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Killington flash flood, mudslide causes $1m+ in damages

July 8, 2023
By Polly Mikula Over 5 inches of rain reportedly fell in less than 2 hours on Friday afternoon, July 7, in Killington and Bridgewater causing flash flooding and mudslides that washed out portions of Route 4, East Mountain Road and Bear Mountain Road in Killington. Rains began around 3 p.m. with reports of flash flooding…

Game Wardens issue animal cruelty citation of German Shepherd dog

May 19, 2022
The Vermont Warden Service has closed its investigation into the fatal shooting of a German shepherd dog in Tunbridge. After discussion with the Orange County State’s Attorney’s office, Damon Dyer, 31, of Tunbridge was issued a citation for one count of cruelty to animals. Dyer is scheduled to appear in Orange County Court on June…

Police respond to small plane crash in Clarendon

May 11, 2022
State Police responded to an aircraft crash on a runway at the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport in Clarendon around 1 p.m. on May 7. At the time of the crash the aircraft, a 1961 Mooney, was occupied solely by the pilot, William C. Giesey of Philadelphia. Giesey told police that while landing the aircraft, he…

Game wardens investigate fatal shooting of German shepherd in Tunbridge

May 4, 2022
The Vermont Warden Service responded to the reported fatal shooting of a German shepherd dog in Tunbridge on Saturday, April 23. The dog was reported missing by its owner on April 20 and was located by the same on April 23. Game Warden Sergeant Jeffrey Whipple responded to the scene and opened an investigation. “As…

Two die in head-on collision in Chester

March 9, 2022
Staff report Two people, including a toddler, died in head-on collision on Route 103 in Chester on March 2, according to police. Police said a minivan traveling erratically without headlights crossed the center line and struck another car near Peck Road. The driver of the minivan, Janice Bergeron, 80, from Rockingham sustained significant injuries. She…

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Bridgewater resident robbed, hit with hammer on New Year’s Day

January 5, 2022
A woman and her boyfriend were arrested after they broke into a Bridgewater residence around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, struck a man with a hammer, slashed his tires, and stole multiple items. Police said Edwin O’Neil, 64, was hit “multiple times” with a hammer inside his home by Orlando Cruz, 37. Cruz and his…

Rochester single family home lost in fire

January 5, 2022
On Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. the Rochester Fire Department was dispatched to 233 Bindrum Lane in Rochester for a report of a structure fire. When firefighters arrived, they found the single family log home owned by Jeremiah Bindrum, 48, fully involved with fire. Firefighters from Rochester, Hancock and Granville Fire Departments fought…

Two Vermont women found guilty of interfering with hunting, bear hunters were acting lawfully, courts rule

December 22, 2021
Two Groton residents were issued citations by a Vermont game warden on Nov. 11, following the investigation of an incident of hunter harassment. Both were found guilty of interfering with hunters on Nov. 22, in Caledonia Superior Court. Topsham resident Theodore Shumway and two companions were hunting black bear with hounds in the 26,000-acre Groton…

Rutland Jiffy Mart burglarized

November 3, 2021
On Oct. 30, at about 4 a.m., the state police responded to an alarm at the Jiffy Mart on Business Route 4 in the town of Rutland. Upon arrival, the state police, along with Rutland City police, found the building had been broken into via a window and an undisclosed amount of cigarettes had been…

Fatal crash investigated

October 27, 2021
KILLINGTON—On Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 10:12 a.m. troopers from the Vermont state police Rutland barracks responded to a crash on Route 4 in Killington, in the area known as the Killington Flats by the Turn of the River Lodge. Three vehicles were involved: Patrick F. Conlon, 64 of Methuen, Massachussetts, was driving a 2018 Honda…

Police find remains of missing Weathersfield woman, probe into her death continues

October 13, 2021
By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger Police say they believe they have recovered the remains of a Weathersfield woman who had been missing since July. The Weathersfield Police Dept. had been leading the investigation into the disappearance of 50-year-old Tonia Bushway. As part of the investigation, Weathersfield police on Wednesday, Oct. 6 sought help from the State…

Cody Ahonen detained, charged with firearm offense after initial hearing

October 13, 2021
Cody Ahonen, 28, of Mt. Holly, was arrested by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Sept. 20, following the death of his girlfriend, Brittany Bouthiette, by gunshot to the head in a parked vehicle in Killington Sept. 15, according to a press release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice for…

Reckless driver crashes in Clarendon

September 29, 2021
On Sept. 25, at 10:13 a.m., troopers from the State Police — Rutland Barracks responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 at the intersection with Middle Road in Clarendon. Shortly prior to the report of the crash, several 911 calls were made to state police dispatch to report erratic operation of a black minivan…

Head on crash in Pittsford sends local teen to Dartmouth Hitchock

September 22, 2021
On Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., troopers from the state police Rutland barracks located a two-vehicle crash on Route 7, near Marcell Fuel Company, in Pittsford. Through investigation it was determined that 68 year old Candice Child of Newbury, Massachusetts, was traveling north on Route 7 in her BMW SUV. It was determined that she…

Rutland man arrested for child sex abuse materials, failure to comply

September 22, 2021
Robert Scott III, 61, of Rutland, was arraigned on Wednesday, Sept. 15, on two counts of Possession of Child Sex Abuse Materials and one count of Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry Law. The charges brought against Scott are the result of a criminal investigation including the execution of residential and online data…

Clarendon man killed by tree

September 22, 2021
A Clarendon man died in a logging accident in Castleton on Friday, Sept. 17. Roy “Lucky” Corey Jr., 70, was found dead by friend Roy Lewis on a property where they were clearing trees for a house site, Castleton Police reported. Police responded to a call from Lewis at about 4:30 p.m. saying he’d left…

Gunfire death investigation continues in Killington

September 22, 2021
By Polly Mikula The investigation into the death of a Mount Holly woman last Wednesday night, Sept. 15, off Route 4 in Killington is ongoing, according to Adam Silverman, public information officer for the Vermont state police. “Our investigation is still ongoing, so unfortunately we don’t have any updates beyond the information we released last…

FBI opens criminal probe into 3 troopers over fake Covid-19 vaccination cards

September 15, 2021
By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger Three Vermont State Police troopers out of the Shaftsbury barracks have resigned and a criminal probe is underway to determine whether they may have violated federal law by making fake Covid-19 vaccination cards. The matter has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, as well as…

Man fatally shot by an officer in Rutland wasn’t armed, was holding a cellphone

September 15, 2021
By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger A Rutland City police officer who fatally shot a Florida man in a McDonald’s bathroom after a chase last month told investigators he thought the man was armed. But he wasn’t. Police said 33-year-old Jonathan Mansilla had a cellphone in his hand. Vermont State Police released new details Thursday, Sept. 9,…

Pedestrian struck on Route 7 in Clarendon

September 1, 2021
On Aug. 3, 2021, at 3:25 a.m., troopers from the State Police — Rutland Barracks were notified of a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Route 7 in Clarendon. Through investigation it was determined that Howard Doane, 30, of Rutland, was operating Honda Accord, traveling south on Route 7 in the area of North Shrewsbury…