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Vermont Crime Headlines: Youth thrown from truck

By Guy Page,

On April 13, just before 6 PM, Berlin police learned a child had been thrown from a truck in the WalMart parking lot. The juvenile then got back into the truck and left in an unknown direction.

The vehicle was described as a grey four door truck, possibly a Toyota or Ford with Vermont license plates. The truck has a Dallas Cowboys sticker and Dallas Stars sticker in the back window.

The male is described as white male about 5’10”. He was wearing blue jeans, grey full zip sweat shirt, glasses, and black boots.

The Department is requesting assistance in identifying the owner or operator of the vehicle (see photo). Contact Berlin police at or call us directly during business hours at 802-223-4401.

Chrome books stolen – Newport man was arrested and charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing items from a car parked at the Walmart in Derby on March 20, police said.

Randy Buzzell, 28, was apprehended on April 14 following an investigation into the theft reported by 18-year-old Ashton Shedd.

According to the Vermont State Police, Shedd’s complaint detailed the theft of personal items including two chrome books, one of which belonged to North Country Union High School.

While some stolen property has been recovered, the chrome books remain missing.

Buzzell was processed at the Derby Barracks and released with a citation to appear in the Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Newport on May 7 at 8:30 a.m. – Newport Dispatch

NYC fugitive from justice arrested – An investigation into a suspicious complaint on Vermont Route 9 led to the arrest of a Bennington man on April 13.

Vermont State Police troopers discovered that Leon Lovelace, 28, had an active extraditable warrant from New York during their inquiry.

Upon confirmation with New York State Police, Lovelace was arrested on a Fugitive From Justice charge.

After being processed at the Shaftsbury Barracks, Lovelace was held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. – Newport Dispatch

Car stolen, owner dragged – A Hardwick man faces charges of aggravated assault and grand larceny following an incident involving a stolen vehicle on April 11.

Brook Stotesbury, 41, allegedly assaulted and robbed Gerin Fortin, 27, also of Hardwick, according to Vermont State Police reports.

The altercation occurred on Noyestar Rd at the intersection of Richard Xing around 9:29 p.m.

Fortin was giving Stotesbury a courtesy ride when Stotesbury brandished a knife and attempted to assault him. Fortin managed to escape the vehicle unharmed, but as he tried to prevent Stotesbury from fleeing with his car, he was dragged several feet before releasing the door handle.

State Police received the call shortly after the incident. Later that evening, at approximately 9:57 p.m., Stotesbury was apprehended by the Berlin Police Department on US Rt 302 in Berlin on separate charges. – Newport Dispatch

Middlebury fatal crash – A Middlebury man was killed in a rain-related traffic accident on Morgan Horse Farm Road on Thursday afternoon, according to Vermont State Police.

David K. Ricklefs, 53, was driving a 2013 Subaru Impreza northbound when he lost control, crossed into the opposing lane, and collided with a tree on the roadside.

The incident occurred at around 4:12 p.m. near 2813 Morgan Horse Farm Road in wet road conditions. Ricklefs, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to UVM Medical Center.

He later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. – Newport Dispatch


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