Vermont State Police Log: Threats lead to charges in Monkton

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police cited two people in Monkton after separate incidents involving threats and other violations.

In the first incident, troopers assisted the Department for Children and Families with a custody exchange at a Monkton residence on Aug. 11 at around 7:30 p.m. Police said that Nakita Brace, 36, of Monkton threatened the two DCF workers at the scene, placing them in fear of serious bodily injury. Brace was also engaged in fighting and tumultuous behavior directed toward the DCF workers.

On Aug. 22 troopers cited Brace for criminal threatening and aggravated disorderly conduct.

In a separate incident, state police received a complaint about an ongoing citizen dispute among North Camp Road neighbors in Monkton on Aug. 19 are around 8:30 a.m. Police were told that John Gargano, 66, of Monkton had made several attempts to enter a residence early that morning, damaging the home in the process. Later in the morning, police recounted, Gargano stood on the road near his neighbor’s residence yelling at them and threatening them with bodily harm.

Gargano turned himself in at the New Haven state police barracks, where troopers cited him for attempted burglary, unlawful mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal threatening.

In other recent activity, troopers:

  • On Aug. 7 at a little after 8 a.m. were dispatched to a dispute at a Whiting home. Police investigated and determined that Justin Lafave, 37, of Leicester had burnt belongings of a juvenile who was not at the residence at that time, in addition to threatening someone over the phone. Police caught up with Lafave later and cited him for third-degree arson, criminal threatening and disturbing the peace via electronic means.
  • On Aug. 17 at 9:48 a.m. went to calm a dispute at a Notch Road home in Bristol. Police said that Linda Donovan, 54, of Richmond and Mark Buschman, 68, of Bristol had both separately used their vehicles to block vehicular and pedestrian traffic in order to prevent a 40-year-old Bristol woman from leaving the residence.

Police cited Donovan for disorderly conduct and released her from the scene.

Buschman wasn’t there when police arrived, but troopers were called to a Hewitt Road address in Bristol two days later — around 8:53 a.m. on Aug. 19. Someone told state police that Buschman had trespassed on property he was prohibited from being on. Buschman later cane to the New Haven state police barracks and was cited for disorderly conduct in the Aug. 17 incident and for unlawful trespass in the Aug. 19 incident.

  • On Aug. 19 at a few minutes after 11 p.m. saw a vehicle speeding northbound on Route 7 in front of the New Haven barracks. Police clocked the vehicle at 89 mph in a 50 mph zone. While speaking with the juvenile operator, troopers detected indicators of impairment and screened the driver. After citing the juvenile for driving under the influence and negligent driving, police released them to a parent. The case will be adjudicated in Addison Family Court.
  • On Aug. 20 shortly before 7 p.m. responded to a report of an altercation outside a vehicle parked on River Road in Bristol. Troopers report that 29-year-old Stephan Belanger of Middlebury was a passenger in the vehicle when he attempted to grab the steering wheel and run the car off the road. When unsuccessful, Belanger intentionally caused bodily injury to an intimate partner, who was driving, police alleged. At the time of this incident, Belanger had active conditions of release requiring him to stay away from and not abuse his victim.

Police arrested Belanger and took him to the New Haven barracks, cited him for domestic assault, reckless endangerment and violation of conditions of release before releasing him to a sober party.

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