Vermont State Police Log: Bristol fight draws state police

ADDISON COUNTY — A fight at a Bristol home this past Sunday afternoon resulted in charges for both combatants.

Just before 1 p.m. on Sept. 25, Vermont State Police were called to the fight on Route 116 South in Bristol. Troopers investigated the fight involving Ezra Dixon, 43, of Bellows Falls and Jeffrey Fortune, 30, of Bristol and determined that Dixon had caused serious bodily injury to Fortune, and that Fortune had caused bodily harm to Dixon.

Police later located Dixon at a nearby residence, took him to the Brandon Police Department and cited him for first-degree aggravated assault. Police located Fortune and cited him for simple assault. Both men were released with orders to answer charges in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division.

Troopers were assisted by Bristol Rescue and Brandon police.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On Sept. 24 at a little after 8 a.m. responded to a three-car crash on Route 116 south of the intersection with Drake Woods Road in the northeast corner of Bristol. Police said Don Ronaldson of Newport Beach, Calif., was driving a 2021 Ford Expedition southbound on Route 116 when he used a pull-off to make a proper U-turn. At that time, police said New Haven resident Thomas Case, 28, was not paying attention to the road while driving a 2006 Subaru Forester northbound on the highway, and by the time Case saw the Expedition there was not a reasonable distance to stop. 

In order to avoid a collision with Ronaldson’s SUV, Case apparently swerved into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a 2020 Chevy Equinox driven by Christopher Stone, 52, of South Burlington. No injuries were reported, but both Vermont vehicles sustained front-end damage. 

Police determined that neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors in this crash. Police issued Case a ticket for following too closely, which carries a fine of $220 and three points on his insurance.

• On Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. received a report of a domestic disturbance that had occurred earlier that day in Addison. Police looked into the report and determined that at around 2 p.m. on Sunday Kyle O. Nadeau, 55, of Colchester caused bodily injury to an intimate partner while driving together on Route 17 in Addison. Nadeau turned himself in at the Williston barracks, where he was cited for domestic assault.

• On Sept. 26 at around 7:10 p.m. received the report of a domestic disturbance on Upper Plains Road in Salisbury. Police reported that Erick Daniel McLaughlin ZeLaya, 39, of Salisbury caused bodily injury to a domestic partner, and that he had done so in front of a child. Troopers took McLaughlin ZeLaya to the New Haven barracks and cited him for domestic assault and for committing an offense in the presence of a child.  

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