By Reformer Staff
WILMINGTON >> Vermont Fish & Wildlife wardens have arrested a Wilmington man for allegedly intentionally feeding bears. James Burke, 60, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally feeding bears and faces fines of more than $1,300.
On Sept. 29, Vermont Game Wardens Richard Watkin and Lt. Greg Eckhardt, with assistance from the Wilmington Police Department, executed a search warrant at Burke's Wilmington residence.
It is illegal in the state of Vermont to intentionally feed bears. The law was passed in 2013 in an attempt to reduce bear-human conflicts. Bears that have been fed by people will continue to seek out human sources of food, presenting a potential danger to human safety and property.
"A bear that has been fed no longer behaves like a wild bear," said Forrest Hammond, bear biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. "Too often, these instances end tragically for the bear. The bear ends up being hit by a car as they go from house to house foraging for food, or they lose their fear of people and become aggressive and need to be put down. Bears that have been fed can present a danger not just to the person feeding the bear, but also to their neighbors for many miles around."
Burke was ordered to appear in Windham County Court on Nov. 15.
• At 3:25 p.m., the New Hampshire State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 12A in Charlestown. As a result, Jeffrey Bacon, 46, of Brattleboro, Vt., was cited with operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license.
• The Windham County Sheriff's Office conducted a motor vehicle stop on Pond Road in Vernon at just before 1 a.m. As a result, Hannah G. Harvey, 21, of Millers Falls, Mass., was arrested and cited with driving under the influence.
• At 8:15 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle collision on Route 30 in Dummerston. Troopers determined Lisa A Klarides, 21, of East Dover, rearended a vehicle being driven by Randa J Karambelas, 37, of Astoria, N.Y. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and no injuries were sustained as a result of this crash.
• The Keene, N.H., Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Main Street at 1 a.m. As a result, Othniel F. Nichols, 47, of Bellows Falls, was cited with driving while intoxicated.
• At approximately 5:20 p.m., Brattleboro Police responded to the area of 896 Putney Road for a reported three-vehicle crash involving a Suzuki motorcycle operated by Matthew Bergeron, 29, of Granby, Mass., a Honda Odysey operated by Heather James, 30, of Brattleboro, and a Subaru Legacy operated by Lisa Bauer, 39, of Brattleboro. Bergeron was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The remaining operators were uninjured. The southbound lane on Putney Road was closed for a brief period of time while the roadway was cleared following the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
• At 7:05 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Rockingham Hill Road in Rockingham. Troopers determined Sarah J. Scarlett, 16, of Saxtons River, was traveling north at approximately 40 mph when she entered a moderate left hand curve. Scarlett failed to navigate the left hand curve, lost control and her vehicle began to fishtail. As a result of this loss of control, Scarlett's vehicle went off the east side of the roadway, struck a dirt embankment and rolled onto the driver's side. The vehicle was towed from the scene. There were no injuries.
• At 7:15 a.m., the Vermont State Police began an investigation into a burglary at the Agency of Transportation garage in Londonderry, where several tools were taken. Anyone with information related to this burglary is asked to contact Trooper Bryson Lunderville from the Westminster Barracks at 802-722.-4600.
• At 1:45 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 100 in Londonderry. Troopers determined Siyathemba Lawrence, 28, of Manchester, was traveling north when her vehicle crossed over the center line into the south bound lane of travel, eventually striking a telephone pole on the west side of the road. Lawrence was injured while her 1-year-old daughter was unharmed. Londonderry Rescue and Fire aided on scene.
• At 4:30 p.m., the Windham County Sheriff's Office conducted a motor vehicle stop on Pond Road in Vernon and cited Corey A. Serviss, 22, of Vernon, with driving under the influence.
• The Brattleboro Police Department arrested Jonathan Darling, 44, of Brattleboro, and cited him with retail theft. This stemmed from an incident that took place on Main Street on Sept. 23.
• At 3:50 p.m., officers with the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Canal Street for a report of a theft. Employees of the business stopped the suspect, identified as Darlene Derby, 44, of Brattleboro. She was arrested under the authority of an active arrest warrant and cited with retail theft.
• At 10:25 p.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Putney Road in Brattleboro. As a result, Jesse M. Morey, 24, of Westminster, was arrested and cited with possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a controlled substance.
• The Vermont State Police is investigating a burglary that occurred at a home on Upper Houghton Road in Marlboro sometime in the night of Oct. 12 and morning of Oct. 13. A piece of jewelry was stolen. The description of the item is being withheld at this time to maintain the integrity of the investigation. Anyone with information in connection with this larceny is asked to contact Trooper Bryson Lunderville at 802-722-4600
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