Police search for missing Readsboro man
BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont State Police is looking for a 76-year-old Readsboro man who has been missing since at least Oct. 3. According to a press release, Merton J. Powers was last seen near McKay's Auto on Marlboro Road in Brattleboro. He is a white male, with white hair and blue eyes, approximately 5' 4" tall and 145 pounds, and wears glasses. According to a family member, Merton was on his way to Texas, but is overdue. He is also reported to have medical issues that may cause him to become confused and disoriented. Powers was last seen operating a Silver, 2006 Suzuki Forenza bearing Texas registration JNL863.
Anyone who might have information is urged to contact the Vermont State Police Barracks-Shaftsbury at 802-442-5421.
-- On Oct. 26, at approximately 2 a.m., the Bellows Falls Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Westminster Street. As a result, Colin M. James, of Bellows Falls, was arrested and cited for driving under the influence. He was ordered to appear in court at a later date.
-- On Oct. 24, at approximately 1 p.m., the Vermont State Police stopped to check on an unattended running vehicle parked in a fire lane at a local business on Putney Road. As a result of an investigation, troopers learned that the vehicle's operator, Kevin F. Kelly, Jr., 35, of Brattleboro, had driven to the business alone and was operating the vehicle after his license had been criminally suspended. He was arrested and cited to appear in court on Nov. 26.
-- On Oct. 24, the Brattleboro Police Department issued a press release identifying a person who was found dead on Sept. 4 at the Brattleboro Retreat. According to the release, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Vermont determined that Samantha M. Siano-Joseph, 36, of Exeter, N.H., died of an overdose of prescription drugs. According to the release, the death was classified a suicide.
-- On Oct. 27, the Vermont State Police responded to River Road at about noon for the report of an accident. Troopers learned that Robert M. Spring, 45, of Newfane, was traveling north when he left the roadway and struck a tree. Spring sustained a broken right arm and was transported to Grace Cottage Medical Center. Spring was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence and was transported to the Brattleboro barracks for processing. He was issued a citation to appear in court on Nov. 12.
-- On Oct. 27, at approximately 8:15 p.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 5. As a result, Joshua Macias, 21, of Bellows Falls, was found to be operating a vehicle with a criminally suspended license. He was ordered to appear in court on Nov. 12.
-- On Oct. 26, at just before midnight, the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop of a Connecticut registered Ford pickup truck on Route 142 for a motor vehicle violation. During the stop, troopers determined the operator, Michael Joly, 31, of Brooklyn Conn., was operating under the influence of alcohol. Joly was arrested for DUI and processed at the Brattleboro Barracks. Joly was issued a citation to appear in court on Nov. 12.
-- On Oct. 27, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the Vermont State Police arrested Craig C. Smith, 61, of Jamaica, and cited him for driving under the influence. He was ordered to appear in court on Nov. 12.
-- On Oct. 26, at approximately 5:40 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Interstate 91 for the report of a crash. According to a press release, Stephen Strauss, 20, of West Springfield, Mass., was traveling south behind a vehicle operated by his father, Paul Strauss, 46, also of West Springfield. Stephen's vehicle struck Paul's vehicle from behind, causing significant front end damage to the Mazda and minor damage to the rear bumper of the Dodge. The crash was attributed to driver fatigue.
-- On Oct. 26, at just before noon, the Vermont State Police responded to a noise complaint at the Motel Westminster on Route 5. In the course of the investigation, it was determined that Jeffrey Van Buren, 50, of Westminster, who was the complainant, was the subject of an active arrest warrant. He was arrested and transported to Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, where he was held on $50,000 bail. The warrant stemmed from a charge of first degree aggravated domestic assault that was issued by the Rutland Superior Court, Criminal Division.
-- The Vermont State Police is investigating a burglary that occurred at Westminster Housing sometime on Oct. 26. According to a press release, someone entered the residence and stole several items. Anyone with information regarding this incident or who may have seen suspicious activity in the area is asked contact the State Police at 802-875-2112.
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