Vermont State Police Log: VSP seeks help in two assault cases

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police issued a citation after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at an Otter Creek Road home in Addison at 8:42 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Through investigation troopers said they discovered that Russell Kinsley, 69, of Addison had struck and caused bodily injury to a domestic partner. Police said he had a prior conviction for domestic assault. 

Kinsley had fled the home before state police got there, but he later turned himself in at the New Haven barracks. Police cited him for second-degree aggravated domestic assault.

Meanwhile, state police are seeking help from the public on a case in Ferrisburgh.

On Sept. 28 troopers received a report that between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. an unknown man in a U-Haul van approached the Jiffy Mart in Ferrisburgh and harassed a woman. It was reported the male ultimately exposed himself to the woman and then fled. 

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone who might have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Anthony of the New Haven Barracks at 802-388-4919.

State police are also soliciting help from the public in another Sept. 28 incident. At around 6 p.m. that Wednesday the New Haven barracks logged a reported assault at a home off Route 116 South in Bristol. Troopers spoke with a female resident, who reported an unknown man driving a white truck entered the property. The female reported she was outside when this man approached her asking questions before assaulting her. The woman said she was able get away from the man before he fled the property. 

The woman sustained minor injury but told police she did not require medical attention.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone that might have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Steven Gelder of the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On Sept. 28 at 6:53 p.m. were dispatched to a two-vehicle, head-on crash with injuries on Route 12A in East Granville, citing one of the drivers. Police found that both vehicles — a 2008 Honda Pilot driven by Hallie Nelson, 22, of Waterbury and a 2018 Toyota Tacoma driven by Karen Hedding, 46, of Roxbury — were totaled and in the roadway.  The White River Valley Ambulance Service took both drivers to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

Police report that the Honda was southbound on Route 12A in Granville and crossed the center line and collided with the Toyota. Police said Nelson, the driver of the Honda, displayed signs of impairment. Later they cited Nelson for driving under the influence. 

• On Sept. 30 at a few minutes before 5 p.m. stopped a vehicle for alleged speeding near the intersection of Route 7 and Dog Team Road in New Haven. Troopers alleged John Illick, 69, of Middlebury was clocked by radar at 87 mph in a 50 mph zone in heavy traffic. Police cited Illick for negligent driving and later mailed him a speeding ticket that added two points to his insurance and levied a fine of $558.

• On Friday, Sept. 30, at a little after 11 p.m. closed the northbound lane of Route 7 near Foote Street in Middlebury due to a crash involving a motorcycle and a car. Middlebury police dealt with the crash (see Middlebury Police Log in this edition). State police reopened the road fully by a quarter after midnight.

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