Man arrested for pointing air pistol at people in Wilmington


WILMINGTON -- A 22-year-old Whitingham man was arrested at just past midnight on Dec. 22 after pointing what appeared to be a handgun at people in and around the Village Pub.

Wilmington Police Chief Joseph Szarejko said police found Christopher Littleton in a park near the intersection of Route 9 and Route 100 after they responded to a call for assistance.

"We were able to defuse the situation and take him into custody," said Szarejko.

The man, who was inebriated, was actually waving around a carbon dioxide pellet gun that was a reasonable facsimile of a 1911 Colt automatic, said the police chief. Officers confronted Littleton with their weapons drawn.

"Absolutely," said Szarejko. "Especially in a situation like that when somebody has a weapon of their own. Thankfully, nobody was hurt."

Though Littleton never entered the pub, said Szarejko, he was pointing the weapon at people inside the pub and at passersby. When ordered by police, Littleton dropped the weapon, he said.

"He was brought to the Wilmington Police Department where he was processed before being transferred to Southern State Correctional Facility," said the chief.

Littleton made bail and is expected in court on Dec. 31, to answer to charges of disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person.


-- On Dec. 15, the Windham County Sheriff's Department conducted a motor vehicle stop. As a result, Samantha Merrill, 23, of Londonderry, was cited for driving with a criminally suspended license. She was ordered to appear in court on Feb. 18


-- On Dec. 23, at approximately 2 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Thompsonburg Road for the report of a single vehicle accident. Upon arrival, troopers determined that James Sullivan, 21, of Flushing, N.Y., was traveling north when he lost control of his vehicle and went off the road. After leaving the road, the vehicle rolled over into a brook along the road. Sullivan sustained minor lacerations to his hand as a result. He was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence and transported to the Rockingham State Police Barracks for processing. He was ordered to appear in court on Jan. 21.


-- The Vermont State Police is investigating the theft of a small black bag that occurred at Grace Cottage Hospital on Dec. 21 sometime between 9:30 and 10 a.m. The bag contained a large amount of cash. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Trooper Genevra Cushman at 802-254-2382.


-- On Dec. 21, the Vermont State Police received a report of a theft from a storage facility on Route 5. The victim told troopers she found a fire helmet that belonged to her at a pawn shop in Bellows Falls. Following an investigation, Sabrina McQuaide, 31, of Bellows Falls, was cited for petit larceny and ordered to appear in court on Jan. 28.


-- The Windham County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of a pair of snowshoes from a residence on Dover Hill Road that occurred between 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 10 a.m. on Dec. 19. Anybody with information is asked to contact Deputy First Class Tyler Cooke at the Windham County Sheriff's Department at 802-365-4942.

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