Police Log

Saturday November 24, 2012


-- On Nov. 12, Brattleboro Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on South Main Street for speeding. The driver of the vehicle, Betsiada A. Vargas-Garcia, 29, of Brattleboro, was found to have her driver’s license criminally suspended in Vermont. Vargas-Garcia was issued a citation to appear in court at a later date.

-- On Nov. 18, Brattleboro Police officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Putney Road. An investigation was initiated and following that investigation, Earl Leroy Rowe Jr., 42, of Mont Alto, Pa., was arrested for DUI.

-- Sometime between Nov. 20 and 21, there was a forced entry into the BFI building through a rear door. The suspect stole numerous tools. This case is under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Vermont State Police in Rockingham at 802-875-2112.

-- On Nov. 21, Vermont State Police were dispatched to a reported three-vehicle crash on the Exit 2 southbound off-ramp of Interstate 91. There were no injuries as a result of this crash. Investigation revealed that a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by George Sawtelle, 75, of Keene, N.H., had been traveling south on Interstate 91. Sawtelle got off Exit 2 to find a gas station. As he neared the end of the ramp, Sawtelle stopped his vehicle in the middle of the ramp in order to exit his vehicle to walk back and read a road sign that he had missed. Donald West, 42, of Guilford, was able to avoid a collision with Sawtelle’s vehicle, however, Paul Dean, 40, of Brattleboro, who was traveling behind West, slammed on his brakes to avoid Sawtelle’s vehicle. Dean was unable to avoid a collision with West. The front bumper and grill area of Dean’s vehicle collided with the rear bumper of West’s vehicle. Dean’s vehicle sustained minor to moderate contact damage. West’s vehicle sustained minor contact damage to the rear bumper cover. Both vehicles were driven from the scene by the respective operators. Sawtelle was issued a warning for stopping on the interstate.

-- On Nov. 22, at approximately 9:30 p.m., members of the Vermont State Police responded to the Putney Inn for a report of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance. When troopers arrived, the complainant identified the intoxicated male as Mark R. Eggert, 50, of Brattleboro. The complainant advised that Eggert had left in a vehicle prior to the troopers’ arrival. Troopers located Eggert on Canal Street. Eggert was screened for DUI and subsequently arrested after showing signs of impairment. Eggert was processed at the Vermont State Police barracks in Brattleboro.

-- On Nov. 22, Vermont State Police and Brattleboro Fire and Rescue responded to the report of a single vehicle roll-over crash on the Exit 3 I91 northbound off-ramp. There were no injuries. Investigation revealed that Christopher Bellemare, 34, of Naugatuck, Conn., lost control while exiting at Exit 3, resulting in a roll-over crash. Bellemare, his wife and 3-year-old son were not injured as they were all wearing seat belts. Bellemare was issued tickets for failure to maintain lane and defective equipment.


-- On Nov. 22, Vermont State Police were notified of a two-car head-on crash with injuries on Route 9, near the intersection of MacArthur Road. Investigation revealed that the crash actually involved three vehicles. It was determined that Patrick Perrotti, 68, of Wilmington, was traveling west on Route 9, when he lost control of his 1993 Toyota truck on black ice. Perrotti’s truck collided with the driver’s side of a 2007 Chevrolet HHR, operated by Thomas Albercio, 51, of Brattleboro, who was also traveling west on Route 9. After colliding with Albercio’s vehicle, Perrotti then entered the oncoming lane, where his truck collided with a 2012 Toyota Sienna, being operated by Jeffrey Salmon, 45, of Rexford, N.Y., who was traveling east on Route 9. Salmon and Perrotti’s vehicles were towed from the scene. Albercio’s vehicle was able to be driven away. Marlboro Fire Department assisted at the scene.

-- On Nov. 23, Vermont State Police were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Route 9, just west of Whetstone Road. There were no reported injuries. Investigation revealed that Candace Redin, 51, of Wilmington, had been traveling west on Route 9, when she encountered black ice on a moderately sharp right-hand curve. Redin lost control of her vehicle and struck the guardrails on the north side of the roadway. Redin was able to drive her vehicle to the top of the hill, to a safer location, to await law enforcement response. There were patches of black ice on the road between Brattleboro and Wilmington. Redin was not ticketed.


-- On Nov. 22, Vermont State Police, Newbrook Fire Department and Rescue Inc. were dispatched to a reported vehicle off the road on South Wardsboro Road, just north of Wiswall Hill Road. Upon the arrival of fire personnel, it was determined that there were no injuries as a result of the crash. Investigation revealed that Addie Mahdavi, 16, of Newfane, had been traveling south on South Wardsboro Road, on a moderate left-hand curve that happened to be covered in black ice. Mahdavi’s vehicle went off the west side of the roadway and came to rest in a ditch. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by Scott Brooks Towing. There was no damage to the vehicle and it was driven away from the scene by one of its owners. There was no precipitation so it was believed that the black ice was formed by dew on the road.


-- On Nov. 22, the Vermont State Police received a complaint of a possible family fight on Grafton Road. Troopers from the Brattleboro barracks responded to the scene and spoke with Samantha Seals, 23, of Townshend, and her house guest, Brandon Lee, 27, of Brattleboro. After investigation of the possible family fight, Seals and Lee were advised to call it a night and quiet down. At approximately 4:25 a.m., Vermont State Police received another complaint of loud noise and banging from Seals’ apartment. Lee and Seals were subsequently arrested for noise in the nighttime. Both Lee and Seals were transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility and held until sober. Lee and Seals were issued citations to report to the Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division in Windham on Dec. 31.


-- On Nov. 19, the Vernon Police Department responded to 4591 Fort Bridgman Road for an active domestic disturbance. Ross Westney, 23, of Vernon, was arrested for domestic assault, violation of an abuse prevention order and interference with access to emergency services. Westney was cited to appear in Superior Court.


-- On Nov. 23, Vermont State Police investigated a crash on Route 121. There were no injuries. Stephen Redin, 55, of Townshend, was traveling east when he lost control on an icy curve. He crossed the centerline, traveled off the north side of the roadway and struck an embankment. His vehicle, a 2004 Ford Sport Trac sustained damage on its left side.


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