siren. The vehicle continued for two miles before stopped in the driveway of a Pownal residence. Police discovered that Thomas' 5-year-old daughter was in the vehicle. Thomas appeared in court April 28 to answer to charges of negligent operation, eluding a police officer, and reckless endangerment.

Vandalism, unlawful trespass

POWNAL -- On March 18, at approximately 10:45 a.m., state police responded to a residence on Niles School Road for reported vandalism. A resident advised that Ted Senecal, 56, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., had purposely broken a window on the property. When police arrived, Senecal was on the property. Police learned that Senecal went to the home in hopes of collecting a past debt owed to him, according to the police report. Senecal who was arrested for vandalism and unlawful trespassing. He appeared in Bennington County Criminal Court in early May to answer to the charges.

Possession of a controlled substance

SHAFTSBURY -- On March 12, at approximately 8:06 a.m., conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 7A in Shaftsbury, according to a report by Trooper Wayne Godfrey. Adam R. Olin, 26, of North Bennington, was found to be driving on a criminally suspended license and was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. A passenger, Amanda R. Watts, 24, of Arlington, was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Both were processed at the Shaftsbury barracks and will appear in Bennington Superior Court -- Criminal Division on May 19 to answer to the charges.

~Derek Carson


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