Burglary investigation results in arrest for marijuana cultivation


ROCKINGHAM -- The Vermont State Police, responding to a report of a burglary on Davidson Hill Road, found 16 marijuana plants and hallucinogenic mushrooms under cultivation.

According to a press release from the State Police, troopers responded to 11 Davidson Hill Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday after receiving a call from a woman in the house that she had heard glass break and saw numerous men with bandanas over their faces outside her residence.

A man inside the house threw items down the stairs at the one individual that gained access to the residence and the subjects then fled on foot. Troopers arrived a short time later and observed numerous sets of footprints in the snow. Shortly later, four subjects were apprehended; two were taken into custody on Interstate 91 in Westminster and the other two were taken into custody in Bellows Falls.

According to the press release, several of them made full confessions and said that they broke into the residence to steal marijuana.

While investigating the home invasion, troopers discovered numerous marijuana plants throughout the residence. After a search, 16 marijuana plants, as well as hallucinogenic mushrooms, were confiscated.

As a result, Shawn Rice, 35, was arrested and cited with cultivation of marijuana and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Christopher Earle, 18, of Westminster, and three juveniles, were cited with burglary of an occupied residence.

All five men were ordered to appear in court on May 6.

The Vermont State Police were assisted by the Windham County Sheriff's Office and the Bellows Falls Police Department. This investigation is ongoing.


-- According to the Vermont Department of Public Safety Victim Crime Information Center, convicted sex offender John Francis Barbera, 46, is now living in Brattleboro. He was convicted in 2003 of sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age. Barbera is considered a Category 2, presumed high risk. He is no longer under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

-- Colin Scott Stockwell, 23, a registered sex offender, is also now living in Brattleboro, according to VCIC. Stockwell was convicted in 2008 of sexual assault of a victim under 13 years of age. He is considered not a high risk and is still under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

To receive regular notifications about sex offenders in your community, register at icrimewatch.net/register.php?AgencyID=55275.


-- On March 13, the Vermont State Police responded to The Wilson House for the report of a theft. Troopers learned someone had stolen approximately $930 out of the donation box over a span of a month-and-a-half. It was discovered that the suspect was removing the screws that held the top of the lock box on and replacing them after taking the money to remain undetected over the span of time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or text 274637 to keyword VTIPS.


-- On March 13, the Windham County Sheriff's Department arrested Walter T. Dzidzic, 44 of North Springfield, on a warrant for failure to appear in court for an arraignment to answer to the charge of driving under the influence.

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