Vermont State Police Log: Man cited for domestic assault in front of child

ADDISON COUNTY — On May 21 at around 9 p.m. Vermont State Police received a call from a person reporting a possible assault that took place earlier in the evening in Hancock.
After interviewing people close to the incident and examining the physical evidence, Sgt. Rich Slusser determined that it was probable that an assault did in fact occur.
He arrested 53-year-old Timothy Needham of Hancock without incident and cited him for domestic assault committed in the presence of a child.
In other recent activity, state police:
•  On April 19 at approximately 6 p.m. responded to a citizen dispute at a Lake Street home in Addison. After a short investigation a trooper arrested 46-year-old Nichole Nimblett of Essex Junction for allegedly violating a relief from abuse order, took her to the New Haven state police barracks for processing, and released her after citing Nimblett for violating a relief from abuse order. Eleven days earlier state police had cited Nimblett for unlawful mischief and aggravated disorderly conduct relating to an incident at the same Lake Street address.
•  On April 22 at 6:50 p.m. a trooper from the New Haven barracks stopped a motor vehicle on Main Road in Huntington for a defective equipment violation and ended up arresting the driver — identified as 28-year-old Walter Champney of Bolton — for failing to appear in Washington Superior Court. Champney was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington on $250 bail.
•  On April 23 at approximately 1:30 a.m. investigated what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on Route 7 in the town of Leicester. The vehicle was parked, but running in a pull-off with the driver’s door open.
The trooper said the driver, identified as Jason McConnell of Whitehall, N.Y., showed signs of impairment and was subsequently screened for driving under the influence. A preliminary breath sample showed that McConnell’s blood alcohol content was 0.088 at 1:39 a.m.; the legal limit for driving is .08. Police cited McConnell for driving under the influence.
•  On April 23 at 1:20 p.m. stopped a car for speeding on Route 7 in New Haven and arrested and cited a passenger — 20-year-old Zachariah Rusk of New Haven — for violation of court conditions of release. Police said Rusk was in violation of his curfew.
•  On April 23 at about a quarter to midnight went to a one-car crash on Route 30 at Parker Lane in Wells. Upon arrival, police saw the vehicle — a 2008 Chevy Cobalt — on its roof off the traveled portion of the highway and the driver, a 27-year-old Goshen woman, being evaluated by a local rescue squad. The driver told police that she believed she was hit by an oncoming car, which caused her to leave the traveled portion of the highway. The trooper reported that his investigation did not indicate another vehicle struck the Cobalt; however, anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact state police at 802-773-9101. The trooper reported that he believed the Goshen driver left the traveled portion of the highway and over corrected, causing the vehicle to skid across the center line and leave the highway where it regained traction and rolled onto its roof. No court action was expected. The car was considered a total loss, but the driver was uninjured.

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