Category Archives: police

Family Argument Leads to Charges

VT State Police PatchA family argument lead to a Disorderly Conduct by Phone charge for a Vermont brother and sister.  Vermont State Police say they responded to several 911 hang up calls from a Ranny Road residence in Stockbridge VT. Police learned that Todd Martell 50, of Stockbridge and his sister Lisa Wakefield 48, of Bethel were that their arguing lead to the repeated 911 calls and hang ups.  Wakefield and Martell were cited for Disorderly Conduct by Phone for continuous false claims to emergency services. Before leaving the driveway, police were called for another 911 from the same residence.  Further investigation also led to the seizure and civil complaint for possession of less than once ounce of marijuana and a charge of giving False Information to a police office for Martell. Both will appear on January 10, 2017 in Windsor Superior Court

Lebanon PD Collecting Toys for Tots

lebanon-stuff-a-truckOn Saturday  December 10, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department will be in front of Walmart at 285 Plainfield Road in West Lebanon hosting a “Stuff A Truck” event from 9:00am to 5:00pm. All new, unwrapped toys donated will be given to the local Marine Toys for Tots campaign located at 27 Farmview Drive in White River Junction, Vermont. There is also a Toys for Tots donation box located in the police station lobby.
Visit Toys for Tots online here

Police Officer Candidates Graduate from Basic Training


Left to Right – Deputy Chief Braedon Vail, Police Officer Oliver Keyser, Police Officer Mitchel Cable, Chief Phillip Kasten

White River Junction, Windsor County, Vermont, November 18, 2016 —- Hartford Police Chief Phillip S. Kasten, the Hartford Town Manager and Selectboard are pleased to announce the graduation of two Hartford Officers from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s 102nd Basic Training Class of on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, Vermont.

  • Oliver Keyser, age 28, has served with the Vermont National Guard since 2009, with recent active duty roles as a Support Analyst, and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in Charge of Recruiting. He graduated from The Compass School in Westminster, Vermont during 2006.
  • Mitchel Cable, age 31, is a 2004 graduate of Hartford High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History Education from Colby-Sawyer College. The son of a retired Vermont State Trooper, Cable previously worked for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a supervisory security officer. He has also served as a substitute teacher and referee with the Hartford & Lebanon School Districts.

A full service law enforcement agency, the Hartford Police Department and its Police Officers, like all Vermont Police Departments, are bound by State Law to meet the training requirements and standards for police as established by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.

Through the council’s oversight, Vermont has established and mandated statewide compliance with minimum standards for the selection, training and certification of all police officers.  It is during Basic Training that police officer candidates are required to successfully achieve and demonstrate proficiency with these professional standards.

Today’s graduation ceremony signifies the conclusion of 16 continuous weeks, (640) hours of academic and practical law enforcement training, covering Criminal and Constitutional Law, Use of Defensive Tactics and Weapons, Arrest procedures, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Community/Problem Oriented Policing, Criminal and Traffic Collision Investigations.  Following graduation, each of the police candidates will be paired with an experienced Hartford Police Officer for approximately sixteen weeks of Field Training.

Hartford VT’s K-9 Dozer Gets Bullet Proof Vest

dozerandhisvestHartford VT Police Department’s K-9 Dozer has received a bullet and stab protective vest from Vested Interest.  Judith Douglass of Manchester Center VT sponsored the vest, embroidered with “In Loving Memory of Frankie.”

Dozer is a one and half year old black lab and is certified as part of a drug detection team with his handler Officer Eric Clifford.  Currently Dozer is in training to track lost and missing person and will attend a tracking course at the Vermont Police Academy next year. Dozer’s speak command is “America” and loves to show his patriotism by sporting an American flag on his collar. Dozer is probably the most popular police officer in Hartford and the community absolutely loves his goofy, loving personality.

Vested Interest has supplied many of the Upper Valley K-9 Police dogs with armored protection. The 501c charity organization was founded in 2009 and is in East Taunton MA. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at


Springfield Mascoma Bank Robbed

mascoma-robberyOn November 10, 2016 at approximately 0815 hours the Mascoma Savings Bank located at 270 River Street in Springfield, Vermont was robbed at gun point.

The subject approached the Manager upon opening and appeared to have been lying in wait. The subject is believed to have been working with an accomplish and on a possible blue tooth device at the time. Subject remained inside the branch actively demanding more money from the Manager for an estimated period of 20-30 minutes. The subject exhibited similar features and statements to those associated with the Windsor County South Credit Union on October 18, 2016.

Subject was described as 5’11” to 6’2” heavier looking build, white male, tan Carhartt pants, green hoodie, black gloves, work boots, and black mask with sunglasses. The gun was described as a black semi-automatic handgun.

Subject referenced having people watching the establishment. Subject appeared to have local knowledge of the area and took the Manager’s vehicle to flee the scene. Subject is believed to have met up with an accomplish or had a stash vehicle.

At this time the subject has not been located and anyone with information is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department at 802-885-2113.

Windham VT Sheriff Seeks Info on Stolen Trailer

windham sheiiffThe Windham VT Sherriff’s Office is asking the public for help with information on a theft of a trailer containing four snowmobiles. A 2000 black Renegade trailer was stolen on October 15, from D&R Auto on Rt. 123 in Westminster. The enclosed trailer bears the VT license plate APL457 and has a V shaped front and has a large rear door.  Snowmobiles inside are a 2005 Artic Cat, and 2005,2004,2003 Ski Doos.  Two Vehicles associated with the theft are a red or maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee early to mid 2000’s. The second is a newer GMC pickup, possibly Denali edition with a crew cab with a chrome grill. Anyone with any information is asked to please contact Deputy Rheaume with the Windham County Sheriff’s Office at (802) 365-4942.

Lebanon PD Receives Anonymous Donation for Body Cameras

Chief MelloOn October 26, 2016, Chief Richard Mello received a donation of $18,000 for the purpose of purchasing body worn cameras for the department’s officers. The Lebanon Police Department currently utilizes Panasonic’s Arbitrator 360 In-Car Camera System in all of its marked patrol cars. The Panasonic system has a camera mounted facing forward through the windshield of the patrol car, along with a camera mounted facing the back seat to record prisoners during transport. Currently, officers wear a wireless microphone to record audio while the in-car camera captures video. The drawback to this system has been that there is no video documentation of any incidents that take place out of the view of the camera mounted in the patrol car.
The police department has been exploring the integration of body worn cameras into our current system but due to budget constraints, had delayed the program for future funding consideration. A recent news story highlighted our lack of body worn cameras, which prompted a City resident to step forward with a generous offer of assistance.
This generous donation will allow the purchase of ten body worn cameras for Lebanon officers who are working uniformed patrol. This donation also funds the necessary accessories, hardware, installation, training and support required to integrate the body worn cameras into our current system. The ten cameras will be shared by the roughly 22 patrol officers that are assigned to the patrol division and any other officer who may be working a uniformed patrol assignment.
The new body worn cameras have been ordered and roll-out is anticipated to be several months away. This will allow for receiving the new cameras, along with working out logistical considerations, installation and training. In regard to the donation and addition of body worn cameras, Chief Mello stated, “The addition of body worn cameras to our existing system will further protect our police officers and offer the capability of capturing additional evidence in the course of our duties. I’m proud of our officers and their professionalism and this additional tool will complement our current technology.”

Road Rage Shooting Leads to Newbury Teen’s Arrest

newport1On October 23, 2016 at approximately 6:15 pm the Newport Police Department received a report of a road rage incident that involved a subject shooting four rounds from a moving vehicle in the direction of the reporting victim’s vehicle.   Nobody was injured during this incident.  It was reported that this stemmed from a road rage incident that occurred in Newport on the night of October 21st that was not reported to the Newport Police Department.  After receiving the report on October 23rd the Newport Police Department requested that area departments look for the suspect’s vehicle which had distinct traits making it easy to identify.  A short time later Bradford Police Department called and identified who the vehicle was associated with.  The investigation revealed that the suspect resided in Newbury.  The Newbury Police Department was able to locate the vehicle at the suspect’s residence.  Newport Police Department sought and was granted a search warrant for the suspect’s vehicle and home.  The execution of the warrant revealed evidence of the crime.  Additional video evidence was obtained from several sources to assist with identifying the suspect in this case.  Interviews were then conducted with the parties involved and subsequently identified the suspect as Nathaniel Hargreaves 18, of Newbury NH.

 Nathaniel subsequently turned himself in at Newport Police Department and he was arrested for Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon, a class B Felony.  The weapon was found to be a Weatherby 12 gauge shotgun and Newport Police Department does have possession of the firearm at this time.  These road rage events are believed to be connected, but an isolated incident between the two involved parties.

Hargreaves posted $10,000 cash bail and will be arraigned on Tuesday November 8, 2016 at the Newport Circuit District  Court.

The Newport Police Department thanks Newbury, New London, Henniker, Goshen, and Bradford Police Departments for their assistance with this case.

This road rage and shooting incident remains under investigation.Anyone that may have witnessed either event is asked to contact Lieutenant Rowe at the Newport Police Department at 603-863-3232.


K-9 Briggs Gets Bullet Proof Vest

briggsThe Lebanon Police Department’s K9 Briggs has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Briggs’ vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Hartford VT Police Hosts Crisis Intervention Training

hartford patchThe Hartford Police Department is hosting their third Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training this week. There are 18 Officers/law enforcement personnel from both Vermont and New Hampshire Police Departments attending the 40-hour training to learn about mental health, de-escalation techniques and community resources. There will be 22 different agencies and over 30 presenters donating their time for law enforcement officers, dispatchers and Chaplin.