Police News in Brief


Four vehicle crash

MANCHESTER -- Police said a car drifting across the center line on Main Street at the intersection of Shepard Lane led to a four-car crash, which resulting in five people being sent to the hospital.

Manchester Police said that on April 30 at 2:30 p.m. a vehicle being driven north by Christine Mayer crossed the center line and hit a van being driven by Edward Bruno. Mayer’s vehicle continued on and hit a southbound vehicle driven by Ana Stark. The collision caused Stark’s vehicle to hit a car driven by Stuart Drake. All four were taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, while Mayer’s passenger was transported to Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.

The investigation is still being conducted, anyone with information can contact Manchester Police at 802-362-2121.

Police did not release the ages or hometowns of anyone involved.

~ Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Items reported stolen from shed

READSBORO -- State Police are investigating the theft of items from a shed belonging to Dan Wheeler, of Prospect, Conn. The shed is on Shippee Road. The items went missing between Jan. 31 and May 9. Police did not say what sort of items were taken.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at 802-442-5421. Information can be given anonymously at www.vtips.info or by texting to the number 274637 the keyword "VTIPS" followed by the tip.

~ Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Driving under the influence

SUNDERLAND -- On May 1, at approximately 10:05 p.m., state police conducted a traffic stop on Vermont Route 7A and Skyline Drive for speeding. The vehicle’s operator, 38-year-old Richard Horvath of Plattsburgh, N.Y., was asked to participate in a field sobriety test after the officer smelled an odor on his breath. Horvath was placed under arrest for DUI and was processed at the Shaftsbury Barracks.

~ Tom Momberg

Vandalism reported

ARLINGTON -- On May 1, at approximately 11 p.m., state police responded to a reported burglary at a residence in the 3700 block of Route 7A. Police discovered that the suspect broke the front window with a small pointed circular object, but did not enter the residence. Troopers thought it looked like the trace of a fired gun, however did not find evidence to support that. The accused suspect is unknown. Vermont State Police encourage anyone with information to call them at 802-442-5421.

~Tom Momberg

Crash in Shaftsbury

SHAFTSBURY -- On April 10, at approximately 1 p.m., state police responded to reports of a motor vehicle accident on East Road in Shaftsbury. The operator of the vehicle, Neila Yardley, 23, of Brattleboro, advised police she had been traveling down East Road when she struck a large pothole, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, left the oadway and struck a tree, which caused heavy front end damage. Yardley and her passenger, Nathan Yardley, were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, and were not injured. Police describe the scene at the time of the crash as extremely muddy, with several large ruts in the road. While no charges were brought against Yardley for the crash, she was ticketed for driving without a license and operating without liability insurance. Police remind everyone to use caution and reduce speed when driving on dirt or gravel roads during the spring season.

~Derek Carson

Driving with license suspended

BENNINGTON -- On April 10, at approximately 8:04 a.m., Vermont state police were conducting a traffic patrol on North Street in Bennington, when they performed a motor vehicle stop on Eric N. Shortt, 47, of Cambridge, N.Y. Police discovered that Shortt’s license had been criminally suspended in the state of Vermont. Shortt was placed under arrest, and will appear in court on May 19 to answer to the charge.

~Derek Carson

Driving with license suspended

ARLINGTON -- On April 8, at approximately 6:40 p.m., state police conducted a motor vehicle stop that resulted in an arrest. Police pulled over Shannon Depalma, 30, of Sunderland, on a minor infraction, but placed her under arrest when they found her license was criminally suspended in the state of Vermont. Depalma was taken into custody and transported to the Shaftsbury barracks, where she was issued a citation for criminal DLS. She is scheduled to appear in Bennington court on May 19 to answer to the charge.

~Derek Carson


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