Townshend man arrested on Route 9

Wednesday May 1, 2013

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- A Townshend, Vt., man was arrested for reckless operation after he attempted to elude Chesterfield Police on Route 9 between Route 63 and the bottom of Chesterfield Hill.

According to Lt. Duane Chickering, Scotti Clark, 21, of Townshend, was spotted traveling at 68 mph on a motorcycle at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 63 on April 29 at approximately 8:45 a.m. When police attempted to stop Clark, he sped away, reaching speeds of 130 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Clark was cited for reckless operation for passing vehicles in the breakdown lane during the pursuit, which was conducted by Officer Kevin White, said Chickering.

Eventually Clark pulled his vehicle over on Forestview Drive, at the base of Chesterfield Hill and was arrested. He was also cited for disobeying an officer, driving an unregistered vehicle and operating without a motorcycle license.

Chickering said the motorcycle did not have a license plate, but a secondary check determined that it was not stolen.

Clark was ordered to appear in court on June 6.

Bellows Falls

-- On March 14, Bellows Falls Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Westminster Street and arrested Adam B. Fischer, of Westminster, and Jared Saunders, of Grafton, for possession of marijuana. Fischer and Saunders were released on citation to appear at a later date.

-- On March 19, Bellows Falls Police responded to a residence on Gove Street for a reported disturbance. Bellows Falls Police determined that Melissa J. Atwood had been at this particular residence causing a disturbance and preventing the victim from calling police. Atwood left the scene and was later arrested in New Hampshire by New Hampshire State Police on separate charges. Atwood was issued a citation on March 13 to appear at the Windham County Superior Court Criminal Division.

-- During a traffic stop for a minor motor vehicle violation on March 27, Bellows Falls Police developed probable cause to believe that there were illegal narcotics in the vehicle of Johnathon Kinney, of Saxtons River, who would not give officers consent to search the vehicle. Therefore, the vehicle was seized and a search warrant was sought. On March 29, Judge David Suntag granted the officers’ request for a warrant to search the vehicle. Kinney was later processed and released with a citation to appear in court to answer to the charge of possession of marijuana.


-- On April 18, Brattleboro Police responded to 51 Linden Street for a neighbor dispute. Investigation led to the arrest of Valerian Claire, 60, of Brattleboro, for disorderly conduct. He was cited to appear in court at a later date.


-- On April 15, Vermont State Police responded to a report of an open line 911 call at a residence located on Kirchheimer Drive. Although there was no specific report, the police had responded to incidents at the same location in the past, so a response was initiated. Investigation revealed that Duncan Norwood, 30, of Putney, had assaulted a woman at the residence. The victim attempted to dial 911 during a lull in the assault, but was unable to talk with the dispatcher due to Norwood being in close proximity to her. The victim managed to get away from the residence following the assault and called 911 again to report it. After gathering a statement at the Brattleboro barracks and determining that probable cause for an arrest existed, troopers went to the residence in an attempt to locate Norwood. He was not located but later turned himself in at the Brattleboro barracks where he was processed for domestic assault. He was released on conditions and cited to appear in the Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on April 16.


-- On April 14, Vermont State Police, Deerfield Valley Rescue and Marlboro Fire Department were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Route 9 near the Golden Eagle Motel. Upon arrival, emergency responders determined that there were no injuries as a result of the crash. Investigation revealed that Beth Michalka, 47, of Monroe, Conn., had been traveling east on Route 9 when she may have fallen asleep. Michalka’s vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Captiva, left the south side of the roadway and went into a deep ditch adjacent to the roadway. The vehicle sustained moderate damage to its right front bumper fender area and undercarriage as a result of striking rocks in the ditch. The vehicle was removed from the ditch by DJ’s Towing and removed from the scene by Affordable Towing. Michalka was issued a written warning for failing to maintain her lane of travel. Members of the Marlboro Fire Department provided traffic control at the scene.


-- On April 15, Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle traveling north bound on I-91 for speeding. A consent search was conducted on the vehicle. During the search, the passenger of the vehicle was discovered to have provided false information to a police officer as to his identity. The passenger eventually provided a social security card with his correct identity, Miguel A. Fuentes, 33, of Greenfield, Mass. Fuentes was discovered to be a fugitive from justice from Massachusetts, who is wanted for a violation of parole stemming from possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute in Massachusetts. After being searched by troopers, three grams of cocaine was found on Fuentes’ person. Fuentes was charged with possession of cocaine, fugitive from justice and providing false information to a police officer. He is being held on a $25,000 bail.


-- Vermont State Police out of Rockingham are investigating a theft of a dirt bike from a residence located on Route 121. The bike was suspected to have been taken sometime between April 15 and 16. The bike is a 1988 Kawasaki KDX 200. It is white and green in color. The bike has a blue seat with a tear in it and the gas tank is white. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact Trooper Berry at the Rockingham barracks at 802-875-2112.


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