On Nov. 26, troopers from the Williston Barracks of the Vermont State Police responded to several motor vehicle crashes. These crashes coincided with the first snowfall of the year, and occurred on I-89, 189, Route 15 and many secondary state and town highways. In most cases, the crashes were the result of operators traveling too fast for conditions or following too closely, according to police. State Police remind motorists that weather conditions and subsequent poor road conditions can change rapidly. Black ice and other unforeseen hazards can cause sudden loss of traction, and require operators to slow down and leave more following distance between vehicles.
Search for Phillips continues
State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Shane Phillips, 32, of Johnson, who has been wanted for more than 10 years on multiple aggravated assault charges. During a Nov. 18 incident, troopers from the St. Albans barracks came into contact with Phillips when they attempted a motor vehicle stop on Route 118 in Berkshire, according to police reports. As a result of this incident, Phillips is now also wanted for attempted aggravated assault on law enforcement, felony attempting to elude, careless and negligent operation and excessive speed, according to police. The public is urged to contact VSP-St. Albans, VSP-Lamoille, or the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department with information regarding Phillips’ whereabouts. You can also submit an anonymous tip by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS or online at www.vtips.info<http://www.vtips.info>.
- Williston police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who committed an act of vandalism at Wal-Mart on Nov. 25 at approximately 6 p.m. The man went to the automotive department and slashed 20 five-quart oil containers, causing extensive damage that took 10 employees nearly two hours to fully clean, according to police reports. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.
- G.B. Mechanical Truck Center reported to police on Nov. 13 that a customer’s vehicle had been vandalized while in its Williston parking lot, according to police reports. Also on Nov. 13, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters reported vandalism at its Williston location. No other information was released. The investigation is ongoing.
A woman was referred to the Williston Reparative Board on Nov. 15 after she left her “small children” alone in a vehicle parked in front of Once Upon A Child, according to police reports. No other information was released.
A Dick’s Sporting Goods employee reported to police on Nov. 16 that his iPhone 5 had been stolen from his “unsecured” work locker, according to police reports. No other information was released.
Driving under the influence
Johnathan P. Rodger, 30, of Newark, Vt. was cited on a charge of driving under the influence on Nov. 17, according to police reports. His blood alcohol concentration was .092, according to the report. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. He was cited to appear in court.