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Vermont State Police Log: Woman cited for grand larceny

ADDISON COUNTY — A Berlin woman faces burglary and grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a dog from a Leicester home.

On Sept. 24 at around 6 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a burglary at a Route 7 home in Leicester. Troopers said they determined that Patricia Dukette, 57, of Berlin had entered the residence without permission and took a dog.

The dog was returned to its owner on Sept. 26, and police cited Dukette into Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Oct. 25 to answer the burglary and larceny charges.

Also, on July 19 at 4:25 p.m. state police were contacted regarding a possible family fight on Old Stage Road in Granville. Police alleged that Jozef Ellers, 29, of Granville had assaulted a household member. Ellers fled the residence before troopers arrived, but police found him in Rochester. They cited him for aggravated domestic assault.

A Sept. 22 crash between a van and an agricultural truck sent the van driver to the hospital.

Shortly after 9 a.m. that Wednesday, troopers responded to a crash on Route 7 near Lotsawater Road in Salisbury. Police report that Christina Hernandez, 36, of Brandon was driving a 2014 Chrysler van southbound on Route 7 when the van struck a 2005 Chevrolet truck driven by William Nop, 50, of Salisbury, who was stopped waiting to turn left.

Hernandez was transported to Porter Medical Center for minor injuries. Nop was not injured in the crash. The van was considered a total loss, while the agricultural truck sustained moderate damage.

VSP were assisted by the Salisbury Fire Department, Middlebury Regional EMS, Mike’s Towing and Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

On Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m., troopers stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 near the New Haven Jiffy Mart after observing several traffic violations. After conducting standard field sobriety tests, police cited Joyce Petersen, 73, of New Haven for driving under the influence of drugs.

Back in Granville, state police on Sept. 26 at a little before 7 p.m. received a call reporting that Vincent Gibbs, 51, of Granville threatened suicide and his house was burning down. The Granville Volunteer Fire Department responded to Gibbs’s residence and found gasoline on the floor throughout the house. Gibbs arrived on scene but left quickly and the firemen stated he was acting strange.

Further down the road another fireman saw Gibbs in his black Chevrolet Monte Carlo and stated he was driving erratically. Troopers found Gibbs at a relative’s house in Hancock. Upon further investigation, they determined that Gibbs was under the influence of intoxicants, and they took him into custody and cited him for driving under the influence of drugs.

Gibbs was transported to Gifford Medical Center by troopers where he refused medical treatment. The arson investigation is ongoing.

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