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Vermont State Police Log: Car crash claims a life

ADDISON COUNTY — A former Vergennes resident, 60-year-old Robin Jones of Middlesex, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ferrisburgh late Saturday afternoon.
On Oct. 24 at approximately a quarter to 5 p.m., Vermont State Police received a report of the crash with injuries on Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh.
Troopers report that Mu Kwarta Bu, 37, of Utica, N.Y., was driving a 2012 Honda Civic southbound on Hawkins Road into the intersection at Little Chicago Road, where the Honda collided with a 2004 GMC truck driven by Jones.
Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch off the eastbound lane of Little Chicago Road. Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took Jones to UVM Medical Center in Burlington, where he died from injuries he sustained in the crash.
Bu and his three passengers — Htun Htun Win, 28; Ta Nah Htoo, 57; and Law Blat, 35; all of Utica — sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Both vehicles were considered to be total losses.
Police report that the weather was clear and the road was dry.
State police are investigating this crash; anyone who may have witnessed it is asked to contact Trooper Ovchinnikoff at the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.
Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Ferrisburgh Fire Department.
In other recent activity, state police officers:
•  On Oct. 21 at around 11:21 p.m. looked into to a report of a disturbance on Main Street in Shoreham. Police investigated and report that Brian Baldwin, 48, of Middlebury criminally threatened a Shoreham resident and they allege that he lied to troopers in an attempt to deflect an investigation. State police cited Baldwin for criminal threatening and for making false reports to law enforcement authorities.
•  On Oct. 22 at 11:45 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street in Middlebury after observing a motor vehicle violation. Troopers decided to screen driver Michael M. Mientka, 26, of Leeds, Mass., for driving under the influence of drugs and subsequently arrested him for suspicion of DUI, drugs. While taking him into custody, troopers allege that Mientka resisted their attempts to place him under arrest and in a public place used abusive and obscene language including racial and homophobic slurs, made unreasonable noise, and obstructed vehicular traffic. 
Police also reported that Mientka caused damage to property while having no right to do so.
Troopers took Mientka to the New Haven barracks for processing and later jailed him at the Southern State Correctional Facility with a citation to answer the charges of DUI (drugs), resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Dec. 14.
Troopers were assisted on scene by Middlebury and Vergennes police.
•  On Oct. 23 at around 1 p.m. were advised to be on the lookout for an erratic driver on Route 7 near the intersection with Lime Kiln Road in New Haven. State police made contact with the described vehicle in the city limits of Vergennes. They ended up citing John Cunningham, 46, of Bristol for driving with a suspended or revoked license and for negligent driving.
•  On Oct. 24 at approximately 2:22 a.m. responded to a crash on Morgan Horse Farm Road near the Pulp Mill Bridge in Weybridge. Troopers said that Harley Allen, 21, of Bristol was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 southbound on Morgan Horse Farm Road when the pickup truck left the roadway, struck a guard rail off the opposite side of the road, and collided with the center dividing structure of the Pulp Mill Bridge. Middlebury Regional EMS took Allen to Porter Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Police cited Allen for driving under the influence, second offense; driving with a criminally suspended license; and negligent driving. Middlebury police and firefighters assisted at the scene.
•  On Oct. 24 received a report of a family fight that had occurred in Panton the previous evening at around 11:30 p.m. Police investigated and determined that Donovan Lamothe, 20, of Panton had caused serious bodily injury to a person younger than 16. Police cited Lamothe for aggravated domestic assault and cruelty to a child.

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