State Police News

On August 3, at approximately 11:03 p.m., the Greensboro Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at a multi-family residence on Main Street in Greensboro. Fire crews from several area departments worked to extinguish the fire. All occupants were able to exit the residence safely and no injuries were reported.

As part of Fire Chief David Brochu’s assessment of the scene, he contacted the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit and requested assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fire event. Members of the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the fire scene later that morning and began a scene examination. Due to the extent of the fire damage only an area of origin at the first floor of the residence could be determined. The cause of the fire will remain undetermined, but is not considered to be the result of direct human involvement.

Anyone with information about this fire event is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Derby at (802) 334-8881.

On August 6, at 1120 hours, VSP Derby Troopers responded to a report of a car vs. cyclist crash on Shuteville Road in Albany. The investigation revealed Kenneth Stokes, of Barre, was cycling south in the shoulder of Vt. 14N in Albany near Shutesville Rd. Gregory West, of Albany, also traveling south, failed to maintain his marked lane and to perceive and pass the vulnerable user with care, and struck Stokes from behind in the shoulder. Stokes was thrown from the bicycle and came to rest in the roadside ditch.

Stokes was treated by Fire and EMS personnel, and was transported to North Country Hospital for treatment of injuries not considered to be life threatening. West did not complain of injury.

Violation Issued: 23 VSA 1033(b)/Passing Vulnerable User.

West was also referred for an operator re-examination.

On August 7, at 0036 hours, the Vermont State Police received a call regarding an intoxicated male that was causing a disturbance at a bar in Waterbury after being refused service. The complainant advised the male had left in a vehicle. Troopers responding to the scene spotted the vehicle matching the description provided traveling east on U.S. Route 2 in Middlesex. Troopers observed the vehicle operating erratically and crossing the center line into the opposite lane of travel and conducted a motor vehicle stop. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the operator, Brandon Arms, of Plainfield, was operating under the influence. Arms was taken into custody and subsequently transported to Montpelier PD for processing. Arms was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court Washington Criminal Division to answer to the charge on August 25.

On August 7, at 2039 hours, the Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle car crash. Troopers responded and made contact with the operator, Charles Vanderlip, of Adamant. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Vanderlip was operating under the influence. Vanderlip was taken into custody and subsequently transported to Montpelier PD for processing. Vanderlip was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court Washington Criminal Division to answer to the charge on August 25.

On August 8, at 1201 hours, Troopers responded to a report of a burglary in Marshfield. During the course of the investigation, Troopers learned that Colby Thompson had assaulted a family member on multiple occasions over the previous three years. The most recent assault occurred on August 3. Troopers subsequently located Thompson in Marshfield and arrested him. He was processed and released on a citation to appear in the Washington County Superior Court, Criminal Division on August 9 at 1230 hours.

This report is based on information provided by the State Police Department but is not a full accounting of police activity. Persons named in this report are presumed to be innocent unless they plead or are found guilty in court.