ADDISON COUNTY — During the week of March 24, Vermont State Police along with local and county law enforcement agencies are conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout Addison County.
Senior Trooper Joseph Szarejko said the purpose of the checkpoints is to identify and remove impaired drivers in an effort to reduce traffic collisions and to promote highway safety.
Meanwhile, Det. Sgt. Jeremy Hill on March 22 announced that, as the result of an investigation, state police had cited Denis White, 31, of Monkton for first-degree arson in connection with the Feb. 24 fire at his barn off White Ridge Lane in Monkton.
At the time of the fire the barn was jointly owned by White and his wife, Kaitlyn White. Several people were boarding their horses at the barn when the fire occurred, though no animals were reported injured. All the property stored at the barn was destroyed in the fire.
The damage to the structure and its contents was estimated to be valued in excess of $220,000.
Denis White was due to be arraigned in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, this week.
In other recent activity, troopers:
• On March 19 at approximately 6:30 a.m. responded to a report of a no-injury, one-vehicle roll-over accident on South Lincoln Road in Lincoln. The driver, identified as Hannah Buckley-Bradley, 24, of Lincoln, told a trooper that she was blinded by the snowstorm and hit some potholes that caused her Jeep Cherokee to catch the edge of the roadway and overturn.
• On March 19 received a report that someone forced their way into a residence and garage on Upper Notch Road in Bristol and stole an undisclosed amount of personal property including tools, electronics and a safe that was located by Williston State Police in Charlotte. This case is being actively investigated. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
• On March 22 at shortly after midnight responded with Vergennes police to a family fight at Whispering Pines in Panton. Investigation led to the citation of Eric W. Owen, 41, of Panton for domestic assault. Owen was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $1,000 bail.
• On March 22 at 5:19 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Swamp Road in Cornwall and cited a passenger, John Lackard, 49, of Weybridge, for possession of marijuana.
• On March 22 at 10:50 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Nicholas Yergeau, 22, of Albany, N.Y., on Route 22A in Orwell for traveling at 83 mph in a 50 mph zone. Yergeau was cited for speeding.
• On March 23 at 8:30 a.m. responded to a traffic accident on Boro Hill Road in Monkton, where police said the 1996 Subaru Legacy driven by Dyllinger Higbee, 27, of North Ferrisburgh left the road and struck a tree. The Monkton Fire Department extricated Higbee from the vehicle and the Bristol Rescue Squad transported him to Porter Hospital. Higbee was treated and transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care that day.
• On March 23 at approximately 11 a.m. responded to a family fight at a residence on Leicester-Whiting Road in Whiting. Police cited Jason E. Cram, 34, of Whiting for domestic assault.
• On March 23 at 7:37 p.m. responded to a family disturbance on Sunset Knoll Road in Panton, and cited Timothy Gebo, 21, of Panton, for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
• On March 24 began investigation into the vandalism of mailboxes along Sand Road in Ferrisburgh. The vandalism is reported to have occurred during the evening hours of March 22. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
• On March 24 at 6:35 p.m. responded to a car crash in Weybridge. Police said Paige E. Many, 22, of Middlebury was driving a 2005 Honda Civic westbound on Quaker Village Road when she lost control of the vehicle in a sharp left curve and collided with a guardrail. Many sustained a minor contusion to her hip and a cut tongue; the car sustained moderate to severe damage. Policed cited Many for driving under the influence. The collision is still under investigation.
• On March 25 at approximately 12:09 p.m. stopped Joel L. Miller, 42, of Milton on Route 22A in Orwell for speeding. Police cited Miller for driving with a criminally suspended license, second offense.