Police Notes

Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. These notes were compiled using reports gathered between Nov. 10 and Nov. 18.

Thursday, Nov. 10

A caller reported that they spotted a man walking unsteadily on the roadway near Rossignol Park at 9:52 p.m. A responding officer found the man, who was on his cell phone, and not paying attention to where he was walking. He was told to use the sidewalk for safety reasons.

Two cars collided as they were pulling into the Jolley Mobil gas station at routes 2 and 2A. There was minor damage to the bumper of one of the vehicles.

Friday, Nov. 11

Old Navy contacted police at 2 p.m. about a man who they said had driven off with a bag of unpaid items. The complainant said it was unsure of what items were stolen; the police report noted,“There is nothing the officers can do at this time.”

A caller at Sonesta Extended Stay Suites on Hurricane Lane told police at 2:59 p.m. that they had evicted a man and yet he was sitting on the hotel’s front lawn with his four small dogs. A police officer arrived and confirmed that the man was waiting for a ride to leave the property.   

A resident of a home on Gully Brook Road stopped by the police department at 3:04 p.m. saying he found a hunting blind and folding chair on posted private property. Police are holding the items in “found property.”

A passerby on foot flagged down a police officer at 5:16 p.m. on Merchants Row to report that a vehicle was doing circles in the Toys ‘R’ Us parking lot. The responding officer saw the same thing, and pulled the driver over. The driver, a parent, said they were driving in circles to keep a young child from crying.

A driver, who an officer had pulled over at North Brownell Road and Aspen Lane at 10:38 p.m., was found to be in violation of civil court proceedings. Ibrahim T. Garelnabi, 23, was wanted due to a failure to appear on a civil contempt in a child support case. Garelnabi was taken into custody and later transported to court.

Saturday, Nov. 12

A caller at Eagle Crest apartment complex off Blair Park Road contacted police at 6:43 a.m. because he or she was confused and thought there were people in his or her home. Officers checked the area to find that there was no one was there. An ambulance arrived to evaluate the caller, who was found to have had a medical history of mental health issues.

A resident called police from a home on  South Brownell Road to report someone trespassing on her property at 11:08 p.m. Officers arrived and found no one on the property or any tracks.

Two 17-year-olds were discovered in a parked vehicle just off Southridge Road after police stopped to see what was going on because the vehicle’s parking lights were on at 9:56 p.m. Upon checking out the vehicle, it was determined the two teenagers were inside having sex. They were asked to move on.

Sunday, Nov. 13

A pedestrian was struck and injured in the parking lot at Walmart at 9:21 a.m., police said. The driver who hit the person was traveling at a slow, parking-lot safe speed and turning into an aisle, according to the police report. The high sun that morning was glaring into the operator’s eyes, and police noted the operator was hard of hearing and does have hearing aids. Upon striking the pedestrian, the driver came to a complete stop. The pedestrian, who witnesses said was “too far into the roadway” when struck, was transported to UVM Medical Center for treatment, for complaints of shoulder pain. “Throughout the investigation, it was found that the vehicle was in fact going a slow speed…There is no evidence to support any criminal charges,” police said.

A worker from Plato’s Closet called to report that two individuals had stolen goods at 2:27 p.m. Police arrived and searched the bags of the two people, who both gave consent to search. Police said no stolen items were recovered.

Two vehicles collided while pulling out of parking spots at Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel at 3:43 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 14

A worker at Dick’s Sporting Goods said a man ran out of the store with his arms full of products at 8:41 p.m. Police said there were no suspects at the time of the report’s filing.

A truck collided with a deer at 6:59 p.m. off South Brownell Rd. near Charles Rd. The truck was towed.

Police arrested Joshua Fisher, 19, of Williston at a home on Essex Road near the Hubbells Falls bridge at 3:55 p.m. on a charge of  domestic assault, according to police. He was cited to appear in court.

A Burlington woman was cited for retail theft at Walmart after police said she tried to take $85.09 worth of merchandise at 2:01 p.m. Police said she was obliging and cooperative, and received a no-trespassing order for Walmart and has been referred to the Williston Reparative Board.

Three people tried to cash an altered money order at New England Federal Credit Union at 2:01 p.m., police said. The bank denied the request and the people left.

A 2:46 p.m. caller reported a large barrel on the side of Governor Chittenden Road. Police investigated to find the yellow barrel with handwriting on it, marking it “50/50 antifreeze.”  Police said the barrel appeared to be full of liquid and sealed; the Highway department (a division of Public Works) picked it up.

A Williston Central School teacher called police at 3:03 p.m. to report a phone call that came directly to her classroom telephone at the school. She said the caller was a male making “sexual noises,” but police said “the call was not traced.” The teacher was told to contact WPD again if it continues.   

Tuesday, Nov. 15

A caller at the Howard Center contacted police at 1:29 p.m. about a Williston man who had reached out to them saying he no longer wanted to live. Police made contact with the man, who had at that point made no effort or attempt toward ending his life. He was transported to UVM Medical Center for evaluation.

A complainant calling from Christ Memorial Church told police she was walking to her vehicle which was parked on Essex Rd. at 6:53 p.m. when, as she approached the driver’s side door, she came in contact with a man who was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car and rifling through the glove box. The woman said she yelled at the man in her car, who then jumped out of the vehicle and ran east towards Trinity Baptist Church. The suspect was described as being in his early 20s, about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, and was wearing jeans and a winter hat, police said. Officers checked the surrounding areas, but could not locate him. Police said the items stolen included ear buds and a phone charger.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

A caller from Walmart told police that a man had stolen a Razor scooter from the store, and took off in a silver Saturn at 8:55 p.m. A Vermont state trooper happened to be traveling behind a similar vehicle at that moment, which appeared to be failing to display any registration sticker. He conducted a stop, pulled the car over and told Williston Police he spotted a Razor scooter in the back seat of the vehicle. The trooper had not spoken to the driver regarding the scooter, but identified the driver as Christopher J. Holwager, 26, of Vergennes. Upon questioning, Holwager denied he had gone to Walmart, but soon after admitted going to Walmart and taking the scooter without paying for it. Consent was given to search the vehicle. During this time, officers noticed signs of intoxication. Odors of alcohol were coming from Holwager, and during the vehicle search an open bottle of vodka was found in the back seat. The officer learned through dispatch that Holwager had conditions of release which barred him from being in contact with Mirabai N. Verber-Lust, 28, of Vergennes, who was the passenger in the vehicle, police said. Holwager was arrested and Lust was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. A blood alcohol sample from Holwager was obtained by Williston Police, registering a BAC of .084 percent. Holwager was charged with DUI, and in total, was charged with seven counts of violation of conditions of release. Holwager was lodged at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $1,500 bail. He cited again on Nov. 18 for violating conditions of release, according to police.   

Thursday, Nov. 17

A caller at Sandri Sunoco reported three intoxicated individuals at the gas station/convenience store at 5:57 p.m. on St. George Road. Upon arrival, police identified the individuals. They were waiting for a ride, police said.

Police arrested Cyriah J. Burbo, 21, of Burlington at 3:51 p.m. for attempting to steal five Pokémon keyrings valued at $31.99 at Walmart. He was cited on a charge of retail theft and was slated to appear in court on Dec. 15.

Police served Theodore Shaw, 43, of Williston with a temporary restraining order at 3:56 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18

A caller on Old Creamery Rd. told police she was worried that her dog may have been stolen. The dog’s lead and dog collar were still attached to the residence, she told police, but the dog was gone, as of 5:40 p.m., she said. Soon after, she called to say the dog was found.

A store manager at 125 Cypress Ln. called police at 8:46 p.m. to say he/she was concerned about a man possibly planning to take merchandise from the location without paying for it. The caller said the man had been agitated by the store manager following him and ultimately left the store. No crime was committed, however the store asked police to trespass the man from the property.

Saturday, Nov. 19

A caller working at Once Upon a Child asked police to trespass (or remove by legal order) a resident of St. Albans from the store at 10:11 a.m. Police responded.

Trash bags were left on side of Oak Hill Rd. near Old Creamery Lane at 2:47 p.m., a caller complained. Police located the name of a juvenile from Hinesburg. Officer went to the address that was given and made contact with the mother of child, who advised they lost the bags on the way to the dump and didn’t know where they had fallen off. She said they would pick them up and dispose of them properly.

A citizen found a wallet in the Old Navy parking lot at 2:31 p.m. and left it at the police department. Police notified the owner and he/she said they would pick it up.

Police responded to a report of fireworks going off on Mountain View Road at 9:19 p.m. Officers asked them to stop setting off the fireworks.

There was a minor incident in the Old Navy parking lot, resulting in property damage, police said, at 6:05 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Two vehicles were involved in a minor car accident at Marshall Ave. and Harvest Lane at 2:02 p.m.; police said there were no injuries involved.

A purse was found at Texas Roadhouse at 5:32 p.m.; police notified the owner.

Police were contacted by a caller complaining about a vehicle parked on side of road at South Rd. and Meadowridge Rd. at 5:38 p.m. Upon the officer’s arrival, a passerby talked to the responding officer to say that the driver of the vehicle was given a ride to a friend’s house where they are making arrangements to have the vehicle towed.

Monday, Nov. 21

A Green Mountain Transit bus driver could not wake up a passenger who was sleeping on the bus outside of Walmart at 9:52 a.m., police said. Upon police arrival, the passenger said she was coming from Winooski en route to the methadone clinic. The woman agreed to be transported to the UVM Medical Center for evaluation.

Police received a call reporting that a truck was doing donuts at 8:32 p.m. outside in the Walmart parking lot. The vehicle and driver were gone upon police arrival, police said.   


Waterbury woman DUI crash on I-89

On Sunday, Nov. 25, Samantha Wells, 26, of Waterbury crashed her car into the median of I-89 southbound at 11:29 p.m. at mile marker 83, police said. It was raining out and the roads were wet when police responded to the single-occupant crash that only involved her own 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The truck suffered debilitating front-end damage. Upon investigation, police found that Wells had lost control of the vehicle and while speaking to her, the officers noticed signs of impairment. After performing field sobriety tests, Wells provided a sample of her breath returning a BAC result of .196%. Wells was arrested and processed at the Williston State Police barracks for her second offense of DUI and was cited to appear on Dec. 15 at 8:15 a.m. in Burlington.