Vermont State Police Log: Autorities seek info on Route 7 crash

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are asking the public for information on a one-car crash on Route 7 in Leicester this past Saturday that may have occurred after a red pickup truck swerved in front of the car that crashed.
On Nov. 2 at approximately 1 p.m. troopers responded to a one-car crash with injuries and found a black 2006 Subaru Forester, driven by 55-year-old Judith Hart of New Haven, on its roof on the west side of the roadway. A witness told police that a red Ford F150 began passing the Subaru while both vehicles were traveling southbound. The witness stated the F150 swerved back into the southbound lane causing the Subaru to go off the road.
Hart sustained a possible back and neck injury.
VSP are asking if anyone has any information on the other vehicle to contact them at the Rutland barracks at 802-773-9101. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
Later that day, at approximately 6:34 p.m. and at the request of the Vergennes Police Department, state police responded to the intersection of Main and Green streets for a report of a traffic crash involving a Vergennes police cruiser.
Trooper McNamara reported that Vergennes police officer Neil Mogerly, 28, was driving a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser with emergency blue lights activated and responding to a reported family fight when the cruiser struck a 2001 Toyota truck driven by 22-year-old Chase Gallison of Vergennes. Troopers’ preliminary investigation indicated that both drivers attempted to avoid a collision, but were unable to do so.
The two vehicles sideswiped each other going in the same direction, causing Gallison’s Toyota truck to strike a traffic signal pole. The collision caused moderate damage to the Toyota’s entire front end, hood and undercarriage and minimal damage to the cruiser’s left side, rear passenger door, left fender, marker and headlight assembly.
McNamara reported that there was light rain, the road was wet and illuminated by artificial street lighting.
The investigation remains active, and any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact the state police at the New Haven barracks at 388-4919.
In other recent activity, troopers:
•  On Oct. 30 wrapped up investigation into a report of identity theft in New Haven. Trooper Busby alleged that investigation showed that Nichole Hamer, 21, of Bristol forged a probation document impersonating a court officer. The allegedly forged document also displayed the Vermont State Seal. Police cited Hamer for impersonating an officer, identity theft and misuse of a state seal.
•  On Oct. 30 at 7:35 a.m. responded to a one-car crash on Upper Plains Road in Salisbury. Police said that a Mitsubishi Outback driven by Evelyn Rotich, 24, of Salisbury was northbound on the road when she lost her steering. The vehicle crossed the road, went off the west side, overturned and came to rest on its right side. There were no passengers and the driver was not injured.
•  On Oct. 31 fielded a report that sometime in the previous week a trailer in Ripton had numerous windows smashed, resulting in $2,000 in damage.
•  Looked into an Oct. 31 report of a burglary on Lower Notch Road in Bristol. The complainants told police they left to go trick or treating for a few hours and when they came back they noticed a firearm and two laptops missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP at the New Haven barracks.
•  On Nov. 1 reported an ongoing investigation into a debit card fraud incident involving a victim who resides in Panton. Approximately $338 in online fraudulent charges were made to the victim’s debit card. Vermont State Police continue to caution citizens to protect their personal information to prevent debit card, credit card and identity theft. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact VSP.
•  On Nov. 1 at 12:28 p.m. began investigating a burglary/fraud incident in Goshen, where unknown individuals entered a private residence and stole numerous checks. Two or three of the checks have been passed in Rutland County, resulting in the loss for the victim of approximately $550. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact VSP.
•  On Nov. 1 launched investigation into a grand larceny case at the Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh, where a large amount of hard liquor, cases of wine, and beer, as well as six Motorola handheld radios used by employees, were reported stolen. The approximate value of the property stolen is $6,000. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VSP.
•  In conjunction with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department and troopers from the Williston barracks developed credible information that a large underage drinking party was to occur on Bingham Brook Road in Charlotte on the night of Nov. 2. In working with the landowner, troopers were able to ensure that no party occurred at this location.
•  On Nov. 2 at approximately 10:30 p.m. responded to a noise complaint near Frosty Lane in Bridport. Troopers located an outdoor party and observed several trucks traveling across a field and onto the roadway. Police stopped the vehicles and ended up citing Seth Matthews, 22, of Weybridge on charges of driving under the influence.
•  On Nov. 2 at approximately 1:10 p.m. received a report of a vehicle stolen from a Leicester residence and being driven without permission by Travis Carosella, 26, of Leicester. VSP spotted the vehicle traveling northbound on Route 7 in Salisbury, stopped it, returned the vehicle to its owner and cited Carosella for driving with a criminally suspended license and driving without the owner’s consent.
•  On Nov. 4 at 10:08 a.m. received a report that scrap metal and plywood had been taken from a residence on Route 17 in Starksboro. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact VSP.
On Oct. 26 Vermont law enforcement agencies hosted the second Drug Take Back Day of 2013. Officers at 57 locations across Vermont — including four in Addison County — accepted unused or unwanted prescription medications. Drug Take Back Day is a law enforcement effort to assist with the proper disposal of medicines. Pills should not be flushed or thrown away but instead brought to a location for proper disposal. One goal was to reduce the abuse or misuse of prescribed medicines.
This most recent Drug Take Back Day collected 3,429.5 pounds of pills. This amount exceeded the 2,393 pounds of pills collected this past April, and brought the total of unwanted or unused pills collected in 2013 to 5,822.5 pounds.
Many citizens of Vermont have prescription drugs in their homes, but have forgotten about them or no longer have a need to use them. The public is encouraged to inventory their medicine cabinets or other locations where medicines are kept and properly dispose of those that are not being used. A number of law enforcement agencies offer year-round drug disposal options. For a list of agencies that offer this service and hours of collection call Vermont 211 or go to: http://vsp.vermont.gov/drugdiversion. You will also find information to assist you in reporting abuse or misuse of prescription medications.

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