Police log


Oct. 9

• At about 2:15 p.m., the Brattleboro Police and Fire departments responded to 107 Elliot Street for a welfare check. Upon arrival, they found a male subject deceased in the apartment. This subject has been identified as James Banslaben, 57. This death does not appear to be suspicious in nature. Investigation is ongoing.

Oct. 13

• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to Spring Street regarding suspicious activity. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Clifford R. Sprague, 36, of Springfield, for criminal contempt. Sprague had violated his conditions of release.

Oct. 14

• At about 1:30 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a report of a burglary on Lower Dover Road in Marlboro. The victim advised they had returned home and observed a screen in a window that had been tampered with. Upon further investigation, police discovered a large amount of foreign currency and pieces of jewelry had been taken.

• At about 1:40 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to Interstate 91 in Dummerston for a reported single-vehicle crash. Investigation found that a 2013 Subaru Outback being operated by Thomas Kaps, 77, of Yonkers, N.Y., entered on the southbound on-ramp for I-91 by Exit 4. As Kaps drove down the on-ramp, he failed to navigate the right hand curve and exited off the left side of the lane. Kaps' vehicle struck several metal posts and a directional sign on the side of the roadway. Kaps was able to drive his vehicle back on the paved road. No injuries were sustained in this crash. Kaps' vehicle was towed by Rod's Towing of Putney. There was damage to the front end on the driver's side and side panels on the passenger side.

• The Brattleboro Police Department arrested Kyle Arie, 31 of Brattleboro. He was cited with 11 counts of criminal contempt. Arie failed to abide by his court-ordered conditions of release.

Oct. 15

• At about 12 a.m., the Vermont State Police initiated a vehicle stop on a speeding motorist on Route 5 in Putney. The operator, Jose Ortiz, 30, of Reading, Pa., showed signs of impairment and was asked to perform field sobriety exercises. Ortiz provided a preliminary breath test sample of 0.102 percent at roadside. Ortiz was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence.

• At about 12:15 a.m., the Vermont State Police stopped a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo for a defective headlight, on Route 103 in Rockingham. The operator, Caitlin M. Avery, 24, of East Hampton, Conn., was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Avery was administered standard field sobriety exercises, and preliminary breath test, which resulted in a 0.090 percent breath alcohol content. Avery was subsequently arrested for DUI.

• At about 3:40 p.m., the Brattleboro Police Department and other emergency service providers responded to Putney Road by the Sherwin Williams paint store for a two-vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that Amanda M. Fogg, 29, of Brattleboro, was operating a 2006 Nissan Maxima when she crossed over the center line and struck a 2011 Subaru Forester being operated by Anne C. Doran, 55, of Brattleboro. Neither operator requested medical attention at the scene. Both vehicles were towed. Fogg was issued a ticket for driving with a suspended license and a ticket related to passing.

• At about 10:30 p.m. the Vermont State Police, responded to a report of a car on fire at the intersection of Route 30 and East Hill Road, in Townshend. The Townshend Fire Department responded and assisted with putting out the fire. There were no occupants inside of the vehicle at the time of the fire. Investigation revealed that the vehicle had been parked on the side of the road since Oct. 13. Anyone with information on how the fire was started or any suspicious activity in regards to the vehicle or the fire is asked to call the Westminster State Police Barracks at 802-722-4600.

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