Police News in Brief


Possible animal cruelty in Pownal

POWNAL -- On April 25, Vermont State Police began an investigation into possible animal cruelty by means of neglect in Pownal. Trooper Justin Walker was dispatched to the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Arlington, where three cats, who were ill and showed obvious signs of neglect, had been dropped off. The cats had been turned into the shelter by a concerned family from Pownal, who reported that a woman from within the Alta Gardens Trailer Park had been giving away cats that were not in good health to area children. One cat, whose injuries were so severe that it had to be euthanized, displayed obvious signs of eye infection and was blind. The investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for a trailer within Alta Gardens, which was executed on the morning of April 26. Troopers, along with an animal cruelty investigator from the Bennington Humane Society, seized two adult cats and a very young kitten from the residence. One of the adult cats had an eye infection that appeared treatable. The owner of the trailer, Pua Thompson, 59, of Pownal, was arrested and taken into custody for one felony count and two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Thompson is scheduled to appear in court on April 28 to answer to the charges. Her conditions of release state that she is not to possess any animals, and must submit to random checks of her residence for animals.

~Derek Carson

Animal cruelty charge for Arlington man

ARLINGTON -- Police have cited an Arlington man with animal cruelty after they found a dead dog on his property that they say starved to death.

The property owner, Rick Thompson, 47, is cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court on May 19. Police found the dog in a barn while responding to another matter. Thompson told troopers the dog died of kennel cough, but a veterinarian who examined the animal said it died from starvation.

~ Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Driver allegedly attempts to elude police

ARLINGTON -- On April 24 at 7:25 a.m., the Vermont state police attempted to stop Daniel C. Richland for a motor vehicle violation on Route 7A in Arlington. A brief pursuit ensued, after which Richland stopped of his own power. Richland was arrested for excessive speed, negligent operation, and attempting to elude. He was later released on a criminal citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court - Criminal Division on June 16 to answer to the charges.

~Derek Carson

Reckless endangerment to a child alleged

ARLINGTON -- On April 23, at 8:45 p.m., Vermont state trooper Elliott Justinger conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 313 and Route 7. After detecting a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle, Justinger asked the operator, Nichole Shepard, 33, of Bennington, to step out of the vehicle and participate in field sobriety tests. She was subsequently placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Justinger discovered that Shepard had been operating the vehicle with her 6-year-old son in the back seat and an open beer in the cupholder. She is scheduled to appear in court on May 12 in Bennington to answer to the charges.

~Derek Carson

Driving with license suspended alleged

POWNAL -- On April 23, state police stopped Robert J. Bleau, 38, of Pownal for speeding on Route 7 in Pownal. Police discovered that Bleau's license was criminally suspended in the state of Vermont. Bleau was issued a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court on May 19 to answer to the charge of criminal DLS.

~Derek Carson

Driving with license suspended alleged

BENNINGTON -- On April 17, at approximately 8:27 a.m., state police were conducting routine patrol in Bennington when they stopped Andrew D.W. Crawford, 23, of Bennington on School Street. Investigation revealed that Crawford's license was criminally suspended in the state of Vermont. Crawford was placed under arrest and processed for the offense. He is scheduled to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division, on May 19 to answer to the charge of criminal driving with license suspended.

~Derek Carson

Alleged domestic assault, disorderly conduct

ARLINGTON -- On April 11, at 10:04 p.m., Vermont State police were dispatched to a residence on Route 7A in Arlington for a report of a domestic disturbance. A downstairs tenant had called the police to report that his upstairs neighbors were fighting, and that it sounded physical. Upon conducting an investigation at the scene, police placed both parties, Krista Wall, 33, of Arlington, and an unnamed male roommate under arrest. Wall is being charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct, while the male roommate is being charged with disorderly conduct.

~Derek Carson


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