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ROCKINGHAM — The Vermont State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue to investigate the May 4 burglary of the Shell station and firearms dealership located at 705 Rockingham Road in Rockingham. Numerous firearms and a large quantity of ammunition were stolen in the burglary.

VSP and ATF are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction for this crime.

Anyone with information should contact the Vermont State Police at 802 722-4600. Information can also be provided online at or by texting "CRIMES" (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

The Brattleboro Police Department is investigating several burglaries of local businesses that have occurred in the early morning hours over the last several weeks. Possible suspects have been identified and a significant amount of investigative resources are being directed into apprehending the individuals responsible for these crimes so that they can be held accountable. Please immediately report any suspicious activity to 802-257-7590.

May 10

- At about 9 p.m., officers of the Brattleboro Police Department received a complaint about someone who was trespassed from a Canal Street business. Sylvester Little, 43, of Brattleboro, was found to have been in violation of a previously issued trespass order. Little was issued a citation and released to appear at court at a later date and time to answer to the charge of unlawful trespass.

May 12

- The Brattleboro Police Department arrested Ashley Hawthorne, 28, of Brattleboro, and cited her with with petit larceny.

- During the spring of this year, detectives from the Vermont Drug Task Force began an investigation into the sale of cocaine from the Mountainside Tattoo and Piercing Shop in Bellows Falls. Detectives were able to conduct controlled purchases of cocaine from the shop's owner, Alexander Lawrence, 45, and his girlfriend, Samantha Landry, 24, during business hours. On May 12, detectives executed a search warrant on the business and located two handguns, a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, butane hash oil, and a small indoor marijuana grow in the rear of the business. Lawrence and Landry were both arrested and cited with sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine, cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

- At 3:45 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Route 30 in Newfane for the report of a head-on collision. Troopers determined Michael W Kavanaugh, 46, of Brattleboro, was traveling north at approximately 35 mph when he began choking on potato chips. While trying to clear his airway, Kavanaugh's vehicle veered into the southbound lane and struck a vehicle being operated by Jacki Capponcelli, 26, of Brookline. Both operators sustained injures in this crash and were transported by ambulance. Capponcelli's vehicle was towed from the scene by Scott Brooks Towing of Townshend and Kavanaugh's vehicle as towed form the scene by A's Towing of Guilford.

- At 7 p.m., the Bellows Falls Police Department came into contact with Matthew D. Dunn, 34, of Rockingham, in the Hetty Green parking lot. As a result, Dunn was found to be in possession of 208 bags of heroin along with cocaine and was arrested. The Bellows Falls Police Department was assisted by the Walpole, N.H., Police Department.

May 15

- At 9:15 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 30 in Townshend. Troopers determined Nicholas Stone, 45, of Brattleboro, was traveling northbound when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a rock ledge. Stone and a passenger in his vehicle were were transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., as a result of their injuries. The Vermont State Police was assisted at the scene by members of the NewBrook Fire Department, the Townshend Fire Department, and Rescue Inc.

- The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business in town to investigate a report of retail theft. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Corey Crosby, 28, of Brattleboro for the offense of retail theft.

May 16

- The Keene, N.H., Police Department took into custody Michael C. Steever, 37, of Spofford, on a bench warrant.

- The Vermont State Police learned Jonathan Blake, 28, of Grafton, violated the conditions of his release. He was arrested on May 16 and cited.

May 17

- The Keene, N.H., Police Department cited Isaac K. LeGasse, 20, of Walpole, with unauthorized taking.

- The Brattleboro Police Department took into custody Amanda Fogg, 29, and Holly Rhodes, 28, of Brattleboro, on outstanding warrants.

- At 8:40 p.m., the Vermont State Police came into contact with Charles J. Webster, 27, of Westminster, in the parking lot of of Allen Brothers Market on Route 5 in Westminster. As a result, Webster was arrested and cited with driving under the influence.

- At 11 p.m., information regarding property stolen from a business on Canal Street during a burglary led officers to a residence on Canal Street in an attempt to locate Charles R. Cassell, Jr., 25, of Brattleboro. Cassell fled on foot upon officer's arrival. Cassell was caught on Homestead Place and arrested for possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. At the residence on Canal Street, Kevin W. McGirr, 35, of Brattleboro, lied to officers in an attempt to deflect the investigation. McGirr was charged with giving false information to law enforcement. On May 19, while conducting an investigation at his residence, police found Cassell to be in possession of heroin. He was cited with possession.

May 18

- At 2:45 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a report of a vehicle stuck in a ditch in the area of Broad Brook Road in Guilford. As a result, Cecelia M. Brooner, 20, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with driving under the arrest.

- At 3:50 p.m., the Brattleboro Police Department responded to Canal Street for a report of a fight in the roadway. Several people were involved in the fight. One subject was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for injuries. Police arrested Nicholas Kane, 28, of Brattleboro, for assault and disorderly conduct. More arrests are expected as this is an ongoing investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Sgt. Witherbee at the Brattleboro Police Department at 802-257-7950.

May 19

- Malcolm Chappel, 29, of Brattleboro, was was arrested at a local motel for failure to comply with the sex offender registry and was ordered to appear in court.

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