Vermont State Police Log: Troopers, Casella team up for food bank

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to several traffic crashes last week. The only one reported locally that involved more than one car occurred on Monday when troopers went to the scene of a two-car crash on Route 116 in Starksboro.
Police report that Scott A. Burrell, 60, of Bethel was slowly turning his 2002 Honda Civic left off Route 116 as a 2013 Kia Sorrento driven by Stewart G. Devino, 67, of Bristol approached from behind. The trooper reported that Devino attempted to pass Burrell’s Civic, and it collided with the Civic.
Devino’s Kia sustained minor passenger-side damage; Burrell’s Civic sustained minor damage to the driver’s-side front quarter panel. There were no injuries. The trooper issued Devino a traffic ticket.
In other recent activity, troopers:
•  On Dec. 10 at 6:23 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Kevin R. Norsek, 18, of Delmar, N.Y., on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh for a traffic infraction. Police cited Norsek for driving in a careless and negligent manner and for driving under the influence of drugs. He is due to answer the charges in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Jan. 27.
•  On Dec. 11 at 10:13 a.m. were called to investigate the theft of approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel from a farm on the Shoreham Depot Road in Shoreham. The trooper reported that someone had pried open a diesel tank box at the farm and stolen the fuel. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP New Haven at 1-802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
•  On Dec. 11 at 5:26 p.m. received a report of a theft from Paul D. Smith, 43, of Leicester. Troopers subsequently investigated the report and found that Smith had an active arrest warrant for escape. They took Smith into custody and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center. The theft complaint is still under investigation.
•  On Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. received a report of a burglary at a residence on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. The victim reported that the break-in occurred sometime during the day on Dec. 10, and reported that a diamond ring and prescription medication were stolen. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VSP.
•  Were called again this week to the site of the Greenhaven Nursery off Route 7 near the state police barracks in New Haven. Last week, they fielded a report of Christmas trees stolen from the site. On Dec. 12 they received a report of vandalism to a business sign at the site, which is being used seasonally by Werner’s Tree Farm. The complainant reported that on Dec. 12 a vehicle was seen driving into a cable gate restricting access to the business during non-business hours. A sign was damaged as a result. Anyone with information on this is asked to contact VSP.
•  On Dec. 15 responded to a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Route 7 in Leicester. A trooper said his investigation showed that Adam Duby, 20, of Brandon, fell asleep and lost control of the 2006 Ford F350 truck he was driving southbound on Route 7. The pickup crossed the center line, traveled into the northbound lane and into the northbound shoulder, crashing into a large tree. Duby was wearing a seat belt and no injuries were reported, but the truck sustained extensive front-end and driver’s side damage. The trooper issued Duby several traffic tickets.
•  On Dec. 15 issued citations for trespassing and violating conditions of release to Elizabeth Armstrong, 66, of Addison. The trooper said Armstrong came onto the property of a Lake Street neighbor in Addison after being told she was not allowed; he said the violation of conditions related to an early case involving a dispute with the same neighbors. Armstrong is due to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Jan. 27.
• On Dec. 16 at 6:17 p.m. cited Jessica L. Whitney, 26, of Vergennes for a criminal count of driving with a suspended license on Interstate 91 at the U.S.-Canada border in Derby Line.
To help our fellow Vermonters struggling with hunger this holiday season, state police, in cooperation with Casella Waste Systems, are collecting food donations for the Vermont Foodbank. Those wishing to donate are asked to drop off packaged food at VSP barracks, including the state police barracks on Route 7 in New Haven.
Donations can be dropped off during business hours, Monday, Dec. 16, through Friday, Dec. 20.
Donations will be collected in large, 90-gallon recycling bins donated by Casella Waste. On Monday, Dec. 23, the bins will be collected by VSP troopers and delivered to regional food shelves across Vermont.
The Vermont Foodbank suggests the following non-perishable items for donation:
•  Canned tuna, salmon, sardines.
•  Peanut butter.
•  Cereal — all varieties.
•  Canned fruits — all varieties.
•  Canned vegetables — all varieties.
•  Canned meat — beef, pork, chicken.
•  Canned soups and chili.
•  Boxed meals.
•  Pasta and pasta sauce.
•  Diapers — all sizes.
•  Pet food — all varieties.
Those who would rather donate money are reminded that the Foodbank estimates that $1 pays for three meals. Supporting the Vermont Foodbank helps provide food for one in seven Vermonters.
Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of 270 food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs. In fiscal year 2013, the Foodbank distributed nearly 8.2 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, go online to www.vtfoodbank.org.

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