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State police investigating Stewarts break-in

POWNAL — Vermont State Police are investigating after someone broke into the Stewarts Shop here early Friday morning.

Troopers responded to the business on Route 7 for an alarm activation at about 3:11 a.m., Trooper Justin Walker said in a press release. They found the store was forcibly entered. Valuable items were taken including an undisclosed amount of cash. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information should contact the Shaftsbury barracks in 802-442-5421. Information can be submitted anonymously online at or text "CRIMES" (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

Check charge connected to maple syrup purchases

SHAFTSBURY— Police have cited a Shaftsbury man for false pretense on allegations he knowingly wrote checks from a closed account to purchase maple syrup this past spring.

State police allege that Richard Blackmer, 35, wrote a check for $840 in March to John Williamson of Shaftsbury to purchase 20 gallons of maple syrup from Williamson's farm.

Police said Blackmer wrote the check from the account for Sapphire Valley Farm & Maple LLC, allegedly knowing that the account had been closed, then proceeded to resell the syrup following the transaction.

After being notified, Vermont State Police (VSP) found that there may have been other victims and are continuing to investigate.

According to state police, Blackmer turned himself in at the Shaftsbury Barracks on Oct. 20. After processing, he was issued a citation to appear in Bennington County Criminal Court on Nov. 13.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421.

Pownal man facing disorderly conduct charge

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POWNAL — A Bennington man has been cited for aggravated disorderly conduct following an alleged verbal altercation in Pownal.

State police allege that on Sept. 24, Matthew Dewey, 28, of Bennington appeared at a Route 346 address unannounced, requested to borrow a tool, and became belligerent when told that the tool was not available.

According to police, Dewey reportedly shouted obscenities within earshot of several residents and behaved in a threatening manner towards the victim and witnesses. Dewey then left the scene, and could not be located at the time.

Dewey was located by state troopers at his Bennington residence on Friday, and issued a citation to appear before the Bennington County Superior Court's Criminal Division on Monday, Nov. 13.

Pownal man facing DUI charge

POWNAL —A Pownal man has been ordered to appear in court to answer to a charge of driving under the influence.

State police allege that at about 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, they responded to a report of a single vehicle off of the road on Strohmaier Road in Pownal. The vehicle's operator, Charles Foist of Pownal, 63, was subsequently taken into custody and processed for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Foist was issued a citation to appear in Bennington County Criminal Court on Nov. 16.

Police allege woman drove with suspended license

BENNINGTON — State police have cited Kiauna Wait of Bennington, 26, for driving with a criminally suspended license. According to police, Wait was stopped at about 1:12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, for a motor vehicle violation. Police said Wait was forthcoming about the fact that she did not have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Vermont. She was subsequently processed and released on a criminal citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division on Nov. 27.


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