Vermont State Police Log for Apr. 4

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police dealt with several problems on Addison County highways this past week, as well as investigated a domestic assault case.

In the assault case, troopers on March 29 at a few minutes after 5 p.m. received a report that one person was threatening another. Police said their investigation showed that James W. Jannene, 72, of Cornwall had threatened a domestic partner with a deadly weapon. 

State police arrested Jannene, took him to the New Haven barracks, cited him for first degree aggravated domestic assault and released him with conditions. 

Meanwhile, a road construction site flagger was hospitalized for treatment of injuries to his abdomen and lower extremities after being struck by a truck driven by a Middlebury man on Route 125 in Bridport on Thursday, March 28.

State police identified the injured flagger as 30-year-old Connor Joy of Bennington. Police said Joy was halting traffic mid-afternoon that Thursday when he was struck by an eastbound, 2014 Dodge Ram truck driven by 75-year-old James M. Ross.

State police said emergency responders took Joy to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

They said Ross — who was wearing a seatbelt — sustained “moderate” injuries that didn’t require a hospital visit. Police reported damage to the passenger-side headlight of the truck.

Following the incident, Ross was interviewed at the Vergennes Police Department, according to state police. They said the crash remains under investigation, and anyone with information to provide is encouraged to contact the VSP’s New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919. The investigating trooper is Gabriel Schrauf.

Separately, on March 27 just after 5 p.m., troopers from the Vermont State Police-New Haven Barracks responded to the vicinity of Route 17 and Route 125 for a report of a two-car crash with injury. During the course of the investigation police said they determined that driver Jonathon Deming, 65, of Vergennes fell asleep while driving. He subsequently crossed the center line and forced another vehicle off the road, police said. During the course of the events a female was injured and taken to UVM Medical Center for a reported minor injury. Police cited Deming for negligent driving. 

In another March 27 incident, at 9:18 p.m. a trooper observed a motor vehicle violation on Colorado Circle near the intersection of Route 7 in Salisbury and stopped the car. The officer screened driver Clifton C. Jagodzinski, 30, of Rutland Town for drunken driving and cited Jagodzinski for driving under the influence.

Finally, on April 2 just before 8 a.m. troopers responded to a report that a car had struck a utility pole on Hawkins Road, north of Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh. Police report that the 16-year-old driver was distracted by their cell phone, causing the driver to let the 2012 Ford Escape they were piloting to leave the roadway and strike a pole. The driver was transported to UVM Medical Center by ambulance for suspected minor injuries.

The driver was issued a ticket for being a “junior operator using a cell phone,” which carries a fine of $200 and two points on their insurance. The vehicle was a total loss.

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

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