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Police search for missing New Hampshire man near Fair Haven

Vermont State Police are looking for a missing New Hampshire man who may have been last seen in Fair Haven. Police said Robert P. Walker, 75, of Farmingham, N.H., was en route to visit a relative in Addison this week, but never arrived. Police said Walker is “believed to have left an unknown hotel in the Fair Haven area” at around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Walker is described at 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds, with grey hair and a bald top. He may be wearing a tan overcoat and was driving a 2005 white Dodge Caravan with New Hampshire plate 2090832. He is reportedly traveling along. Police also said Walker prefers “home style” cooking and is likely to eat at “a diner or Cracker Barrel type restaurant.” Walker was recently diagnosed with stroke-induced dementia, according to police, and may appear confused. Anyone with information on Walker’s whereabouts is asked to call Vermont State Police at 388-4919.

Loincloth bandit arrested again in WRJ - says his clothing choice is a basic freedom

Photo by Eric Francis Dylan Gingues (in a loincloth) engages Officers Logan Scelza and Sean Fernandes in a debate about his Constitutional rights in Hartford Wednesday.

Photo by Eric Francis
Dylan Gingues (in loincloth) engages Officers Logan Scelza and Sean Fernandes in a debate about his Constitutional rights in Hartford Wednesday.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The same man who caused a Bellows Falls elementary school to be briefly locked down a week ago after he ran past in the nude was arrested again Wednesday when he appeared in White River Junction.

Dylan Gingues, 26, of Bellows Falls was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of lewd and lascivious conduct and violating a court-ordered condition of release. A woman at the newly opened LISTEN Center told police Gingues exposed himself to her when she and her children arrived to attend a community dinner.

Gingues and a small group of friends had just gotten out of their car when his appearance began to create a stir, drawing a small crowd of onlookers.

Hartford Police officers were already at neighboring Lyman Point Park when the woman ran up to them and said Gingues exposed himself.

Meanwhile, Gingues stood nearby in a loincloth and engaged Officers Logan Scelza and Sean Fernandes in a debate about his Constitutional rights.

“Awww! He’s cute,” said a young woman on a nearby balcony as police handcuffed Gingues.

Cornelio Conley of Massachusetts, who said he was one of three friends who had driven to White River Junction with Gingues to eat at the community dinner, was adamant that Gingues did not deliberately expose himself to anyone.

Conley, who said he’d been in Vermont for just a week, described the band of friends as traveling “free-staters” and said they were all interested in preserving what they perceived as basic freedoms.

“We’ve had to deal with this over and over again,” he said.

“Having dealt with the same scenario four or five times this past week you’d have to believe he would be smart enough not to touch himself,” Conley said. “I’m 100 percent sure that didn’t happen.”

Police also responded later that night to the report of a man ‘dressed like Tarzan’ who was trying to hitchhike on I-91 northbound near exit 7 in Springfield. It is not known if the two incidents are related.

- Eric Francis | Correspondent

Police remove grenade from Morrisville McDonald’s

MORRISTOWN (AP) — Vermont State Police explosives experts are working to determine if a hand grenade found in the drive-thru lane of a Morrisville restaurant was real or a novelty item.
Morrisville police say they were called to the Morrisville Shopping Plaza at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving the report about the grenade outside a McDonald’s restaurant.
When officers arrived they determined it was a completely assembled grenade.
Police shut down parts of Route 15, evacuated the plaza and called in the state police bomb squad.
State police experts made the device safe and removed it.
They are now planning to X-ray the device to see if it was real.
Anyone with information about how the incident is asked to call Morrisville police.

Man killed in Woodstock crash was an MVP ballplayer

WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — Police say a Vermont man died in a traffic accident hours after he was named the most valuable player of an amateur baseball championship game in New Hampshire.
Police say 22-year-old Jon Ferrero of Woodstock was a passenger in a pickup truck that struck a guardrail, flipped over and hit a tree in Woodstock on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His best friend, 21-year-old Justin Pierce of Woodstock, was hospitalized. He was in fair condition Monday.
The Eagle Times reports ( police said there were alcohol containers recovered from the scene, but they aren’t sure if alcohol was a factor in the crash. They are still investigating.
Ferrero and Pierce were teammates on the Claremont Cardinals in the Connecticut river Valley Baseball League. Just a few hours before the accident, the Cardinals defeated rival Walpole for the league championship.
Ferrero, who played catcher, was named most valuable player, driving in the tournament’s winning run.
Claremont team manager Gerry Thompson called Ferrero “a beautiful person.”
“The Cardinals had a tough year with injuries and adversity. It was a struggle to field a very competitive team for a few games, but without Justin and Jon, we would not have been able to finish the season, let alone win the championship,” Thompson said.
A memorial service for Ferrero is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Woodstock Union High School.

Two drown in separate incidents

GROTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say the body of a Massachusetts man has been found in Lake Groton. Police say they were called about a possible drowning just after midnight on Friday morning.

Police say the victim — 24-year-old Kirk Biancardi of Grafton, Mass. — was found in about 2 feet of water before troopers arrived.

Authorities say there is nothing suspicious about the incident and there were no signs of foul play.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

Crews have also recovered the body of a missing Vermont swimmer who was swept over Bartlett Falls in Bristol. Police say two men had gone swimming in the New Haven River on Thursday but lost sight of one another. Search efforts were suspended Thursday night due to dangerous conditions, and the body was recovered Friday morning.

More heavy rain in Vermont has caused rivers and streams to spill over their banks and flood roads.

The state Department of Public Safety is warning swimmers of the hazardous conditions. The high waters have created conditions that are not safe for swimming.

The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms are in Friday’s forecast for much of the state.

Grand jury convened to investigate police shooting

BURLINGTON (AP) — A grand jury is being convened in Vermont state court to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against a police officer who shot a mentally ill man while arresting him following an assault in April.
Winooski Police Chief Steve McQueen tells the Burlington Free Press ( he learned about the grand jury from his employee, Cpl. Jason Nokes, who received a concussion and a broken nose when he was struck by Isaac Sage during the arrest.
Sage was shot in the leg April 25 aftershocks from a stun gun failed to subdue him. He spent three days in jail before being hospitalized.
A psychiatrist says Sage suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and that he was insane during the alleged assaults.
Prosecutors dismissed the charges.

Police officer injured by knife-throwing woman

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Police in Burlington say a woman who was zapped by a stun gun has thrown a knife at an officer, injuring the officer.

Burlington police say the officer was checking on a woman who was bleeding and holding a knife to her neck and threatening to further harm herself when police used a stun gun on her.

Police say Burlington resident Amy Beede threw the knife, hitting the officer in the leg. The officer suffered minor injuries.

Beede has been arrested on a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer. She’s been jailed and can’t be reached for comment. She’s expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

It’s unclear if Beede has a lawyer. She has no listed home telephone number.

Rutland Police seek help finding arsonist

Rutland Police are looking for a suspect they think may have been involved in setting two fires in the city Tuesday evening. A man described as in his early 20s, having short brown hair, being clean-shaven, wearing a long sleeve grey shirt with a red logo on the front with brown shorts was seen running from the scene of the second fire towards the fairgrounds.

The second fire, which was reported at 8:41 p.m., was set behind the old Hannafords building off South Main Street in a swampy area. The first fire was reported about an hour earlier, at 7:53 p.m., off Spruce Street, also in a swampy area. Police and the Rutland City Fire Department responded to both fires and they were extinguished before any property damage occurred.

Anyone with information involving the two fires is asked to contact police at 802-773-1820.

State Police arrest man after finding 7 lbs of pot in his car

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police have arrested a Connecticut man after they said they found 7 pounds of marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop.
Police said they stopped 23-year-old Erik Yoo of Weston, Conn., on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro on Saturday night.
They said he produced a small amount of marijuana and consented to a search of his sedan.
Police said they also found 2.5 grams of cocaine and several thousand dollars in the car, in addition to the 7 pounds of marijuana.
Yoo was arrested on drug possession charges.

Police investigate accidental shooting

STARKSBORO — A local man who police say accidentally shot himself on Saturday remained in the hospital in fair condition on Monday.
Vermont State Police say they were called to 2769 Big Hollow Road just after 3 p.m. Saturday for a report of a gunshot wound to 29-year-old David Harding.
Police said further investigation revealed that Harding shot himself in the foot accidentally with a shotgun while he was reloading during target practice.
Bristol Rescue treated Harding at the scene and took him by ambulance to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington where he remained hospitalized on Monday.