Police Log


Jan. 25

• At 4:38 p.m. Julia Whitney, 29, of Brattleboro, was stopped by the Brattleboro Police Department on I-91 north near Exit 2 in Brattleboro for a motor vehicle violation. She was subsequently found to have a quantity of crack cocaine and methadone pills in her possession. Whitney was arrested and processed for possession of crack cocaine and possession of a regulated narcotic/depressant. She was released on citation to appear at a later date.

Feb. 5

• At approximately 08:45 a.m. Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle on Route 279 East in Bennington for multiple vehicle equipment violations. The operator identified himself as Mark Ellison, age 25, of Wardsboro. Further investigation led troopers to believe that drugs were within the vehicle. Troopers gained consent to search the vehicle. During the search, Troopers located an array of unprescribed stimulant pills and a small amount of marijuana. Troopers also located a loaded pistol within arm's reach of Ellison and the drugs, which Ellison denied having prior to searching the vehicle. Ellison was subsequently taken into custody for possession of a controlled and regulated drug, possession of marijuana and false information to a law enforcement officer. Ellison was transported to the Shaftsbury Barracks for processing and was released on citation ordering him to appear in the Bennington County Superior Court Criminal Division on March 7, 2016.

• The Brattleboro Police responded to a motel in Brattleboro to a report of a domestic dispute. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Michael Monette, 39, of Brattleboro, for domestic assault, interference with emergency services, and criminal contempt related to a previous pending charge. Monette was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was processed and lodged. Monette was ordered to be held on $500 bail and given conditions of release. Monette appeared in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division the same day.

• Interstate 91 northbound was closed the morning of Feb. 5 due to a tractor trailer that flipped on its side. Vermont State Police said William Jackson, 42, of Indian Orchard, Mass., was driving a milk truck north at 8 a.m. between mile markers four and five when he lost control of his vehicle, which then rolled onto its side on the median. In an effort to avoid crashing into Jackson's truck, another tractor trailer jack-knifed just south of the roadway, blocking the northbound lanes. The highway was shut down for approximately 1.5 hours while the jack-knifed tractor trailer was removed from the roadway. Police were assisted by the Department of Motor Vehicles, Guilford Fire and Rescue Inc.

• At approximately 07:07 a.m., the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a residence on Elliot Street for a reported disturbance. As a result of this investigation, a 16 year-old female from Brattleboro was arrested without incident for domestic assault. The juvenile will appear in court at a later date to answer to this charge.

Feb. 6

• At approximately 8:20 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 121 in Grafton. The vehicle involved was a yellow Hummer H2, operated by Irfan Arif, 17, of Claremont, New Hampshire. Additionally, there were two juvenile passengers. The vehicle lost control traveling west on Route 121 in Grafton. The vehicle's passenger side tires went off the shoulder of the roadway before traveling into the opposite lane of travel as it entered onto the Saxtons River Bridge. The vehicle struck a guard rail on the bridge. Scuff marks on the roadway suggest the vehicle then spun out of control before hitting the guard rail again and going over the guard rail. The vehicle landed on it's roof in the Saxtons River, after an approximately 15-foot fall. The operator and two passengers managed to escape from the vehicle which was partially submerged and proceeded to the roadway where they were found by a passing motorist and later received medical attention.

Feb. 7

• At approximately 11:20 a.m., Scott Hatfield, 21, of Guilford, was headed east on Weatherhead Hollow Road in Guilford when he said he swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming truck that crossed the center line. Hatfield lost control of his vehicle, a 2006 red GMC truck, and went off the road. The truck rolled over and Hatfield sustained minor injuries. Hatfield was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident. The vehicle was removed by Rick's Towing.

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