Marijuana found during stop
Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop Jan. 14 of a vehicle operated by Stepfanie Williams on Plank Road in New Haven for speeding. During the stop, Williams was found to be in possession of marijuana. She was cited into Addison Court and subsequently released.
Aggravated assault reported
On Jan. 14 the Vermont State Police\New Haven Barracks responded to Porter Hospital for the report of an assault. The victim, Nathan Dearing, 23, of Whiting had substantial trauma to the left side of his head, two broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. The accused, Brayton Gillett, 29, of Brandon was arrested in Middlebury without incident and lodged without bail at Marble Valley Correctional Center.
Route 30 collision
Prior to this Jan. 15 collision, one of the vehicles, operated by Benjamin I. Molberger, 23, was traveling northbound on Vermont Route 30. While traveling north Molberger lost control, traveled across the double yellow centerlines, and off the west side of the roadway. After leaving the west side of the roadway, he collided with a snow bank and mailbox. Alcohol was not a contributing factor in this collision. Molberger was found to possess a valid Connecticut personal drivers license. Molberger was issued a VCVC pursuant to Title 23 VSA Section 1031 Driving to right. $214/2 points.
On Jan. 17, a vehicle was located partially off the roadway on Carlstrom Road in Bristol. Subsequent investigation revealed the operator of the vehicle was intoxicated. Frank Peryea, 74, was processed for DUI at the New Haven State Police Barracks, and cited to appear in Middlebury Court on Feb. 7 to answer the charge of DUI 3.
Huntington student found dead
On Jan. 18 at 8:13 a.m., the Williston Barracks received a 911 call about an unresponsive male in the bathroom at Mount Mansfield Union High School. Essex Rescue and the Vermont State Police were dispatched immediately to the scene. Upon arrival, medical personnel transported the patient to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont. Conner Menning, age 15 of Huntington a student at Mount Mansfield High School, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Investigation were on scene, investigating this incident. The initial investigation indicates the student suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No further information is available, at this time.
On Jan. 18, at U.S. Route 7 and Fern Lake Road Junction, Leicester, Eric Palmer, 42 (vehicle 1), of Proctor, driving a 2003 Chevy Blazer, Timothy Davis, 48 (vehicle 2), of Whiting, driving a 1994 Ford Ranger, were involved in an accident. Vehicle 1 was traveling southbound on U.S. Route 7. A vehicle in front of vehicle 1 slowed to turn right onto the Leicester Whiting road. Operator 1 did not observe the slowing and turning vehicle in front of him and swerved to the left to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him. Upon swerving left vehicle 1 crossed the center line and struck vehicle 2 which was traveling northbound on Route 7. Operator 1 was transported to Rutland hospital to be evaluated and operator 2 and the passenger of vehicle 2 were both transported to Porter Hospital to be evaluated.