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Untimely Death, Motor Vehicle Crashes, Shooting

On October 10, at 1804 hours the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to the residence located at 5308 Main Street Apartment 15 in the town of Waitsfield for a reported untimely death. The deceased was subsequently identified as Christopher Bordonaro of Waitsfield. An autopsy was performed which determined Bordonaro’s death was caused by an overdoes of cocaine and fentanyl.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that Trevor Kirkpatrick, of Marshfield, had supplied Bordonaro with cocaine prior to his death. On June 14, contact was made with Kirkpatrick and he was issued a citation to appear at the Washington Superior Court Criminal Division on July 21 to answer to the charge of Dispensing cocaine. Kirkpatrick was subsequently released.

On June 13, at 7:58 p.m., State Police responded to Calais for the report of a single vehicle crash. The operator left the scene of the crash prior to Troopers arriving. Howard Fletcher, of Calais, was located at his residence and he identified himself as the operator of the truck. While speaking with Troopers Fletcher showed signs of being under the influence of intoxicants.

He was taken into custody and transported to the Berlin Barracks for processing. Fletcher was issued a citation to appear in Washington County Superior Court – Criminal Division on June 30 at 8:30 a.m., to answer to this offense.

On June 17 at approximately 0128 hours, Vermont State Police received a 911 call from a vehicle’s OnStar system notifying of a crash on Vt. Rte. 15 in Walden. Upon the arrival of rescue and VSP, a 2015 black Ford Explorer was rolled over in an embankment, crashed into a tree. The operator was unresponsive and later pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the operator is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Update on Motor Vehicle Crash:

The operator was Amber Thomasmossey, of St. Albans. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

On June 14, at 19:00 hours, the Vermont State Police were investigating and aggravated assault and burglury. The indiviual in question was located at Scott Road in Hardwick. When Troopers arrived on scene to take the suspect into custody, Wayne and Amy Tallman began to impede Troopers. Wayne proceeded to operate an excavator and recklessly maneuvered the bucket near the Troopers and their cruisers in an attempt to prevent them from arresting the suspect. Troopers were forced to retreat with the suspect before addressing the threat that Wayne had caused. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Wayne Tallman for Aggravated Assault on Protected Official, Resisting Arrest, Impeding, and Reckless Endangerment. He was transported to the State Police Barracks in Berlin for processing. Wayne Tallman was later released with a citation to appear in Caledonia County Superior Court – Criminal Division on June 15, at 1230 hours. Amy Tallman was issued a citation for Impeding an Officer. She is scheduled to appear in Caledonia County Superior Court – Criminal Division on August 20 at 0830 hours.

The Vermont State Police is investigating a shooting that occurred late Saturday, June 18 in Washington County. One person was injured.

The shooting, at a home on Dog Pond Road in the town of Woodbury, was reported at about 10:05 p.m., and involved a man shooting an acquaintance in one of his legs. Preliminary investigation indicates the shooting arose from a dispute among a group of people who knew one another. A person identified as the shooter was detained by other people at the home until state troopers arrived on scene, and he is currently in Vermont State Police custody and considered a person of interest. The condition of the victim, an adult man, and the extent of his injuries are currently unknown.

Update on Washington County Shooting:

Investigations into the shooting that occurred late Saturday in Washington County continued overnight and through the day Sunday, June 19.

In the Woodbury shooting troopers arrested Brian McAndrew, of Woodbury on charges of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated domestic assault. He was ordered jailed without bail and is scheduled for arraignment at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Barre. The victim, Andrew Brown, of Lyndonville, was receiving treatment for serious injuries at UVMMC.

Police continue to ask that anyone with any information about these shootings call the Berlin Barracks at 802-229-9191, or leave an anonymous tip online at

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