Vermont State Police Log: Police rush to stop reported altercation

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police raced to a Greenbush Road home in Ferrisburgh at a little after 6 p.m. this past Sunday, June 26, to stop an altercation that was reportedly taking place there.

Troopers investigated and determined that Brandon Bothwell, 33, of Ferrisburgh had physically assaulted an intimate partner during the incident. Police arrested Bothwell without incident, took him to the New Haven state police barracks and cited him for first-degree aggravated domestic assault.

Per order of the court, they lodged Bothwell at the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000.

In other recent activity, troopers:

  • On June 21 reported that at a little before 11 a.m. that morning members of The Howard Center had found a Waltham man with Alzheimer’s Disease who had been reported missing a day earlier. Police said Robert Companion, 70, was found in the area of Pearl and St. Paul streets in Burlington.
  • On June 21 at around 10 minutes before 7 p.m. responded to a report of a crash involving a Toyota Prius and a dump truck at the intersection of Route 116 North and Meehan Road in Bristol. State police report that Gavin Kouwenhoven, 18, of Bristol was driving a Prius westbound on Meehan Road at the same time that Adam LaFountain, 41, of Starksboro was driving a Freightliner dump truck northbound on Route 116. Police allege that Kouwenhoven entered the intersection without stopping at the stop sign, causing a sideswipe collision.

No one was injured in the crash, but the Prius was totaled and the dump truck sustained front-end damage. Bristol Fire and Bristol Rescue assisted state police at the scene.

Police issued a traffic ticket for failing to obey a stop sign.

  • On June 24 at a little before 7:30 p.m. responded to a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 116 and Hunt Farm Road in Bristol. Police said that Cody Gaylor, 33, of Pawlet was driving a 2009 BMW R1200GS solo northbound on Route 116 when he went around a corner and lost control of his motorcycle, crossing the center line and going into a ditch, before going air born with the motorcycle.

Bristol Rescue Squad took Gaylord to UVM Medical Center to be treated for neck and head injury.

The motorcycle sustained minor damage.

Police said neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors in this crash.

The Bristol Fire Department helped out at the scene.

  • On June 24 at 10:13 p.m. saw a vehicle southbound on Route 7 in Salisbury at an excessive speed. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, which fled south on Route 7 at speeds of over 100 mph, passing multiple other vehicles on the left with extreme recklessness and did not stop. Troopers did not pursue the vehicle.

But state police later identified the driver as Makayla Kimball, 21, of Middlebury, and they took her into custody on June 25. In addition to giving her multiple traffic tickets, police cited Kimball for eluding police, grossly negligent driving and speeding.

  • On June 25 at one minute before 5 p.m. answered a call to an address on Ethan Allen Highway in New Haven a reported trespasser. State police cited Christopher Bingham, 60 of New Haven for unlawful trespass.
  • On June 28 arrested Peter Newton, 50, of Middlebury and cited him for sexual assault (substantial impairment), sexual assault (fear of imminent bodily injury), second-degree unlawful restraint and domestic assault. The charges followed a Feb. 26 domestic disturbance call at Newton’s home.

Newton is the Addison County sheriff.

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