The Vermont State Police and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the untimely death of William P. Cusano, age sixty-five. Cusano was found collapsed on an intermediate ski trail at the Killington Ski Resort on December 10, 2016, at 2:32 PM. Cusano was transported the Rutland Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead at 3:44 PM. There was no indication that Cusano had been involved in a crash while skiing and his death appears to have been a natural event. Cusano was noted to be an
experienced skier. Cusano will be examined at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington, Vermont, to determine the cause and manner of death. No further information is being released at this time.
On 12/02/2016, at approximately 2339 hours, Vermont State Police, responded to a residence on Roberts Road, in the Town of Weathersfield, for a report of a family dispute. During the investigation, Caleb Sanville, was arrested for Domestic Assault. Sanville was arrested and transported to the Windsor Police Department for processing, where he was fingerprinted and photographed. A Court Operations Manager was contacted and released Sanville on conditions. Sanville was issued a citation to appear in the Windsor County Superior Court Criminal Division on Monday.
Two Vermont men plead guilty in Cheshire NH Superior Court to selling heroin causing a death. Daniel Fogg 27 of West Townsend and Francis Mayhle III 25 of Peru plead guilty to charges related to selling heroin, which caused the death of Dakota “Cody” Kilburn 23 of Manchester Centre VT. Fogg pled guilty to selling heroin with death resulting, witness tampering and falsifying physical evidence. Mayhle pled guilty to conspiracy to sell heroin and dispensing heroin with death resulting.
In November 2015, Fogg was selling heroin from a Chesterfield NH residence and sold heroin to Mayhle who dispensed the drug to Dakota Kilburn resulting in his death.
Fogg was sentenced to 6 1/2 to 14 years in the state prison with one year suspended from the minimum sentence. He also received two suspended sentences for witness tampering and falsifying physical evidence charges
Mr. Mayhle was sentenced to twelve months at the house of corrections for conspiracy to sell heroin. He also received a suspended sentence of 4 to 8 years in state prison for dispensing heroin that caused Mr. Kilburn’s death. Both men were ordered to pay restitution to the Kilburn family to cover costs associated with Mr. Kilburn’s death.
More charges may be facing a Bellows Falls man after police found 38 glassine bags of heroin during a traffic stop. Bellows Falls Police say that Joshua E. Croteau 31, was stopped for traffic offences on Rte. 5 just after 1:30 am on Sunday and he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. K-9 Caesar was deployed and alerted the Officer Checchi to the presence of drug odors in the vehicle. Police seized the vehicle pending a search warrant application. Croteau was arrested for DUI-Drugs and a subsequent search of his person yielded 38 glassine bags of Heroin. The investigation remains open and more charges may be forth coming.
L-R Shalon Barth Alicia Kelley , and Kristopher Royce
On November 27, 2016 Hartford officers investigating a report of suspicious persons that knocked on resident’s door in Quechee asking to use the phone, made contact with three subjects carrying bags of household items, alcohol, jewelry and electronics. After canvassing the area, it was discovered that a nearby seasonal home had been forcibly entered through a back window. After matching the items to the residence, the three individuals were arrested. 27 year old Kristopher Royce of Springfield, VT, 28 year old Alicia Kelley of Brewster, MA, and 26 year old Shalon Barth of Hartford, VT were all lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash or surety bail and scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court – Windsor Division on November 28, 2016 at 1230 PM to answer the charges of Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property. Police are still investigating if these suspects are responsible for other area burglaries.
On Saturday shortly after 6:00 Springfield VT police officers were dispatched to the area of Gurney Road for a 911 hang up call. Upon searching the area Officers were flagged down by a passerby who advised that they had witnessed a yellow ATV that looked like the one that was stolen out of Cavendish yesterday. Officers searched the area with negative results.
A second 911 call came in that the ATV was driving up and down Whitcomb Street. Officers responded to the area and upon arrival, observed one male wearing black clothing run behind the residence towards Park Street. The other male was detained. This male was identified as Aaron Montgomery.
The ATV was located in the backyard of the residence. A VIN check of the vehicle was done and officers were advised that this was the same ATV that was allegedly stolen from Cavendish the day before. After a short investigation Montgomery was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and transported to the Springfield Police Department for processing.
Officers continued to investigate the other male who took leg bail from the Whitcomb Street area who had been allegedly identified as Matthew Horton and was known to have an outstanding extraditable warrant from NH.
At approximately 08:20 a.m. officers received information that Horton was hiding at a residence located on River Street. Officers responded to the location and allegedly located Horton hiding in a closet. Horton was taken into custody and transported to the Springfield Police Department for processing. Horton was issued a citation to appear at a later date for the alleged Possession of Stolen Property and was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility on the alleged charge of Fugitive From Justice on $25,000 bail and will be arraigned on November 28th on the Fugitive charge.
Horton and Montgomery will appear in Windsor County Superior Court Criminal Division on January 17, 2017 to answer to the alleged possession of Stolen Property char
A CEO of a Berlin NH Business has been sentenced in multi-million-dollar bank fraud case. Former CEO of bankrupt Isaacson Structural Steel, Inc. Arnold Hanson 66 of Nashua NH will serve three years of supervised release including six months of home confinement and six months of curfew. In addition, Hanson must pay $300,000 restitution by January 1, 2017.
The U.S. attorney’s office for VT said Hanson and the company’s. former chief financial officer Steven Griffin along with David Driscoll, outside accountant collaborated to inflate the company’s inventory on hand and other finances when applying for financing with the St. Johnsbury-based Passumpsic Savings Bank and other financial institutions. The loans totaled 12 million dollars and included a $2 million loan guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.
Shortly before midnight on Thanksgiving the Vermont State Police received a call of a reported robbery at the Sunoco, located at 2536 US Route 5 in Dummerston. It was reported, that a male subject entered the store wearing a ski mask and blue jacket, carrying a pipe wrench. The Subject demanded the employee to give him the money from the register, the male took approximately $300.00 and left the store on foot in an unknown direction. Bellows Falls PD K-9 team assisted at the scene. The investigation is still ongoing. If anyone has any information, please contact the Vermont State Police, Westminster Barracks. At 802 722-4600 ext 518 Ref Case # 16D003884.
Springfield VT rental property owners have been invited to meet with Town Officials to help combat its opiate problem. Town Manager Tom Yennerell sent a letter to the landlords, asking them to meet with him, Police Chief Douglas Johnston, US Attorney Eric Miller, Springfield Project ACTION and other town officials since most of those dealing drugs live in rental units. According to Yennerell often tenants will host drug dealers in exchange for drugs and that puts landlords in a unique position to help deter drug dealing in the community. The meeting will inform landlords of their responsibilities and what resources are available to assist law enforcement in combating the problem. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 pm at the Congregational Church on Main Street in Springfield.
A 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