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Newport man faces kidnapping / Drug dispute stabbing arrests / Catch & release / Lock your car!

By Guy Page,

David Perry, 41, of Newport, following a Wednesday night, March 27 incident on Third Street, is charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint in the first degree, and reckless endangerment.

The situation began at 9:09 p.m., when Newport officers responded to a disturbance call at a residence on Third Street. Perry had allegedly held multiple individuals at gunpoint before fleeing the scene in a dark blue Dodge truck.

At around 10:43 p.m., the truck was spotted on Lake Road, leading to a high-risk traffic stop by Newport officers.

Perry was apprehended without incident. Further investigations determined that Perry had made death threats and physically threatened individuals with a handgun. Perry is scheduled for arraignment in Orleans District Court on Thursday afternoon. The incident remains under active investigation by the Newport Police Department. – Newport Dispatch

Arrests in drug-dispute stabbing – The Vermont State Police has made three arrests in connection with a 3 AM, March 26 drug-related stabbing that left a St. Johnsbury man with serious injuries. Alan Tanguay, 32, of St. Johnsbury remained hospitalized Wednesday morning at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where his condition is reported to be stable.

The three suspects are identified as: Michael John, 29, who has no fixed address but resides mostly in northeastern Vermont, on charges of aggravated assault, and assault and robbery. Brandi Whittemore, 31, of St. Johnsbury, on two counts of aiding in the commission of a felony.

Gary Audas, 51, of Lyndonville, on a charge of accessory after the fact.

All three were arrested following a motor vehicle stop early Wednesday morning, March 27, 2024, on Interstate 91 in Barnet, after VSP’s investigation into the stabbing identified the suspects and a vehicle they were believed to be driving. Audas, John and Whittemore were taken into custody without incident and brought to the St. Johnsbury Barracks for processing and scheduled for arraignment. According to the Vermont State Police’s investigation, the stabbing occurred as a result of a drug-related dispute.

NEK camp arson suspect arrested – A Newport man has been charged with arson in connection with a series of fires spanning three years in northern Vermont, according to state police.

The Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, after an extensive investigation, cited James Teixeira, 39, of Newport, in relation to three separate fires deemed suspicious.

The incidents occurred on Aug. 25, 2019, at 2457 Gore Road and 4874 Gore Road in Avery’s Gore, and on May 21, at 1717 Webster Road in Coventry.

The Avery’s Gore fires involved seasonal camps, while the Coventry fire destroyed a single-family home and camper.

Victims of the fires include Dennis and Randy Bingham, Brian and Paul Maxwell from Derby and Brighton, as well as Dale Sherburne, 71, from Barton, and Dean Porter, 81, from Brattleboro.

Investigators gathered and analyzed evidence and conducted multiple interviews, which led to Teixeira being charged with three counts of arson. He is set to appear in Orleans County and Essex County courts. – Newport Dispatch

Catch, release, catch, release – On March 28 at 1:30 PM, state troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Pearl Street in Essex for an observed equipment violation. During the course of the motor vehicle stop, a passenger in the vehicle was identified as Rasean Marajah, 36, of Burlington. Marahaj was found to be in violation of a 24-hour curfew imposed by the Court as a condition of his release.

Marajah was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Williston Barracks for processing. Marajah was later released on citation to appear in court May 9 to face the charges.

Marajah was charged in 2022 for the 2018 sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl. It is not known if the 24-hour-curfew is attached to this, or another, charge.

Indicted for selling drugs to minor met online – Jack Gower, 36, of Burlington, was indicted in federal court March 14 for distributing controlled substances to a person under 21 years of age.

Gower entered a plea of not guilty to the charges during an arraignment on March 21, 2024, before United States Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle. Judge Doyle ordered that Gower be released on conditions during the pretrial phase of the case.

According to court records, Gower met a juvenile, on Reddit in the spring of 2023 and began selling controlled substances, including Xanax and Dilaudid, to the juvenile. In May 2023, the juvenile suffered a non-fatal overdose from controlled substances believed to have been acquired from Gower.

Pleads innocent to buying six cars in Georgia after stealing documents from VT car – Jonathan Whalley, 50, of St. Albans, pleaded innocent March 14 in federal court to aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud.

According to court records, a Burlington resident reported the theft of several of his identity documents from his vehicle in Burlington in March 2022. In April and May 2022, Whalley used that individual’s identifying information and identity documents to purchase six vehicles in the State of Georgia, finance and insure those vehicles, obtain Vermont vehicle registrations, open a bank account, and create a Gmail account to facilitate the fraud scheme.

If convicted, Whalley faces a mandatory term of 2 years in prison on the aggravated identity theft charge, up to 20 years in prison on the wire and mail fraud charges, and up to 30 years in prison on the bank fraud charge.

McBurglar strikes, takes Door Dash food – Thursday, March 28, an unknown individual entered the McDonalds restaurant on Rte. 302 in Berlin and without paying took an order that was waiting to be picked up by Door Dash. McDonalds staff advised thefts of Door Dash orders have been on the increase recently, Berlin police say.

Truck strikes construction flagger – A truck-versus-construction flagger crash took place March 28 along Vermont Route 125 in Bridport. A construction employee identified as Connor Joy, 30, was stopping traffic when he was struck by a 2014 Dodge Ram Truck travelling east. Joy was subsequently taken by EMS to UVMMC for treatment of suspected abdomen and leg injuries.

James Ross, 71, the operator was taken to the Vergennes Police Department for further investigation into the matter.


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