Thursday, September 28, 2006

Police Blotter (Sept. 18-24)

Stowe police statistics

Total incidents: 83
Total tickets: 16
Total warnings: 36

From recent reports:

Aug. 31, David Stafford, 28, of Stowe was charged with driving with a suspended license.
Sept. 4, Philip Morey, 38, of Morrisville was charged with home-improvement fraud.
Sept. 11, Lynn Pesaturo, 29, of Stowe was charged with possession of marijuana.
Sept. 13, Ryan Moriarty, 50, of Morrisville was charged with careless and negligent driving.
Sept. 18, Erik Mogensen of New York reported a cellular telephone was lost in Stowe.
Sept. 18, Kenneth Stoudt III, 27, of Pennsylvania was charged with home-improvement fraud. Police have requested an arrest warrant.
Sept. 19, Douglas Lefedbure, 48, of Stowe was transported for detoxification.
Sept. 19, Donald Landerwehrl of Stowe reported an iPod was stolen at Stowe High School.
Sept. 20, police found a wedding ring off Sunset Street.
Sept. 21, Lindsey Owen of Stowe reported a wallet was stolen at the Backyard Tavern.
Sept. 21, A.J.’s Ski and Sports reported the theft of a vest.
Sept. 22, Arnold Marek of Stowe reported vandalism of a "Tarrant/Senate" sign off Moscow Road.
Sept. 22, John Hodska of Stowe reported the theft of a "for sale by owner" sign.
Sept. 23, Patricia McKibben of Waterbury reported a baby stroller was lost on the Stowe Rec Path.
Sept. 23, a dog was impounded off Pucker Street.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Scanner traffic: drug overdose?

Scanner reports came in this morning around 9:30 a.m. of an apparent drug overdose at Johnson State College. Morristown Rescue was being called to respond and transport the male, who was in a college dormitory room.

Police said this afternoon the male had been transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. That's all that can be gleaned at the moment. I'll likely be following up with a report in next week's newspaper.

Sign crime

I saw an unfortunately visible act of vandalism on my way into Stowe this morning. One of two Rich Tarrant campaign signs -- placed in the center of a field abutting Route 100 -- had been "modified."

The "Tarrant/Senate" sign had been spray-painted to say "Tyrant/ Senate." Ouch. No doubt, Tarrant campaign folks were none too pleased to see that. I can't help but wonder if the vandalism came in response to an article I wrote this week, "What's your sign," for our Scene feature. In it, I feature two people in Stowe who put up campaign signs along their front yard. The article also featured the Tarrant signs in question (which, at the time I photographed them Tuesday morning, were unspoiled).

This incident isn't unique, though. I've heard of the Tarrant/Tyrant vandalism at other locations around the state.

It's too bad that happened here. Regardless of whether you agree or not with a candidate's views -- or their signs, for that matter -- it's still wrong to vandalize someone else's property. Period. We may learn next week if police know who was responsible.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Scanner traffic: Don't light the grass on fire

Just heard a report at 2:43 p.m. over the scanner to Morristown Rescue: The grass is on fire.

Seems someone driving a bulldozer took a spill on Children's Village Road in Morristown, and wires/ cables of some kind were knocked over, too, torching the adjacent grass.

Five minutes later comes an update: The operator is out of the machine, there are no injuries, and the "grass fires seem to be under control."

In under the wire

A little footnote on the police blotter this week: It barely made the presses.

Typically, I'll stroll (or drive) down to the Stowe Police Station on Monday morning for an hour sit-down with Police Chief Ken Kaplan to go over the last week's police reports. It's a good way to start out the day. Stowe Police (I'd link here to their Web site, but they don't have one) are located about a half-mile away from our office here on 49 School Street.

Well, Monday was Labor Day, so the station was closed. I called Tuesday, and discovered that the chief wasn't in this week. He was -- drum roll -- on vacation! So, I tried to find someone else who could make it happen.

Late Wednesday morning (the day we go to press) I found my man, officer Darron Tabor. He saved the police blotter for this week's paper. Without his last-minute heriocs, most reader's probably wouldn't have known by Thursday that police had found Armitron watch in the bushes off Covered Bridge Road, or that the Depot Street Malt Shop reported a skunk had found its way into a closet.

Can you smell that smell?

Police Blotter: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Stowe police statistics

Total incidents: 92
Total tickets: 17
Total warnings: 69

From recent reports:

Aug. 26, Joshua Thomas, 26, of Stowe was charged with petit larceny.
Aug. 28, Biddle Duke of Stowe reported attempted fraudulent use of a credit card.
Aug. 28, Michael Allen Meacham of Stowe reported an apartment off South Main Street was broken into and $275 was stolen.
Aug. 29, Alfred Leikert, 67, of Morrisville was charged with burglary, unlawful trespass and unlawful mischief.
Aug. 29, Garaldine Sweterlitsch of Craftsbury reported a crucifix was lost in Stowe.
Aug. 30, Mylene Ravary of Quebec reported a car was broken into and its windows smashed in Stowe.
Aug. 30, Miriam Donald of New York reported a wallet was lost in Stowe.
Aug. 31, police found an Armitron watch in the bushes off Covered Bridge Road.
Aug. 31, two dogs were impounded off River Road.
Aug. 31, David Stafford, 28, address unknown, was charged with driving with a suspended license.
Sept. 1, the Depot Street Malt Shop reported a skunk had found its way into a closet. Animal-control removed it.
Sept. 1, police found an iPod at Stowe Elementary School.
Sept. 1, the Pines Motel reported someone left without paying for a room and stole bedsheets and pillows valued at $40.
Sept. 2, Kelly Fossiano, 28, of Morrisville was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sept. 2, police found a broken rifle in a Dumpster off South Main Street.
Sept. 3, Jennifer Guazzoni, 25, of Stowe was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sept. 3, James Canino, 23, of Massachusetts was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of narcotic drugs.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Police Blotter: Aug. 21-27

Stowe police statistics

Total incidents: 110
Total tickets: 15
Total warnings: 26

From recent reports:

Aug. 21, Charles Brunner of New Jersey reported $800 worth of items stolen from a car parked off Mountain Road.
Aug. 21, John Clifford of Massachusetts and Luther Elder of Georgia both reported car windows were smashed off Mountain Road.
Aug. 21, Stowe Mountain Resort reported the theft of 25 gallons of diesel fuel from a construction site at Spruce Peak.
Aug. 21, Stefanie Guttenberger of Pennsylvania reported $2,100 worth of items stolen from a car parked off Mountain Road.
Aug. 22, Mac’s Market reported the receipt of a $78 bad check.
Aug. 22, Diane Carter, 52, of Lowell was charged with 282 counts of embezzlement. Police are still investigating.
Aug. 23, a dog was impounded off Mountain Road.
Aug. 24, Jesse Sanguedolce, 26, of Waterbury was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Aug. 24, Matthew Fogel of Stowe reported two hubcaps were missing from a pickup truck.
Aug. 25, Diane Smith of Stowe reported a house was burglarized and work documents were stolen.
Aug. 25, the Stowe town government reported the theft of pedestrian crosswalk signs on Maple Street.
Aug. 25, police found a pair of keys on the Stowe Recreation Path.
Aug. 25, the Grey Fox Inn reported an 83-pound subwoofer was stolen from a room.
Aug. 27, Steven Manosh, 48, of Morrisville was charged with driving under the influence of al