Chester Police Log for April: Feb. 5-April 1, 2016

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Editor’s Note: The Chester Telegraph Police Log is a sampling of incidents directly from Chester Police reports. In general, we do not identify individual victims of crimes nor those who have been arrested.

Friday, Feb. 5 at 8:09 a.m.

Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on Route 10 and Clemons Road. Police say that Vehicle 1 was traveling west when its rear end began sliding, causing the driver to lose control of the car as it spun 360 degrees a couple of times before hitting the second vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle said the other driver had moved as far over as possible to avoid the accident.

Friday, Feb. 5 at 9:08 a.m.

A truck was off Route 10 and Chandler Road due to snows. There were four more cars up the road that were in the same situation.

Saturday, Feb. 6 at 12:23 a.m.

A 22-year-old woman was charged with domestic assault after police arrived at a Mattson Road home and observed that her boyfriend’s right eye was bruised. The boyfriend added that the woman had also hit him in the nose. Police saw no injuries on the woman. But witnesses said that the couple was in the bathroom when the woman kicked the man in the back of the leg and put him in a chokehold and was uppercutting him in the face.

Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Police spotted an older man throwing trash out of his vehicle window and onto the parking lot of the Country Girl Diner on Main Street. The man was recognized because he has had previous encounters with police. Police told the man to pick up the trash, and then issued him a trespass warning.

Monday, Feb. 8 at 10:57 p.m.

Police spotted a woman walking south along Route 103 North in a heavy snowstorm. Police stopped to offer her a ride in those dangerous conditions. The woman appeared to be intoxicated. A man then drove up. He said he had received a frantic call from the woman, and she said she was going to walk back to her home from her friend’s home. Another person arrived on foot and said that the woman had left after a verbal argument. Police made sure that everyone got home safely.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 8:50 a.m

Police were called to Green Mountain Union High School for a reported fight. Upon arrival, police were told that an ambulance was needed for one person. Police found that one youth had been repeatedly asked to move away from the second youth and when he did not, the second youth picked him up and body slammed him into the floor, causing pain to his leg and back. The mother of the first youth said she was aware that he son was the aggressor and was hoping the police would speak with him and was willing to let the school handle any punishment. The ambulance was also canceled at the mother’s request.

Monday, Feb. 22 at noon

The Town Manager of Chester reported that a resident had approached him at Lisai’s Chester Market and began “screaming” at him, waving his arms and saying that the Town Manager “owed him a lot of money and he was going to collect it.” The man is currently involve in a civil lawsuit with the Town of Chester. The Town Manager said the man might have him confused with someone else, but he was able to get his license plate number. Police tracked down the man, who said he “didn’t know what they were talking about.” Police warned him that if he duplicated the behavior, he would be arrested.

Saturday, March 5 at 12:29 p.m.

Police were sent to 510 Baileys Mills Road for a single vehicle crash. Police found the driver standing next to his truck, which was over an embankment. This part of Baileys Mills is a gravel, Class 4 Road and is not maintained in winter. The officer found the road to be steep, covered in a thick layer of ice and impossible to walk on. The driver said that he and his family had been visiting friends on the road, but had entered from a different direction. When they left, he was unaware that the roadway had changed. His truck slid uncontrollably down the steep grade, and a large tree pierced the driver side door, striking his left leg. The driver and his two passengers all complained of various pains but refused rescue or hospital treatment.

Saturday, March 5 at 8:34 p.m.

Police went to Regina Lane for the report of a large pile being burned. The homeowner said he was burning clean wood and some cardboard. Police told the man that he must obtain a burn permit and could not burn after dark. Police allowed the man to let the fire burn down.

Sunday, March 6 at 7:52 a.m.

A person found a wallet on School Street and turned it over to an officer he spotted downtown. The owner was contacted and the wallet returned.

Tuesday, March 8 at 11:49 a.m.

A driver along Route 11 West told police that he was heading from Chester to Bromley Mountain and was unsure where he was headed, so used his phone as a navigation device. However, as he looked down at it then looked back up again, he was going off the right side of the road. The driver tried to correct but the front right side hit the bank, turned right and overturned several times before landing on its wheels.

Wednesday, March 9 at 12:24 p.m.

A resident along Mattson Drive called police after his wife said that while she was walking in the woods, neighbors began shooting. The resident said he was concerned that the neighbors were shooting safely. Police spoke about the concerns with the neighbors, who had been shooting trap and doing so in a safe direction.

Friday, March 11 at 8:20 p.m.

Police went out to Cummings Road after someone reported a traffic hazard. Sure enough, it was a 4 by 4 foot boulder partially in the travel lane. Highway cones were placed around it until it was moved the next day by a resident.

Saturday, March 12 at 12:58 p.m.

A jogger who was going up Dean Brook Road called police to report that they had found a wallet containing $490 in cash, a One Credit Union card and a Vermont driver’s license for a Cavendish Road resident. Police contacted the apparent owner, who described the wallet. He was also identified by his license picture.

Saturday, March 12 at  2:18 p.m.

A resident of First Avenue reported that she found a suspicious man in her barn feeding her horse. The man told the owner that “he does it all the time, even at night when everyone is sleeping.” The owner asked the man to leave and he got into an older model white Volvo with Connecticut plates and headed north toward Ludlow. The owner told police that her horse has been ill almost to the point of death the last few weeks and wonders if there is a connection. Police could not find the vehicle.

Saturday, March 12 at 5:49 p.m.

A resident complained that someone on an ATV keeps driving along Trebo Road and Crow Hill Road making a mess of it.  There were many tracks but no ATV could be found.

Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.

Police took possession of a MacBook Air that apparently belongs to the Green Mountain Union High. It was given to the Rockingham State Police Barracks after it was found on Route 11 West near Flood Brook School.

Sunday, March 13 at 9 a.m.

Police dispatched a sick skunk that was rolling around on its back and not able to walk in the Pleasantview Lane area. It had not been in contact with neighbors or other animals and police buried it. The game warden was contacted.

Sunday, March 13 at 2:40 p.m.

Police checked on a dog on Popple Dungeon Road that reportedly was left in the car all day because it was barking too much. No dog was found in any car on the property.

Wednesday, March 16 at 9:27 a.m.

A resident of Route 10 was defrauded out of thousands of dollars during a scam that is similar to one based in another country.  Police advised the resident to quit sending money. Police suggested a sting but instead the man told the scammers that he would no longer be participating.

Wednesday, March 16 at 4:47 p.m.

A resident of Flamstead reported that a new welder and a chainsaw were taken from his storage shed. A footprint was found near the door where the thief gained entrance. Two days later the owner called back to say that he had recovered his property and would not press charges.

Thursday, March 17 at 9:54 p.m.

A resident of Grafton Street told police that his truck had been keyed by an unknown woman with whom he got into a yelling match about her parking in his spot. The woman left with three men.

Friday, March 18  at 6:41 p.m.

Police were called to the American Legion by staff to remove an unwelcome patron. Police stood by as staff told the person to leave and there were no further issues.

Saturday, March 19 at 4:24 p.m.

Police responded to a Route 10 residence for the report of an un-permitted burn. The owners were told about the proper procedures for allowing such outside burns and the couple put out the fires.

Friday, April 1 at 11:20 a.m.

An Andover Road resident called to say that he had found some hair along the road. Police saw what appeared to be a clump of hair next to tire tracks. While the man though it was human hair that had been thrown out the window, police conjecture that it was horse hair that a bird or other animal had taken from the pasture

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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