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Vermont State Police Log: Man died after crashing into tree

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police said a Middlebury man was killed when the Jeep he was driving struck a tree in Panton last week.
It was on Sept. 20 at around 9 a.m. that troopers responded to a one-car crash on West Road off Route 22A in Panton. Police found a 2004 Jeep Cherokee in the road containing an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat. They identified the man as 69-year-old James Warner.
Police report Warner’s vehicle struck a tree before coming to rest in the center of the road. The road was said to be dry and the weather clear.
Warner was taken to UVM Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
This crash is under investigation; anyone who witnessed this accident is asked to contact Trooper Ryan Normile at the New Haven barracks, 802-388-4919.
Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Vergennes Fire Department and Charlotte Volunteer Rescue Squad.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:
•  On Sept. 11 at 3:39 p.m. responded to a crash on Route 7 in Leicester. After investigating, police ended up citing Taylor Woodward, 26, of Brandon for driving with a criminally suspended license.
•  On Sept. 15 at approximately 1:30 p.m. logged a report of a suspicious woman entering a home off Gap Road in Goshen. When the residents of the home told the woman to leave, she displayed some bolt cutters, police report. 
The woman was later identified as Sarah Runnion-Bareford, 44, of Montpelier. She was last seen travelling north in a gray 2016 Mazda CX-5 bearing Vermont plates HDF 493. 
Runnion-Bareford is wanted for an arrest warrant out of Sullivan County, N.Y., for failure to appear for a previous theft charge. Anyone with information on her whereabouts or this incident is asked to contact Trooper Ryan Normile at 388-4919.
•  On Sept. 15 at around 11:45 p.m. saw a vehicle traveling south on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh at a high rate of speed and pass another vehicle unsafely. Police clocked the vehicle at 77 mph in a posted 50 mph zone. A chase ensued, during which speeds reached over 120 m.p.h., according to police.
The driver stopped the vehicle at Green Mountain Pet & Tack Supply in Ferrisburgh, and troopers chased the driver on food into the woods, VSO said. A K-9 track failed to produce the driver. Police said they found several containers of alcohol in the vehicle, identified as a 2007 Audi A6.
This case remains under active investigation. Anybody with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at 388-4919.
Troopers were assisted by Vergennes police.
•  On Sept. 16 a 12:30 p.m. stopped a car on Monkton Road in Vergennes and cited Abigail Fraser, 22, of Hinesburg for driving with a criminally suspended license
•  On Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. stopped a vehicle on Green Street in Vergennes and cited Nichole Fernandez, 24, of Waltham for driving with a criminally suspended license.
•  On Sept. 17 at approximately 2:29 p.m. saw Collin Bell, 37, of Bristol operating a motor vehicle on a public highway, knowing that Bell’s license was under civil suspension. Police also said Bell was under a court order not to drive. A trooper cited Bell for violation of conditions of release.
•  On Sept. 1 at 3:46 a.m. responded to a burglary alarm activation the Jolley Convenience Store in Ferrisburgh. Troopers determined two males had broken in and took an undisclosed amount of tobacco products. In addition, a vehicle was identified leaving the scene of the burglary, according to VSP. 
Shortly thereafter, Shelburne police located a vehicle matching the description and identified the driver as Jacob Robbins, 24, of South Burlington. Robbins and his vehicle also matched information provided from similar incidents in the areas of Colchester, Essex, South Burlington and Hinesburg. Upon review of surveillance footage provided by the Jolley Convenience Store, police identified Robbins as one of the males involved in the burglary at the Ferrisburgh Jolley. 
Police said they seized Robbins’s vehicle and impounded it at the New Haven barracks while obtaining a search warrant.
On Sept. 15, Robbins was located by Colchester Police and taken into custody on a warrant for parole violations. At the same time, Robbins was cited for armed robbery by South Burlington police. Police also cited Robbins to appear at Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, on Nov. 16 to answer to the charge of burglary in regard to the Jolley incident.
Robbins was jailed without bail.
VSP want the public’s assistance in locating the other man involved in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 802-388-4919. Anonymous tips can be submitted online at vtips.us or by calling 844-848-8477.
•  On Sept. 21 at approximately 11:16 p.m. saw two vehicles that appeared to be traveling well above the posted 50 mph speed limit on Route 7 and Town Hill Road in New Haven. Police determined the vehicles were traveling 91 m.p.h. 
The trooper stopped the vehicles and identified the drivers as both juveniles. He issued each of them speeding tickets carrying a $613 fine.
On Sept. 23, both juveniles were issued citations to appear before the Addison Superior Court Family Court to respond to the delinquent act of “negligent operation.”
•  On Sept. 23 at approximately 3:38 p.m. stopped a vehicle on Route 7 near Stage Road in Ferrisburgh after seeing the driver consuming a malt beverage while driving. Police learned the driver, identified as Richard Morgan, 42, of Charlotte, had an active warrant for his arrest.
Morgan was also issued a ticket for consuming alcohol while driving and for having a suspended license.
•  On Sept. 23 at 8:52 p.m., looked into the report of a single-vehicle crash on Green Street in Waltham. Troopers report Craig Shepard, 31, of Starksboro was driving north on Green Street when his vehicle left the right side of the road, struck a pole, rolled over and came to rest on its roof. Police cited Shepard for driving under the influence and had him taken to UVM Medical Center.
•  On Sept. 26 at approximately 8:39 p.m., approached a vehicle parked off Sand Road in Ferrisburgh. Troopers said driver Lucas Ramos, 23, of Fairfax showed signs of impairment, and that he had just been driving. Police screened Ramos and cited him for driving under the influence.
•  On Sept. 27 at approximately 8 p.m., were dispatched to the report of a family disturbance on Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester. Preliminary investigation indicated Travis Alger, 23, of Leicester “knowingly caused pain to a family member.” Police allege that while attempting to take Alger into custody he became combative and struck two troopers several times. They cited Alger for aggravated domestic assault, resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting a police officer.
•  At 1:02 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, were made aware of a threat of violence at the Addison Wayfinder Experience school — the school formerly known as Addison Central School. The school was placed into lockdown. Troopers responded to the school, located the individuals involved and were able to resolve the situation safely. No one was injured. Because of the ages of those involved, no further information was released by police.
•  On Sept. 28 at around 10 p.m., noticed the sound of a loud exhaust and witnessed a 2003 Subaru Forester operated by Philip Barker, 24, of Middlebury accelerate into the entrance of the Middlebury Hannaford supermarket from Court Street Extension. Police allege Barker passed another vehicle in an unsafe manner, drove through a stop sign, then squealed the vehicle’s tires leaving skid marks in the parking lot. Troopers cited Barker for negligent driving.

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