Windham man charged with felony marijuana possession, may face firearms charges

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NORTH WINDHAM - A Windham man was charged with felony possession of marijuana and may face federal firearm violations following an incident Sunday.

Vermont State Police and Chester Police responded to a family disturbance Sunday at about 10 a.m. on Popple Dungeon Road. According to a report issued by state police, Peter Vanalstyne, 41, of Windham had a verbal dispute with family members and reportedly made suicidal statements. He left the residence with numerous firearms, some of which he allegedly did not own, police said.

Vanalstyne's truck was found parked on Horsenail Hill Road in Windham. A search was conducted but he was not located. According to police, there were numerous rifles in the truck, which constitutes a federal firearms violation as Vanalstyne had a prior felony conviction. The truck was seized as evidence.

On Monday, Vanalstyne went to the Rockingham Barracks and gave consent to search his vehicle. Police recovered 5.5 ounces of marijuana as well as eight long guns. Vanalstyne was charged with felony possession of marijuana. Any federal firearm violations will be reviewed by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.


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