Vermont State Police Log: Gun, alcohol, auto violations occupy troopers

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police during the first full week of the year were called to an incident in which a man was waving a gun around, responded to a three-vehicle crash with injuries, cited a couple of local men for driving under the influence, cited a Vergennes woman for driving without a license, and took a report of a theft from a work site.
On Jan. 6 at approximately 11:38 a.m. troopers responded to a possible weapons offense in the village of Ferrisburgh. After investigating, Trooper Flansburg reported that Duane A. Cross, 40, of Milton had travelled to 176 Atkins Farm Road, exited his vehicle, displayed a firearm, pointed the firearm into the air and fired a shot.
Several contractors and workers were present at the time of the incident, Flansburg reported.
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the New Haven state police barracks at 802-388-4919 or to submit an anonymous tip by texting “CRIMES” (274637) with keyword: VTIPS or going online to vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
Separately, state police responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 7 in Waltham on Jan. 8 at 8:02 a.m. Police report that a gold Subaru Forester driven by 30-year-old Aarin Malzac of East Middlebury came to a stop on Route 7 in order to make a left turn when it was rear-ended by a white Nissan NV2000 driven by Kenneth Baron, 48, of Brandon causing extensive damage to both vehicles. Before that accident could be cleared, a black Dodge Ram pickup driven by Kaitlyn E. White, 29, of Monkton rear-ended Baron’s Nissan, causing minor front-end damage to the Dodge.
Malzac was transported to Porter Hospital for treatment of what troopers called “minor injuries” to her right shoulder and neck.
Twice last week state police cited Addison County men for DUI.
First, on Jan. 7 at 8:50 p.m., a trooper cited David L. Hills, 53, of Ripton for driving under the influence. State police said they spoke to Hills at the Exit Four Sunoco gas station in Dummerston and determined that he had been driving while under the influence of alcohol. Hills’ blood alcohol content tested at 0.257 percent; the legal limit is 0.08 percent. Police lodged Hills at the Southern State Correctional Facility until he was sober.
Then, on Jan. 9 at 2:39 p.m., a trooper stopped a motor vehicle driven by Bruce W. Pierce, 53, of Ferrisburgh on Greenbush Road in Charlotte for a traffic infraction. The trooper reported that Pierce had consumed alcohol during the course of the day and a preliminary test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.089 percent. The officer said Pierce resisted arrest. He was subdued and transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing. Pierce was cited for driving under the influence, second offense, and resisting arrest.
Meanwhile, on Jan. 10 at 6:50 p.m. a trooper stopped a 2009 Mazda MZ3 on Interstate 89 northbound in Sharon and cited the driver, 38-year-old Vergennes resident Beth L. Johnson, for driving with a criminally suspended license.
Finally, on Monday, Jan. 12, at 9:49 a.m. state police received a complaint that over the weekend two rolls of PV cable were stolen from the solar panel construction site adjacent to the New Haven barracks. Police were told that the wire stolen was worth approximately $2,800. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call VSP at 802-388-4919 or to submit an anonymous tip as described above.

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