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Juvenile charged with LSA & Negligent Operation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 04/02/2024 11:54 AM

Incident: 24WHC001461
Date: 03/25/2024
Location: School Street/ Westminster Heights Road
Investigating Deputy: Lt Joel R Howard

Accused: JUVENILE
Age: 17
City & State of Residence: Grafton, Vermont

Charges: Negligent Operation / Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Description: On 03/25/2024 at 09:59 hours the Windham County Sheriff’s Office and the Westminster Fire & Rescue, & Golden Cross Ambulance were dispatched to the intersection of School Street and Westminster Heights Road for a reported single vehicle crash with air bag deployment, fluids leaking and car into the guard rails blocking traffic.

On arrival, a 2021 Toyota Rav-4 was found with heavy damage and full airbag deployment from being struck by a pick-up truck that continued north on Westminster Heights Road.

Investigation led to the arrest of the juvenile operator of the truck. The juvenile was released on a Juvenile Citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Family Division at a later date.

Court Date: Withheld
Bail: N/A


Rockingham-Arrest for Excessive Speed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 02/27/2024 6:11 PM

Incident: 24WHC001031
Date: 02/27/24
Location: Rockingham Rd (VT Route 103) @ VTRANS
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Norton #166

Accused: Keith M. Prior
Age: 26
City & State of Residence: Clinton, CT

Charges:

1) Excessive Speed

Description: On the above date and time, Keith M. Prior was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office after the vehicle he was operating was observed to be traveling 82 mph in the posted 50 mph speed zone on Rockingham Rd in Rockingham. Keith was released from the scene on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date. He was also issued a traffic ticket for the civil speeding violation.

Court Date: 04/16/24
Bail: N/A


Putney- Arrest fot Driving While Suspended

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 02/27/2024 6:10 PM

Incident: 24WHC000717
Date: 2/12/2024
Location: Route 5 Putney, VT
Investigating Deputy: Sharon Kennedy

Accused: Cassidy Grover
Age: 35
City & State of Residence: Putney, VT

Charges: Driving while Suspended - Criminally

Description: On 2/12/2024 at approximately 1300 hours Cassidy Grover was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office after the vehicle she was operating was speeding. During the stop it was discovered that Ms. Grover's privilege to drive was suspended criminally. She was processed and released on a citation to appear at the Windham Superior Court, criminal division at a later date.

Court Date: 3/12/2024
Bail: N/A


Man arrested for Negligent Operation and Excessive Speed in Westminster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/31/2023 4:05 PM

Incident: 23WHC006666
Date: 12/27/23
Location: I-91 in Westminster
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Norton #166

Accused: Daniel L. Talbot
Age: 55
City & State of Residence: Sullivan, NH

Charges:
1) Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
2) Excessive Speed

Description: On the above date and time, Daniel L. Talbot was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office after the vehicle he was operating was observed to be traveling 103 mph in the posted 65 mph zone on I-91 in Westminster. Daniel was released from the scene on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

Court Date: 01/30/23
Bail: N/A


Criminal DLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/29/2023 8:38 AM

Incident: 23WHC006691
Date: 12/28/23
Location:Route 30 Brattleboro VT
Investigating Deputy: David S. Gaillardetz

Accused:David K. Covey
Age:31
City & State of Residence:Athens VT

Charges: Driving While Suspended-Criminally

Description: On 12/28/23 at approximately 1817 hours David K. Covey was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office after his vehicle he was driving was observed traveling south on Route 30 by the Brattleboro Retreat Farm with a front head light out. During the stop it was discovered that David's privilege to drive in the state was suspended criminally. He was processed and released on a citation to appear into the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

Court Date: 02/20/23
Bail:N/A


Arrest for Negligent Operation and Excessive Speed in Brattleboro

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/20/2023 3:10 PM

Incident: 23WHC006529
Date: 12/20/23
Location: I-91 in Brattleboro.
Investigating Deputy: Sgt. Norton #166

Accused: Austin C. Estell
Age: 21
City & State of Residence: Cambridge, NY

Charges:

1) Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
2) Excessive Speed

Description: On the above date and time, Austin C. Estell was arrested by the Windham County Sheriff's Office after the vehicle he was operating was observed traveling 108 mph in the posted 65 mph speed zone on I-91 in Brattleboro. Austin was released from the scene on a citation to appear in the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date. He was also issued a traffic ticket for the civil speeding violation.

Court Date: 01/30/24
Bail: N/A


Found Property

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/20/2023 2:11 PM

Incident: 23WHC006522
Date: 12/19/2023
Location: Brattleboro
Investigating Deputy: Jacob Cohen

Description: On 12/18/2023 at approximately 8:30 PM, a set of keys were discovered in the area of 96 Augur Hole Road in the town of Newfane by a passing motorist. The keys were delivered to the Windham County Sheriff's Office for safe keeping. Any individual with further information or seeking to recover their lost keychain should contact the Windham County Sheriff's Office for further information.


County-wide holiday traffic safety campaign.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/18/2023 2:09 PM

It’s hard to have a happy holiday when you’re arrested for drunk driving. Keep the season merry and bright by following the law and refusing to drink and drive. During this busy winter holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with the Windham County Highway Safety Task Force (Bellows Falls PD, Brattleboro PD, Dover PD and Windham County Sheriff’s Office) to urge drivers to think twice before drinking and driving. Drivers will see officers working on a special high-visibility enforcement campaign that includes checkpoints and saturation patrols to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving from December 15, 2023, through January 1, 2024.

Tragically, December can be a dangerous time for people on the roads. During the 2017-2021 December months, there were more than 4,500 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. In December 2021 alone, 1,013 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Male drivers are far more likely to be impacted by drunk driving: In December 2021, drunk male drivers were involved in fatal crashes at a much higher rate (721) compared to female drivers (208), male drivers were almost four times more likely (721) to be alcohol-impaired and involved in a fatal traffic crash than females (208) in December 2021. More parties and festivities celebrating the season brings out more drunk drivers. NHTSA and the Task Force urge drivers to always make a plan before heading out to a celebration.

There are plenty of options to help impaired drivers get home safely, such as designating a sober driver or calling a taxi or rideshare. If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency.

Remember: a few dollars spent on a ride is a lot cheaper than a DUI, which can cost up to $10,000. Something else to consider: Don’t ever be too proud or embarrassed to ask for a ride. Allowing a sober driver to help you get home safely keeps you and others safe. What’s more embarrassing than drunkenly asking for a sober ride home? Spending the night in jail. Having your car impounded. Losing your job or your security clearance. Take your pick.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.


Arrest on Warrant/Stolen Vehicle-Putney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/13/2023 11:44 AM

Incident: 23WHC006345; 23WHC006346
Date: 12/12/23
Location: Shag Bark Hill Putney, VT
Investigating Deputy: Det. Sgt. M. Checchi, Dep. J. Cohen, Dep. M. Fisher, Dep. R. Levesque

Accused: Stephen R. Mecheski
Age: 20
City & State of Residence: Putney, VT

Charges: Arrest on Warrant

Description: On December 12th, 2023, deputies with the Windham County Sheriff's Office followed up on active information regarding the whereabouts of a stolen vehicle from Keene, NH. Deputies also found that Stephen R. Mecheski had active arrest warrants and was on a property associated with the investigation.

Deputies along with detectives from the Keene (NH) Police Department went to an address on Shag Bark Hill Rd. in Putney, VT. Deputies located Mecheski and he was taken into custody regarding his arrest warrants without incident. Mecheski was lodged at the Southern State Correction Facility later on.

Deputies later assisted members of the Keene Police Department with the locating of the stolen vehicle that had traveled from VT and back into the State of New Hampshire. The investigation by deputies regarding the stolen vehicle is active and charges are being sought in VT for an individual involved.

Court Date: 12/13/23 12:30 pm
Bail: $10,000 and $200


Domestic Assault/Criminal DLS Subsequent Offense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/03/2023 4:58 PM

Incident:23WHC006189
Date:12/1/2023
Location: Westminster VT
Investigating Deputy:Deputy David S. Gaillardetz, Det. Sgt. Mario Checchi

Accused: Richard F. Tripaldi
Age: 44
City & State of Residence: Westminster VT

Charges:

1) Domestic Assault
2) Criminal DLS Subsequent Offense

Description: On December 1, 2023, Deputies with the Windham County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported domestic assault at 886 Interstate 91 Access Road in the town of Westminster VT. During further investigation it was found that Richard F Tripaldi committed the above offenses and was subsequently arrested at his mother residence.

Richard was then transported to the Windham County Sheriff's Office where he was processed then transported to Southern State Correctional Facility with a citation to appear at the Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

Court Date: 12/04/2023
Bail: $5,000


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