Police Log

Tuesday October 30, 2012

Police say teen crashed car after party

BRATTLEBORO -- A 17-year-old Jacksonville man received multiple citations following a fight at a party in Whitingham over the weekend.

Vermont State Police say Michael Angelo Locascio was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of a crash on Saturday night.

At approximately 2 a.m., police began an investigation into an assault that reportedly occurred on Merrifield Road. Numerous sources told police a fight broke out at a party.

Police learned that during the altercation one individual used his vehicle as a weapon and struck two people before fleeing the scene. The vehicle that struck the victims was described as a white or silver minivan of a newer style. The operator is believed to live in the Brattleboro area.

After this incident, three other motor vehicles were crashed by their operators. These crashes are still under investigation, but police say Locascio was involved with one of them that occurred at Exit 3 in Brattleboro.

According to police, Locascio attended the party in Whitingham and was driving seven other individuals in a vehicle. Three of the injured passengers were taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital -- two were released with minor injuries while the third was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. None of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt.

Locascio was taken to the VSP Brattleboro barracks, where he was processed and cited to appear in Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to answer to the charges.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Trooper Nader Hashim at 802-254-2382.

Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting "CRIMES" (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.


-- Brattleboro Police took Kyle D. Vallieres, 29, of Brattleboro, without incident at this Elm Street residence on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Vallieres had an active warrant for his arrest, stemming from a charge of violating his court conditions of release.

He was lodged at the Brattleboro Police Department for lack of $2,000 bail.

-- Jeremiah E. Crompton, 22, of Brattleboro was cited with unlawful trespass and criminal contempt on Monday, Oct. 29.

He is to appear in court at a later date to answer to the charges.

East Dummerston

-- Jenny A. Amanna, 35, of Dummerston, was stopped by police at approximately 8:32 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, for driving with a suspended license and having an outstanding warrant for her arrest for a failure to appear in court on other criminal charges.

Amanna was arrested and processed before being brought before Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division in Brattleboro on the warrant. Bail was set at $500.

She was also issued a ticket for operating with a suspended license.


-- A Providence, R.I., man was cited for possession of a regulated drug on Friday, Oct. 26.

At approximately 6:06 p.m., Vermont State Police Senior Trooper Michael Studin stopped a white Dodge Charger with Massachusetts registration for a lane violation and identified Nelson as the operator. According to a press release, Studin said he got Nelson’s consent to search the vehicle and discovered Nelson was in possession of Vicodin without a prescription and $7,377 in cash.

Both the narcotics and cash were seized.

Nelson was cited to appear in court for possessing a regulated drug. He was processed at the VSP barracks in Brattleboro and released.


-- Matthew Wilder, 41, of Jamaica, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a criminally suspended license.

At approximately 6:36 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, the Vermont State Police received a call regarding a possible intoxicated driver at the Mike & Tammy’s Market.

Police arrived and spoke with witnesses at the market. Troopers learned that Wilder drove his truck to the market and appeared to be highly intoxicated. Witnesses told police that Wilder had left the market on foot.

Troopers were able to locate Wilder and arrested him after a short investigation.

Wilder was brought to the Rockingham State Police barracks, where he was processed and then transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility. He was cited to appear in court on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to answer to the charge.


-- A Vermont State trooper responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Hartley Hill Road on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Upon arrival, the trooper found a two-vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that Jason Haskell, 32, of Bellows Falls, was traveling east at about 25 mph while Randy Holmes, 22, of Rockingham, was traveling west at about 30 mph.

Haskell was distracted while looking at some horses in a field. As Holmes came over the hill, he observed Haskell in his lane. Holmes tried to avoid collision by moving to the left and passing Haskell on the wrong side. Holmes left the roadway and partially spun into the path of Haskell. The passenger’s side front-end of Haskell’s Jeep Wrangler struck the driver’s side rear quarter of Holmes’ Toyota Rav. Haskell was found responsible for the accident due to his operating on the wrong side of the road. No charges will be filed.

The Jeep had passenger-side front-end damage while the Toyota had damage on the driver’s side rear quarter. There were no injuries.

-- Jeffrey Kneeland, 30, of Westminster, was cited for driving with a criminally suspended license on Monday, Oct. 29.

He is to appear in court at a later date to answer to the charge.


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