Police Log


PUTNEY -- On June 27, at approximately 11:36 a.m., the Vermont State Police, Putney Fire Department, and Rescue Inc. Ambulance were dispatched to a single car motor vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in the town of Putney.

State Police arrived on scene and located a 2011 Volkswagon Jetta, in the median. The Jetta, driven by Kevin J. Filippone, 26, of Madison, Conn., had collided with approximately 25 feet of metal guardrail that was pushed out into the left travel lane of the highway.

Filippone was not injured.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the Jetta was traveling northbound in the left travel lane and veered off the edge of the roadway, striking the metal guardrail. The Vermont Agency of Transportation assisted with removing the guardrail from the roadway. Rick's Towing was contacted and removed the Jetta, which sustained extensive front end damage.

The Vermont State Police are asking anyone that may have witnessed this crash to contact Sgt. Trudeau at the Brattleboro barracks, 802-254-2382.


The Vermont State Police in Brattleboro, in conjunction with local and county law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol in the Windham County area during the 2014 Operation CARE Holiday DUI Campaign -- July 3 to July 6.


-- On June 21, Mark Bortscheller, 27, of Wilmington, was cited by the Windham County Sheriff's Department for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol after he was stopped for traveling 66 miles per hour in a posted 40 miles per hour speed zone near the Grafton Cheese Factory on Route 30 in Brattleboro. Investigation revealed him to be under the influence of alcohol. He was released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.


-- On June 21, Jeremy Morrill, 33, of Newfane, was cited by the Windham County Sheriff's Department after being stopped on VT Route 30 for operating an unregistered motorcycle. Investigation revealed his license to be criminally suspended. He was released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

-- On June 17, Bradley Boucher, 34, of Brattleboro, was cited by the Windham County Sheriff's Department following a traffic stop for traveling 72 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour speed zone on VT Route 30 in Newfane. Bradley was released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal division at a later date.


-- On June 25, at about 11 p.m., Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on US RT 5 in Westminster for numerous violations. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver, John Preterotti, granted consent for a search of the vehicle. While conducting a search, a hypodermic needle was discovered in Preterotti's underwear. During a consent search of the passenger, Antonio Figueroa, 33, of Bellows Falls, at the Rockingham State Police Barracks, 178 bags of heroin and 1 gram of crack cocaine were discovered. Figueroa was issued a citation for trafficking heroin as well as possession of crack cocaine, and was later lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail. He will appear in court at a later date.

-- Following an investigation into a May 9 "trespass incident" reported at St. Johnsbury Construction in Westminster, police have cited Devin Pratt, 25, of Putney with unlawful trespass and unlawful mischief.

According to State Police, a person entered the business between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on May 9, resulting in property damage

Pratt is scheduled to be arraigned at Windham Superior Court/Criminal Division on Aug. 12.

-- On June 20, at approximately 3:10 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to the intersection of Route 5 and Henwood HIll Road for the report of a single vehicle crash. Troopers determined Michael Milano, 42, of Charlestown, N.H., was traveling north on Route 5 when he went off the right-hand side of the road and struck a utility pole head on. Both the operator and a passenger were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries sustained in the crash.


-- On June 23, at 5:35 p.m., the Winhall Police Department received a 911 call from a resident on Rocky Dell Road reporting that they had arrived home and found an unknown person inside of their house. The Winhall Police responded to the residence and found Samuel Barbeau, 18, of Irasburg, still inside the house.

Barbeau was taken into custody on the front steps. Based on interviews and evidence at the scene, police believe Barbeau had spent the previous night in the guest house on the same property and was then found by the owner in the main house immediately prior to the owner calling 911.

Barbeau has been cited with burglary and was released on conditions. He is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division on July 7. Manchester Police and the Vermont State Police provided assistance.

The Winhall Police used this example to remind people that the home owner responded appropriately to a home intruder. Immediately removing yourself from the residence and calling 911 allows law enforcement to deal with any potential threats and allows for the safest and best outcome.

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