Police Log

Friday January 4, 2013


-- On Dec. 19, Renee McSweeney, 30, of Bellows Falls, was arrested by Windham County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant for a failure to appear in court for an arraignment. She was brought before the Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division as a result.


-- Alexander Orlanzo, 33, of Clinton, Conn., was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 31. His vehicle was stopped for defective equipment on Route 30. Investigation revealed marijuana, heroin paraphernalia and fireworks. Orlanzo was released on conditions and cited to appear at the Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date.

-- Shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, Raymond Unaitis, 49, of Vernon, was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff’s Department after his vehicle was stopped on West Street for failing to use a turn signal. He was subsequently arrested for DUI and was processed at the Sheriff’s Department in Newfane. Unaitis was released on a citation to appear at the Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date.


-- On Jan. 1, Vermont State Police were dispatched to a vehicle in the median in the area of milemarker 20 on I-91. Investigation revealed that a pick-up truck towing a snowmobile trailer was traveling in the right lane in the area of milemarker 20 in the southbound lane. Julie Lalonde, 22, of East Lyme, Conn., was in the process of passing the pick-up truck when the pick-up truck started to change from the right lane to the left lane. The left rear corner of the snowmobile trailer being towed by the pick-up truck struck the right front fender of Lalonde’s 2007 Honda Civic and caused her to spin out and enter the median. Lalonde was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured.

The operator of the pick-up truck was aware of the crash because its occupants checked the damage to the trailer, however, they did not stop and identify themselves or render aid following the crash with Lalonde, according to police. At this time, the operator of the pick-up truck is unknown. Anyone with information related to this crash is asked to contact Sgt. Mike Sorensen at the Brattleboro barracks by calling 802-254-2382.


-- On Jan. 1, Vermont State Police, Townshend Fire Department and Rescue Inc. were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on Windham Hill Road. Investigation revealed that Matthew Dagata, 27, of Boston, had been traveling west on Windham Hill Road, coming down a steep hill when he tried to negotiate a moderate left-hand curve. Dagata was traveling too fast and his vehicle slid on the light coating of sand that covered the roadway from the recent snowstorm. The roadway was otherwise clear and devoid of ice and snow.

Dagata’s vehicle rotated in a clockwise manner, left the north side of the roadway, struck an embankment and rolled over, coming to rest on its passenger side facing a southeasterly direction partially on and partially off Windham Hill Road. Both the operator and his passenger escaped serious injury by using seatbelts. Given the dynamics of the crash, had either occupant been unbelted, serious injury or death would likely have resulted, police said. Dagata was considered at fault for the crash, as he traveled at an excessive speed for the existing road conditions. He was issued a written warning for the violation. His vehicle was righted and later removed by Coleman’s Towing.


-- On Dec. 24, the Vermont State Police Brattleboro barracks was notified of a single car crash with no injuries on Wilmington Cross Road. Investigation revealed that Isabel J. Bosley, 69, of Readsboro, was traveling south on the road when she fell asleep and left the roadway. Her vehicle collided with a large rock and a tree before coming to rest on the shoulder.


-- On Dec. 31, a member of the Vermont State Police stopped a motor vehicle on Route 100 for a moving violation. The operator and owner, Jullian Chattin, 24, of Charlemont, Mass., was found to be in possession of marijuana. She was arrested and processed at the Wilmington Police Department.


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