Vermont State Police Log: Man cited for theft of steaks and maple syrup

ADDISON COUNTY — On June 2 Vermont State Police went to a home on West River Road in Lincoln to look into a theft complaint. Police determined that on May 30, June 1 and June 2 items such as steaks, maple syrup and money were stolen from a farm stand owned by William Roleau. 
Images of the perpetrator were taken during the theft, and with the help of the Bristol Police Department authorities identified the perpetrator as Bret Tardif, 27, of Waitsfield.
Tardif was summoned to the state police barracks in New Haven, and when he came there on June 5, police cited him for three counts of retail theft and one count of giving false information to a police officer. He was released and ordered to answer the charges in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on July 25.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:
•  On May 29 at a little past 7:30 p.m. received a report of a vehicle that had gone off the road near the intersection of Plank Road and South Middlebrook Road in Ferrisburgh. Police administered a preliminary breath test to the driver — identified as 20-year-old Joseph A. Gould of Addison — and the test results showed a blood alcohol content of 0.196 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit for driving. Gould was taken into custody and transported to the New Haven state police barracks, where he was processed and cited for driving under the influence.
•  On May 30 at approximately 8 a.m. responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 116 in Starksboro. The trooper reported that Allen Macknair, 68, of Petersburg, N.Y., told her he was driving southbound on Route 116 at approximately 45-50 mph when he fell asleep. The 2011 Chevy Silverado he was driving struck a guardrail and traveled down an embankment. Macknair reported no injuries as a result of the crash, but he was subsequently transported to UVM Medical Center as a precaution. The truck was a total loss. State police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the collision and no court action was expected.
•  On May 31 at approximately 9:17 p.m. received a report from Lincoln Road in Ripton that a man involved in a citizen dispute was stabbed with a knife and was outside a residence. State police arrived and found a man identified as 25-year-old Travis Huestis of Ripton. Police said their investigation showed that Huestis was involved in a physical altercation with other members in the household and was subsequently stabbed with a knife. Huestis was treated for his injuries a the University of Vermont Medical Center and cited for domestic assault.
•  On June 3 at 2:03 p.m. responded to a motorcycle crash on Route 100 in Granville. Police report that 44-year-old Tibor Pelle of Trumbull, Conn., was driving a 2014 Kawasaki VN1700-D southbound on Route 100 when the motorcycle travelled off the west side of the roadway into a ditch. Pelle sustained minor injuries but not taken to the hospital and the motorcycle was damaged on both sides.  State police were assisted by the Granville Volunteer Fire Department.
•  On June 6 at a little past 3 p.m. responded to a report of a burglary at a Route 125 East home in Bridport. Police said a 13-year-old came home from school and discovered the front door had been kicked in. The teenager immediately called 911 to report the burglary. State police arrived and cleared the residence and documented the scene. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact state police at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
Vermont State Police report that during special traffic enforcement operations over the Memorial Day weekend — May 23 to 30 — troopers made a total of 1,426 enforcement stops. These resulted in 638 tickets for speeding violations, and 402 speeding warnings. Over that period VSP recorded 87 crashes — 24 of those crashes resulted in injuries and five people were killed in four different crashes. Alcohol played a role in 14 crashes; 24 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.
Starting June 7 and running through Labor Day, Vermont State Police will be increasing enforcement efforts focusing on speed and aggressive driving on all state roadways. Called Operation STRIVE (Safe Travel on Roads In Vermont Everyday), the goal is to deter and identify hazardous violations that increase the risk of motor vehicle crashes.
So far in 2016, Vermont has seen 30 people die in traffic incidents.  This is a considerable increase is motor vehicle deaths compared to the last three year average at this time of year. Many of these collisions involve hazardous violations like speeding, lack of seatbelt use, distracted and impaired driving.
“While the role of law enforcement is keeping the public safe, this is also a matter of personal responsibility,” VSP Director Col. Matthew Birmingham said. “We ask that all who get behind the wheel remember that our children, our parents, our friends and neighbors, all share the road with you. Please choose to keep them and yourself, safe.  Most, if not all of these crashes are preventable. Our goal is to reduce crashes and strive for zero lives lost.”
In Operation STRIVE, troopers will be working collaboratively with other state, county and local law enforcement agencies in high-visibility enforcement  to reduce overall crashes on our highways.  The Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are providing support and funding for this campaign.

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