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Vermont State Police Log: Man cited for providing false identities to police

ADDISON COUNTY — On Oct. 17 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Vermont State Police got an anonymous tip regarding the whereabouts of Ralph Desmarais, 43, of Burlington, who was wanted for sexual exploitation and luring a child. Troopers located Desmarais at the Sugar House Motel in New Haven; police said he attempted to flee.

Troopers caught Desmarais, took him into custody without incident and transported him to the New Haven barracks for processing. During processing, police report, Desmarais provided two false identities in an attempt to implicate others. 

Police cited Desmarais for resisting arrest and giving false reports to a police officer, and lodged him at the Northwest State Correctional Facility without bail.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Middlebury police.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. logged a report that Sarah Waite, 35, of Bristol violated her conditions of release by sending text messages to a former intimate partner. At the time the messages were sent, Waite had active conditions of release stemming from a previous domestic assault, which prohibited her from contacting the victim.

Waite agreed to come to the New Haven for processing. After citing Waite for violation of conditions of release, police released her with more conditions.

• On Oct. 13 at around 10 minutes before 1 a.m. responded to a disturbance at the Sugar House Motel on Route 7 in New Haven. Police reported that Christopher Cormier, 51, of New Haven lost the key to his room, so he woke up five of his neighbors by yelling and knocking on their doors. Cormier then kicked down the door to his room, causing damage to the door owned by the landlord. Troopers cited Cormier for unlawful mischief and disorderly conduct.

• On Oct. 13 at around 6:45 a.m. closed 22A in Orwell between the intersection of Routes 22A and 73 (four corners) and Route 144 in Benson due to a crash. Police reopened the road about four hours later but did not provide details on the crash.

• Police closed Monkton Road between Hardscrabble and Bristol roads on the Monkton-Bristol border on Oct. 14 because of a traffic accident. State police received word that a 2017 Dodge Charger had run into a utility pole on Monkton Road at around 20 minutes after 5 p.m. that Friday. Troopers determined was driving northbound on the road with two nine-year-olds in the back seat when the passenger-side back rear tire entered a portion of a ditch and ultimately left the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

Everyone was wearing seatbelts, and no one was hurt; but the Dodge sustained significant front-end damage.

The Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Bristol Fire Department, Green Mountain Power, Bristol Police Department and EJM Towing.

• On Oct. 14 located a Monkton man who was wanted for a crime he allegedly committed on Sept. 23. State police report that on the 23rd of last month they received a report that John Gargano, 66, was trespassing on North Pond Road in Monkton when he entered and remained on property he was ordered not to occupy.

Through investigation into this incident police determined that Gargano also violated an active restraining order. Troopers were unable to make contact with him after several attempts. Ultimately, Gargano was located on Oct. 14 and cited for violation of a restraining order and unlawful trespassing.

• On Oct. 18 at around 7 30 p.m. responded to a report of a vehicle off the roadway on Green Street in Waltham. Police screened the driver, identified as 21-year-old Max Carson of Middlebury and cited him for driving under the influence and unlawful mischief.

• On Oct. 19 around 5:45 a.m. closed parts pf Route 22A between Hopkins Road in Vergennes and Addison Four Corners due to a motor vehicle accident. Police said power lines were involved but did not give more details than that.

• On Oct. 20 at a few minutes after 8 a.m. responded to a one-car crash near Monkton Road and Post Road in Monkton. Police report that a 16-year-old from Richford was driving the 2010 car southbound on Monkton Road heading to school when she said she drove too closely to the shoulder of the road on a curve, overcorrected, ran into the ditch causing the car to roll twice before landing up right. The driver sustained no serious injuries and provided no signs of impairment. The Monkton Fire Department helped out at the scene.

• On Oct. 20 between 7:50 and 8:45 a.m. closed Route 17 near Green Street in New Haven to clear a traffic accident.

• On Oct. 23 found a Ferrisburgh man wanted for his involvement in an Oct. 6 incident. At a little before 8 a.m. on Oct. 6, state police were notified of a disorderly man at the Jolley Mart on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. The man, later identified as 36-year-old Trevor Matton, left the store prior to the report.

Police investigated and determined that Matton engaged in violent and tumultuous behavior while in a public place and also discovered that Matton was wanted for failing to appear in court for a separate incident.

Troopers were able to make contact with Matton on Oct. 23 and cited him for disorderly conduct and for missing the court date.

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