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Vermont State Police Log for May 16

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last Wednesday received multiple 911 calls reporting a crash in which a motorcycle struck a car on Route 7 in New Haven, knocking both vehicles off the road and severely injuring the cyclist.

Police said that Michelle McCauley, 61, of New Haven was driving a 2022 Chevy Bolt northbound on Route 7 waiting to make a left turn into the Tourterelle Restaurant parking lot at about 6:15 p.m. when a southbound 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle approached on a blind curve. The weather was described as cloudy.

The motorcycle, driven by Benjamin Krans, 35, of Sudbury, collided with the Bolt, driving both vehicles off the highway. Krans flew off the bike and landed through a fence, damaging himself and the fence. The Bolt came to a stop in the yard of the restaurant. 

McCauley was reported to be uninjured, but Krans was taken by Middlebury Regional EMS to Porter Hospital for suspected serious injuries.

State police was assisted by the New Haven Fire Department and Snow & Tow Towing.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Trooper Nicole Twamley at the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On May 7 issued a citation to Thomas Ferguson, 58, of Bridport after a months-long investigation. On Dec. 17, 2023, detectives with the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, assigned to the New Haven Barracks, began an investigation into an incident that occurred on Aug. 2, 2022. After a lengthy investigation, police said they learned that Ferguson committed the offense of lewd and lascivious conduct upon an adult victim. Last week state police cited him for lewd and lascivious conduct. 

• On May 9 cited Jenny Blair, 55, of Orwell for fraudulently using a credit or debit card. This sprung from an April 1 report that prompted troopers to investigate the apparent use of a credit/debit card that belonged to a deceased person. Police allege that Blair used the card to buy $178.76 in miscellaneous products. 

• On May 10 at 8:10 p.m. responded to the report of an intoxicated man who refused to leave a Salisbury home.

Police said Joseph Conant, 55, of Salisbury was asked to leave. Through investigation, police said they determined that earlier in the evening Conant damaged a vehicle belonging to K.O. Onufry of Salisbury and also took her cellphone when her intention was to call police. Police report that Conant followed Onufry to the home of Maria and James Provencher off Maple Street in Salisbury.

When asked to leave, Conant refused. State police came, took Conant into custody and transported him to Porter Medical Center. While at Porter, Conant’s loud and tumultuous behavior disrupted the operations of the Emergency Room, police report. So troopers took him to the New Haven barracks, where they cited him for unlawful mischief, unlawful trespass, interference with access to emergency services and disorderly conduct. Then police released him.

• On May 12 at a little after 8 a.m. were called to the scene of a burglary in Panton. Police report that a woman, later identified as Amanda Wildasin, 40, of Vergennes, crashed a car and then broke into a nearby home after the crash. The residents were not home at the time, but discovered Wildasin in their place when they returned home. Wildasin was transported from the scene by rescue personnel. Police cited her for burglary and unlawful mischief.

State police were assisted by Vergennes police, Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, and Bristol Rescue.

• On May 12 at a few minutes before 11 p.m. stopped a car after an observing motor vehicle violation on Route 7 near the intersection with Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh. Police ended up citing Norman J. Byam, 52, of Essex Junction for violating his court ordered conditions of release, driving with a criminally suspended license, and driving without the required ignition interlock device. 

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