On July 16, the Bellows Falls Police Department received a call stating that a man was walking around the downtown area yelling and swearing at citizens. After a short investigation, Mark E. Bresland, of Bellows Falls, was arrested for disorderly conduct. It was also revealed that Bresland was currently out of jail on conditions of release, which he was in violation of. Bresland was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of a $200 bail.
On July 14, Vermont State Police responded to Route 112 near Hubbard Hill Road for a reported two motorcycle crash. Upon arrival, troopers discovered that the crash only involved one motorcycle.
The operator of the motorcycle, Pamela Barber, 64, of Greenfield, Mass., had been traveling south on Route 112, when she failed to negotiate a turn in the road. Barber left the roadway and was thrown from her motorcycle.
Barber injured her left leg and hip during the crash. She was transported by ambulance to the Franklin Medical Center for her injuries. Barber was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. She advised that this was her first ride this season and has been riding for about three years. Barber was traveling with another motorcyclist who witnessed the crash.
On July 12, Vermont State Police responded to a crash on Route 100 and Gates Pond Road.
On July 14, Vermont State Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Bellows Falls Road. Police from the Brattleboro barracks responded to the incident. Investigation revealed that Edward Graves, 49, of Putney, had entered into an argument with his long term girlfriend and roommate. Graves was alleged to have assaulted her. He was arrested and transported to the Brattleboro barracks for processing. Vermont Superior Court Windham Criminal Division Judge John Wesley was notified of this incident and issued conditions of release upon Graves, who was released on a citation to report to court on July 15 at 12:30 p.m. for arraignment.
On July 13, Jonathan Bynorth, 38, of Rockingham, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. He was arrested at his residence and was held without bail at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.
On July 16, Vermont State Police, Golden Cross Ambulance and Rockingham Fire responded to a two vehicle crash on I-91. Derek Ward and Joshua Cheney had been traveling south when their work vehicle, which was pulling a construction trailer, broke down and they stopped in the breakdown lane. Ward and Cheney had been sitting on the passenger side of the trailer. Mark Croteau, 55, of Swanzey, N.H., was traveling south in his Ford Taurus, when he veered into the breakdown lane and struck the rear driver side of the trailer. Croteau’s vehicle became airborne and rolled onto its roof and slid into the passing lane and median. A third vehicle struck debris in the road, causing the radiator to break. There were no reported injuries. All vehicles were removed by tow trucks. Croteau was issued a ticket for failure to drive to the left.
On July 15, the Windham County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of a speeding motorcycle on Route 5. The motorcycle was estimated to be moving at speeds of anywhere between 80 and 100 MPH on the Westminster Flats. Anyone with information regarding the operator or the motorcycle is asked to contact Deputy Ian Tuttle at 802-365-4942.