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Oct. 28, 2010

CHIEF REMINDS TRICK-OR-TREATERS TO BE SAFE

Williston Police Chief Roy Nelson is reminding trick-or-treaters to make sure they wear light-colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping and to add reflectors. The suggestion is part of a series of recommendations the chief released to ensure that parents and children have a happy and safe Halloween season.

Among the recommendations are that parents make sure children can see well through their face masks, that children stay within their neighborhoods and visit homes they know and that trick-or-treaters watch out for traffic.

The chief also reminds parents to examine candy before allowing children to eat the treats, recommends that parents accompany their children while trick-or-treating and advises trick-or-treaters to go out early and carry flashlights. Trick-or-treaters and parents should only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.

In addition to the safety tips, trick-or-treaters can look for Williston police officers in area neighborhoods early in the evening on Halloween. The officers will be giving children fluorescent glow bracelets to wear while trick-or-treating.

If parents suspect candy tampering, they should contact the Williston Police Department at 878-6611.

Domestic assault

Tracie N. Myers, 21, and Shawn M. Dudley, 22, both of Williston, were charged with domestic assault on Sept. 2, following an altercation at Dudley’s residence, according to police reports. A witness told police both Myers and Dudley were “physically aggressive to one another,” the report notes.

Fraud investigation

The Williston Police Department is investigating several fraudulent transactions that occurred at local Williston businesses. It appears the male offender is using credit cards stolen from various fitness centers throughout Vermont, and has charged more than $11,000 in merchandise, according to police reports.

Police are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the man involved. If anyone has information regarding his identity, contact the Williston Police Department at 878-6611.

Custodial interference

Patricia Pickett, 33, of Williston was charged with custodial interference after allegedly violating a family court agreement on Oct. 5, according to police reports. No other information was released.

Littering

On Oct. 19, police received a report from SD Ireland that several tires were left at the front entrance of the company’s quarry, according to police reports. Police who responded found 13 tires “dumped at this location on Brownell Road,” the report notes. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.

Possession of marijuana

Following a motor vehicle stop on Oct. 20, Chelsea Mitchell, 21, of Shelburne was charged with possession of 2 grams of marijuana, according to police reports. No other information was released.

False pretenses

Nicholas Grant, 20, of Essex and a 17-year-old, also of Essex, were charged with false pretenses on Oct. 20 after attempting to cash a stolen check from a local business, according to police reports. They were cited to appear in court.

Driving under the influence

• Following a motor vehicle accident on Sept. 18, Beau G. Logan, 24, of South Burlington was charged with driving under the influence, according to police reports. His blood alcohol concentration was .160, the report notes. No other information was released.

• On Oct. 7, Joseph M. Flora, 59, of Milton was charged with driving under the influence, according to police reports. No other information was released. He was cited to appear in court.

• Following a motor vehicle stop on Oct. 23, Laurance A. Reagan, 55, of St. John, Virgin Islands was charged with driving under the influence, according to police reports. His blood alcohol concentration was .125, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. He was cited to appear in court on Nov. 4.

Child cruelty

After receiving a report on Oct. 20 regarding an intoxicated woman with a child at a local store, Stacy Phelps, 38, of Colchester was charged with driving under the influence and cruelty to a child, according to police reports. Phelps was allegedly driving with a 3-year-old in the vehicle, and had a blood alcohol concentration of .132, according to the report. She was cited to appear in court.

Goose killed

A Williston resident reported to police on Oct. 20 that she heard gunshots across from her home and then a “goose fell out of the sky,” and was still alive, according to police reports. Police had to “put down” the goose and were unable to find any hunters in the area, the report notes.

Road rage

A Williston resident reported to police on Oct. 21 that a burgundy Ford F-150 truck hit the back of his vehicle in traffic and the male driver, who had “road rage” left the scene, according to police reports. He was described as skinny and in his 50s, the report notes. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.

Underage drinking

Police responded to a report of a loud party on Coyote Lane on Oct. 22 and issued a violation for underage drinking, according to police reports. No other information was released.

Theft

• An Apple iBook computer was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at Hannaford on Oct. 22, according to police reports. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.

• A purse was stolen from a shopping cart at Shaw’s on Oct. 22, according to police reports.

Police remind residents to never leave personal belongings unattended while shopping.

Driving with suspended license

• Following a motor vehicle stop on Oct. 23, Rodney W. Thompson, 29, of Bristol was charged with driving with a suspended license, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.

• Following a motor vehicle stop on Sept. 5, Robert J. Mossey, 35, of Colchester was charged with driving with a suspended license-criminal, fourth offense, according to police reports. He was also issued a warning for texting while driving, the report notes. He was cited to appear in court.

Fraud

A Ferrisburgh resident called police on Oct. 24 to report that two of his stolen credit cards were used to purchase almost $5,000 in merchandise at Best Buy on Oct. 23, according to police reports. The investigation is ongoing.

Vandalism

Yellow Freight Systems on Krupp Drive reported to police on Oct. 25 that a window was smashed in what police reports described as a “possible attempted B&E (breaking and entering).”  No other information was available as of press time.

Bombs away

A Williston family was visited by police after a report on Aug. 20 that some visiting friends had said the children were making “little bombs and setting them off,” according to police reports. Police explained the danger to the children, and also informed the parents, the report notes.

Wanted person

Following a motor vehicle stop on Sept. 9, driver Jenna Schwarz, 23, of Marshfield was charged with driving with a suspended license-criminal, according to police reports. Schwarz was later released and cited to appear in court, the report notes.

Her passenger, Sundance Seals, 19, of Burlington was wanted on an outstanding warrant and was taken to Chittenden County Correctional Center, according to the report.

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