Brattleboro Fire responds to 'oil' spill on Putney Road
BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Fire Department, the Brattleboro Department of Public Works and state highway crews responded to Putney Road in the vicinity of Brattleboro Tire early Monday morning for the report of an oil spill.
Upon arrival, the fire department learned someone had accidentally backed their vehicle into an abandoned 55-gallon barrel of used fryer oil behind the closed Mama & Papa Z's Family Restaurant. According to Brattleboro Fire Chief Michael Bucossi, the operator of the vehicle is a tenant in an apartment behind the closed restaurant.
The used oil spilled into a nearby parking lot and some of it got onto Putney Road, but is not considered a hazardous material, said Bucossi.
-- On Aug. 2, the Bellows Falls Police Department received a report that Dustin Holmes, 28, of Bellows Falls, had asked multiple people if they wanted to take a ride in a vehicle that he had just stolen. Holmes and the vehicle were eventually located at Cumberland Farms, where it was determined he did have permission to operate the vehicle. However, police found that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, cited and ordered to appear in court on Aug. 4.
-- On Aug. 1, at approximately 1:10 p.m., the Brattleboro Police Department responded to Grove Street for the report of a dispute. Following an investigation, Donna M. Karmen, 57, of Brattleboro, was cited with simple assault and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Aug. 2, the Brattleboro Police Department arrested Daniel C. Kipp, 28, of Brattleboro, and cited him with operating a vehicle while criminally suspended. He was ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Aug. 2, at approximately 3:10 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 91. Troopers determined Gary E. Wells, 61, of West Lebanon, N,H., was traveling north at approximately 60 mph approaching the Exit 2 off ramp when he fell asleep and drifted into the guardrail. Wells' vehicle struck the guard rail, causing moderate damage to the entire passenger side of the vehicle. Wells elected to have the vehicle towed from the scene as a result of the damage. There were no reported injuries. All occupants in the vehicle were properly restrained.
-- On Aug. 2, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Putney Road for a report of a stolen mobile phone. Following an investigation, Lillian A. Wood, 46, of Brattleboro, was cited with larceny and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Aug. 3, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to Canal Street for the report of a two-vehicle crash. Following an investigation, Herbert Fagans III, 28, of Brattleboro, was cited with leaving the scene of an accident and gross negligent operation. He was ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Aug. 3, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a building no Canal Street for the report of trespassers. As a result, Forrest Hughes, 22, Gian Ciannavei, 22, Jennifer Davidson, 18, and a juvenile female, all of Brattleboro, were cited with unlawful trespass. They were ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Aug. 3, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a store on Main Street for a shoplifting report. Following an investigation, Colin Celauro, 25, of Brattleboro, was cited with unlawful trespass, retail theft, violation of conditions of release and disorderly conduct. He was ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Aug. 2, the Vermont State Police responded a residence on Grassy Brook road for the report of suspicious activity. Ronald Millette, 52, of Brookline, reported that he arrived home at approximately 5 p.m. and discovered that a five-gallon plastic bucket of aluminum roof coating paint, which he kept in his garage, was boiling and bulging, as if about to explode. Millette told troopers he removed the bucket from his garage and cracked the lid, relieving the pressure inside. The NewBrook Volunteer Fire Department was notified of the incident and responded and a haz-mat container was brought to the scene and the bucket of Aluma-Kote was placed inside of it.
After removing the bucket of Aluma-Kote from his garage, Millette checked his game camera, which he had set up a week prior due to him finding an inflatable kiddy pool on his property had been vandalized. Millette discovered that someone had removed the memory card from the game camera.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Travis Valcourt at 802-254-2382 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at 802-241-5355. Anonymous crime tips can also be sent using a mobile device. Text the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687).
-- Vermont State Police responded to a reported forced entry burglary at the Jacksonville General Store. The burglary is reported to have taken place sometime during the overnight hours between Aug. 2 and Aug. 3. Entry was made to the general store through a first-floor window on the side of the building. Merchandise in excess of $500 was stolen from the store. Physical evidence was collected at the scene by State Police. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact the Vermont State Police at 802-254-2382.
-- On Aug. 1, at approximately 4:40 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Augur Hole Road for the report of a single-vehicle crash. Troopers determined Carolin Alvarado-Navarrete, 39, of Wilmington, had driven off the roadway and struck a tree causing extensive damage to the front end of the vehicle. Alvarado-Navarrete stated she had driven off the road in an attempt to avoid striking an animal in the roadway. All four occupants of the vehicle were seen by members of Deerfield Valley Rescue and refused transport. All occupants were reportedly wearing seatbelts. Al's Towing responded to remove the vehicle.
-- On Aug. 2, at approximately 11:35 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a report of an intoxicated woman at a residence on Darby Hill Road. Troopers learned that Jennifer L. Dupuis, 29, of Walpole, N.H., had driven to the residence while highly intoxicated. She was located hiding in the woods, arrested and cited with driving under the influence. She was ordered to appear in court on Aug. 12.
-- On July 27, at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a report of an alleged case of vandalism on Main Street. The person reporting the vandalism told troopers a person had broken the side mirror on her vehicle. Following a brief investigation, Matthew Palmisano, 38, of Bellows Falls, was cited with unlawful mischief and ordered to appear in court on Sept. 30.
In addition, a passenger in the victim's car Daniel Riendeau, 38, of Saxtons River, was taken into custody for violating conditions of release that state he is not to have contact with a certain woman. Riendeau was ordered to appear in court on Sept. 18.
-- On Aug. 2, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Middletown Road for the report of a single-vehicle crash. Troopers were told by the driver, Shelby Gordon, 30, of Weston, that she was possibly on her phone when she went off the edge of the road and into a culvert, causing front-end damage to her vehicle. Gordon was screened and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Because there were two children in the vehicle at the time of the crash, she was also cited with two counts of cruelty to a child. She was ordered to appear in court on Aug. 19.
-- On Aug. 1, the Windham County Sheriff's Department responded to Pond Road for the report of a single-vehicle rollover resulting in a fire. Upon arrival, no vehicle operator was found on scene. Following an investigation, deputies determined John King, 41, of Vernon, was operating the vehicle. He was located at his residence, escorted to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and treated for his injuries. He was then cited with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident and ordered to appear in court at a later date. The crash investigation continues. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy Ian Tuttle at 802-254-6962.
The Vernon Fire Department, the Brattleboro Police Department, Rescue Inc. and Brattleboro Towing assisted at the scene.
-- On July 30, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Fuller Hill Road for the report of single-vehicle crash. Troopers determined William F. Brennan, 33, of Whitingham, swerved to avoid striking an animal in the road. When troopers arrived on scene, they found the vehicle abandoned. On July 31, they visited Brennan at his home and learned he was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but was experiencing back pains. Brennan refused medical treatment.
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