Vermont State Police Log: Panton man cited on several counts

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police jailed a Panton man on May 28 after he allegedly broke into a New Haven home and attacked an occupant.

On that Saturday at a little after 1 p.m., troopers from the New Haven barracks responded to Field Days Road for a report of a citizen dispute. Police were told that Seth Provencher, 37, of Panton had gone to the home and physically injured a former domestic partner. Police said that Provencher then assaulted the owner of the home and caused him serious bodily injury.

Troopers report that Provencher then damaged some property there then left in his vehicle.

Police found him on Route 17, took him into custody without incident and took him to the barracks for processing. State police cited Provencher for burglary, first degree aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault, unlawful mischief and disorderly conduct. They lodged him at the Northwest State Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

Two days later, state police arrested a Leicester man and charged him with multiple felonies after he allegedly threatened to kill two adults and two children who were related to his ex-girlfriend at the Moosalamoo Campground in Salisbury on May 30. As reported in the June 2 edition of the Independent, Leon Forrest, 41, pleaded innocent to two counts of aggravated stalking of a person under age 16, two counts of stalking, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of criminal threatening, one count of grossly negligent operation of a vehicle and one of driving under the influence. He was lodged with bail set at $5,000.

Forrest apparently came to the campground looking for his ex-girlfriend but found only her parents and two children, who were staying with them there. He allegedly screamed and threatened to kill them and the two young children at their campsite.

Meanwhile, Vermont State Police are looking for the public’s help finding the driver who crashed a 2017 GMC Sierra in Ripton on Friday night. Troopers responded to a one-car crash on Route 125 near Upper Plains Road at around 10:30 p.m. on June 3. When they got there. Police said the driver had left the scene, and nobody was with the vehicle.

Troopers searched the area with a K-9, along with Middlebury police and area fire and rescue squads; but they couldn’t find the driver.

Alcohol is a suspected contributing factor in this crash. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.

Separately, a motorcyclist suffered broken bones in a crash on Saturday afternoon. At around 10 minutes before 5 p.m. on June 4, troopers responded to a report of a single motorcycle crash on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh. Police report that Wight Manning, 52, of Waltham was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson southbound on Sand Road before leaving the lane at a curve in the road. He was ejected from the motorcycle and transported to UVM Medical Center with suspected broken bones.

Police said that Manning was driving without an ignition interlock device as required, so they cited him for that violation.

In other recent activity, troopers:

  • On May 22 at around 20 minutes after 4 a.m. logged a report that Tanya Brace, 33, of Leicester had violated her conditions of release. Police said Brace had violated orders of the court by contacting a prohibited person via telephone, texts and in person. Troopers arrested Brace on May 25 and cited her for three counts of violation of conditions of release.

Then, on May 27 at 7:01 p.m. state police received the report that Brace had violated her court ordered conditions of release at a home on Route 7 in Leicester. Police investigated and determined that she had violated her active court ordered conditions and had third party contact with an individual she was ordered not to.

Brace turned herself in at the Brandon Police Department and was released with a citation for violation of conditions of release.

  • On May 22 at a little after 4:30 p.m. received a report of an assault at a private home in New Haven. Troopers looked into the report and report that Ira Beaver, 39, of New Haven physically assaulted someone during a verbal dispute, causing injury. Police found Beaver and cited him for simple assault.
  • On May 25 at 17 minutes past midnight stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 near the intersection with Cady Road in Middlebury after observing a motor vehicle violation. While speaking with driver Jordan Lumsden, 26, of Rutland troopers detected indicators of impairment.

Lumsden refused to be screened for driving under the influence; police cited him for DUI refusal.

  • On May 29 at around 9:30 p.m. responded to a report of a family fight at a Hardscrabble Road home in Monkton. Police report that Stacey Benson, 40, of Monkton intentionally caused bodily injury to a household member and that she operated a vehicle while under the influence.

State police cited Benson for domestic assault and driving under the influence, then they released her to a sober party.

  • On May 31 around 4:30 p.m. got word that the driver in a vehicle parked at Champlain Beverage in Leicester was unresponsive. Troopers identified the driver as Moriah Donahue, 35, of Middlebury and cited her for driving under the influence of drugs and for driving with a criminally suspended license. Vergennes police helped with evaluation of Donahue’s condition.
  • On June 3 at a quarter to 8 p.m. responded to a crash involving a Jeep and a pickup truck at the intersection of Route 7 and River Road in New Haven. Neither driver — Amanda Wheeler, 33 of Addison and Scott Bissonette, 40, of Ferrisburgh — was injured. But the 2019 Jeep Cherokee that Wheeler was driving was reported to be a total loss, and Bissonnette’s GMC truck sustained minor damage. Police issued Wheeler a ticket for not obeying a stop sign. Police report that neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors in this crash.
  • On June 5 at around 5:30 p.m. logged a report of a violation of an abuse prevention order at Blaises Trailer Park in Bristol. After investigating, state police determined that Marcie Whittemore, 29, of Bridport came within 300 feet of a protected person and so they cited Whittemore for violation of an abuse prevention order.
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