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Retail Theft

Laura G. Jeffrey, 42, of Vernon, VT

Officer Kerylow

On 08/29/2017 Brattleboro Police responded to a business on Putney Road for a theft complaint. Upon arrival police met with business employees who reported they apprehended Laura G. Jeffrey outside of the business after it was discovered she placed items in her bag and left without paying. Jeffrey was later located and issued a citation to appear in court on 10/03/2017 for Retail Theft.

Injured Animal

Sgt. Witherbee

Brattleboro Police responded to the area of Washington St. and Thomas St. for multiple reports of an injured skunk. Police arrived and found the animal to have a potentially broken leg and appeared in distress.

Police secured a skunk and transported it to another location where it was dispatched and disposed of.

Retail Theft

Shane Wetherby, 42, of Brattleboro, VT

Sgt. Witherbee

Brattleboro Police responded to the Brattleboro Food Co-Op for a report of a shoplifter. Police issued Shane Wetherby of Brattleboro a citation to appear in court on 09/26/17 to answer the charge of Retail Theft.

 

Excessive Speed, Gross Negligent Operation

Juvenile Female from Brookline, VT

Officer Penniman

On 8/26/17 Brattleboro Police were conducting a routine traffic patrol on Route 30. Police observed a vehicle traveling North at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was clocked at 74 MPH in a 40 MPH zone.

Brattleboro Police initiated a traffic stop. The juvenile was issued a citation for excessive speed, and gross negligent operation.

The juvenile will appear at Windham County Superior Court on 10/3/17 to answer the charges.

Violation of Conditions

Timothy Belanger, 25, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Hamilton

On August 26, 2017 Timothy Belanger arrived late for his court-ordered sign in at the Brattleboro Police Department, which was a violation of his conditions of release. Subsequent investigation revealed that Belanger had also consumed alcohol in violation of his conditions of release. Belanger was arrested and subsequently released with a citation for Contempt of Court, and will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division on August 29 to face the charge.

Unlawful Mischief

Danielle Kaichen, 43, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Hamilton

On August 20, 2017 officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a citizen dispute at a residence on Putney Rd. Subsequent investigation revealed that Danielle Kaichen broke a cellular phone belonging to another person. Kaichen was issued a citation for Unlawful Mischief and released. Kaichen will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division on September 26 to face the charge.

DLS

James Cleveland,54, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer MacDonald

On 8/16/17 Brattleboro Police responded to a two-car crash at the intersection of Elliot and Frost Streets. During the investigation it was determined that James Cleveland's license was criminally suspended. Cleveland was placed under arrest and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department for processing. Cleveland was released with a citation to appear at the Windham County Superior Court on 9/26/17 to answer to the charge.

Aggravated Operating Without Owners Consent

Jesse Martin, 19, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Penniman

On 8/8/17 Brattleboro Police took a report of a stolen dirt bike. The complainant believed that Jesse Martin was the responsible party for the theft.

Further investigation lead to the conclusion that Martin had in fact taken the dirt bike without the owner's permission, which lead to the dirt bike going missing. The dirt bike has not yet been recovered.

Investigation also revealed that Martin had operated another dirt bike that was owned by the complainant, and that Martin did not have permission to operate the bike. In the State of Vermont, a dirt bike falls under the definition of a Motor Vehicle.

Martin was cited for Operating Without Owner's Consent, and Aggravated Operating Without Owner's Consent. Martin will appear at Windham County Superior Court on 10/3/17 to answer the charges.

 

Negligent Operation of a Vehicle

Lucas Newell, 18, of Spofford, NH

Detective Eaton

On August 17, 2017 at approximately 0602 hours, Brattleboro Police responded to Marlboro Rd just before the Marlboro Town line for a report of a single vehicle rollover. On arrival, a pickup truck with heavy damage was located on all 4 tires in the westbound lane, facing eastbound.

Police learned that the operator, Lucas Newell, was in the same vehicle with the same occupants and had just rolled his truck over in Halifax within an hour and a half prior to this incident. Newell had fallen asleep at the wheel in Halifax prior to crashing. The truck was still in operable condition in Halifax, so Newell continued to drive.

Newell fell asleep again and crashed a second time in Brattleboro prompting our response. The two crash locations are approximately 10 miles apart.

All three occupants of the truck were transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Newell was issued a citation for negligent operation.

Brattleboro Fire, Rescue Inc. and Al's towing assisted with the scene.

Disorderly Conduct

Walter Swift, 56, of Michigan

Officer Kerylow

On 07/25/2017 at approximately 1:55 pm Brattleboro Police responded to the Transportation Center on Flat Street for a disorderly male. Officers located Walter Swift on Flat Street and after speaking with witnesses it was determined that Swift caused a disturbance by yelling and shouting profanities at other individuals at the Transportation Center. Swift was issued a citation to appear in court on 09/19/2017 to answer the charge.

Burglaries

Date: 08/25/2017

Investigator: Detective Gregory Eaton

Case Numbers: 17BB06126, 17BB06158, 17BB06422

 Incident Type: Burglaries

 Person Arrested: Benjamin Lyons (40) of Trescott Township, ME

 Circumstances: On 07/15/2017, Brattleboro Police took reports of two attempted burglaries.  One was at a business on Western Avenue and the other was a business on Marlboro Road.  Damage was done at both locations as the suspect attempted to gain entry.

On 07/23/2017, Brattleboro Police took a report of a burglary at a business on Putney Road where a small amount of money was taken.

On 07/24/2017, Benjamin Lyons was arrested for several other burglaries in Brattleboro.  During that time, the investigation revealed that Lyons was connected to the three above mentioned incidents. 

Lyons is currently being held at Southern State Correctional Facility and is being charged with Burglary, Unlawful Mischief and Unlawful Trespass for these incidents

Violation of Abuse Prevention Order and Possession of Heroin

Jeffrey S. Bacon, 47, of Cambridgeport, VT

Officer Kerylow

On 08/23/2017 at approximately 4:23 pm Brattleboro Police responded to a business on Putney Road for a report of a male subject possibly violating an Abuse Prevention Order. Upon arrival, officers were advised by employees of the business that the male and female in question were leaving the business in a vehicle. Officers were able to conduct a motor vehicle stop on Putney Road. It was discovered that Jeffrey S. Bacon was in Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order issued out of the State of New Hampshire by being in contact with the female inside the vehicle.

Bacon was placed under arrest and was found to be in possession of Heroin. Bacon was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department for processing. Bacon was released with conditions of release and a citation to appear in court tomorrow, 08/24/2017, to answer the charges.

Petit Larceny and Unlawful Mischief

Gregory J. Larose, 46, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Wilson

On 8/21/2017 at approximately 1700 hours officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a Citizen Dispute at a residence located on Brattle Street. Investigation revealed that Gregory Larose (46 of Brattleboro), had taken a Catalytic Converter off of a parked vehicle causing damage to it. Larose was issued a citation to appear in court on 9/26/2017 to answer to the charges.

Petit Larceny

Jason Reed, 31, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Wilson

On 8/20/2017 at approximately 2140 hours officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business located on Elliot Street for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed that Jason Reed (31 of Brattleboro), had taken a power washer from the business. Reed was issued a citation to appear in court on 9/26/2017 to answer to the charges.

Aggravated Assault and Disorderly Conduct

Lisa Gendron, 24, Homeless in Brattleboro

Officer Vinton

On 08/19/17 at approximately 8:15 p.m. The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a residence on Canal St. for an assault between two females. Upon investigation, it was determined that Lisa Gendron had punched and thrown glass objects at another female victim. The victim received medical attention at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injures. Gendron was issued conditions of release and a citation to appear at Windham Supeiror Court on 08/21/17 to face the charges. Gendron was being held at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for medical reason.

Simple Assault

Brian Mitchell, 35, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Wilson

On 08/15/2017 at approximately 2315 hours Brattleboro Police responded to 77 Flat street for an assault that took place. Brattleboro Police met with a male who told police that he had been assaulted by Brian Mitchell. Mitchell admitted to the assault and was arrested. He was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was fingerprinted and photographed. He was ordered held until sober. Mitchell was later released on Court ordered Conditions.

Mitchell is scheduled to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 9/19/2017, to answer to the charge.

Disorderly Conduct

Brain Mitchell, 39, homeless

Zachary Rutledge, 21, Brattleboro, VT

Officer Vinton

On 08/11/17 at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Brattleboro Police Department responded to Flat St. for a some loud yelling between two males. Upon investigation, it was determined that Brain Mitchell and Zachary Rutledge had an altercation. Neither male needed any medical attention on scene. Both Mitchell and Rutledge were issued a citation to appear at Windham Superior Court on 09/19/17 to face the charge.

 

Unlawful Trespass

Michelle Bibens, 45, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer MacDonald

On August 4, 2017 Brattleboro Police were conducting a foot patrol and observed Michelle Bibens in a public parking lot on Flat Street. Bibens had previously been trespassed from this location. Bibens was placed under arrest and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department for processing. Bibens was released with a citation to appear at the Windham County Superior Court on 9/12/17 to answer to the charge.

Grand Larceny

William Boswick, 35, of Brattleboro, VT

Jessica Tuller, 34, of Massachusetts

Officer Wilson

On 7/07/2017 at approximately 1430 hours officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a theft from a local business on Putney Road. Investigation showed that William Boslwick (35 of Brattleboro) and Jessica Tuller (34 of Brattleboro) had taken several spools of copper wire left in the bed of a pick-up truck that was being serviced. The value of the wire exceeded $1000.00. They then took the wire to a recycling company located in Massachusetts for sale. The wire was later recovered both were issued a citations to appear in court on 9/19/2017.

Motor Vehicle Crash

Officer Lynde

On August 19, 2017 Brattleboro Police with assistance from Brattleboro Fire Department and Rescue Inc. responded to Western Avenue at Guilford Street for a four car motor vehicle crash. When police arrived they found Joshua Wright was driving his 2016 BMW 428I and crashed into the back of Joanna Holmes, driving a 2011 Toyota Rav 4, pushing her into the back of a Leslie Kling driving a 2015 Subaru Legacy which pushed her into Wendy Hill who was driving a 2014 Volvo S60. Three vehicles were towed from the scene and Holmes and two of her passengers were transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for injuries received in the crash.

Traffic on Western Avenue was delayed for approximately an hour.