Vermont State Police Log for Jan. 12

NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police reported that a Leicester man just could not stay away from a Leicester Whiting Road property last week even though he had court orders commanding that he stay away.

Troopers were called to the Leicester home at 8:31 p.m. on Jan. 4 for a reported dispute. Officers investigated and said that Christopher Bridgmon, 36, violated his court-ordered conditions of release by contacting a woman at the home. Troopers arrested Bridgmon, took him to the New Haven barracks and cited him for violation for conditions of release.

A few hours after Bridgmon’s court hearing on Jan. 5, state police were called to the Leicester home at 7:30 p.m., again for a dispute. Troopers reported that Bridgmon violated three sets of court-ordered conditions by contacting the same woman and a man at the home. Police said their investigation also showed that Barbara Bridgmon, 66, of Leicester joined Christopher Bridgmon in causing public annoyance by making unreasonable noise at night. 

Police cited Barbara Bridgmon for disorderly conduct, and they took Christopher Bridgmon to the barracks and cited him for violation of conditions of release and disorderly conduct. 

Finally, on Saturday, Jan. 7, at around 2:30 p.m., troopers were called again to the Leicester home. They said Christopher Bridgmon violated his court-ordered conditions of release by remaining on the property. Police took him to the barracks for the third time, was cited for violation of conditions of released, and released … with conditions. 

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:

• On Jan. 4 at just after 11 a.m. troopers responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Route 7 at the intersection with Holman Road in Salisbury. Police report that a 2021 Nissan Rogue driven by a 61-year-old Rochester woman was following too closely a Casella garbage truck on a wet road in the rain and the Rogue could not stop in time and rear-ended the garbage truck. Neither driver was injured, according to police, but both vehicles were considered total losses.

Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Salisbury Fire Department and Middlebury Regional EMS.

On Jan. 7 at 11:31 p.m. stopped a car after seeing a violation on Route 116 South in Bristol. Police cited Robert Martineit, 40, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, third offense.

• On Jan. 9 at around 9:29 p.m. responded to a reported one-vehicle rollover crash on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Troopers said the driver and only person in the Ford F350 pickup truck, identified as Owen Arnold, 28, of Charlotte, was taken to UVM Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Police said that Arnold was driving northbound on Route 7 at approximately 50 mph when the pickup veered off the northbound lane, struck a fence, rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side. Police cited Arnold for driving under the influence. The pickup was totaled.

Vergennes police assisted state police at the scene.

• On Jan. 9 at a few minutes after 9 p.m. were told about a stopped vehicle blowing its horn in the vicinity of Route 116 and Notch Road in Bristol. Troopers spoke with the driver, identified as Scott Bennett, 38, of Essex Junction. They cited Bennett for driving under the influence of drugs, third offense, and driving with a criminally suspended license.

Troopers were assisted Middlebury police.

• On Jan. 10 issued a press release regarding the resolution of a case from last summer. Police report that over several days in May and June 2022, Joseph Craig, a 22-year-old transient, touched an adult woman in a sexual manner at the Subway restaurant in Ferrisburgh, where they were both working at the time. After investigating, state police last week cited Craig for two counts of prohibited conduct. 

Police said Craig is currently incarcerated at the Northwest State Correctional Facility for an unrelated offense. 

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