Category Archives: Crime

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Police warn about power company phone scam

BRATTLEBORO — Police in Brattleboro, are warning residents of a phone scam saying their power will be cut off if they don’t make a money transfer.
Police say residents have been getting calls from people claiming to be from Green Mountain Power. The callers say they will shut off the power if the residents don’t meet them to make a money transfer.
Police are telling residents not to meet with the callers, but to call Green Mountain Power to verify that the power is not being disconnected. They ask residents to call the Brattleboro Police Department if they receive such calls.

Man faces assault charge for brandishing pistol

BURLINGTON — A Vermont man is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after Burlington police found him driving around with a loaded 9 millimeter pistol that he allegedly pointed at another motorist.
Burlington police say they received a report early Sunday evening that 55-year-old Ronald G. Charette of Georgia was driving from his hometown to Burlington with a firearm in order to confront an individual he believed was in a dispute with his daughter.
Then, police received a 911 call from a 17-year-old motorist not connected to Charette who reported that an individual had pointed a firearm at him.
Charette was located about 7 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident.
He’s due in court Monday.
It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

Montpelier police investigating 19 auto break-ins

MONTPELIER — The police department in Montpelier, says there have been at least 19 car break-ins and two related home burglaries in the last two days.
Police say the cases involved unlocked vehicles. The location of the city hit hardest was the hill section of Berlin Street, plus Court and lower Elm streets.
The department is asking anyone who has information about the cases to please call.

Man arrested after picking up wallet at police station

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Police in South Burlington, say a man who drove to the department to recover his lost wallet has been arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
Thirty-six-year-old Billy Beaupre of Milton arrived at the police station on Saturday afternoon to retrieve his wallet, which had been turned into police.
Police said when the dispatcher checked his name in the computer, Beaupre was listed as not having a valid license.
Beaupre initially denied driving and said a friend drove him, but changed his story when told he was seen driving.
It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Middlesex teen cited for stealing three cars, trying for a fourth

MORETOWN – A 15-year-old Middlesex boy allegedly drove off with three vehicles that didn’t belong to him and attempted to steal a fourth over the weekend.
Due to his age, state police did not release the boy’s age, but said he rolled one of the vehicles in a ditch on Ward Brook Road in Moretown and was involved in what they described as a “minor” one-car crash in Northfield in another.
The timing of the two accidents was not clear, but police said they learned of the Moretown accident at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and the vehicle was reported stolen by its owner a short time later.
Police did not identify the owner, but he is presumably one of the four “victims” listed on a press release that was issued on Sunday. According to the release, the victims included Marshall Gray, 63, of Moretown, Christopher Gray, 38, of Moretown, David Newlun, 61, of Middlesex and 90-year-old Frederick Ladue of Montpelier.
During their investigation of the Moretown accident, police said they discovered a total of three vehicles had been stolen and there was an attempt to take another in the area of Ward Brook and Jacobs Brook roads.
According to police, keys were left in all of the vehicles. Police did not describe any of the vehicles or provide a time frame for when they were allegedly taken.
The boy was cited for aggravated operating without the owners consent and is expected to appear in family court in Barre on Oct. 3.

Sex offender Szad finds a home in Hyde Park

BURLINGTON — A Vermont sex offender who has struggled to find a home since his release from prison has found a place to live in Hyde Park.
The Vermont Sex Offender Registry says 53-year-old Timothy Szad has moved to an undisclosed location in Hyde Park.
Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux tells the Burlington Free Press ( ) he plans to meet with Szad on Wednesday, along with a clergyman working with Szad and the unidentified Hyde Park homeowner.
Marcoux says the house where Szad is staying is not in the village near the elementary school.
Szad is considered a high-risk sex offender.
He was released from prison last month after completing his sentence. After his release he traveled to California, but returned to Vermont when the living arrangements in California fell through.

SEC files insider trading action against former GM Coffee employee

WATERBURY –  The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has filed a civil enforcement action against former Green Mountain Coffee Roasters employee Chad McGinnis, and others outside the company, alleging insider trading in the stock of GMCR, the company announced.

GMCR was recently advised of the government’s investigation into McGinnis’ activity and is cooperating with the government’s investigation. McGinnis was a manager-level member of the company’s IT department and has been terminated for violations of the company’s insider trading policy. There has been no allegation of wrongdoing on behalf of the company.

“We are appalled at the alleged actions of this individual,” said Brian P. Kelley, GMCR’s president and CEO. “All indications are that this case involves an irresponsible individual acting alone and we have no reason to believe anyone else associated with the company was involved.”

Man ordered to pay $52,000 for copper thefts

NEWPORT — A Vermont man sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of copper wire from transformers has been ordered to pay $52,000 in restitution.
Raymond Earle of Wolcott was sentenced last year in Orleans Superior Court to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to possession of stolen property.
The Caledonian Record reports ( Earle was accused of stealing copper on several occasions from the Lowell Asbestos Mine and selling it to a metals company in Hardwick.

Police arrest four in Clarendon heroin sting

CLARENDON — Vermont State Police have arrested four people on a charge of possession of heroin after finding 102 bags of the drug at a house in Clarendon.
Police say one of the four, a man, has not been identified following his arrest Sunday. He is being held on $250,000 bail. Police said he was found with 84 bags of the total.
Two men from Clarendon and a woman from Rutland also were accused of possession of heroin. One was issued a citation and was released, and the other two were held on lesser bail amounts.

Police leave to fetch murder suspect from Indiana

NEWPORT — Authorities say a man arrested in Indiana in connection with a fatal shooting in Vermont is not fighting his return to the state.
Orleans County State’s Attorney Alan Franklin tells the Caledonian Record ( that 49-year-old Peter Lavalette of Jay waived his right to further hearings in Jasper County, Ind., on Friday.
A team from the Vermont State Police left Monday to retrieve Lavalette and bring him back for arraignment on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 61-year-old George Kouzoujian.
Authorities say Lavalette was stopped for a traffic violation in Indiana and indicated he was involved in a homicide in Westfield.
Police say based on Lavalette’s comments troopers found Kouzoujian dead at a residence on Fuller Road.
It’s unclear if Lavalette is being represented by a lawyer.