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Vermont State Police Log: Police wrap up child cruelty case

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week wrapped up a three-month investigation into a suspected case of cruelty to a Bridport child.

In December, detectives assigned to the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and officials with the Vermont Department for Children & Families began investigating. On March 23, they cited Jeanne Bergeron, 61, of Brandon for cruelty to a child in Brandon.

Bergeron is scheduled to answer the charge in Rutland County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on May 2.

Separately last week, a March 23 two-vehicle crash resulted in one driver being taken to the hospital

On that Wednesday at around 5:39 p.m., troopers responded to the crash on Route 7 at the intersection with Lime Kiln Road in New Haven. Police report that Shelby Hallock, 18, of Burlington was driving a 2012 Ford F-250 pickup truck northbound on Route 7, while Eric Heller, 65, of Monkton, was driving a 2004 Saab 95 southbound on Lime Kiln Road. Police said Hallock turned right onto Lime Kiln Road and struck a telephone pole before returning to the roadway and striking Heller’s Saab head-on.

Both vehicles were totaled, and the telephone pole was knocked over. Route 7 in the area of this crash was reduced to one lane for more than an hour.

Hallock, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to UVM Medical Center for suspected minor injuries. No injuries were reported for Heller.

Police issued Hallock traffic tickets for driving outside her lane and not wearing a seatbelt.

Meanwhile, on March 27 at a little before 1:30 a.m., troopers saw what they perceived to be a vehicle engaged in a moving violation on Hollow Road in Ferrisburgh, and they stopped the car. They identified the driver as 26-year-old Andre Letourneau of Ferrisburgh.

While speaking with Letourneau, police detected indicators of impairment, and identified a passenger as a juvenile. Troopers screened Letourneau, placed him under arrest, took him to the New Haven barracks and cited him for driving under the influence and reckless endangerment.

They then released Letourneau to a sober party.

Finally, on Monday morning, when many Vermont roads were slick and slippery with a coat of ice, state police closed Route 22A in Addison for five hours due to multiple vehicle crashes. The road was closed at around 5:23 a.m. from Addison Four Corners south to Route 125 in Bridport.

Police announced that Route 22A was open again at 10:41 a.m. As of Tuesday afternoon, state police hadn’t provided specific details on the number or nature of the crashes.

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