Police Log

Saturday April 20, 2013

Bellows Falls

-- On April 12, during a traffic stop for a minor motor vehicle violation, Caroline Kissell, of Putney, was found to driving under the influence and was taken into custody. Her fiancee Robert Brodeur, of Putney, attempted to interfere with the arresting officers and was subsequently taken into custody for impeding a public officer.

-- On April 12, Bellows Falls Police made contact with Jacob J. Wunsch, of Vernon, in the area of the Windham Center. Wunsch was arrested and cited to appear at a later date for violating his conditions of release.


-- On April 10, Brattleboro Police responded to America’s Best Inn at 959 Putney Road for a threatening complaint. Upon further investigation, Linda Johnson, 62, of Brattleboro, was arrested for disorderly conduct. She was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division the following day.

-- On April 11, Brattleboro Police responded to Prospect Street for a report of a trespasser inside of a resident’s home. Upon further investigation, Kimberly Saunders, 47, of Brattleboro, was arrested for unlawful trespass. She was issued a citation to appear in the Vermont Superior Court the following day to answer to this charge.

-- On April 12, Vermont State Police were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on I-91, just south of the William Street Bridge. The scene was found to be in between the William Street bridge and the Maple Street bridge. Robert Miller, 75, of Stratford, Conn., was driving a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, which was on its wheels, facing in a northeasterly direction in the southbound passing lane. Investigation revealed that Miller had been traveling north on I-91, when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle entered the median and rolled over, coming to rest in the southbound passing lane. There were no injuries, likely due to seat belt usage. Miller was issued a written warning for operating his vehicle in a speed too fast for the existing road conditions, which consisted of a sleet covered roadway. Brattleboro Towing later removed the vehicle from the scene. Rescue Inc. and DMV personnel assisted at the scene.


-- On April 14, Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle property damage crash on I-91, just north of the Welcome Center. The scene was found to be in the area of mile marker 6 southbound. A 2001 Toyota Prius being operated by Timothy Hueber, 20, of Chesterfield, N.H., was in the southbound passing lane facing in a northwesterly direction. Investigation revealed that Hueber had been traveling south on I-91 in the right lane, when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle spun out and the front bumper area collided with the guardrails located on the west side of the southbound lanes. Hueber’s vehicle rebounded off the guardrails, crossed both southbound lanes and struck the guardrails on the eastern side of the southbound lanes with its rear bumper area before coming to its final position of rest. Weather at the time consisted of sleet and freezing rain. The road was covered in slush and ice. Hueber was found to be at fault for the crash for traveling at an excessive speed for the existing road conditions. He was ticketed for the violation. Brattleboro Towing removed the Prius from the scene.


-- On April 12, Rockingham State Police received a call regarding a motor vehicle crash on I-91 at mile marker 30 southbound. A New Hampshire dealer flat bed from Toyota Volvo in Keene, N.H., lost control going north on I-91. The flat bed rolled in the median and landed back on it’s wheels in the southbound lane. The truck then went across the southbound lane and struck two trees off the highway. The vehicle that was being towed remained in the median. The truck was being operated by William Cashman, 64, of Keene, N.H.. He was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The other occupants of the vehicle were transported to Springfield Hospital with minor injuries. I-91 was closed down for a short period of time while Hillside Auto removed the vehicles from the scene. This case is still under investigation.

-- On April 12, 911 received a call regarding a motor vehicle crash on Route 5. The complainant stated the vehicle involved in the crash left the scene. Vermont State Police arrived on scene and observed the damage. Three trucks at the Durand Dealership and a mailbox were struck by the vehicle that left the scene. Upon further investigation, Trooper Jake Bloom made contact with Belinda Butterfield-Rivard, 20, and Robert Lawrence, 21, both of Bellows Falls. Butterfield-Rivard was cited for giving false information to the police and Lawrence was cited for leaving the scene of an accident. They will appear in Windham County Superior Court on May 21.

-- On April 13, 911 was called regarding a burglary at 7836 Route 5. The call was placed by John Stoodley, 58, and he informed that someone broke into his house while he was sleeping. Vermont State Police arrived on the scene and observed forced entry to the back door. Various electronics and firearms were stolen from the residence. There were pieces of evidence left at the scene. Later that morning, more than half the items taken from the residence were found thrown over an embankment up the street from the residence. Among the items still missing are an iPhone, a 20 gauge shotgun, CVA .50 Cal. muzzle loader and an H and R 10 gauge single shotgun.


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