May 26, 2011
Rash of thefts reported
More than 15 unlocked vehicles were burglarized in Williston on May 16, according to police reports. Thefts and break-ins were reported on Country Lane, Southridge Road, Stoneybrook Drive, Elk Lane, Harte Circle and Deer Run, according to the report. Stolen items included a few dollars in change, binoculars, two GPS devices, a purse and a $1,500 Dell laptop computer, the report notes. Police have been patrolling the affected neighborhoods more frequently since the thefts, according to police. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.
Lee C. Melanson, 49, of Burlington was cited on a charge of “attempted felony retail theft” from Wal-Mart on May 16 after allegedly trying to steal more than $900 worth of merchandise, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.
Police received a report on May 16 that a man was in the Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot waving an umbrella and yelling that he was “going to kill people,” according to police reports. Police investigated and determined the man was waiting for the bus and appeared to have some “mental issues,” according to the report. The man got on the bus, and no charges were filed.
Residents reported that two men were scouring local neighborhoods and trying to sell cleaning products, according to police reports. The men were reportedly in their late 30s or early 40s and were wearing “dirty jeans and dirty t-shirts,” the report notes. Police located the men, who had a “Peddlers Permit” for Burlington, but not for Williston.
A Hinesburg resident reported to police on May 17 that his truck was broken into while parked overnight at Berlin City and numerous items were stolen, according to police reports. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.
Craig A. Grasso, 42, of Stowe was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license-criminal, providing false information to a police officer, and violating a court order requiring that he not be charged with a new crime or with operating a vehicle without a license, according to police reports. He was lodged at Chittenden Community Correctional Center. No other information was released.
Driving under the influence
Luramay R. Haskins, 23, of Essex Junction was cited on a charge of driving under the influence on May 21, according to police reports. Haskins’ blood alcohol concentration was .133, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. Haskins was cited to appear in court on June 9.
Lewis J. Morley, 22, of Jericho was cited on a charge of driving under the influence on May 21, according to police reports. Morley’s blood alcohol concentration was .135, the report notes. He was cited to appear in court.
Careless and negligent driving
Christopher J. Scanlon, 20, of Richmond was cited on a charge of careless and negligent driving on May 21 after driving 80 mph up Monastery Hill in the village, according to police reports. He was cited to appear court.
Cart of merchandise stolen
A woman walked out of Christmas Tree Shops on May 21 with a “cart full of merchandise that was not paid for,” according to police reports. The investigation is ongoing.
Terrace Drive residents reported to police on May 23 that they heard a “loud muffler” outside their home and when they turned on the lights, they saw someone “going through their car,” according to police reports. Police subsequently cited Christopher Boutin, 20, of Hinesburg, Brian K. Alexander, 21, of Winooski and Joshua L. Louko, 18, of Winooski on charges of petit larceny, according to the report. No other information was released.
Police provide sticker shock
Williston Police participated in the Sticker Shock program (see photo above) at Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy in Williston on May 6. Police joined several students and adults in placing warning stickers on alcoholic beverages and store coolers to educate the public – the stickers warned of the penalties for providing alcohol to minors. The warning read, “It is ILLEGAL…. to provide alcohol to a person under 21. Fines are up to $10,000 and/or up to 5 years in jail.”
Click It or Ticket
State, local and county law enforcement teamed up to show support for Vermont’s Click It Or Ticket program beginning on May 23. Officers will continue working as teams throughout Vermont doing both “saturation patrols and checkpoints” to make sure people are wearing seatbelts. Those found without seatbelts will be issued tickets. The program of increased patrols runs through June 5.
Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and the Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.