SAXTONS RIVER -- A man accused of violating a relief from abuse order and stealing a car from a Saxtons River residence was arrested in Florida on Aug. 22.
According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, Ryan Smith, 32, formerly of Ludlow, was taken into custody by the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Ocklawahu, Fla., which also recovered the stolen vehicle, a 2007 Gray Jeep Compass. Smith was being investigated for illegally entering a Saxtons River home a number of times between July 28 and Aug. 13, which is a violation of his conditions of release.
A relief from abuse order was issued against Smith on July 3 and the next day police received a complaint that he had violated it by calling a restricted number several times. Smith was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and to not attempt contact of any kind. According to the temporary order for relief for abuse, the court found the order was appropriate because Smith had had placed in fear of imminent serious physical harm the alleged victim. The order also states the court found there is immediate danger of physical or emotional harm to children.
According to court documents, Smith has a prior conviction from 2009 for violating an abuse prevention order. In 2011, Smith was stunned by a Taser deployed by a Bellows Falls Police Officer during an incident involving the subject of that abuse prevention order.
When Smith is returned to Windham County, he will face charges that include three counts of violating a relief from abuse order, three counts of violating his conditions of release, driving with a suspended license, disorderly conduct via telephone, unlawful trespass, aggravated operation of a motor vehicle without owner's consent, and aggravated stalking.
-- On Aug. 18, the Vermont State Police cited Barry Toussaint, 53, of Bellows Falls, for driving on a suspended license. He was ordered to appear in court on Oct. 1.
-- Michelle Amsden, of Bellows Falls, was issued a citation to appear in court on Sept. 10 to answer to the charge of simple assault.
-- On Aug. 22, the Brattleboro Police Department arrested Todd A. Koshinsky, 28, of Brattleboro after an investigation revealed he had entered a Greenleaf Street resident without permission. He was cited for unlawful trespass and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Aug. 19, the Vermont State Police arrested Tixi E. Apuango, 36, of South Londonderry, for operating a vehicle with a criminally suspended license. Apuango was ordered to appear in court on Oct. 14.
-- On Aug. 19, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to the report of a single-vehicle accident on Adams Hill Road. The accident, which occurred at 9:15 a.m., resulted in neck pain to the operator, Hillary D. Clark, 21, of Brattleboro. According to police, Clark was traveling south when she lost control of her vehicle in the ruts of the gravel road. Clark's vehicle crashed into an embankment on the eastern edge of the roadway and sustained moderate damage. Clark was treated at Grace Cottage Hospital and released.
-- On Aug. 16, the Vermont State Police arrested Kristy Hastings, 25, of Bellows Falls, and cited her for grand larceny. According to police, an investigation revealed Hastings had assisted Keith Tyrrell with stealing property on Aug. 11. She was ordered to appear in court on Sept. 17.
-- On Aug. 19, the Windham County Sheriff's Department responded to Fairbrother Lane for the report of stolen copper piping. Anyone who might have information is urged to call the sheriff's office at 802-365-4942.
-- The Windham County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of a bicycle that occurred on sometime between Aug. 10 and 12. The bicycle is a newer style Raleigh MXR, blue and black. Anyone who might have information is urged to call Deputy Ian Tuttle at 802-365-4942.
-- The Vermont State Police is investigating the ongoing theft of firewood from a residence on Saxtons River Road. The theft has been occurring gradually over the past month and consists of cut, but not split, red maple. Anyone with information should call Sgt. Anthony French at 802-875-2112.
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