Police News in Brief


Tuesday, Feb. 4

Reported custodial


POWNAL - On Feb. 3, state police were dispatched to a residence in Pownal to investigate a reported case of custodial interference. The complainant informed police that Kaela Holland, 24, of Bennington, had left the state of Vermont with her four-year old daughter, en route to the state of Michigan. The complainant discovered this after a friend called to tell him that Holland had asked to store some of her things at that friend's house, as she was leaving for Michigan. Police contacted AMTRAK, who confirmed that Holland was scheduled to depart the state of New York, with Michigan as her final destination. Holland was arrested at 12:10 p.m. central time on Feb. 4 in Chicago, and charged with custodial interference, a felony. The daughter is being returned to Vermont to be with her father. Holland will be lodged in Chicago until she agrees to voluntarily return to Vermont to face charges or an extradition hearing is held.

Friday, Feb. 7

One-vehicle crash

POWNAL - At 4:40 p.m., state police responded to reports of a one-vehicle crash on Mount Anthony Road in Pownal. Those reports indicated that a vehicle had struck a utility pole, causing wires to spill into the roadway. When police arrived and found a utility pole, severed at the base and blocking the roadway, they closed the road with assistance from the Pownal and Benington Rural Fire Departments until Green Mountain Power could arrive on the scene. Police indentified the operator of the vehicle as Stewart Park, 77, of Pownal. Park told police he believed that he fell asleep at the wheel. He was treated at the scene for a laceration on his lip, before being transported to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for further evaluations. The car, a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer, suffered extensive front end damage and is believed to be totaled.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB


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