Police Log

Tuesday March 5, 2013


-- At about midnight on Feb. 26, State Police Troopers were on patrol in Brookline in search of a suspicious vehicle reported by a resident. Troopers discovered the vehicle on Grassy Brook Road, near Merrill Road.

After an investigation, the driver, Mark L. Hoyt, 53, of Brattleboro, was cited with driving under the influence and driving with a criminally suspended license. He will appear in Windham Superior Court on March 12 to answer to the charges.


-- Brattleboro Police officers on Wednesday, Feb. 27, arrested a 22-year-old homeless man and charged him with larceny and unlawful mischief.

According to police, Arthur R. Fisk was found to have stolen a cell phone from a person walking on South Main Street. He was taken into custody without incident.

Fisk was held on lack of $500 bail and cited to appear in court at a later date.

-- Brattleboro Police on Feb. 24 were called to investigate a citizen dispute on Elliot Street. Following an investigation, police arrested Norman R. Hardy, Jr., 35, of Brattleboro, and charged him with simple assault. He will appear in court at a later date.

-- Brattleboro Police on Feb. 24 responded to Hannaford Grocery Store to investigate a report of shoplifting. Following an investigation, Katherine S. Heffernan, 28, of Brattleboro, was cited for larceny and violation of conditions of release and will appear in court at a later date to answer to the charges.

-- The Brattleboro Fire Department on Feb. 20 were called to Western Avenue following a false alarm. Police were later contacted after a man was discovered in the same area and, following an investigation, Travis Smart, 20, of Brattleboro was cited with causing the false alarm, as well as being in possession of marijuana and petit larceny (he was in possession of mail stolen from a residence on Western Avenue).

Smart will appear in court at a later date to answer to the charges.


-- On Feb. 27, just after 6:15 a.m., Paul Blais, 40, of Whitingham, contacted police and reported that his vehicle -- a 2006 Kia Spectra -- had been sideswiped on the Green River School Road near the Halifax-Guilford town line.

Blais told police he was traveling east when a Jeep Cherokee pulled out and passed him on the left during a snowstorm. The right side of the Jeep struck the left side of the Spectra, and while Blais stopped, the other driver did not. Blais provided a vehicle description and plate number.

Police later located the Jeep in Brattleboro and identified the driver, John Ferguson III, 26, of Whitingham. Ferguson admitted to police that he left the scene, was cited and will appear in court at a later date.

-- Two New York residents were cited with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Interstate 91.

Police stopped a vehicle driven by Richard J. Smith, 35, of Coram, N.Y., for speeding just after midnight on Feb. 27. After a brief investigation, Smith and his passenger, Brett Veltri, 34, of Farmington, N.Y., were cited.

The two will appear in court at a later date.


-- There were no injuries reported following a two-vehicle crash on Route 30 in Newfane, Monday, Feb. 25.

According to police, John R. Salzman, 21, of Brattleboro, was traveling south on Route 30 in a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, just south of the village, when his rear bumper was struck by another vehicle.

After an investigation, it was discovered that Angela Albin, 25, of West Townshend, was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla behind Salzman when she became "distracted by electronics in her vehicle."

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The State Police used the opportunity to remind drivers of the importance of paying full attention to the road while driving. "Although this crash was minor, distracted driving is still extremely dangerous."


-- State Police are investigating a reported burglary on Davidson Hill Road during the daytime hours on Feb. 26.

Several items were taken from the home.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact State Police at 802-875-2112.

-- State Police on Feb. 24 responded to six vehicle accidents on Interstate 91 -- in Westminster, Rockingham and Springfield. In all cases there were no injuries reported and only minor damage to the vehicles. Police said all crashes were caused by drivers traveling too fast on the snow and ice covered roads.

-- State Police on Feb. 21, at about 10:40 a.m., stopped a vehicle on Route 103 near Interstate 91 and, following an investigation, cited the driver, Kate Salko, 25, of Killington, with possession of marijuana.

Salko will appear in court at a later date.


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