Vermont State Police Log: Sledgehammer allegedly used in vandalism
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police arrested Panton man on Monday after he allegedly threw a sledgehammer through the window of a car.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, troopers responded to Jockey Lane in Ferrisburgh for a vandalism report. The victim reported there had been a sledgehammer thrown at the window of their vehicle.
While investigating, troopers received conflicting stories. The victim said he was driving his vehicle on Jockey Lane and saw a man, later identified as 29-year-old Matthew Redmond, standing on the side of the road. The victim reported Redmond ran into the road as he was driving by and threw a sledgehammer into the front windshield of the vehicle.
After a thorough investigation and new information was received on Feb. 13, state police arrested Redmond and took him to the New Haven VSP barracks. There, they cited Redmond for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, unlawful mischief and providing false information to a police officer.
Redmond is due to answer the charges in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on April 24.
In other the only other recent activity reported by the New Haven state police barracks, troopers:
• On Feb. 9 were alerted to the fact that two men on snowmobiles had left to cross Lake Champlain but had not been heard from. On Feb. 12 Vermont State Police, working with counterparts from New York, recovered the two men’s snowmobiles in the lake but as of Tuesday morning hadn’t located the men. See a full story here.
• On Feb. 10 at 5:25 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh. Police report that both vehicles were southbound on Route 7 and Harold E. Woods, 70, of Middlebury rear-ended the vehicle in front of him stopped at the intersection. State police did not identify the driver, make or model of the car that was struck. Police said Woods had fallen asleep prior to the collision. They cited him for careless and negligent driving.
• On Feb. 10 at 9:10 p.m. went to the scene of a one-car crash on Hardscrabble Road in Bristol. State police determined the vehicle slowly drifted off the road, inconsistent with the driver’s account of what had happened. The trooper observed signs of impairment in the driver, identified as 57-year-old Linda Lee Brunelle of Bristol; a drug recognition expert screened her. Police cited Brunelle for driving under the influence. The 2010 Subaru Legacy Brunelle sustained heavy damage but she was uninjured.
• On Feb. 12 at midnight, while conducted motor vehicle enforcement on Panton Road in Panton, saw a vehicle travelling east on the road at 84 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. Troopers stopped the vehicle on Panton Road, identified the driver as Nicholas Symula, 22, of Ferrisburgh, and cited Symula for speeding.
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