Vermont State Police Log: Assault, speeding, missing person occupy troopers’ time

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police issued a number of citations for driving under the influence over the past week.
Most recently, on Nov. 17 at 9:11 p.m. police stopped a motor vehicle on South Main Street in Whiting after observing a violation. After determining that driver Brian Paul, 37, of Ludlow was under the influence of drugs, Trooper Neary took him into custody. Paul was screened by a Drug Recognition Expert, and the final determination is pending the results of a blood test. Neary cited Paul for driving under the influence of drugs.
Paul is due to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Feb. 23.
Separately, on Nov. 12 at 10:28 p.m. state police stopped a motor vehicle driven by Jessica Clark, 28, of Bristol on Lower Notch Road in Bristol for a traffic infraction. The trooper said he tested Clark’s blood alcohol content and it measured 0.102 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. Trooper Szarejko cited Clark for driving under the influence, second offense.
This past Friday, Nov. 14, state police encountered Ernest M. Codding, 43, of Ripton driving a motor vehicle on Route 125 in Ripton at 9:09 p.m. A preliminary breath test showed that Codding’s blood alcohol content was 0.153 percent, police said, and they cited him for driving under the influence.
Finally, state police stopped a car driven by Kasandra Clark for speeding on Route 116 in Starksboro on Nov. 16 at 8:55 p.m. During the stop the trooper found that Clark, 30, of Starksboro, had prescription pills in her possession. Police cited Clark for possession of a regulated substance and DUI.
In other recent activity, state police:
•  On Nov. 11 at 7:39 p.m. responded to an accident with injury in Granville. No more information was available.
•  On Nov. 12 asked for the public’s help in finding a 14-year-old boy who went missing from his Monkton home on the afternoon of Nov. 11. Police said Wayne LaRose left home on foot after having been involved in an argument, and he was believed to be in the Monkton, Bristol, Vergennes or Starksboro areas. As of Nov. 14 police had not located the 14-year-old, and did not provide an update this week.
•  On Nov. 14 at 7:58 a.m. responded to an accident with damage in Hancock. No other information was available from state police at press time.
•  On Nov. 14 conducted a checkpoint on Route 125 in Ripton along with officers from the Addison County Sheriff’s Department and Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. Police report that at approximately 8:30 p.m. 52-year-old Tracy Yandow of Ripton approached the checkpoint at an unsafe speed and failed to yield to officers. When stopped, Yandow identified himself to officers and after checking his license, police cited him for driving with a criminally suspended license.
•  On Nov. 14 at 11:59 p.m. cited Timothy Buttner, 27, of Killington for speeding after stopping his car for traveling on Route 30 in Whiting at 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit of 50 mph.
•  On Nov. 15 at 4:20 p.m. responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 7 in New Haven. Police cited Whitney L. Grady, 34, of Middlebury for careless and negligent driving.
•  On Nov. 16 at 2:30 a.m. met with a female victim who came to the state police barracks in New Haven to report an assault that happened earlier in the morning. Through investigation police said they determined that 25-year-old Levi Dykema of Ferrisburgh got into an argument with and physically assaulted the female during a get together at their residence. Dykema on Nov. 17 pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a misdemeanor count of domestic assault. (See full story in this edition.)
•  On Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Gabriel Laberge, 19, of Shoreham on Richville Road in Shoreham for allegedly traveling more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit. The trooper cited Laberge for speeding.
•  On Nov. 17 at approximately 1:11 a.m. were called to a residence on Whitney Creek Road in Addison for a family fight. After a brief investigation police said they determined that Jerry Hoffman, 22, of Middlebury had pushed his girlfriend through a window. The female victim was treated and released at the scene for a minor injury. Hoffman, who had run into the woods barefoot, was found and taken into custody; police said he had sustained a self-inflicted laceration. After he was treated at Porter Hospital and released, Hoffman was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $2,500 bail. Later on Nov. 17, Hoffman pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. (See full story in this edition.)
•  On Nov. 17 at 11:10 a.m. responded to an accident with damage in Hancock. No other information was available from state police at press time.
Also, on Nov. 13 and 14, detectives from VSP New Haven conducted a Sex Offender Registry compliance check. Detectives contacted subjects in Addison County listed on the registry in order to ensure their listed addresses are in fact their valid residences.
Police checked 44 individual sex offenders. Compliance was confirmed on seven subjects with the assistance of local Probation and Parole officials. Detectives worked to contact the remaining subjects. In all 41 were found to be compliant with the law, with three still remaining to be followed up with in coming days to determine any potential criminal action.

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