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Santa's Land animals seized during search warrant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   09/01/2014 2:06 PM
Incident: 14WHC003760
Date: 09/01/2014
Location: Santa's Land, Bellows Falls Road, Putney
Investigating Deputy: Corporal Melissa Martin

Description:
On August 31, 2014, the Windham County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant to remove several animals at Santa's Land. The animals have been placed with other caretakers as a result.

The United States Humane Society, Windham County Humane Society, and the Putney Fire Department assisted. This is an on going investigation and prosecution. No other information will be released. All questions should be directed to the Windham County States Attorney's Office.


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Single Vehicle Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   09/01/2014 12:44 PM
Incident: 14WHC003761
Date: 8/31/14
Location: Stratton
Investigating Deputy: DFC Tyler Cooke

Description:
On August 31, 2014 at approximately 1345 hours the Windham County Sheriff's Office received a call about a single vehicle motor vehicle crash on Stratton Arlington Rd in the Town of Stratton. Investigation revealed the operator Bernard Druke, 91, of Brattleboro had swerved to avoid striking a deer that was in the roadway. As a result Druke's vehicle went off the road striking a tree. Druke escaped serious injury due to the fact he was wearing his seatbelt. The Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by Stratton and Wardsboro Fire Departments and Stratton Mountain Rescue. The vehicle was removed from the scene by Walt's Towing and Service.


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Man Arrested for Second Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   09/01/2014 3:01 AM
Incident: 14WHC003744
Date: 08/30/14
Location: Houghton Hill Rd, Vernon
Investigating Deputy: Ian Tuttle

Accused: John King
Age: 41
City & State of Residence: Vernon, VT

Charges: Second Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault

Description: On August 30th, 2014 the Windham County Sheriff's Office arrested John King, 41 of Vernon for Second Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault.

It was reported that King had assaulted a female whom he had a relationship with. Subsequent investigation led to his arrest. He was cited to appear at the Vermont Superior Court: Criminal Division at a later date.

Court Date: 09/02/14
Bail: N/A


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Man arrested for DUI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   08/27/2014 6:14 AM
Incident: 14WHC003689
Date: 8/26/2014
Location: Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon
Investigating Deputy: Lt. Mark Anderson

Accused: Sean E. Callaghan
Age: 54
City & State of Residence: Wendell, MA

Charges: DUI

Description: Sean E. Callaghan, 54, of Wendell MA, was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office Vernon Division on August 26th, 2014 for DUI. Callaghan's vehicle was stopped at 3:02PM after crossing into the deputy's lane of travel. Investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol. He was cited to appear at the Vermont Superior Court: Criminal Division at a later date.

Court Date: 9/16/2014
Bail: N/A


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Woman arrested on warrant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   08/26/2014 12:25 PM
Incident: 14WHC3593
Date: 08/20/2104
Location: Brattleboro
Investigating Deputy: Corporal George Friend

Accused: Samantha Chiu
Age: 23
City & State of Residence: Bellows Falls, VT

Description: Samantha Chiu, of Bellows Falls, VT, was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office on a warrant for failure to appear in court for an arraignment. She was taken into custody and later appeared before the Vermont Superior Court: Criminal Division as a result.


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Man charged with violation of conditions of release and enabling the consumption of alcohol by minors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   08/25/2014 6:43 AM
Incident: 14WHC002989
Date: 8/22/2014
Location: Scott Road, Vernon
Investigating Deputy: Lieutenant Mark Anderson

Accused: Edward Class III
Age: 21
City & State of Residence: Vernon, VT

Charges: Violation of Conditions of Release (6 counts), Enabling Consumption of Alcohol by Minors

Description: Edward Class III, 21, of Vernon was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office on August 22nd, 2014. Class was charged with hosting a party on July 18th, 2014 in Vernon that deputies found. The host of the party had left upon our arrival.

Class had previously been charged with a Gross Negligent Operation - Fatality Resulting and a DUI #1 - Fatality Resulting following a motor vehicle crash in 2013. There was a court order in effect from that pending case which set conditions that required he not engage in criminal conduct, leave Windham County or consume alcohol. Investigation revealed that he violated those conditions.

Class was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of bail. He'll appear in Vermont Superior Court: Criminal Division to answer to the charges.

Court Date: 8/25/2014
Bail: $5000.00


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Man Arrested for DUI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   08/24/2014 12:59 PM
Incident: 14WHC003645
Date: 8/24/14
Location: Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT
Investigating Deputy: DFC Ben Gates

Accused: Verne T. Carey III
Age: 24
City & State of Residence: Newfane, VT

Charges: DUI

Description: Verne T Carey III, 24, of Newfane was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office on 8/24/2014 for DUI. Carey was located unconscious in a vehicle on the side of Fort Bridgman Road near a pull-off at approximately 3:30 am. Investigation revealed him to be under the influence of alcohol. Carey was cited to appear in the Vermont Superior Court: Criminal Division to answer to that charge.

Court Date: 10/14/14
Bail: N/A


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Man arrested for DUI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   08/23/2014 5:51 AM
Incident: 14WHC003637
Date: 08/23/14
Location: Route 142, Vernon
Investigating Deputy: Ian Tuttle

Accused: Bryan R. Lewandowski
Age: 25
City & State of Residence: Shelburne Falls, MA

Charges: Driving Under the Influence

Description: On 08/23/14 at 0004 hours, Bryan R. Lewandowski was stopped by the Windham County Sheriff's Office for a motor vehicle violation on Route 142 in Vernon. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Lewandowski for DUI. He was cited to appear at the Vermont Superior Court: Criminal Division at a later date.


Court Date: 09/02/14
Bail: N/A


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Single vehicle crash causes minor injuries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   08/18/2014 9:40 AM
Incident: 14WHC003515
Date & Time: 8/16/2014 16:53
Location: Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon
Investigating Deputy: Deputy First Class Benjamin Gates

Operator: Eric Mayhew
Age: 45
City & State of Residence: Vernon, VT

Description: On August 16, 2014, the Windham County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash into a telephone pole. Four occupants were treated for minor injuries and released. Mayhew reported that he fell asleep while driving.

The Vernon Fire Department, Rescue Inc and Al's Towing assisted at the scene.


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Vandalism at St. Charles Cemetery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   08/13/2014 9:30 AM
Incident: 14WHC003453
Date: 08/13/14
Location: Cemetery Road, Westminster
Investigating Deputy: Deputy First Class Chris Norton

Description: The Windham County Sheriff's Office is investigating vandalism that occurred at St. Charles Cemetery during the overnight hours on 08/12/14 to 08/13/14. Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy First Class Christopher Norton at (802) 365-4942.



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