Vermont State Police Log: Several domestic violence cases

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police dealt with a number of domestic violence cases in the county over the past week.

The first case involved a report of several domestic assaults between Jan. 17 and 27. On the 28th state police received a report of the attacks, and troopers investigated. They determined that Whitney Grady, 41, of Panton had assaulted a family/household member causing bodily injury. Additionally, police said, Grady damaged property that did not belong to him and placed a GPS tracking device on the victim’s vehicle.

Police located and arrested Grady on Jan. 29 and took him to the New Haven barracks for processing. Then they lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000.

Separately, police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at around 6 p.m. on Jan. 30 in Bristol. Their investigation led police to believe that 33-year-old Ricky Chobot, described by police as a transient, had violated an abuse prevention order by contacting a victim in person and coming within 300 feet of their residence. State police arrested Chobot and cited him for violation of an abuse prevention order.

In a different incident on Jan. 30, troopers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a Panton home at a little after 9 p.m. Police alleged that John Hatch, 33, of Panton caused bodily injury to a household member. They arrested Hatch and cited him for domestic assault, and released him with a court date the following day.

At around a quarter past 11 that night, state police logged a report that Hatch had violated his conditions of release. They said Hatch violated his conditions by contacting a victim through Facebook shortly after being released on the related charge. They arrested him again, took him to the New Haven barracks for processing again, and released him with another set of conditions and another citation to appear at the Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following day.

Finally, on Jan. 31 at 2:21 p.m. troopers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a Shoreham residence. Police alleged that Pamela Strong, 47, of Shoreham caused bodily injury to a household member and that she provided false information to deflect the investigation. She was cited for domestic assault and giving false information to a police officer.

Not all of the recent state police activity involved domestic violence. A deer running in the road Saturday, Jan. 22, caused a series of events that sent a young driver to the hospital.

Troopers report that a 17-year-old from Nassau, N.Y., was driving a 2021 Subaru Forester northbound on Route 22A in Orwell when a deer ran into the roadway near Brown Lane. The Subaru struck the deer and ended up stopped in the southbound lane facing north.

The vehicle then caught fire.

The Orwell Fire Department responded to the scene to put out the fire. The 17-year-old sustained minor injuries and was transported to Porter Hospital by Middlebury Regional EMS. Orwell First Response also responded to the scene.

Police shut down both lanes of Route 22A until the fire was extinguished and the roadway was salted.

In other recent activity, state police:

  • Cited a driver for impaired driving after checking out a report of a vehicle stuck in a snowbank on Stage Road near the intersection with Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh on Jan. 20 just before 10 p.m. Troopers screened driver Mark Zygaldo, 58, of Ferrisburgh for intoxication and cited him for driving under the influence. Police took Zygaldo to a detox center.
  • Issued multiple citations to a Shoreham man after responding on Jan. 23 at around 10:45 p.m. to a report of an active family fight at a Shoreham home. After looking into the matter, troopers alleged that Connor McCarthy, 37, of Shoreham had caused bodily harm to a household member and prevented them from contacting emergency services — all in front of children. Police took McCarthy into custody, took him to the New Haven barracks and cited him for domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services and committing assault in the presence of children. He was sent to detox.
  • On Jan. 24 cited Melissa Schauerte, 57, of Salisbury for custodial interference. The case dated back to a Dec. 24 call to state police about a custodial dispute in the Upper Plains Road area of Salisbury. Police said their investigation showed that Schauerte had violated a court order and knowingly kept a child away from their lawful custodian. Schauerte voluntarily turned herself in to the New Haven barracks on Jan. 24.
  • On Jan. 28 at 10:18 p.m. received the report that a motor vehicle had struck several mailboxes on Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh and left the scene. Police investigated and found that the vehicle struck two parked vehicles and three mailboxes.

Troopers located the vehicle on Hawkins Road and identified the driver as Olivia Wing, 30, of Milton. They cited Wing for driving under the influence, negligent driving and five counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

  • On Jan. 30 at 5:55 p.m. saw a car allegedly traveling at 80 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 22A in Addison and stopped the car. Troopers cited Skylar Many, 32, of Middlebury for speeding and for driving under the influence, test refusal.
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