Thursday December 13, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont State Police, in conjunction with the Windham County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies, will be conducting sobriety check points and saturation patrols in and around Windham County this month.

The State Police released a statement reminding people to not drink and drive.

"Vermont has experienced 74 fatalities in 67 crashes," the VSP states. "The scheduled checkpoint is an opportunity to use high visibility enforcement to turn the tide, across the state, in the number of traffic fatalities."

Brattleboro

-- A Connecticut man was involved in a crash on Interstate 91 near mile marker 9 on Friday night.

According to police, Jacob A. Brosofske, 21, of Ledyard, Conn., was traveling northbound in a Ford Explorer when his vehicle struck a deer. Though the vehicle sustained moderate damage to its front bumper, there were no injuries reported.

-- Janice Buckley, 46, of Brattleboro, was arrested Dec. 8 for retail theft.

The theft occurred at Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters on Dec. 5, according to the Brattleboro Police Department.

Buckley was cited to appear in Windham Superior Court to answer to the charge.

Dummerston

-- No one was seriously injured following an early-morning, two vehicle crash on Route 30, Dec. 7.

According to police, Jonathan M. LaBelle, 26, of Winchester, N.H.


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, was traveling south in a 1993 Ford Ranger, when he slowed down to take a left-hand turn on to Quarry Road. However, the Ranger’s directional was broken, and so the driver of a 1994 Honda Civic -- Michael D. Tuller, Jr., 51, of Brookline -- did not realize LaBelle had slowed to turn. Tuller was forced to swerve his vehicle to avoid rear-ending the Ranger and struck a guardrail.

Neither driver required medical treatment.

LaBelle was issued a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint for not having car insurance.

-- Bonnie Carey, 70, of Bellows Falls, was arrested by officers from the Windham County Sheriff’s Department on Nov. 29, after she was observed traveling 85 mph on Route 5 where the posted limit is 50 mph. She was cited for negligent operation and ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court Windham Division at a later date.

Halifax

-- A Wilmington man was cited for driving under the influence following a single vehicle crash at midnight, Tuesday.

According to police, 21-year-old Jeremy Vandal was driving northbound on Route 112 in a 1996 Honda Civic when he "failed to negotiate" a sharp curve as he approached the intersection of Hubbard Hill Road. The vehicle struck a sign and went off the roadway into a rock ledge. Police discovered Vandal had been consuming alcohol prior to the crash.

Halifax Fire and EMS as well as Deerfield Valley Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Vandal was ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Windham Criminal Division at a later date.

Rockingham

-- A man and woman from Hinsdale needed to be transported to Valley Regional Medical Center in Claremont, N.H., following a rollover on Interstate 91 in Weathersfield on Sunday, Dec. 9.

According to police, a 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara driven by Jolene Cote, 33, of Hinsdale, was traveling southbound when the driver’s side rear tire became loose and disengaged from the vehicle. As a result, Cote lost control of the vehicle, which left the road, rolled over and came to rest in a ditch.

Cote’s passengers -- 38-year-old Roland Guillemette and 61-year-old Carol Primus -- were experiencing head and back pain following the crash.

Investigation into why the tire became loose is ongoing, but police believe it was likely a mechanical defect.