Police Log


Feb. 11

• The Windham County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of the top of a pine tree that was cut sometime over the winter along Bellows Falls Road in Putney. This treetop was similar to how a Christmas tree would look and was likely taken sometime in December. Police said it is unlawful to encroach another person's property with the intention of destroying or to steal property. If anyone has had a similar incident this winter, has any information regarding the stolen treetop or would like to call to apologize and replace the tree that was cut, contact the Windham County Sheriff's Office at 802-365-4942.

Feb. 12

• Windham County Sheriff's Office responded to a single-vehicle crash. The operator Dean J. Crout, 45, of Wilmington, left scene and was later arrested and charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation. Crout was released and cited to appear in court on March 8 to answer to the charges.

Feb. 18

• At approximately 8 p.m., Bellows Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Route 121 just over the Bellows Falls Village line in Westminster for traffic offenses. The operator then pulled the vehicle off the roadway and into a resident's yard. The operator, Matthew A. Daniels 25, of Athens, was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Daniels' driver's license was also criminal suspended in Vermont for a prior DUI conviction in 2014. A small infant was present in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Daniels was arrested for DUI second offense, DUI refusal, cruelty to a child and operating after license suspension. Daniels was processed and ordered held at the Southern State Correctional Facility until sober. Daniels was cited to appear at court at a later date.

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