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Vermont State Police Log: Troopers deal with DUI, substance abuse and theft

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Posted on April 23, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Within the past week, Vermont State Police cited two people in separate incidents for driving on county roads under the influence.

First, troopers responded to a Monkton Road home in Ferrisburgh on April 15 at 5:30 p.m. for a report that a 19-year-old Addison resident had driven there and was intoxicated. The officer reported that he found Jenna Rao was intoxicated and he processed her for DUI. He also found she had a criminally suspended driver’s license, and he cited her for that offense, too.

Rao is due to answer the charges in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on May 5.

Then on April 19 a trooper stopped a motor vehicle driven by Nicholas A. Stacey, 32, of Colchester on Old Hollow Road in Ferrisburgh for a traffic infraction. The trooper reports that further investigation revealed that Stacey was under the influence of intoxicants. Stacey was subsequently taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Vergennes Police Department for processing. Police subsequently released Stacey on a citation to appear in court May 5 to answer the charge of DUI.

In other recent action, VSP:

•  On April 17 at 2:25 p.m. were called to investigate a burglary into a residence on the Goshen/Ripton Road in Goshen. The owner reported that the break-in occurred sometime between the end of November 2013 and April 13, 2014. Items reported stolen were a Makita Sawzall and a sump pump. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

•  On April 17 at approximately 3:30 p.m. troopers and Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies along with Shoreham Fire Department and Middlebury Regional EMS rescue personnel were called to assist with a two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Doolittle Road and Route 22A in Shoreham. Investigation suggests that Edward Stansberry, 56, of Shoreham was driving a 2001 Chevrolet truck when he attempted to cross the intersection and collided with a 2012 Honda southbound on Route 22A. The Chevy truck apparently hit the Honda, which spun off the roadway into the breakdown lane. The driver of the car, identified as Carol Burgess, 51, of Queensbury, N.Y., was transported to Porter Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Her car was considered a total loss. Stansberry’s truck sustained damage to its front bumper.

Police took Stansberry into custody and processed him for driving under the influence of drugs; charges are pending.

•  On April 19 at 11:21 a.m. began investigating the theft of more than $900 worth of heavy duty steel tractor-trailer parts from a private property in Monkton. The trooper alleged that Adam M. Tipper, 32, of Bristol stole the victim’s property on the morning of April 19 and took it to a scrap yard in Chittenden County and attempted to sell the stolen tractor-trailer parts for $62.80. On April 20, Tipper was cited for grand larceny and will be required to appear in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on May 19 to answer to the charges. Vermont State Police continue to encourage citizens to keep their personal property secure to prevent theft.

911 CALL TAKERS

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. The 2014 National Telecommunicators Week ran April 13-19. The Vermont State Police honored and recognized the hard work and dedication shown by state police telecommunicators, including dispatchers and 911 call-takers.

VSP’s emergency communications dispatchers and call-takers are stationed at offices in Derby, Rockingham, Rutland and Williston.

State police are asking the public to keep the following in mind next time they call 911:

•  Call only for immediate emergency assistance — medical, fire, or police.

•  Be prepared to provide your location and any essential information the dispatcher may need.

•  Stay on the line until told to hang up. You may be transferred to another agency.

•  Remember that you might not be the only one calling, and there are other incidents taking place.

•  If you mis-dial 911, please stay on the line so they can verify there is no emergency.

•  Your 911 call could potentially be answered anywhere in the state, so the call-taker may not be familiar with your location.

•  When you call in a complaint about a vehicle try to get the make, model, color, and plate; only if it is safe to do so.

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