Home & Farm Center theft
The Vermont State Police in Rutland are investigating a burglary from the Home and Farm Center on U.S. Route 7 in Rutland Town. According to store personnel, brand new home appliances were stolen during the theft.
The State Police are asking anyone with information concerning this theft or information concerning persons selling new home appliances at greatly discounted rates to contact Trooper McKenna at 802-773-9101.
W. Rutland fire suspicious
The West Rutland Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 76 Smith St. in West Rutland. Additional assistance was provided by the Rutland Town Fire Department.
The rapid suppressive efforts by responding fire department personnel quickly controlled the fire, and because of their fast response, moderate damage was sustained to only two rooms in the home. The house is described as a two story wood frame single family home that was vacant at the time of the fire.
After the fire was suppressed, Assistant Fire Chief Skaza of the West Rutland Fire Department, made a request for assistance from the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation unit in determining the origin and cause of this fire.
Det. Sgt. Sutton of the Vermont State Police Fire unit, along with Investigator Boyd of the Division of Fire Safety, responded to the scene of this fire. After a scene investigation was conducted, it has been determined that this fire was caused by suspicious circumstances and is being investigated as a crime at this time.
Anyone with information concerning this fire is encouraged to contact Det. Sgt. Sutton at VSP/Rutland at (802) 773-9101 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP) at 1-800-32-ARSON.
Police investigate shooting
The Chester Police Department with the assistance of the Vermont State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred at a residence on Orcutt Drive in Chester.
Investigation so far has revealed that Kyle Thomas, 19, of Cavenish-an acquaintance of Emanuel Cruz, 23-arrived at Cruz's residence in Chester.
When Cruz answered the door, Thomas pulled a handgun from his waist band and pointed the gun at Cruz's stomach. Thomas then ordered Cruz to get in his (Thomas's) vehicle. Prior to leaving the residence, Cruz was able to flee and at that time Thomas discharged the handgun multiple times at Cruz. Cruz was not hit by any of the rounds discharged and was not injured during the incident. After the shooting, Thomas then fled the scene in his vehicle.
Cruz then called the Chester Police Department to report the incident and a BOL (be on the lookout) was issued on Thomas and his vehicle.
A short time later, Thomas's vehicle was spotted traveling north on Vermont Route 103 in Ludlow. Thomas was stopped by Officer Wilson of the Chester Police Department and was taken into custody without incident.
Thomas is currently being charged with the offenses of Attempted Murder, Attempted Kidnapping and Reckless Endangerment . Thomas is currently being held at the Southeast Correctional Facility without bail. Thomas was arraigned on these charges at Windsor County District Court.
This is currently an active and ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Further interviews are being conducted and the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team is processing the scene. There is no photograph available for Thomas at this time.
Anyone who has any information concerning this incident should call the Chester Police Department at 802-875-2112.
Rutland man in custody
Bobbie Demgard, 26, of Rutland City, was taken into custody in the Town of Chittenden, Vermont for the offense of False Information to Law Enforcement, Criminal Driving License Suspended, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Investigation revealed that Demgard provided a false name to the Vermont State Police after a "road rage" type motor vehicle crash in Rutland Town. During this incident, Demgard was driving with a suspended license. During this incident Demgard crashed into a pickup truck after a traffic dispute with another motorist near the Diamond Run Mall.
Demgard was stopped for a traffic violation in Chittenden. During this traffic stop Demgard again provided a false name to the Vermont State Police. During this incident, Demgard was again driving with a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that Demgard was in possession of several stolen cellular telephones and electronics taken from vehicle break-ins in the Rutland area.
Demgard was placed at the Marble Valley Correctional Center on three counts of False Information to Law Enforcement; two counts of driving with a Criminally Suspended License, and one count of Possession of Stolen Property
Teen arrested for crack
On Aug. 23, Vermont Southern Drug Task Force officiers arrested Kelsey Bauer, 19, of Rutland for the offenses of trafficking heroin and sale/delivery of crack cocaine. This is an extension of the "Mitch" Matthew Richardson investigation.
In that case, Bauer delivered 200 bags of heroin and approximately one ounce of crack cocaine. She is also being charged with possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute. Through the investigation into Bauer's activities, and involvement with the group, it was discovered that Bauer had 340 narcotic pills (Endocet).
The pills were seized and will be turned over to the Vermont Forensic Laboratory as evidence. An estimated value on the seized drugs would be $6,000 for the heroin, $1,400 for the Crack and $4,420 for the pills. Bauer was lodged at Marble Valley prison for a lack of bail.