Vermont State Police Log for Sept. 22

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police again this past week dealt with cases of Vermonters hurting their neighbors and domestic partners.

On Sept. 16 at a little before 9 p.m. troopers received the report of a domestic disturbance on Capital Hill Drive in Shoreham. Through investigation police said they determined that Ruth Talentino, 39, of Shoreham caused bodily injury to a domestic partner. Troopers arrested Talentino, took her to the New Haven barracks and cited her for domestic assault.

Separately, on Sept. 18 state police received a report at 6:30 p.m. of a dispute on Silver Street in Monkton. Troopers again looked into the incident and determined that Milton residents Heather Rayta, 36, and Richard Rayta, 39, caused bodily injury to a Monkton woman. While on scene, troopers said they also discovered that Heather Rayata assaulted and caused bodily injury to a former domestic partner during the altercation. 

Police took Heather Rayta into custody by troopers of the Williston barracks and took her to the New Haven Barracks and cited her for domestic assault and simple assault. They cited Richard Rayta for simple assault.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On Sept. 17 at approximately 7:26 p.m. observed a vehicle speeding on Route 4 in West Rutland and stopped the car. Police report that Jerry Tanner, 40, of Leicester showed signs of impairment, and they administered standard field sobriety tests. Ultimately, police cited Tanner for driving under the influence and negligent driving.

• On Sept. 19 issued a call for information from the public on an incident that day in Addison. Police said that sometime on Monday someone had shot a bullet through the windows on a tractor in West Addison. The tractor owner told police that in July his tractors had been similarly vandalized. No one was hurt during these incidents.  

Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to call the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919, or leave an anonymous tip online at

• On Tuesday around 3:30 a.m. closed Route 7 in Ferrisburgh between Little Chicago Road and Stage Road, due to a structure fire. Firefighters from five departments helped an elderly resident escape from a burning home near Greenbush Road and then extinguished the fire. No one was injured but the home was a complete loss. See story on Page 2A.

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