February 9, 2016

Police Notes

Suspicious snowmen

A Hideaway Lane resident called police on Feb. 28 to report that a snowman appeared “on her front door step during the day,” according to police reports. The resident had heard of “similar incidents happening in the neighborhood,” the report noted.

Multiple charges

Joshua Brunell, 24, of Colchester was cited on a charge of possession of marijuana and “arrested for possession with intent to distribute” on Feb. 15, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.

Outstanding Warrant

Williston Police arrested Sean M. Maring 31, homeless as the result of a motor vehicle stop in Maple Tree Place on March 12, according to police reports. Maring was on escape status from the Department of Corrections and a warrant was issued on Jan. 22, the report notes.

Counterfeit money

The Secret Service has taken over the investigation of recent incidents in Williston related to a “large counterfeit scam out of Canada,” according to police reports. On Feb. 25, SuperStore Electronics reported someone “passing fake money;” Peoples United Bank reported a customer trying to deposit $1,820 in “fake bills;” and Garden of Eatin’ reported two $20 “fake checks,” according to the report.


  • On Feb. 25, a catalytic converter was reported stolen off a vehicle parked overnight at Superstore Electronics, according to police reports. The case is under investigation.
  • An inspection sticker was stolen off a car parked at Hirchak Auctions on Feb. 25, according to police reports. No other information was released.
  • On Feb. 25, Christopher Lafreniere, 31, of St. George was cited on a charge of possession of stolen property, allegedly in connection with jewelry stolen from Richmond, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court on April 8. If anyone has further information on the burglary, call the Richmond Police Department at 434-2156.
  • Holly I. Cota, 36, of Williston and Logan R. Corey, 19, of Williston were cited on a charge of retail theft from Once Upon A Child on Feb. 8 after allegedly stealing more than $194 worth of merchandise, according to police reports. Both were cited to appear in court.
  •  Donald Catella, 41, of Huntington was cited on a charge of grand larceny after allegedly stealing three catalytic converters from Safelite Auto Glass on March 5, according to police reports. In a related incident on March 5, Joseph Ronald Robar, 26, of Hinesburg was cited on a charge of possession of stolen property, according to the report. Also on March 5, Duane Merrill’s Auction Co. reported that a catalytic converter had been taken off a truck parked in its parking lot, according to police.
  • With the public’s help, police were able to apprehend Dawn Kivela (aka Dawn Gaboriault), 30, of Burlington and cite her on a charge of grand larceny on March 5, according to police reports. Kivela allegedly grabbed an unattended purse off the floor at Once Upon A Child and hid it under her infant child’s blanket before leaving the store on March 4, according to the report. After receiving dozens of calls from the public relating to the incident, police were able to locate Kivela, and were also able to recover the stolen purse and many of its contents from a dumpster at the Champlain Farms on Williston Road in South Burlington, the report notes.

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.


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