Police Log: Brattleboro Police identify woman struck, killed by train


BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Police Department has identified the woman struck and killed by a southbound train on Friday, July 15, as Susan L. Collins, 57, no place of residence given.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Brattleboro Police Department, the Brattleboro Fire Department and Rescue Inc. were called to the scene at about 1:25 p.m. on Friday after receiving a report from Amtrak that the southbound Vermonter had struck a person about one-quarter-mile south of the North Bridge, which crosses the West River where it meets the Connecticut River. Arriving units discovered the body of a woman on the tracks approximately halfway between the Veteran's Memorial Bridge and Walnut Street in Brattleboro.

According to Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert, at 1:25 p.m. train number 55 of the Vermonter, traveling south, struck a "trespasser on the tracks." No crew members nor any of the 83 passengers were injured. After the woman was struck, the train's operator activated its emergency brakes and stopped some distance after the collision. The train was delayed and remained on scene for several hours.

Amtrak Police responded and assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident should call Detective Erik Johnson at 802-257-7950.

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. >> A man wanted for questioning in relation to a homicide in Chesterfield on July 13 was taken into custody Sunday in South Carolina on a warrant for theft by taking.

According to a press release from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, Peter Giandalone, 23, of Chesterfield, is expected to be returned to New Hampshire within the next several days. Law enforcement had been looking for Giandalone since his father, John Giandalone, 64, was found in his home on Herrick Road, with a knife wound to his neck. He died from the injury.

Peter Giandalone was suspected of leaving the Granite State in his father's Subaru. The press release stated the car had also been found.

Peter Giandalone was supposed to have been under house arrest in his parent's home, after being charged with passing forged $100 bills. Giandalone is also wanted in Brattleboro, Vt., as a suspect in the robbery of the Putney Road Dunkin Donuts in May.

The investigation is ongoing.

july 15

• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to School Street in Brattleboro for a reported physical altercation. Subsequent investigation indicated that a fight had ensued between several individuals involving knives. One of the involved parties, Oscar J. Cruz, 32, of Brattleboro, was transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Cruz was placed under arrest and cited with aggravated domestic assault. On July 16, Cassidy Grover, 27, of Putney, who was also implicated in the fight, was located by officers. Grover sustained minor injuries from the incident and was treated at the hospital. Grover was also placed under arrest and cited with aggravated domestic assault. This incident is still under investigation. Anyone who has any further information, contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 802-257-7950 and ask for the detective division.

July 16

• At about 12 a.m., a member of the Vermont State Police was patrolling roads in Putney and observed a vehicle failing to stay within its lane. The trooper stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as John A. Henry, 27, of Putney. Further investigation indicated that Henry was under the influence of alcohol. A preliminary breath test revealed Henry's breath alcohol content was 0.146 percent. Henry was arrested for driving under the influence.

• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a residence on South Main Street for a report of a family fight. Following an investigation, Christopher P. Therieau, 25, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with domestic assault.

• At 3:20 p.m., the Brattleboro Police Department received a report that a motor vehicle was in the West River off of Route 30 in the vicinity of the Interstate 91 construction zone. Upon arrival, a vehicle was found on its side in the river, facing north. Officers learned that Gonzalo E. Aguilar Ramos, 24, of Honduras, was operating the vehicle when he lost control of the vehicle, struck a concrete barrier and ended up in the river. He and a 23-year-old passenger were able to exit the vehicle without injury. The Brattleboro Fire Department and Rescue Inc. assisted.

• On June 26, the Brattleboro Police Department began an investigation into a reported assault. Following an investigation, Brandon Aire, 32, of Brattleboro, was cited with disorderly conduct.

• On July 2, the Brattleboro Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Linden Street in the area of Grafton Village Cheese Company. Following an investigation, Jude L. Tyler, 53, of Dummerston, was arrested and cited with operating a vehicle with a criminally suspended license.

• On June 28, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Putney Road for the report of a theft. Following in investigation, Lisa F. Akey, 32, of Brattleboro, was cited with retail theft, trespassing, and violating the conditions of her release.

July 17

• A resident of Creamery Road in Guilford contacted the Vermont State Police at noon to report an act of vandalism to their vehicle. Overnight, the window of a 2011 Toyota Tacoma was smashed. The vehicle was parked in a driveway on Creamery Road. No personal property was taken from the vehicle. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Christ Buckley of the Vermont State Police at 802-254-2382 or call the Vermont State Police Crime Information Tip Line at 802-241-5355. Anonymous crime tips can also be sent via mobile devices by text messaging the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687).

• At 3:35 p.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 in Marlboro. As a result, Christopher Jonathan Ross, 32, of Wilmington, was arrested and cited with driving under the influence.

July 18

• Earlier this month, a cell phone that was found in Jamaica was brought to the Windham County Sheriff's Office that was found in the town of Jamaica. If you believe the cell phone belongs to you, call Sgt. Jessica Fellows at 802-365-4942.

• On July 10, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Canal Street for a report of a theft of a wallet. Following an investigation, John E. Merrick, 50, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with petit larceny.

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