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Snow Removal Streets

To:           AREA NEWS MEDIA

 

FROM:    Town of Brattleboro

DATE:      12/14/2017  

RE:          DOWNTOWN DISTRICT SNOW REMOVAL

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.  

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening.   

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions. 

              

Snow Removal

To:           AREA NEWS MEDIA

 

FROM:    Town of Brattleboro

 

DATE:      12/13/2017

 

RE:          PARKING LOT SNOW REMOVAL

 

           The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect. 

 

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.  

 

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

 

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

 

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.     

Retail Theft

Rebecca Short, 28, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Hamilton

On November 17 2017 officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Main St. for a report of a shoplifter. Subsequent investigation revealed that Rebecca Short stole two cartons of wine from the business, and when confronted in the parking lot, consumed them and left the area. Short was later located and issued a citation for Retail Theft. Short will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division on January 16 2018 to face the charge.

Interference with Access to Emergency Services

Marco Skorstad, 20, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Hamilton

On December 9, 2017 officers of the Brattleboro Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Estey Circle for a 911 hangup call. Subsequent investigation revealed that in the course of an argument with other residents Marco Skorstad interfered with their ability to contact emergency services by unplugging phones and taking cell phones. Skorstad was charged with Interference with Access to Emergency Services, and will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division on December 11 to face the charge.

Unlawful Trespass

Jeffrey Edson, 43, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer MacDonald

On December 4, 2017 Brattleboro Police responded to a business on Main Street for the report of a male trespassing.  It was determined the male was Jeffrey Edson and that he was previously trespassed from the property.  Edson was placed under arrest and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department for processing.  Edson was released on a citation ordering him to appear at the Windham County Superior Courthouse on 01/09/2018 to answer to the charge.

 

Retail Theft

Jared Johnson, 26, of Brattleboro, VT

Jami-Leigh Ashcraft, 26, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Kerylow

On 11/03/2017 Brattleboro Police responded to a business on Putney Road for a report of a male and female placing items in their pockets to include live animals. The male was reported to be Jared A. Johnson.

 Upon arrival, police met with an employee who advised Johnson and his girlfriend, Jami-Leigh Ashcraft, left in a vehicle. Police later located the vehicle on Western Ave and attempted to make a motor vehicle stop but the vehicle fled.

After watching store surveillance at the business, it was discovered that Johnson and Ashcraft took a live rat from the business.

Johnson and Ashcraft were located at a later date and were issued citations to appear in court on 01/02/2018 to answer the charge.

Attempted Robbery

SGT Emery

On 12/07/17 at approximately 20:14 hours, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a report of an attempted robbery at a restaurant on Western Avenue.  Upon arrival, it was determined that a male entered the restaurant and attempted to steal the cash register.  The male was decribed as having dark skin, approximately 5’08” to 5’10” tall, weighing approximately 220 pounds and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt covering his face.  The male exited the restarant and fled on foot eastbound on Western Avenue.  Anyone with information in regards to this, please contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 802-257-7950.       

Violation of a Relief From Abuse Order

Samuel L  Gauthier Jr. age 31 of Brattleboro VT

Officer Washburn

On December 6, 2017 at approximately 5:48pm. officers from the Brattleboro Police Department were dispatched to a motel on Putney rd. for a violation of a relief from abuse order. 

After speaking with the victim it was found that Samuel L. Gauthier Jr. age 31 of Brattleboro violated the relief from abuse order that had been in effect since July 2015. 

Gauthier was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was fingerprinted and photographed.  Gauthier is scheduled to appear in Windham County Superior Court Criminal Division on December 7, 2017 at 1:00pm. 

 

 

 

Burglary and Attempted Burglary

Phyllis Parent,   age 28 of Brattleboro

SGT Witherbee

On 12/06/17, Brattleboro Police were contacted by several downtown businesses regarding attempted break ins and one burglary. The burglaries occurred in the early morning hours of 12/06/17. During the investigation it was determined that Phyllis Parent was responsible for the burglaries. Parent was arrested and charged with five counts of Attempted Burglary and one count of Burglary.  

Parent was released from police custody with Conditions of Release and a citation to appear in Windham Superior Court on 12/12/17

Retail Theft

Valli R Hecht, age 53,  of Brattleboro

Officer Wilson

On 12/02/2017 at approximately 1500hrs, Brattleboro Officers responded to a business on Canal Street for a report of Trespassing and Retail Theft.  Upon arrival, Officers met with store employees who had detained a female later identified as Valli R Hecht age 53, of Brattleboro for Retail Theft. 

During the course of the investigation Hecht was found to have previously been Trespassed from this location.  She was arrested and Transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where she was fingerprinted and photographed.  She was released on a Citation ordering her to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 1/09/2017 to answer to the charges. 

Disorderly Conduct

John D Harris, 19, of Saxtons River, VT

Officer Kerylow

On 11/20/2017 Brattleboro Police responded to the Overflow Shelter for a report of two males that had been fighting.  Upon arrival, it was determined that John D. Harris threw another male to the ground.  Harris was issued a citation to appear in court on 12/26/2017 to answer the charge.

 

DLS

Frank D. Merrell, 35, of Goshen NH

SGT Emery

On 11/30/17, the Brattleboro Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on Western Avenue for an infraction. The operator, Frank D. Merrell, 35, of Goshen NH was found to have a criminally suspended license. Merrell was subsequently arrested for this offense. He was issued a citation to appear at Windham County Superior Court, Criminal Division on 01/09/18.

OPERATING A MOTORVEHICLE WITHOUT OWNER CONSE

Michael J Mays 49, of Massachusetts

Officer Wilson

On 11/28/2017 Brattleboro Officers responded to a Canal Street business on a report of Solicitation. Upon arrival Officers observed the male suspect and made contact with him. He identified himself as Michael J Mays (DOB: 11/20/68, and stated that he was traveling to New Hampshire. Officers observed his vehicle to be missing license plates. Mays stated that his plates and all the paperwork for the vehicle had been stolen. A check of the vehicle's VIN revealed that the vehicle was stolen. Due to a medical condition, Mays was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. He was issued a Citation ordering him to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 1/09/2018 to answer to the charge. Mays was ordered released by a court clerk.

Aggravated Assault, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Heroin

Owin Thomas, 45, of New York

Officer Wilson

On 12/4/2017, Officers responded to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital on a report of an Assault. Upon arrival they made contact wit the victim who stated that he was attacked with a knife causing severe injury to his face. The victim was able to provide officers with enough information to track and locate the suspect Owin Thomas 45, of New York.

Thomas was found at a residence on Green Street. During a search of the residence a large quantity of Cocaine was found. Thomas was placed under arrest and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was finger printed and photographed. During a search incident to arrest, Thomas was found to have Heroin on his person. He was ordered held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 12/4/2017 to answer to the charges.

DLS/Possession of Heroin

Frank D. Merrell, 35, of New Hampshire

Officer Wilson

On 11/27/2017, Brattleboro Officers were conducting a routine patrol on Putney Road when they observed a vehicle with defective equipment. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with its operator by Frank D Merrell, 35 of New Hampshire.

A records check revealed that Merrell was Criminally Suspended in the state of Vermont. During a search of his person incident to arrest Merrell was found to be in possession of Heroin. He was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was finger printed and photographed. He was lodged and later ordered released on Conditions by a Judge. He was issued a Citation ordering him to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 1/2/2018 to answer to the Charges.

 

Aggravated Domestic Assault/Cruelty to Children Under 10/DUI

Jonathan Holway, 23, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Wilson

On 12/03/2017, Brattleboro Officers responded to a residence on Canal Street on a report of a Citizen Dispute. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the victim who stated that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend Jonathan Holway 23, of Brattleboro.

The victim stated that Holway had been drinking and that during a verbal dispute that Holway became physical. The victim stated that Holway then took two of his children and took her car without her permission and fled the scene. Officers later located the vehicle and made contact with Holway. He was arrested for DUI, Aggravated Domestic Assault and Cruelty to Children Under 10. He was ordered held without bail by a Judge and is scheduled to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 12/04/2017.

 

Possession Of Heroin

James F Davis, 47, of Brattleboro, VT

James F Craft, 20, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Wilson

On 10/28/2017, Officers received information about possible drug activity at a local Motel on Putney Road. Officers went to investigate and observed one of the suspects James F Davis, operating a motor vehicle and made contact with him. Davis was found to have a Criminally Suspended Driver's License.

During the investigation it was revealed that Davis was staying at the Motel with his son James F Craft. Subsequent investigation led to a safe that Davis kept in his Motel room. A Search Warrant for the safe was applied for and granted by a Judge. Officers found the safe to contain 224 bags of Heroin and $1530.00 in cash. Both Davis and Craft were arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin. They were issued Citations ordering them to appear in Windham County Superior Court to answer to the charge.

Davis is scheduled to appear on 1/2/2017 and Craft is scheduled to appear on 1/9/2017.

DUI/Grossly Negligent Operatio

Emma Ethier, 19, of Brattleboro

SGT Emery

On 11/30/17, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash, rollover, on Gibson Road, in the Town of Brattleboro. Upon arrival, a vehicle was located on its side approximately 25 feet off the roadway after having rolled over. The operator, Emma Ethier, 19, of Brattleboro was treated on scene by members of the Brattleboro Fire Department and Rescue Inc. She was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Gibson road was closed for approximately 2 hours for the investigation. Ethier was issued a citation to appear at Windham County Superior Court on 01/09/18 to answer to the charges of DUI and Grossly Negligent Operation.

Motor Vehicle Crash

Officer Penniman

On 11/30/17 at approximately 0750 hrs Officers responded to a two car motor vehicle crash on Western Ave at the Guilford St intersection. Brattleboro Fire and EMS responded as well. Both vehicles were traveling west. The lead vehicle slowed to turn left onto Guilford St. The vehicle behind then struck the lead vehicle. The lead vehicle, a 2014 Nissan Frontier, was operated by Michael Herrington. The second vehicle, a 2006 Cadillac DTS was operated by Hans Dennie. Both vehicles were disabled in the lane of travel, causing traffic to be shut down to one lane for approximately 1 hour. At several times traffic had to be manipulated to allow wreckers and ambulances expedited passage. Two individuals were transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for non life threatening injuries / precautionary measures.

Unlawful Trespass

James H. Neveu, 61, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Kerylow

On 11/27/2017 Brattleboro Police responded to the Transportation Center on Flat Street for a report of James H. Neveu trespassing. Upon arrival, police located Neveu on the Transportation Center property. Neveu had been previously issued a trespass order for the Transportation Center. Neveu was arrested and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was fingerprinted, photographed and released with a citation to appear in court on 01/02/2018.