Vermont State Police Log: Troopers handle auto accidents, burglaries

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to Ripton on Sept. 16 at 3:46 p.m. to investigate a burglary and theft.
Troopers report that someone entered an unlocked residence and stole a laptop computer worth approximately $450 and an 11-week-old Rottweiler dog.
Anyone with information on this incident 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.
In other recent activity, troopers:
•  On Sept. 10 at 5 a.m. responded to a one-car crash in Shoreham off Route 22A about 0.1 mile north of the intersection with Route 74. Police said a 2009 Honda Civic driven by Benjamin Chapin, 23, of Burlington traveled off of Route 22A and through a field before crashing into a barn. Chapin told police he fell asleep while driving. He was transported to Porter Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
•  On Sept. 11 were called to investigate a fraud complaint. Police said someone used an Orwell man’s personal information and were able to charge more than $800 to a Best Buy account using one of the victim’s bank cards. Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to contact VSP.
•  On Sept. 12 at approximately 8 a.m. responded to a motor vehicle incident at Lincoln Community School in Lincoln. It was reported that a 18-year-old had been driving recklessly in the school parking lot, spinning his tires and kicking rocks up toward children, and that he drove past a school bus erratically. Troopers spoke with numerous witnesses. One child was allegedly struck by a flying rock however sustained no injuries. They cited Tyler C. Desautels of Lincoln for negligent driving and reckless endangerment.
•  On Sept. 14 received a complaint of the theft of a full gas grill propane tank from a home off Route 116 in Starksboro sometime between noon on Sept. 9 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 14. Anyone with information on this is asked to contact the 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 Sept. 14 at 5:25 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 22A in Panton. Police said Benjamin LaFlam, 27, of Vergennes was driving a 2012 Toyota Tacoma truck and did not see the 2006 Ford Focus driven by Sharon S. Pickett, 53, of Panton slowing to turn right into a driveway off the highway. The truck struck the Ford Focus, causing damage and sending Pickett’s car into a utility pole, which caused damage to the pole as well. Pickett’s car was considered a total loss, LaFlam’s truck sustained front-end damage. No one was injured. No charges are pending.
•  On Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. logged a vandalism complaint from Mountain Road in Monkton at the site of a mud bog charity event to benefit the Monkton Fire Department. An individual driving a Toyota truck was damaging a field and was asked to stop, and then drove through a field of standing corn, causing damage to the crop. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VSP.
•  On Sept. 15 at 11:25 a.m. were called to Route 74 in Shoreham, where a motorist had crashed into multiple bicyclists involved in the Tour de Farms bike ride, critically injuring two. Brian Miller, 54, of Shoreham, who had lost his license decades ago, pleaded innocent on Monday to drunk driving charges. See the full story on Page 2A.
•  Were called to investigate the Sept. 16 vandalism of a motor vehicle that was parked at a private residence along Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury. The front window of the vehicle was broken out. The estimated value to have the window replaced is approximately $200. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VSP.
•  On Sept. 16 at 7:53 p.m. responded to a one-vehicle crash on South 116 Road in Bristol at the one-lane bridge. Upon arrival troopers noticed the vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Caravan, matched the description of a vehicle for which police had been alerted to be on the lookout for shortly before the crash.
Police determined that the driver, Jennie D. Bosco, 36, of Bristol was under the influence of intoxicants. Bosco was subsequently arrested and processed for DUI, then released with a citation to appear in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Oct. 7.
•  On Sept. 19 at 12:30 a.m. New Haven State Police responded to a one-vehicle crash on Townline Road in Bridport. The driver, identified as 31-year-old Robert Stoddard of Starksboro, and a passenger both told the trooper that Stoddard saw wildlife crossing the road and overcorrected and slid into wire guardrails.
Police said Stoddard admitted to having consumed alcohol prior to driving, and he was transported to the New Haven barracks and charged with driving under the influence. No injury was reported.
•  On Sept. 17 at 7:39 a.m. looked into a report from a resident of Snake Mountain Road in Weybridge that a chainsaw and gas can were stolen from the back of a pickup parked at his home. Together they were valued at around $275. A vehicle with a loud exhaust was heard outside the residence on the previous evening at around 10 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.

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