McAllister's sister faces vandalism charge

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SAXTONS RIVER — A Westminster woman has been charged with slashing the tire on a Saxtons River man's truck — the same man who allegedly harbored her brother while he was a fugitive from justice.

Vermont State Police said Danielle McAllister, 37, of Westminster was arrested early Sunday morning after police were called to Main Street in Saxtons River after the tire on Joseph LeClair's truck was slashed.

Police said multiple witnesses at the scene said that McAllister slashed the tire and fled the scene with a knife in her hand. The incident happened at 12:57 a.m., police said.

McAllister's younger brother Zachariah McAllister, 28, also of Westminster, was arrested in LeClair's apartment on Main Street in Saxtons River during the early morning hours of Sept. 21. McAllister, who had fled police after a Brattleboro traffic stop and resulting accident in Walpole, N.H., was arrested hiding under a bed in the LeClair apartment.

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Police said on Sunday morning they located Danielle McAllister at her resident and she "gave a false report to law enforcement on her involvement in the matter."

She was released on citation to appear in Windham Superior Court Nov. 26.

In a related case, Vermont State Police said Caleb Crum, 35, of Saxtons River was arrested at the same time on Main Street in Saxtons River on suspicion of drunk driving. Crum allegedly left the scene of the vandalism of LeClair's truck and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence.

Zachariah McAllister is currently being held by federal authorities on charges of trafficking heroin. He was indicted by a federal grand jury last week.

His former partner Christopher Silva had alerted police to where he was hiding in Saxtons River. Silva, also charged with drug trafficking, is being held at the state prison in Springfield. He is facing potential attempted murder charges, prosecutors say.


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