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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Suspicious Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE09/13/2021 5:22 PM

Incident: 21WHC003759
Date: 09/13/2021
Location: 5395 Route 100 Londonderry, VT
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Belville


Description: On 09/13/2021 at approximately 12:38 PM, Deputies from the Windham County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of 5395 Route 100 for a report that the operator of a black Jeep had attempted to get an 18 year-old female to enter the Jeep by pulling along-side her and opening the passenger door. This was after the female had told the operator that she didn't want a ride.

The female in question had fled into the woods and was unharmed. The vehicle in question was described as a black Jeep with unknown NH plates. The Jeep was reported to have a dent near the driver's-side taillight area.

The vehicle was operated by a white male (unknown age), with black hair and a black beard. The operator was reported to be wearing a baseball cap with a fish on it.

Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate the Jeep. No other reports were made about the Jeep. Anyone with information about the Jeep/Operator is encouraged to contact the Windham County Sheriff's Office at (802)365-4942.



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Woman arrested for Excessive Speed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE09/13/2021 3:53 PM

Incident: 21WHC003753
Date: 09/12/21
Location: N Main St, Londonderry
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Norton #166

Accused: Thelma Ward
Age: 47
City & State of Residence: New Haven, CT

Charges: Excessive Speed 62 mph in 30 mph zone.

Description: The Windham County Sheriff's Office arrested Thelma Ward after she was observed traveling on N Main St in Londonderry at 62 mph in the posted 30 mph speed zone near Hells Peak Rd. She was released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date. She was also issued a traffic ticket for the civil speeding violation which includes a potential penalty of $489 and 8 points on her privilege to operate in the State of Vermont.

Court Date: 11/09/21
Bail: N/A



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Incident: 21WHC003724
Date: 09/10/2021
Location: Route 11 Londonderry, VT
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Belville

Accused: Thomas F. Flaherty
Age: 51
City & State of Residence: Londonderry, VT

Charges: Crashes; Duty to Stop, Driving While Suspended

Description: On 09/10/2021 the Windham County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident that had occurred on Route 11, at the intersection with Route 100. The 2nd vehicle in this accident was reported to have left the scene.

After an investigation, Thomas F. Flaherty was arrested for the offenses of Crashes; Duty to Stop and Driving While Suspended. Flaherty was released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date. Flaherty was also issued traffic tickets for Stop or Yield Intersections: Accident Resulting and Operating Without Liability Insurance.

Court Date: 10/19/2021
Bail: N/A



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Man arrested for Excessive Speed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE09/10/2021 11:21 AM

Incident: 21WHC003719
Date: 09/09/21
Location: I-91 S/B near MM55
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Norton #166

Accused: Kyle Wyrick
Age: 29
City & State of Residence: Claremont, NH

Charges: Excessive Speed

Description: On 09/09/21 the Windham County Sheriff's Office arrested Kkyle Wyrick after he passed a marked sheriff's vehicle from behind at 99 mph in the posted 65 mph speed zone. Kyle was released on a citation to appear in the Windsor Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later. He was also issued a traffic ticket for the civil speeding violation which includes a potential penalty of $517 and 2 points on his privilege to operate in the State of Vermont.

Court Date: 11/16/21
Bail: N/A



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Woman arrested for Excessive Speed in Londonderry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE09/04/2021 3:34 PM

Incident: 21WHC003373
Date: 08/20/2021
Location: Route 11, Londonderry
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Belville

Accused: Brittany L. Delaware
Age: 31
City & State of Residence: Adams, MA

Charges: Excessive Speed

Description: Brittany L. Delaware was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office after the vehicle she was operating was observed traveling 60 mph in a 30 mph speed zone on Route 11 in Londonderry. She was released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date and a VCVC for the speeding violation.

Court Date: 10/05/2021
Bail: N/A



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Incident: 21WHC002967
Date: 7/28/21
Location: Bellows Falls Rd. Putney, VT
Investigating Deputy: Corporal Jalava

Accused: Kevin Bumps
Age: 61
City & State of Residence: E Wallingford, VT

Charges: Assault on a Police Officer
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting Arrest

Description: During a motor vehicle stop for a minor traffic infraction Kevin Bumps became disorderly. Corporal Jalava attempted to take Bumps into custody for disorderly conduct. Bumps resisted arrest and assaulted Corporal Jalava. Corporal Jalava gained Bumps compliance and took him into custody. Corporal Jalava was injured in the assault and was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. Bumps was released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.
Court Date: 9/21/21



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Man arrested for DUI #2 in Londonderry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE09/04/2021 3:31 PM

Incident: 21WHC003553
Date: 09/01/2021
Location: Hells Peak Road
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Belville

Accused: Benjamin M. Woodcock
Age: 46
City & State of Residence: Weston, VT

Charges: DUI #2

Description: Benjamin M. Woodcock was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office following an investigation into a suspicious person/vehicle. During contact with Woodcock, signs of impairment were noted.

Woodcock was subsequently taken into custody and processed at the Windham County Sheriff's Office. He was later released on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

Court Date: 09/21/2021
Bail: N/A



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Man arrested for DUI in Londonderry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE08/31/2021 11:46 AM

Incident: 21WHC003438
Date: 08/26/2021
Location: Route 11, Londonderry
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Belville

Accused: Joseph J. Cailler
Age: 42
City & State of Residence: Walpole, NH

Charges: DUI

Description: Joseph J. Cailler was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office following a motor vehicle stop on Route 11 in Londonderry. During the stop, signs of impairment were noted. Cailler was subsequently taken into custody and processed at the Winhall Police Department. He was later released to a sober individual on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

Court Date: 08/27/2021
Bail: N/A



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Two Vehicle Head-On Crash in Jamaica

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE08/25/2021 1:17 PM

Incident: 21WHC003390
Date: 08/24/2021
Location: Route 100 South, in the area of #551.
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Belville

Operator #1: Abigail Arnold-Call
Age: 29
City & State of Residence: Bennington, VT

Operator #2: Scott Stannard
Age: 46
City & State of Residence: Dorset, VT

Vehicle #1: 2014 Ford Explorer, VT Registration HDW350.

Vehicle #2: 2020 Kenworth T-370, VT Registration 10E26.

Description: On 08/24/21 at approximately 0758 hours, the Windham County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported head-on motor vehicle collision on Route 100 South in Jamaica.

It was determined that Vehicle #1 had crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, colliding head-on with Vehicle #2. Operator #1 was transported via Rescue Inc. with non life-threatening injuries.

Operator #2 didn't require medical attention. Vehicle #1 was towed from the scene by Scott Brooks Towing. Vehicle #2 was towed from the scene by Earle's Truck Repair.

The Windham County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Rescue Inc., Wardsboro Fire/Rescue, Jamaica Fire/Rescue and the VT DMV, Division of Enforcement and Safety.



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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Cruiser involved in rollover

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE08/19/2021 6:18 PM

On August 18th, 2021, deputies from the Windham County Sheriff’s Office were performing rolling road-blocks on Interstate 91 in Rockingham, Vermont, to assist with the Rockingham bridge replacement project. Following the second to last rolling roadblock of the day, the deputies were traveling southbound on I91 returning to the staging U-turn near mile marker 30.8. The operator of cruiser #351, a 2016 Ford Interceptor SUV, heard a loud snapping noise from the rear of the vehicle and the vehicle began to swerve. The operator attempted to recover control but entered into the median where the cruiser rolled over onto its roof. The operator, Deputy Jonathan Cheney, was wearing his seatbelt and escaped the incident without injury. Upon initial inspection of the vehicle, the rear passenger toe link was broken. The crash is being investigated by the Vermont State Police. The Windham County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation regarding its policies, procedures, and practices.

Upon a query with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we learned the vehicle had an outstanding recall issued in October 2020 (Recall # 20V675) for risk of a rear toe link fracture. NHTSA records also show a technical service bulletin (TSB) issued on June 5, 2020. Upon review of the department’s recall notice file, we found no such recall record. Ford issued a press release on July 16, 2021 regarding a similar recall (Recall # 21V537) indicating notice would be provided to owners the week of August 23, 2021.

Reviewing the vehicle’s maintenance records, it had been serviced by Ford for an unrelated recall in the beginning of October, 2020. It is unclear if the TSB was addressed during that servicing. The vehicle underwent a state inspection in April 2021, where it failed due to a mild exhaust leak. The exhaust leak was not deemed a safety hazard, but an environmental one. The failed exhaust component was remedied and passed inspection the following day. The Vermont State Inspection Manual includes a steps for ensuring safety and includes inspections of the component that failed in this crash. The Vermont Inspection Report (VIR), issued through the Department of Motor Vehicle’s automated inspection system as part of the annual inspection as part of the April inspection, identified an outstanding safety recall (20V675), but was permitted to pass inspection. The indicator on the VIR failed to state that it was for the toe link, though campaigns associated with the model for extended coverage on the catalytic converter, front door trim panel repair, and canister purge valve leaks were succinctly stated.
We’ve begun having all of our Ford SUV’s inspected by Ford to determine if this problem exists in any other car.

We have crosschecked all of our vehicles against NHTSA’s recall database to ensure no open recalls exist. As of this morning, we identified at least one other vehicle exhibiting similar wear and had it repaired. With the prevalence of the vehicle in Vermont, we’ve shared the recall with Vermont law enforcement agencies to minimize the safety impact that may exist.

Media Contact:
Sheriff Mark Anderson
802-365-4942



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