-- On Nov. 18, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., several mailboxes at the intersection of Jelly Mill Road and River Road were pushed over and broken. The Vermont State Police is asking for assistance from the public in identifying the individuals responsible for the damage. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Trooper Jeff Hudson at the Vermont State Police Brattleboro Barracks at 802-254-2382
-- On Nov. 25, Michael A. Enrico, 31, of Jamaica, was driving northbound on Cole Pond Road, when he lost control, went off the roadway and struck a tree. Enrico reported that he swerved to avoid three deer that were in the roadway. Enrico’s vehicle sustained moderate damage to the front end and was towed from the scene due to the damage.
-- On Nov. 25, Charles Ezequelle, 34, of Brookline, was traveling southbound on Route 30, when a deer entered the roadway. Ezequelle was unable to avoid striking the deer. Townshend Fire and Vermont Fish and Game assisted at the scene. Ezequelle’s vehicle sustained moderate front end damage and was towed from the scene due to the damage.
-- On Nov. 24, Donna Gragen, 61, of Brattleboro, was stopped for a motor vehicle violation on Interstate 91 northbound. Investigation revealed that Gragen was driving on a criminally suspended license.
-- On Nov. 19, Winhall Police responded to a report of a shoplifting incident at the Winhall Market on Route 30. Upon arrival, the police learned that three male subjects had been in the store and shoplifted some specialty items and a half gallon of maple syrup. The subjects left the store and passed the items off to a third male who was waiting outside. The male subject brought the items back into the store asking for a return and took the cash return and left.
When the men left the building, an employee who acted on suspicions went out and got the license plate of their car as they left and a BOL was put out for the vehicle which was registered to a woman in Essex Junction. Sgt. Thomas Crowe was shown the surveillance video from the market and the subjects were clearly identified as stealing items and then coming back into the store. In checking the history of the vehicle, Crowe found other complaints of shoplifting where the same vehicle was used in similar incidents in Lincoln and North Hero, since September. A search of the area by several Vermont police departments was not able to locate the vehicle at this time.
On Nov. 21, Sgt. Derrick Tienken of the Winhall Police Department spotted the vehicle coming into Winhall again on Route 30 and stopped the vehicle. Tienken recognized the three males in the vehicle as being the persons from the Winhall Market theft. While making the stop, officers from the Vermont State Police in Rockingham reported to Tienken that they too were looking for the three male subjects and the vehicle in relation to a retail theft in Weston that day, where they used the same M.O. as in Winhall and they responded to Winhall to assist.
Arrested for retail theft in Winhall and cited for theft in Weston by the Vermont State Police were Dennis Barbour, 51, of Rutland, Patrick Newton Jr., 21, of Brandon, and Patrick Newton Sr., 59, of Pittsford. All of the subjects will appear in Vermont District Court on Jan. 7, to answer to the Bennington County charges.
-- On Nov. 23, Winhall Police stopped Jon Nolan, 22, of Manchester, for speeding on Route 11. Nolan was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for DUI. Nolan provided a breath sample of .098 percent. Nolan was cited to appear in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division on Dec. 17.