BRATTLEBORO >> On Dec. 7, the Brattleboro animal control officer responded to a citizen complaint of a rabid raccoon on Organ Street. The animal displayed signs of infection, was euthanized, and sent to the Vermont Department of Health for testing. On Dec. 9, the Brattleboro Police Department was notified that the animal tested positively for rabies.
Brattleboro police officers and the town's animal control officer respond to incidents related to domestic animals. Vermont Fish and Wildlife should be contacted when an issue with a wild animal arises. However, when Fish and Wildlife is unavailable and when the need is urgent, BPD may be able to cover and assist.
Wild animals do not like human contact and usually flee in the presence of humans. If an animal is not scared off by human presence or acts strangely, rabies should be suspected. Other symptoms include excessive salivation, apparent disorientation, acting lethargic/drunk, and sometimes aggressive behavior, even toward inanimate objects. Just because a nocturnal animal is out during the day it is not necessarily rabid.
If you suspect a rabid animal, do not try to capture or kill it. Rather, contact Fish and Wildlife or the rabies hotline at 800-4-RABIES.
Rabies is transmitted through saliva, brain matter, and spinal fluid. Bites from rabid animals are a common transmission method, but contact between saliva or wet nerve tissue with an open wound, eyes, mouth, or nose can also cause infection.
All domestic animals should have updated vaccinations against rabies.
• The Vermont State Police was notified of missing items from a residence on South Wardsboro Road in Wardsboro. Troopers learned Andrew D. Bark, 63, of Brattleboro, had been employed by the complainant to do handiwork at the home. While he was employed he allegedly stole approximately $850 worth of tools and household goods. He was cited with petit larceny.
• Colin Campbell, 22, of Brattleboro, was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office at 8:45 p.m. for excessive speed and negligent operation. Campbell's vehicle was stopped on Route 5 in Guilford for traveling 67 mph in a posted 35 mph zone in the area of the Guilford Center Road intersection.
• Jean E. Shippee, 52, of Vernon, was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office Vernon Division at 2:15 a.m. and cited with driving under the influence and negligent operation. Shippee's vehicle was stopped on Route 142 in Vernon for numerous motor vehicle violations.
• The New Hampshire State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Winchester Street in Keene, N.H. As a result, Korak White, 35, was cited with operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license.
• Melissa J. Jackson, 37, of Charlemont, Mass., was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office Vernon Division at just past midnight and cited with driving under the influence and negligent operation. Jackson's vehicle was stopped on Route 142 in Vernon for a motor vehicle violation.
• At 10:55 a.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 in Dummerston for a number of motor vehicle infractions. As a result, James M. Silvers Jr., 40, and Nichole L. Dubaniewicz, 40, both of Claremont, N.H., were arrested and cited with possession, trafficking and importation of heroin.
• The New Hampshire State Police took into custody Alex James, 22, of Putney, in Claremont, N.H., on a bench warrant.
• The Hinsdale Police Department responded to Wantastiquet Mountain for a reported unconscious person. Upon arrival, a 22-year-old intoxicated man was found unconscious on the hiking trail. He was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc. and acharged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
• As a result of a parking violation, the Hinsdale, N.H., Police Department learned the owner of the vehicle involved had an outstanding warrant. Irene Graham, 55, of Hinsdale, had an outstanding warrant from the Newport, N.H., District Court. Additionally, Graham was found in possession of a controlled drug. She was subsequently arrested on both charges.
• The Brattleboro Police Department was dispatched to a residence in Mountain Home Trailer Park for a report of an assault. As a result, Patrick Polio, 47, of Brattleboro, for was arrested and cited with aggravated domestic assault.
• The Vermont State Police is investigating a burglary that occurred on Danby Mountain Road in Dorset sometime during the daytime hours of Dec. 8. Items taken in the burglary included jewelry, coins and silver serving utensils. Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to contact Sgt. Brian Turner at 802-442-5421.
• At 1:10 a.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 89 in Royalton for excessive speed. As a result, Daniel Larkin, 35, of Washington, was arrested and cited with driving under the influence and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. During the stop, it was learned that Larkin was wanted for aggravated domestic assault in Brattleboro, for which he was also cited.
• At 4:15 a.m., members of the Brattleboro Police Department's Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions implemented a search warrant on two separate apartments located on Western Avenue. As a result, Melissa J. Atwood, 24, of Brattleboro, was cited with criminal division for possession of a depressant, a stimulant and a narcotic drug.
• At 10 a.m., the Brattleboro Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Myrtle Street. As a result, Lori-Jean Munson, 54, Townshend, was arrested and cited with operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
• At 1:30 p.m., the Hinsdale, N.H., Police Department was alerted to a subject having a mental health crisis and making violent threats. It was further reported that the subject had a firearm in his possession. As a result members of departments from Hinsdale and Brattleboro as well as deputies from the Cheshire County Sheriff's Department surrounded a home on Starting Gate Lane. The subject was contacted via telephone and subsequently surrendered to police without incident. He was found not to have a firearm and was transported to Cheshire Medical Center by Rescue Inc. accompanied by Hinsdale Police. As a precaution the Hinsdale School System was not allowed to deliver students home to this area and were held in place until the situation was resolved. There was no threat to the school system at any time and the Hinsdale SRO was in place at the school during the entire event.
• The Vermont State Police responded at 5:35 a.m. to Dover Road in Newfane for the report of single vehicle crash. Troopers determined Heidi L. Heger, 43, of East Dover, was driving east at an unknown speed. As Heger traveled eastbound, she entered a sweeping curve to the left. Heger failed to navigate the turn and went off the south side of the roadway. Once off the roadway, Heger's vehicle went up a dirt mound, struck a mailbox post and became airborne. The vehicle travelled approximately 45 feet in the air before returning to the ground. Once back on the ground the passenger side of Heger's vehicle struck a large apple tree. After striking the apple tree, the rear end of the vehicle rotated clockwise and came to rest in the woods. Heger sustained a severe facial laceration as a result of this crash and was transported by ambulance to Grace Cottage Hospital. Members of the Williamsville Fire Department and NewBrook Fire and Rescue Inc. assisted at the scene.
• At 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 7, the Vermont State Police seized a motor vehicle on Route 5 in Rockingham. On Dec. 10, after receiving a search warrant, troopers discovered 190 bags of heroin inside the vehicle's air vent. As a result, Jeffrey Adamski, 37, of Springfield, was arrested and cited with trafficking heroin, transporting heroin into vermont, possession of cocaine, and possession of heroin.
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