Police Log



-- On March 3, Vermont State Police received a call stating that Jared Whitman, 26, of Brattleboro, violated an abuse prevention order. Whitman was sending the victim messages using Facebook. Troopers were unable to locate Whitman for an arrest. On March 15, troopers applied for an arrest warrant.

-- On March 13, Douglas Grimes was arrested on an active arrest warrant related to a previous incident. Grimes was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was processed and lodged.

-- On March 15, Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 103 in Chester for defective plate lights. Chelsie Davis, 23, of Brattleboro, was found to be criminally suspended in Vermont. During a consent search of the vehicle, a civil amount of marijuana was located. Davis was arrested for the offense and transported to the Rockingham State Police Barracks for processing. She was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license and ordered to appear in Windsor County Superior Court Criminal Division on April 29. Davis was issued a written warning for the defective equipment as well as the marijuana.

-- On March 16, Brattleboro Police Department responded to Burger King on Canal Street for a reported robbery. When police arrived, it was found that the subject fled on foot. No weapons were displayed and the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Brattleboro Police Department at 802-257-7950.

-- On March 16, the Vermont State Police responded to the report of a two vehicle accident on Interstate 91 just north of Exit 2. Upon arrival, Troopers determine Jacob A. Kotler, 26, of Centerpoint, N.Y., was traveling south in the passing lane. As Kotler changed lanes to the travel lane, he struck from behind a vehicle being operated by Kyle H. Leaver, 24, Clinton, Conn. Both vehicles were traveling at approximately 70 mph at the time of the crash and both vehicles were driven from the scene. Kotler was issued a ticket for following too close.

-- There are no criminal charges pending against Alan Scocca, 60, of Brattleboro, in connection with a January dispute that had been investigated by police. No probable cause for charges was found after a review in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division.


-- On March 10, at approximately 3:35 a.m., the Vermont State Police received a 911 call about an assault. The caller advised that Jacob Johnson, 22, of Londonderry, had choked him and struck him repeatedly in the face and head. He advised that when his 9-year-old son attempted to dial 911, Elizabeth Merrill, 19, of Sunderland, took the phone from his hand and told him not to call. The assault was brought to an end when the 9-year-old used his body to shield his father from the assault.

Both Johnson and Merrill fled the residence after the victim was able to call 911. Merrill was arrested in the days following and cited with aiding in the commission of a felony, interference with access to emergency Services, and giving false Information to law enforcement. Johnson is still at large. An arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest on the charge of first degree aggravated domestic assault.


-- On March 9, Vermont State Police investigated a crash on Route 30 in Townshend. Based on the investigation, it was determined that Jesse Howard, 25, of Townshend, was operating a 1993 Toyota Tacoma when his vehicle drove off the roadway and struck the front porch of a residence along Route 30. Howard left the scene of the crash and continued driving on Route 30. Based on witness statements, police were able to locate the vehicle and Howard at his residence in Townshend. Howard provided a statement regarding the crash and was issued a citation to appear in Windham County Superior Court Criminal Division on April 15 to answer to the offense of leaving the scene of an accident. Howard was also issued a violation for operating a vehicle with no insurance and no registration. No injuries were sustained as a result of the crash. Howard's vehicle sustained minor damage to the passenger side.


-- On March 5, the Vernon Police Department arrested Kelsie Carpenter, 21, of Vernon, for domestic assault. She was cited to appear in Windham Superior Court on March 17.

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