Vandalism and fire
On Sept. 20, police responded to a vandalism and car fire complaint at Rick’s Towing in Williston. An employee of Rick’s Towing had discovered three cars had been “keyed” and windows broken, according to police reports. A fourth vehicle parked in the lot, which was going to be sent to the junkyard, had burned and was completely destroyed, according to the report. Damage estimates are in excess of $1,000, the report notes.
Williston police contacted the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit for assistance. A state police detective from the fire unit conducted an origin and cause investigation and determined the fire was intentionally set. The Williston Police Department and the State Police are conducting a joint investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-32-ARSON or the Williston Police Department at 878-6611. There is up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Last week, Brett Casselman, 31, of Essex Junction was cited on charges of felony possession of stolen property and possession of heroin, according to police reports. The stolen property charge was related to a daytime burglary in Williston on Aug. 21, according to the report. Essex Police also charged Casselman with three counts of possession of stolen property, two of which are felonies related to burglaries in Essex Junction, the report notes. No other information was released.
Driving with suspended license
Jon Demeritt, 46, of Essex was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Sept. 10, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court on Oct. 15.
Zack McCain, 44, of Burlington was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Sept. 11, according to police reports. No other information was released.
Driving under the influence
Stephen E. Smith, 39, of Williston was cited on a charge of driving under the influence-third offense on Sept. 11, according to police reports. His blood alcohol concentration was .172, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. He was cited to appear in court.
Allen B. Pike, 34, of Monkton was cited on a charge of possession of narcotics following a “short pursuit on a motorcycle” on Sept. 12, according to police reports. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license, the report notes. He was cited to appear in court on Oct. 15.
Michael C. Labelle, 27, of Williston was cited on a charge of domestic assault on Sept. 13 after allegedly punching and kicking his girlfriend during an argument at his home in Williston, according to a police affidavit. The victim was granted an emergency relief from abuse order, and Labelle was taken to Chittenden County Correctional Center, where he was lodged on $1,000 bail, according to the affidavit.
Deanna M. Miller, 31, of Bristol was arrested on Sept. 13 as a fugitive from justice stemming from a “bail jumping incident in Oklahoma,” according to police reports. She was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional Center on $50,000 bail, the report notes. No other information was released.
Leaving the scene
Michael S. Patch, 35, of St. George was cited on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident on Sept. 15, according to police reports. No other information was released.
On Sept. 15, police received a tip about a possibly wanted individual in a home on Mountain View Road. Upon arrival, John S. Judge, 24 of Essex and Briana M. Blow, 20, of Williston were located in an upstairs bedroom of the home, according to police reports. Judge had two active warrants, one for various drug offenses and a second for assault and robbery, according to the report. Blow also had an active warrant for burglary, the report notes. More than 14 grams of heroin and packaging materials, as well as a small amount of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia were found at the scene, according to the report.
Judge and Blow were taken into custody for the active warrants and drugs, according to the report. Blow was lodged on the warrant and charges of hindering a police officer, conspiracy and trafficking heroin, and was lodged on $5,500 bail. Judge was lodged on the outstanding warrants, as well as charges of trafficking heroin and conspiracy, totaling $50,000 in bail.
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.