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Violations of Conditions

Samantha Soskin, 25, Brattleboro, Vt

Officer Vinton

On 07/06/17 at approximately 8:54 a.m. the Brattleboro Police Department was informed that Samantha Soskin had not been signing in at dispatch per her court ordered conditions of release. Soskin's conditions originated from a possession of Cocaine charge. Soskin was located and issued a citation to appear in Windham Superior Court on 07/15/17 to face the charge of Criminal Contempt.

 

Motor vehicle crash

Nikketa Connor age 28 of Brattleboro

SGT Witherbee

On July 5th, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Green St. at the intersection of School St. Green St., in the area of Whipple and Bullock St. The road was closed for approximately 50 minutes while police investigated the crash.

Joseph Quinn, age 77, of Guilford, was operating a Toyota 4 Runner and attempted a left hand turn off of School St. when his vehicle was struck by a Pontiac Vibe, driven by Nikketa Connor, age 28, of Brattleboro. Several witnesses on the scene told police that Connor was traveling at a speed greater than 55 mph.

Rescue Inc. transported Quinn to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

During the investigation police learned that Connor did not have the owner's permission to operate the vehicle she was operating.

Connor was charged with Negligent Operation, Aggravated Operation without Owners Consent. Connor was issued tickets for Operating with a Suspended License.

Connor was cited into criminal court on August 15th, 2017.

Fugitive from Justice

Tyson R. Cohron , 35 of Oregon

Officer MacDonald

On 7/5/2017 at approximately 0800 hours Brattleboro Officers were contacted by the U.S. Marshals about a Fugitive from Justice located at a motel on Putney Road. Brattleboro Officers responded to the motel on Putney Road and took Tyson R. Cohron into custody. Tyson R. Cohron will appear in court on 7/6/2017 to answer for the charges.

Drug overdoses

Detective LT Evans

July 5, 2017

  • Over the last approximately 24 hours Brattleboro Police Officers have responded to 11 overdoses. This is a significant number of overdoses for the timeframe.

  • While there were some commonalities observed in a few cases, preliminary investigation has not shown a distinct connection between all of the overdoses.

  • Preliminary investigation has also uncovered that multiple “stamps” were observed or otherwise confirmed in relation to these overdoses; they were not all from one “stamp.”

  • It is believed that Naloxone was deployed at each overdose.

  • Two subjects were life-flighted to area hospitals; as of now we do not have any new information to provide on their conditions.

  • Each of these incidents is still being actively investigated.

Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is encouraged to call the Brattleboro Police Department at 802-257-7950. Alternatively, anonymous calls can be made to our tip line at 802-251-8188.

Multiple drug overdoses

Captain Carignan

On July 4, 2017 Brattleboro police, fire, and Rescue, Inc responded to seven opiate overdoses. Naloxone was administered to several of the patients, in some cases several doses. The overdoses occurred in a variety of locations around town, including a downtown alley, residences, hotel rooms, and a gas station bathroom. Two subjects remain in critical condition and were flown to other regional hospitals. As of this release there were no fatalities.

Similarities exist between the overdoses, including identifying markers or "stamps" on heroin bags. It is the practice of BPD not to publicly release these identifiers due to the resulting drug-seeking behavior that often occurs with opiate addicts.

In past efforts to publicly identify the particular batch of drugs so that users can avoid it, we have actually found the opposite effect. Users hoping for a particularly effective high will often seek out the particular stamped bag. Therefore, for public health and safety reasons we do not release it. That said, BPD is working aggressively with the Vermont Intelligence Center, forensic lab, and the Drug Task Force to share information and control access to these particular drugs.

Yesterday's events bring into stark relief the significant opiate epidemic that our community struggles with. While many of us celebrated our nation's independence with friends, barbecues and fireworks, many addicts and their loved ones continued to struggle with dependence on heroin and other drugs. BPD continues to encourage the community to help us address this public health problem through treatment, dialogue, and community support.

Disorderly Conduct

Dylan Williams, 29 of Brattleboro

Officer Cable

On 7/3/2017 at approximately 11:33 PM officers of the Brattleboro Police Department observed a male subject walking down the middle of Canal Street, disrupting the flow of traffic. The male was identified as Dylan Williams (29 of Brattleboro). An officer warned Williams multiple times to leave the roadway before having to remove him. Williams was issued a citation to appear in court on 8/8/2017 to answer to the charge of Disorderly Conduct.

DRIVING WHILE CRIMINALLY SUSPENDED

Ryan Fontaine, 19 of Brookline, VT

Officer Wilson

Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Cotton Mill Hill and South Main Street. Officers made contact with the operator Ryan Fontaine 19, of Brookline. A records check revealed Fontaine to be Criminally Suspended. Fontaine was arrested and transported to the Brattleboro Police Station where he was fingerprinted, photographed and released. He was issued a Citation and is scheduled to appear in Windham county Superior court on 8/08/2017 to answer to the charge.

Criminal Contempt

Samantha H. Soskin, 25, of Brattleboro,VT

Officer Kerylow

On 07/03/2017 Samantha H. Soskin was found to be in violation of her current Conditions of Release. Soskin is required to check in at the Brattleboro Police Department from a prior offense and has failed to do so. Soskin was issued a citation to appear in court at a later date to answer the charge.

Unlawful Trespass

Troy Grant, 27, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Wilson

On June 24, 2017 Officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a residence on Greenleaf Street on a report of a Citizen Dispute. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Troy Grant who was found to have violated a No Trespass Warning and found to have an active Arrest Warrant. Grant was arrested was issued a citation for Unlawful Trespass. Grant will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division on a later date to face the charge.

Criminal Contempt

Daniel L. Mattson, 29

Officer Cerreto

On 06-30-2017 the Brattleboro Police arrested Daniel L. Mattson of Brattleboro, VT. Mattson was charged with Criminal Contempt after an investigation found that Mattson had violated his court ordered conditions of release. Mattson was cited to appear in the Windham County Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date to answer to this charge.

Petit Larceny

Justin Perdue. 25 Year Old Male from Brattleboro

Officer Penniman

On 6/29/17 Officers responded to a business on Vernon Street for a larceny. Officers learned that at some point over the weekend an individual had stolen money from the donation box. The description given to Officers matched a subject who was the suspect in several other larceny and burglary cases. Perdue was lodged at Brattleboro Police Department for a separate incident. The description given matched him. While being questioned, Perdue admitted to the larceny. Perdue was held on $5,000.00 bail on a separate case.

Burglary and Unlawful Mischief

Justin Purdue, 25

Officer Penniman

On 06-29-2017 the Brattleboro Police arrested Justin Purdue, 25, of Brattleboro, VT. Purdue was charged with Burglary and Unlawful Mischief. Purdue entered and area establishment, broke through a wall and attempted to pry open two lock boxes. Purdue then stole a beverage and departed the establishment.

Violation of Conditions

Corey Whidden, 26, of Brattleboro

Officer Hamilton

On June 28 2017 officers of the Brattleboro Police Department were on patrol downtown when they noticed Corey Whidden walking into a business on Main St. The officers knew Whidden to have a 24 hour curfew at his residence. Whidden was also forbidden to have alcohol by his conditions of release, and was intoxicated. Whidden's conditions stemmed from a Domestic Assault. Whidden was arrested for Violation of Conditions and held in lieu o f $500 bail. Whidden will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division On June 29 to face the charge.

Assault and Robbery

Justin Perdue. 25 Year Old male from Brattleboro.

Officer Penniman

On 6/28/17 Brattleboro Police responded to the area of Flat Street for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival Officers located the victim. The victim had a head wound sustained from striking his head on the curb of the street.  According to statements, Perdue approached the male, asking for money. An argument ensued, which became physical. Perdue struck the male, causing him to fall and hit his head. The victim was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for his injuries.  Perdue was arrested later that day by Brattleboro Police Department. He was released on conditions, and cited for a later date.

Larceny

Justin Perdue Age: 25 Residence: Brattleboro, VT

SGT Petlock

Update: The suspect below has been identified as Justin Perdue, who was arrested on 06/29/17 regarding a separate offense. Perdue was lodged at the Brattleboro Police Department in lieu of $5000.00 bail related to multiple offenses. He will appear in Windham County Superior Court at a later date. The BPD would like to thank all of the citizens who assisted in this investigation and provided information regarding the suspect.

On 06/27/17 at approximately 7:00pm, Brattleboro Police responded to a business on Main Street for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that an unidentified male stole an undisclosed amount of money from a cash-box inside the establishment. The male then ran from the business, and was last observed in the area of Main and Arch Street. Attached are still photos of the suspect, who is approximately 5'8" with a thin build and dark hair. He was wearing a grayish-blue colored shirt with tan khaki style pants.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect, or the incident itself is asked to contact Sergeant Adam Petlock with the Brattleboro Police Department (802-257-7950).

 

Trespassing

James Neveu - 61 - Brattleboro

Officer Lynde

On June 26, 2017 Brattleboro police responded to the Brattleboro Transportation Center for a male sleeping in the top floor fourier and he was witnessed urinating in a trash can in the fourier. When police arrived they located James Neveu. Neveu had previously been trespassed from the transportation center so he was issued a citation to court for later date and time for trespassing.

Theft

Officer Hamilton

On June 19 2017 officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Marlboro Rd. for a report of a theft. Surveillance video recorded the theft, and the Brattleboro Police Department is asking for the help of the public identifying the man in the attached photo, taken from that recording. Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the man in the photograph is asked to contact Officer Hamilton, (802)257-7950.

Violation of Conditions

Corey Whidden, 27, residence Brattleboro

Officer Vinton

On 06/18/17 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Brattleboro Police responded to Flat St. for a call of Violation of Conditions. Upon investigation it was determined that Corey Whidden, 27, was in Violation of Conditions that were issued stemming from a Disorderly Conduct charge. Whidden was later contacted and issued a citation to appear in Windham Superior Court on 07/11/17 to face the charges.

Theft from Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property

Male, 15 years old of Brattleboro

Officer Cable

On 6/24/17 at approximately 4:22 AM officers of the Brattleboro Police Department received a report of a male subject breaking into cars in the area of Marlboro Avenue. Investigation showed that a 15 year old male subject was in possession of several items from vehicles in the area. The male was issued a citation into family court for a later date and time to answer to the charge of Petit Larceny.

The male was issued a second citation in connection with a previous theft of a vintage guitar from a vehicle on 6/13/2017. The male is to answer to a felony charge of Receiving Stolen Property.

Larceny

Sgt. Petlock

 

On 06/27/17 at approximately 7:00pm, Brattleboro Police responded to a business on Main Street for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that an unidentified male stole an undisclosed amount of money from a cash-box inside the establishment. The male then ran from the business, and was last observed in the area of Main and Arch Street. Attached are still photos of the suspect, who is approximately 5'8" with a thin build and dark hair. He was wearing a grayish-blue colored shirt with tan khaki style pants.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect, or the incident itself is asked to contact Sergeant Adam Petlock with the Brattleboro Police Department (802-257-7950).