Category Archives: Police

State police hold forum in St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Vermont State Police are holding a public forum in St. Johnsbury to collect feedback as part of a review of state police facilities around Vermont.
The meeting had been scheduled for Oct. 29 but was postponed until Wednesday in anticipation of Superstorm Sandy.
The rescheduled meeting will be held at the state police barracks on Route 5 in St. Johnsbury at 6 p.m.
The goal is to come up with a long-term plan to determine the best way for the state to support the state police in providing services to Vermonters.

Police cancel public forum due to storm threat

MONTPELIER — Vermont State Police officials are postponing a public forum in St. Johnsbury because of the threat posed by Hurricane Sandy, which is churning up the East Coast.
The forum scheduled for Oct. 29 has been rescheduled for Wednesday Nov. 7.
The meeting is being held to collect feedback as part of a comprehensive review of state police facilities statewide.
The goal is to come up with a long-term plan to determine the best way for the state to support the state police in providing services to Vermonters.
The rescheduled Nov. 7 meeting will be held at the state police barracks on Route 5 in St. Johnsbury at 6 p.m.

State Police open criminal investigation on Rutland officer

The City of Rutland released the following:

19 OCTOBER 2012
Chief James W. Baker under the direction of the Rutland City Police Commission has requested that the Vermont State Police open a criminal investigation surrounding a sworn member of the Rutland City Police Department.  The investigation is centered on receipt of work compensation benefits.
The sworn member is Officer Joseph Warfle who is in a limited duty status. Officer Warfle was suspended with pay effective today. Officer Warfle will stay in that status until the investigation is complete.
The only person authorized within the Rutland City Police Department to speak to this case is Chief Baker. There will be no further comment while the criminal investigation is ongoing. The point of contact at the Vermont State Police is Capt. David Covell, the Chief Criminal Investigator.

Trooper involved in stun gun incident put on leave

THETFORD — A Vermont state trooper who fired a stun gun at a Thetford man who died has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Vermont Public Radio reports Senior Trooper David Shaffer was relieved from active duty and placed on leave on Sept. 26, two days before an autopsy showed a shot from Shaffer’s Taser stun gun killed 39-year-old Macadam Mason in June.
The autopsy said Mason died of a heart attack caused by the shock.
Police said the death of Mason is being investigated as a homicide.
Police said Mason was distraught and threatened to hurt himself or others when he called a hospital for help. Accounts differ about what happened next.
Police said Mason moved aggressively, with his fist raised, toward a trooper.

VSP to host forum on long-term facility plans

The Vermont State Police will hold a public forum on the long-term facility plans at 6 p.m. on Monday at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
The forum will be an opportunity for the state agency to collect feedback and answer questions regarding its comprehensive review of its buildings in the area and statewide. Vermont State Police is collaborating with the State of Vermont Building and General Services to study each facility to outline the program needs, deficiencies of current facilities, potential land sites and estimated program costs.
Some of the proposed changes at the Rutland barracks include moving into the Agency of Transportation building in the complex as well as closing the Castleton Outpost and renting desk space from a neighboring police department.
For more information, call VSP Public Information Officer Stephanie Dasaro at 279-9773.

Rescuers search for missing hiker on Mt. Hunger

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / File Photo
Mount Hunger in Worcester.

MIDDLESEX — A Vermont State Police dispatcher said late this afternoon that rescuers were looking for a missing student on Mount Hunger.
The dispatcher said she did not know where the student was from or whether the student was injured. An earlier police scanner report made reference to an injured seventh-grade hiker on the mountain.
Other area fire and rescue agencies said they did not have information.

Forum will look at barracks’ future

SHAFTSBURY — A public forum will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Arlington Fire Department to collect feedback and answer questions about the future of the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury which serves Bennington County.
As part of a legislative mandate, the Vermont State Police, in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, is conducting a comprehensive review of its facilities across Vermont.
Each study will independently outline the program needs in each county, the deficiencies of current facilities, potential sites for a new barracks and estimated costs.
The overarching goal is to combine all the studies to make a prioritized long-term plan that determines the best way to support troopers in providing services to Vermonters.

Police seek missing man

Vermont State Police in Brattleboro are asking for the public’s help in locating a 33-year-old man they say has been missing for more than two weeks.

Police say Jesse Johnson, 33, of Townshend has been missing since Sept. 24.

Johnson is described as being 6-feet tall, 150 pounds, with short, brown hair and brown eyes. It is not known what he was wearing.

Contact Vermont State Police at 254-2384 with any information pertaining to Johnson’s whereabouts.

Police solve burglaries, seek owners of loot

From the Vermont State Police:

The Vermont State Police in conjunction with the Milton, Shelburne and Colchester Police Departments, recently solved a string of multiple burglaries. The areas burglarized include Underhill, Jericho, Westford, Milton, Colchester, Grand Isle, Charlotte and Georgia.

A large amount of jewelry has been recovered thanks to these arrests. Anyone who has been a victim of a burglary in these areas over the past few months is encouraged to call their local Police Department or the Williston State Police Barracks and speak with Senior Trooper Benjamin Katz.

Man dies after gunfire exchange with police

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police say a local man who had threatened to commit “suicide by cop” is dead after an exchange of gunfire in the Vermont community.
Police say they don’t know if an officer fired the shot or shots that killed 57-year-old George Demarais on Thursday afternoon or if he shot himself.
At midday Thursday police say they received a 911 call from Demarais who said he wanted to die via “suicide by cop.”
After police responded Demarais came out of his home carrying a long gun. A note taped to his car read, “Come and get me, I hope you can shoot straight because I can.”
Police say both police and Demarais fired their weapons, but they did not say how many shots were fired.
State Police are investigating.