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FELONY POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE

Kevin McGirr 35, of Brattleboro

Officer Wilson

On 10/15/2017, Brattleboro Police received an anonymous tip regarding a recent burglary at a local Jewelry Store. The caller stated that a female involved in the burglary could be located at a residence on Canal Street. Officers responded to the residence. Kevin McGirr answered the apartment door. McGirr is the primary resident of that particular apartment. Officers informed McGirr as to why they were there. They asked McGirr for permission to look around his apartment for any of the stolen items that were taken from the Jewelry Store. McGirr granted them permission. During the search Officers located a quarter ounce of Crack Cocaine. McGirr was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Crack Cocaine. He was released on Conditions and issued a Citation ordering him to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 12/05/2017 to answer to the charges. The female was also located and the investigation into the Jewelry Store burglary is still under investigation. 

RETAIL THEFT

Tonya Camolli 33, Of Brattleboro

Officer Wilson

On 10/11/2017 at approximately 1853 hours, Officers responded to a business on Main Street in Brattleboro for a reported theft. Upon arrival, they met with management who stated that they had surveillance video of a female removing items from shelving displays and leaving the store without paying for them. A register receipt was provided, which indicated that the value of the stolen items totaled $198.42 including tax. The female was identified as Tonya Camolli. She was later located and issued a Citation ordering her to appear in Widham County Superior Court on 12/05/17 to answer to the charge of Retail Theft.

Sexual Assault//Public Safety

Press Release 

 

Date: 10/25/2017 

Investigator: Criminal Investigation Division 

Case Number: Multiple 

 

Incidents:  

In the last three months, the Brattleboro Police Department has opened investigations into two sexual assault complaints which share some similar characteristics. Those characteristics include: 

  • Occurring in residential areas of town (although not in the same neighborhood) 

  • Early morning hours 

  • Adult females who live alone 

  • Assault took place in the victim’s residence 

  • Assailant was unknown to the victim 

The Criminal Investigation Division has a detective who is specially trained and assigned to investigate sexual crimes in town. These two cases they have been prioritized and additional resources have been assigned to the investigation. The CID is actively investigating and pursuing all available leads. Anyone with information related to these or other incidents, reported or unreported, is urged to do one of the following: 

  • Call the Brattleboro Police 802-257-7950 

  • Call the Brattleboro Police anonymous tip line 802-251-8188 

  • Call the Crime Hotline 800-533-TIPS 

  • Email the Brattleboro Police bpd@sover.net 

The rate of reporting sexual crimes in Brattleboro this year has been consistent with years prior. There has not been an increase in these incidents being reported to police. However, due to the similarities described above, BPD has decided to issue this release. Additional information will be released as appropriate for public safety and investigatory needs. 

 

The public is reminded to keep general safety practices in mind such as securing your residences and vehicles, and being aware of your surroundings. 

 

Update//Burglary

Date: 10/23/2017

Detective Gregory Eaton

 Update: On 10/22/2017 Brattleboro Police arrested James Crocker (34) of Brattleboro for burglary in relation to this incident. He was held on $5,000 bail and will be arraigned 10/23/2017. We will not be releasing any further information at this time because the investigation is still ongoing.

Incident Type: On 10/20/2017 at approximately 8:21 PM Brattleboro Police responded to a commercial establishment on Elliot Street for the report of a burglary in progress. The caller reported that he was inside the business when the burglars broke in and during the incident he fired multiple rounds from a handgun at them. It is unknown whether any of the burglars were shot or otherwise injured, however there were no signs of a significant injury at the scene. The caller was not injured.

Police have identified multiple suspects and continue to actively investigate this incident. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Special thanks to Brattleboro Fire Department, Rescue Inc., Vermont State Police, Chesterfield NH Police, and Hinsdale NH Police for assisting on scene.

BURGLARY

Detective Eaton

On 10/20/2017 at approximately 8:21 PM Brattleboro Police responded to a commercial establishment on Elliot Street for the report of a burglary in progress. The caller reported that he was inside the business when the burglars broke in and during the incident he fired multiple rounds from a handgun at them. It is unknown whether any of the burglars were shot or otherwise injured, however there were no signs of a significant injury at the scene. The caller was not injured.

Police have identified multiple suspects and continue to actively investigate this incident. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Special thanks to Brattleboro Fire Department, Rescue Inc., Vermont State Police, Chesterfield NH Police, and Hinsdale NH Police for assisting on scene.

Public Information

Department of Public Works

The Town of Brattleboro, Department of Public Works is working with Watershed Consulting Associates from Burlington, VT to complete a study in the local watershed. The study is designed to find and eliminate potential sources of water pollution linked to non-stormwater discharges into stormwater systems, such as those from sanitary sewers or leaking septic systems.  The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will use grant funds from the Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) to fund this study.

On October 27th, residents can expect to see employees from Watershed Consulting Associates traversing the Whetstone Brook and tributaries from Main Street to West Brattleboro sampling stormwater system outfall pipes and analyzing effluent for various water quality parameters, such as phosphorous and E. coli, to determine if a stormwater system may have non-stormwater discharges coming into it. If any pollution indicators are found, the contractors will work closely with the Town and State of Vermont’s DEC to resolve the issue. The ultimate goal of this work is to help eliminate potential sources of pollution that reach bodies of water in the State of Vermont. As many of these bodies of water are important amenities for recreation as well as sources of drinking water, eliminating potential pollutants benefits the entire community and protects natural ecosystems.

For questions or concerns, contact Stephen Barrett, Director of Public Works, at 802-254-4255 or e-mail sbarrett@brattleboro.org. 

Domestic Assault

Blake Pierce. 26 Year Old Male from Brattleboro.

Officer Vinton

On 10/17/17 Brattleboro Police responded to a residence on Elliot Street for a report that a male had been stabbed with a knife.  Upon arrival, Police spoke with one half of the altercation and residents who were witnesses. The second half of the dispute had already been transported to BMH by a resident for a stab wound.  One officer remained on scene, while other officers went to BMH to talk to the second half of the altercation.

Through investigation and witness statements, it was determined that the male at BMH, Blake Pierce, was the dominant aggressor in the altercation. Since Pierce lives in the same residence as the other male, Pierce was placed under arrest for Domestic Assault.

Pierce was treated at BMH for non life threatening injuries. Once medically cleared, Pierce was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department, where he was processed, cited, and released on conditions. Pierce will appear in Windham County Superior Court on 10/18/17 to face his charge.

Leaving Scene of Motor Vehicle Accident

William Schroeder. 33 Year Old Male from Marlboro, VT.

Officer Penniman

On 10/16/17 Brattleboro Police responded to a 2 car crash on Putney Road at the Hannaford's intersection. The public alerted police that the driver who was the cause of the crash had driven away.  Officer's arrived at the scene, with 1 Officer securing the scene and verifying the status of the driver. 1 Officer went in search of the second vehicle, locating it a short distance away.

Both vehicles were heading north. The lead vehicle stopped for the red light, while the second vehicle, operated by Schroeder, did not stop, hit the back of the first vehicle, and then drove away from the scene.

EMS and the Brattleboro Fire Department arrived on scene to assist.

Both parties were transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Putney road was shut down for approximately 1.5 hours, with traffic being diverted around the crash scene.

Schroeder was issued citations for Leaving the scene of an accident, Possession of a controlled substance, and negligent operation. He will appear at Windham County Superior Court on 11/21/17 to answer his charges.

 

Burglary

Tiffany Leblanc. 26 Year Old Female from Brattleboro.

Officer Penniman

On 10/15/17 Brattleboro Police responded to a burglary that occurred at a business on Main St. An unknown subject, using a rock, broke one of the windows of the business, and proceeded to take all of the jewelry from the display case.

Brattleboro Police are still currently investigating this incident. One subject has been arrested in connection to the burglary. Tiffany Leblanc was arrested as she noticed the broken glass, and committed a crime of opportunity as she stole a remaining piece of jewelry. Video surveillance shows a male perpetrator. The incident occurred at approximately 0445 hours. The male in the video is wearing blue jeans, a long sleeved blue shirt, and has a tan shirt coving his face. The male also has black shoes, with a white horizontal stripe. The male is white, and approximately 5 11, and appears slender.

Leblanc was cited for retail theft, and will appear on 11/21/17 at Windham County Superior Court.

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to call the Brattleboro Police Department.

Unlawful Trespass

Jason Skibniowsky, 33 of Brattleboro

SGT Stanley

On 10/13/17 the Brattleboro Police Department received a report from a business in the downtown area stating that two males were suspected of engaging in drug related activity in the restroom of the business. An employee reported that the males had since left the business and were walking toward Flat St. Using the physical description provided, Jason Skibniowsky was located on Flat St. Although no evidence of drug use was observed, subsequent investigation revealed that Skibniowsky had a current no trespass order for the business in question. Skibniowsky was issued a criminal citation for the offense of Unlawful Trespass. Skibniowsky was released from the scene and will appear in Windham County Superior Court on 11/21/17 to answer to the offense.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Todd J Maskell 44 of Brattleboro

Tanya J Maskell 42 of Brattleboro

Tamsyn A Butler Maskell 42 of Brattleboro.

Officer Wilson

On 10/11/2017 at approximately 2300 hours, Officers responded to a report of a Citizen Dispute on Flat Street in the Preston Parking Lot. Upon arrival Officers broke-up a physical altercation between Todd J Maskell , Tanya J Maskell , Tamsyn A Butler Maskell and Brandon Jenkins. Todd J Maskell 44, Tanya J Maskell 42, Tamsyn A Butler Maskell 42 all of Brattleboro were charged with Disorderly Conduct and were issued Citations ordering them to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 11/21/2017 to answer to the charges.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

Gilbert Ramirez 56, of Brattleboro

Officer Wilson

On 10/10/17 while on patrol Brattleboro Police observed a vehicle come to a stop on Putney Road near the North Bridge with the operator yelling at passing motorists. Brattleboro Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the operator, Gilbert Ramirez, was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Ramirez was transported to the Brattleboro Police Department, where he was cited to appear on 10/24/17 at the Windham County Superior Court to answer his charge.

Retail Theft

Daniel S. Paquette. 31 Year Old Male from Brattleboro.

Officer Penniman

On 10/10/17 Brattleboro Police responded to a local business for a report of a male who had just shoplifted.  The clerk stated that the male, Paquette, had taken a sandwich, and shoved it down his pants. The male, when confronted, removed the sandwich, and fled the scene.  With the help of Windham County Sheriff's Office, Brattleboro Police were able to locate Paquette. Paquette's action's made the sandwich unfit for resale, depriving the store of profit. Paquette was charged with retail theft. Paquette will appear at Windham County Superior Court on 11/14/17 to answer his charge.

Criminal Contempt

Donald Wilkins, 38 of Brattleboro

SGT Stanley

On 10/9/17 the Brattleboro Police responded to a residence in town for a report of a dispute occurring. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Donald R Wilkins, 38 of Brattleboro, for a violation of his court ordered conditions of release by being in contact with a female.

Wilkins was taken into custody then transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was processed, cited and released with new conditions of release to include abiding by all previously set conditions.

After being released it was reported that Wilkins made contact with the same female, again violating his court ordered conditions of release. On 10/10/17 Wilkins was located and taken into custody for the offense of criminal contempt. Wilkins was processed, cited and released to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 10/24/17 to answer to the offense.

Contempt of Court

Jonathan Gray - 45 - Brattleboro

Officer Lynde

On September 21, 2017 Brattleboro Police were made aware of a suspicious male in the State Office Building on Main Street on September 15, 2017. The male was identified as Jonathan Gray and he appeared to be holding a knife in a non-threatening way. After an investigation police arrested Gray on October 9, 2017 for violating his court ordered conditions of release which state he is not to have possession of a dangerous weapon, including knives. Gray was issued a citation to appear in court on October 31, 2017.

 

Disorderly Conduct

Ashley Weiss. 23 Year Old Female from Brattleboro.

Heath Peters. 26 Year Old Male from New Hampshire

Officer Penniman

On 9/16/17 Brattleboro Police responded to a parking lot on Putney Road for a report of an assault. Upon arrivals, Officers spoke to Ashley Weiss and her group of friends, gathering their side of the story. Officers then caught up with Peters and his accomplice, and gathered their side of the story. Both Weiss and Peters were charged with Disorderly Conduct. Both will appear at Windham County Superior Court on 11/21/17 to answer their charges. Neither party sustained serious injuries.

Contempt of Court

Robert Benedict - 54 - Brattleboro

Officer Lynde

On October 9, 2017 Brattleboro Police were called to Brattleboro Probation and Parole for a subject who had violated his court ordered conditions of release. When police arrived they found that Robert Benedict had violated his court ordered 24 hour curfew and his condition stating he is not to drink alcohol. Benedict was taken into custody and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department for processing. Benedict was held on $2500 bail and will be seen in Vermont Superior Court Franklin Criminal Division on October 10, 2017

Criminal Contempt

Donald R Wilkins, 38, of Brattleboro, VT

Sgt. Stanley

On 10/8/17 the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a residence in Town for a third party report of a dispute occurring between a male and female. On arrival Donald R Wilkins, 38 year old male of Brattleboro was located in the apartment. Subsequent investigation revealed that Wilkins had current court ordered conditions of release related to a previous arrest for domestic assault, not to have contact with the female involved in the incident. Wilkins was taken into custody and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was processed, cited and released with additional conditions of release to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 10/24/17 for the offense of Criminal Contempt.

Criminal DLS

Tamsyn Butler, 42, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Lynde

On October 7, 2017 Brattleboro Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Black Mountain Road for a motor vehicle infraction. When police made contact with the driver, Tamsyn Butler, they found her to have a criminally suspended license in the State of Vermont. Butler was arrested and transported to the police department where she was processed and released on a citation to court on October 31, 2017.

Criminal DLS

Kenneth Rochefort, 41, of Brattleboro, VT

Officer Penniman

On 10/7/17 in the early morning hours Brattleboro Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle due to defective equipment, and the license plate not being assigned to the vehicle.

Police made contact with the operator, Rochefort, and subsequent investigation revealed that his license to operate a motor vehicle in Vermont was criminally suspended.

Rochefort was placed under arrest, and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department. There he was finger printed, photographed, and released on a citation. Rochefort will appear at Windham County Superior Court on 11/14/17 to answer to his charge.