BRATTLEBORO >> A local man has been accused of sexual assault.

According to a press release from the Brattleboro Police Department, the investigation began in the early morning hours of March 15 when officers were dispatched to a residence at Washington Street.

After speaking with the complainant, detectives went in search of 22-year-old Timothy Belanger. According to the press release, Belanger was suspected of forcing himself onto the alleged victim, committing a sexual assault.

Belanger told officers the act was consensual, but the victim, who was interviewed at Safe Place, insisted Belanger forced himself on her.

"I fought him," the woman told police.

On March 24, Belanger was arrested. He was arraigned on March 25.

March 11

• At 10 a.m., the Bellows Falls Police Department responded to the T-Bird Mini Mart on Rockingham Street for the report of an unresponsive woman. The 29-year-old female was found unconscious and barely breathing with a syringe sticking out of her abdomen. She was revived by members of the Bellows Falls Fire Department, who administered the anti-opioid drug Narcan. The woman was also found to be in possession of a felony amount heroin. She was then transported to the Springfield Hospital via Golden Cross Ambulance. She was cited with possession of heroin.

March 12

• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to Main Street for a report of a citizen dispute. As a result, Scott Haselton, 50, of Brattleboro, was cited with disorderly conduct.


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March 19

• On March 13, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to an establishment on Putney Road for a report of a male engaging in inappropriate behavior. Following an investigation, Alton Cushman, 69, of Brattleboro, was cited with lewd and lascivious behavior.

March 20

• At 11:15 a.m., the Bellows Falls Police Department responded to Hyde Street for the report of a domestic assault. As a result, Brittney Carleton, 20, of Bellows Falls was arrested and cited with two counts of domestic assault. Deputiess from the Windham County Sheriff's Department and EMTs from the Bellows Falls Fire Department and Golden Cross assisted at the scene.

March 21

• The Windham County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation into a number of charges related to violations of an abuse prevention order. As a result, Clifford R. Sprague, 36, of Springfield, was cited with giving false information to a police officer, violating an abuse prevention order and operating a vehicle with a criminally suspended license.

• The Vermont State Police is investigating the theft of catalytic converters from a barn on Coolidge Highway in Guilford. Sometime between March 18 and 21, someone broke into the barn and stole approximately 16 catalytic converters. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Valcourt 802-254-2382.

March 22

• The Brattleboro Police Department arrested James Neveu, 59, of Brattleboro, and cited him with violating a no-trespass order.

• At 6:25 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Interstate 91 in Rockingham for the report of a single-vehicle crash. Troopers determined Seth Mayotte, 19, of White River Junction, was entering the highway at Exit 6 when he lost control of the vehicle, which overturned, coming to a rest on its roof. Mayotte received minor injuries in the crash.

• At 10:25 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 30 in Rupert. Troopers determined Samantha Fischer, 30, of Windham, had looked away from the roadway when her vehicle left the road, traveling 200 feet before striking a dirt hump and going airborne for a short distance. The vehicle landed on its side in several trees. Fischer was able to remove herself from the vehicle and call for help. While speaking to Fischer about the incident, troopers suspected her of being under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Following a preliminary breath test, which resulted in a BAC of .156 percent, Fischer was taken into custody and cited with driving under the influence. The Rupert Fire Department, the Granville, N.Y., Rescue Squad and Rupert Town Constable assisted at the scene.

March 24

• At approximately 12:02 a.m., Vermont State Police stopped a red 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro for a moving violation. Investigation revealed that the operator, identified as Stephanie R Butler, 26 of Newport, N.H., was in possession of heroin. Butler was arrested and transported to the State Police barracks in West Brattleboro for processing.

• At 5:30 p.m., the Bellows Falls Police Department responded to Williams Street Extension for the report of a disturbance. As a result, Eric Zobkiw, of Bellows Falls, was arrested and cited with domestic assault.

• The Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro. Troopers observed a vehicle approaching speeds of 95 mph between Exit 1 and 2 northbound before entering the construction zone between Exit 2 and Exit 3, where the driver weaved between lanes. As the driver was pulled over, the vehicle struck the guardrails near Exit 3. As a result, Jeremy SH Clark, 36, of Marlboro, was arrested and cited with driving under the influence and two counts of child endangerment, because he was transporting three children at the time.

March 25

• The Vermont State Police is investigating the theft of half a cord of wood from a home on Stratton Gated Road in Jamaica. Anyone who might have information is urged to contact Trooper Sam Wood at 802-254-2382.

All persons named in the Police Log are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you've appeared in the Police Log, and the charges were later dropped or dismissed, and you would like a follow-up to appear in print, please contact the Reformer newsroom at 802-254-2311, ext. 215, or news@reformer.com.