Police Log

Aug. 7

- At about 5:30 p.m., a 16-year-old male was stopped on Interstate 91 in Dummerston after being observed driving in an aggressive manner. He passed an unmarked State Police vehicle on the right side at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour and then continued southbound on the interstate, passing cars at speeds ranging between 120 and 125 mph before he was stopped. The following day, the juvenile was issued a juvenile citation for the offenses of negligent operation and excessive speed. The juvenile was also issued a civil ticket for no license since he only possessed a valid learner's permit and the only other occupant was another juvenile. At this time, the actual identity of the juvenile is being withheld until the Office of the Windham County State's Attorney reviews the case and makes a determination in which court the juvenile will be arraigned. No further information is available at this time.

- At approximately 4 p.m., the Vermont State Police was notified of a two -vehicle crash on Interstate 91 near mile marker 3. Upon arrival it was determined that a Ford F450 was rear ended by a tractor trailer unit. The investigation revealed that the tractor trailer operator failed to recognize the Ford F450 that was ahead of it in the right lane. As a result, the tractor trailer unit's front end struck the rear of the Ford, causing substantial damage to the tractor but minimal damage to the Ford truck. There were no injuries as a result of this crash.

Aug. 8

- At about 5:30 a.m., the Vermont State Police was contacted by a homeowner on Riverside Drive in Dummerston for an intruder inside the residence. While en-route, the State Police requested assistance from the Brattleboro Police Department, which assisted at the scene. When police arrived, the homeowner was locked inside a bedroom while an intruder was located inside the residence yelling and banging on objects within an upstairs bathroom. After several minutes of verbal commands, the intruder, who was identified as Benjamin Labrie, 34, of Townshend, was taken into custody. Due to mental health concerns, Labrie was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he remained in police custody until being transported to a mental health facility in Brattleboro. Labrie faces charges stemming from the incident which include burglary, unlawful trespass and resisting arrest.

- At about 8:20 p.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop near the intersection of West Street and Strand Avenue in Brattleboro. Further investigation revealed that the operator, Maximo Matathias, 22, of Wilmington, was in possession of a regulated prescription drug. Also, a passenger identified as Anastasia King, 19, of Wilmington, was found to be in possession of heroin and a regulated prescription drug. Matathias and King were arrested and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department for processing. They were issued citations to appear at a later date and subsequently released.

- As a result of a collaborative effort between the Vermont State Police, the Bellows Falls Police Department, the Brattleboro Police Department and the Windham County Sheriff's Office, Chelsea Ovaitte, 22, of Springfield was arrested for her involvement in numerous burglaries committed during the month of July. Most of the burglaries committed were in the Westminster, Brattleboro and Putney area, and mostly involved businesses near or on Route 5. A significant amount of money obtained during the burglaries was used to support Ovaitte's heroin addiction. Bail was set at $2,500. Ovaitte was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield pending her arraignment in court on Aug. 9. The investigation revealed that Ovaitte committed these burglaries with her boyfriend, Jacob Mcallister, who also supported his heroin addiction with the money stolen. Mcallister was unable to be located yesterday and a warrant will be sought for his arrest. If anyone has any information as to his current whereabouts they are asked to contact Detective Corporal Brian Berry at the Westminster State Police Barracks at 802-722-4663. The investigation into these burglaries is still ongoing at this time.

Aug. 9

- At about 3 p.m., the Vermont State Police arrested Jason Robison, 42, of Bellows Falls, for his involvement in a theft of cash from the Dummerston Exit 4 Sunoco Station on April 19. The other accused in this case, Justin Clouart, had previously been arrested for his involvement in this case. Robison was charged with petit larceny. Robison was also charged with burglary, unlawful mischief, unlawful trespass and grand larceny for committing a break-in at the Exit 6 Sunoco Station in Rockingham during November 2016. Robison gained entry into the store by smashing the glass in the door. Robison then stole numerous cartons of cigarettes with a value exceeding $1,000. Robison was currently out on conditions of release from the court due to unrelated charges and was found to be in violation of several of his conditions. Judge Katherine Hayes set bail on Robison at $10,000 and he was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

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