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Vermont State Police Log: Family disturbance draws state troopers

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police got a report of a family disturbance at a home on Fern Lake Road in Leicester on June 24 at a few minutes before 10 p.m. While troopers attempted to investigate, police allege that Joshua Runnells, 44, of Leicester, impeded them by attempting to prevent police officers from speaking with the alleged juvenile victim. 

Police said they took Runnells into custody for safety purposes, at which time he actively resisted the troopers. After a struggle, Runnells was placed under arrest. 

 While attempting to place Runnells under arrest, police said Erinn Landry, 41, of Leicester, hindered the arrest by charging at troopers with a child in her arms. Once the child was safely removed from Landry’s arms, she was placed into custody after another struggle, police said. 

Troopers took Runnells and Landry to the New Haven state police barracks for processing. Police cited Runnells for impeding public officers, and cited Landry for hindering an arrest and cruelty to a child 

In other recent activity, state police:

• On June 19, stopped a vehicle driven by Moriah Donahue, 36, of Middlebury on Court Street in Middlebury and cited her for driving with a criminally suspended license.

• On June 23 at around 6:30 p.m., stopped a vehicle on Fern Lake Road in Leicester. While speaking with driver Makayla Hatch, 25, of Leicester, the trooper detected indicators of impairment and screened Hatch for driving under the influence. State police took Hatch to the Vergennes Police Department for processing and cited her for driving under the influence of drugs. Noting that there was a juvenile in her car, troopers also cited Hatch for cruelty to a child.

• On June 23 at 9:50 p.m., stopped a vehicle on Route 7 near Three Mile Bridge Road in Middlebury and cited Bayly J. Larock, 23, of Starksboro, for driving under the influence of drugs.

• On June 24 at around 2:30 p.m., while conducting speed enforcement near the intersection of Route 7 and West Salisbury Road in Salisbury, saw a red SUV speeding northbound on Route 7 and passing another vehicle. Police said they confirmed a speed of 96 mph in a 50 mph zone. The trooper stopped the SUV and cited Brett Woodard, 50, of Rutland, for excessive speed.

• On June 24 at around 6 p.m., responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 17 near the intersection with Route 23 in Addison. Police said a Vergennes 16-year-old was driving a 2008 Jeep Liberty westbound on Route 17 at a speed that was too fast for the rainy weather and wet road conditions. The driver lost control of the vehicle, crossed the centerline, struck a guardrail off the eastbound lane, and came to a stop in the center of the road. No injuries resulted. Police issued a traffic ticket for unreasonable and imprudent speed for conditions and hazards, which carries a fine of $220 and two points on their insurance.

Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Addison Fire Department and Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. 

• On June 25 at around 11:45 a.m., responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Routes 22A and 17 in Addison. Police said Susan Curtis, 68, of Addison, was driving a 2017 Chevy Cruze southbound on Route 22A through a flashing yellow signal, while Bobby Bennett, 43, of Starksboro was driving a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound on Route 17 and came to a complete stop at a flashing red signal. After stopping, Bennet’s Jeep entered the intersection without yielding to the Chevy Cruze, police alleged, and the front end of the Jeep struck the driver’s side of the Cruze. No injuries were reported. Police ticketed Bennett. 

Troopers were assisted by members of the Addison Fire Department and Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. 

• On June 26 at around 1:40 p.m., responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Rockydale Road and Blaise’s trailer park in Bristol. State police report that Majorie A. Porter, 74, of Bristol, was driving a 2022 Chevrolet Equinox westbound on Rockydale Road when the car crossed the centerline and struck the driver’s side of an eastbound 2019 Audi Q5 driven by Christine Fraioli, 71, of Lincoln. Both drivers were taken to UVM Medical Center for injuries.

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

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