Police Log


By Reformer Staff

SWANZEY, N.H. >> A graduate of Brattleboro Union High School died Saturday, Jan. 23, in a single-vehicle crash on Goodell Avenue at approximately 9 p.m.

According to a press release from the Swanzey Police Department, Becky Garland Mattson, 42, of Swanzey, was traveling east when her vehicle, a 2004 GMC truck, crossed the road and hit a tree. She was declared dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Jan. 21

• At approximately 3:16 p.m., the Brattleboro Police Department responded to the parking lot of Brattleboro Neighbor's Gas Station, 469 Canal St., for a report of a woman being struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, the pedestrian, Barbara St. John, of Brattleboro, was conscious and alert. Lisa Williams, of Massachusetts, the driver of the gray 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, failed to yield the right of way to St. John, according to police reports. Williams is expected to be issued a Vermont Civil Violation Citation. St. John was transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for minor, non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to Putney Road in Brattleboro after receiving a report that Clifford Sprague, 35, of Springfield, was violating his court ordered conditions of release. After an initial investigation, Sprague was arrested for violating an abuse prevention order. Sprague will appear in the Windham County Superior Court at a later date.

• A minor motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 south at exit 2 ended with arrests for drug possession. Susan Thomas, 47, of Brattleboro, allegedly had five bags of heroin in her possession. The passenger, Carmen Martocci, 52, of Brattleboro, allegedly had 167 bags of heroin, 30 Klonopin pills, crack cocaine and marijuana, in her possession. Thomas was charged with misdemeanor possession of heroin. Martocci was charged with felony possession of heroin; trafficking heroin; possession of a depressant narcotic-Klonopin; possession of a deadly weapon while in the commission of a felony, a knife; and misdemeanor possession of cocaine. Both were released on personal recognizance.

Jan. 23

• At 10:41 p.m., a member of the Vermont State Police observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 91, in Guilford. The trooper determined that the vehicle was travelling at 102 miles per hour in a posted 65 mile per hour zone. The vehicle was stopped and the operator of the vehicle was identified as Mr. Keith A. Choquette, 20, of Russell, Mass. Hamilton was arrested and taken to the Brattleboro Barracks where he was cited for excessive speed, and released.

• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to the area of Horton Place in Brattleboro for a report of a suspicious male possibly breaking into a vehicle. On arrival a male fitting the description provided was located and identified as Corey Archer. During contact with Archer it was learning that he has current court ordered considtions of release which include a 24-hour curfew. Archer was placed under arrest for violating his court ordered conditions and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was processed, cited and released to appear in Windham County Superior Court at a later date. No evidence of vehicle tampering was observed.

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