Category Archives: Crime

Crime, courts and judicial news.

Police make arrest in old hit-and-run

HARTLAND — Vermont State Police say an arrest has been made in a five-month-old hit and run that seriously injured a man who was struck while putting gas in his truck on U.S. Route 5 in Hartland.
Police say that after months of investigation 25-year-old David Hook, of Hartland, admitted driving the vehicle that hit 56-year-old Dean Mason, of Meredith, N.H.
Hook was arrested Thursday.
At the time of the crash, police said Mason suffered significant injuries, including a compound leg fracture and head injuries. Police did not update Mason’s condition following Hook’s arrest.
Hook was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation. He’s due in court in July.

Harwood to reopen today after massive vandalism

DUXBURY — Students at Vermont’s Harwood Union High School are back in school after someone broke in and damaged the plumbing, causing some flooding.
It took school officials two days to reopen the building to students after the vandalism was discovered early Wednesday.
WFFF-TV ( ) reports the school’s 12,000 gallon well was drained, so at least 8,000 gallons of water flooded the classrooms, bathrooms, and halls.
The water has been cleaned up.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about who is responsible for the vandalism.

Man sentenced for not reporting to prison

BURLINGTON — A New York City man has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for failing to surrender to serve a previously imposed sentence on a drug charge in Vermont.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Burlington says 36-year-old Joseph Manor pleaded guilty in 2011 to possessing with intent to distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone.  He was sentenced to 18 months in prison in April 2012.
Manor was supposed to report to prison that June, but didn’t.
The U.S. Marshals Service found him on Dec. 3, 2012.

Grandmother charged with DUI with three kids in car

BENNINGTON — Police have charged a Vermont woman with being intoxicated while driving three children in her car.
Evelyn O’Brien of Bennington pleaded innocent on Monday to two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and three charges of reckless endangerment.
An officer said he stopped the 53-year-old O’Brien after seeing her drift toward an opposite lane while driving through an intersection in Bennington over the weekend.
Three were three children in the car, ages 8, 9, and 10. Police said two of them were O’Brien’s grandchildren and the third was a family friend.

Harwood to close a second day due to vandals

DUXBURY — A Vermont high school will remain closed for a second day after someone broke in and damaged the plumbing, causing some flooding.

State police said they became aware of the clogged drains at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury early Wednesday.

The school has been closed due to water damage and cleanup.

Police are investigating the incident.

Two police injured; man shot in leg in incident

WINOOSKI — A Vermont man who was shot in the thigh by a Winooski police officer after a confrontation has pleaded not guilty to related charges.
A judge on Friday said 35-year-old Isaac Sage of Winooski should undergo a mental health evaluation to determine his sanity at the time of the incident and whether he is mentally competent for court proceedings.
The Burlington Free Press reports ( police said Sage has been treated and released from the hospital.
Vermont state police say two officers were responding to a trespassing complaint Thursday afternoon when Sage resisted arrest and punched an officer in the face, causing a concussion and broken nose. State police say an officer used a stun gun but when it failed to subdue Sage, one of the officers fired his gun.

State police on the lookout for 500-lb steam cooker

MARLBORO — Anyone see a missing 500-pound steam cooker?
Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of the cooker, which had been located behind the Skyline restaurant on Route 9 in Marlboro.
It was reported stolen sometime Thursday.
Police are seeking the public’s help on information about the missing cooker.

Berlin Police ask for help identifying alleged Walmart thief


Berlin Police are requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the male in the photograph.  The suspect was  involved in a theft of electronics from the Walmart located in Berlin, Vt.   The suspect was described as being very tall (in excess of 6ft) approximately 220 lbs, with brown hair and a full beard.  Store employees advised police the suspect left Walmart in a dark colored Subaru Forester.


If you recognize the suspect, please call the Berlin Police Department at 802-223-4401.  Thank you for your help.

Castleton man arrested with 1,200 bags of heroin

FAIR HAVEN - A Castleton man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police found 1,200 bags of heroin in the car he was driving on Route 4, according to Vermont State Police. Kenneth D. Trapp, 31, was stopped by police for an undisclosed reason. During the stop, police obtained a search warrant for his vehicle. Trapp was arrested by state police but was later released into the custody of federal law enforcement.

Arrest made in multiple vehicle break-ins

BRISTOL — Police in Bristol are investigating at least five vehicle break-ins.
They have arrested 22-year-old Kraton Chaloux of Bristol on four counts of petit larceny and one count of possession of stolen property following an investigation Tuesday.
Police said property from several of the burglaries was recovered. Property not yet reported stolen also was recovered.