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June 12

- At just past 2 a.m., troopers with the Vermont State Police responded to a suspicious noise complaint at 7463 Route 30 in Jamaica. After an investigation, it was determined that Kiara Wilhite, 23, of Townshend, was traveling south and left the roadway> Her vehicle flipped end over end and struck the roof of a structure causing damage at this location. The operator was found just up the road and was treated by Rescue Inc. at the scene. After troopers performed standard field sobriety tests Wilhite was taken into custody for driving under the influence.

- On May 25, the Brattleboro Police Department began an investigation into the report of a stolen cell phone. As a result, Kevin Regan, 62, of Brattleboro, was cited with theft.

- On Feb 7, the Brattleboro Police Department began an investigation into a theft at a business on Canal Street. As a result, Christopher M. Geiling, 60, of Turners Falls, Mass., was cited with retail theft.

- At 3:25 p.m., troopers with the Vermont State Police responded to Route 100 in Londonderry for the report of a single vehicle crash. A witness told troopers the vehicle traveling towards the center of Londonderry at a normal rate of speed but failing to follow a sharp curve in the road. Instead, the vehicle went straight off the road, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree head-on. The operator, John Bednik, 53, of Shaftsbury, was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where he remains hospitalized in stable condition.     

- At about 8:30 p.m., officers from the Brattleboro Police Department responded to Canal Street for a report of a physical altercation. The complainant reported four to five persons possibly involved in the altercation, one person was on the ground. One male subject, Ethan Engelhard 22, of Brattleboro was detained on scene with minor injuries and experiencing a mental health crisis. Engelhard was transported to BMH for evaluation.     A female victim of the assault was also taken to BMH to be evaluated for minor non-life threatening injury. The victim identified Engelhard as the subject who struck her causing her injury. Engelhard was medically cleared and taken into custody for assault. He was transported to the Brattleboro Police station where he ordered held until sober. Engelhard was issued conditions of release and a citation to appear in court at a later date.

- At just before 10 p.m., troopers with the New Hampshire State Police responded to Route 9 in Stoddard for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash. Troopers determined Casey Accardi, 26, of Wellesley, Mass., was traveling west with a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Sean Barber, 45, of Wilmington, following behind when a deer ran out in front of Accardi's vehicle. Accardi braked to avoid hitting the deer but was unable to avoid impact. According to the N.H. State Police, Barber was following Accardi's vehicle too closely. When he attempted to stop his vehicle, he lost control and crashed, sliding off the roadway. While Barber's motorcycle didn't strike Accardi's, Barber suffered serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical in Lebanon, N.H. A juvenile passenger on Barber's motorcycle was transported by ground ambulance to Concord Hospital with serious

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but non-life threatening injuries. Route 9 was closed for approximately an hour-and-a-half while the scene was investigated. The Stoddard Fire Department and Diluzio Ambulance assisted on scene. Anyone who may have further information related to this crash is asked to contact Trooper Thomas Byrne via Troop C dispatch at 603-223-8494 or email at Thomas.Byrne@dos.nh.gov.

June 14

- At 3 p.m., officers with the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a report of a violation of an abuse prevention order. Officers learned on June 6, Orion. R. Stone, 19, of Guilford, had knowingly come within 300 feet of the subject of the abuse prevention order. As a result, Orion was arrested and cited with violating the prevention order and violating the conditions of his release.

- At 4:30 p.m., a trooper with the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Western Avenue in Brattleboro. As a result, Justin L. Hale, 35, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with operating a vehicle with a criminally suspended license.

June 15

- At just past midnight, a trooper with the Vermont State Police observed a vehicle traveling on Interstate 91 at 98 mph in a 65-mph zone in Westminster. As a result, Kaitlyn Tracy, 30, of West Hollywood, Calif., was arrested and cited with excessive speed.

- At just past noon, the Vermont State Police responded to a two car crash on Route 30 in Townshend. Upon arrival, it was determined that no injuries resulted from this crash. Kristina Holden, 33, of Jamaica was stopped at an intersection on Route 30 when her vehicle was struck from behind. The at fault vehicle was driven by Sally Newton, 63, of Townshend, who failed to recognize Holden's stopped vehicle at the intersection. Minimal damage was incurred by both vehicles. Newton was not issued a ticket for the motor vehicle violation.

June 16

- At about 1:57 a.m., the Vermont State Police stopped to check on a vehicle located at the intersection of Route 30 and Williamsville Road in Dummerston. The operator, Caleb Kiernan, 33, of Townshend was found to be under the influence of intoxicants. He was arrested, processed and released with a citation to appear in court at a later date and time.


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