Saturday, January 12
WHITINGHAM -- Police are looking for any information about the theft of items from vehicles at Bemis Construction LLC.

The thefts are believed to have occurred some time between 10 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The thief broke into four vehicles, stealing a number of saws, socket sets, a car stereo and other tools.

While a value for the items has not been completed yet, Windham County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Anderson believes it will be a charge of grand larceny, which is a minimum of $900, the state's attorney's office said.

The vehicles were unlocked at the time of the theft and they were parked in front of the building.

Currently there are no leads, but Anderson said that "the way it's looking, it was a targeted theft. The person knew what they were going for. They were definitely looking for stuff."

Anderson does not believe the thief will be breaking into other cars in the area, but he reminded residents of the importance of locking their vehicles, particularly overnight.

"In Brattleboro, you'll see things locked up a lot more, but when you get out to towns like Whitingham or Wardsboro, away from the big city, there's


some complicity," he said.

While Bemis does not currently have any video cameras, a representative said they would be looking into installing more security measures after this incident.

"We may even install a gate. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it is," she said. "You sort of want to trust your neighbors, but unfortunately, that's not the case."

The representative, who asked not to be named, said this was not the first theft at the company. Someone a few years ago stole a snow plow, and other instances have happened but "nothing huge" was taken. The thief was never caught.

She did not believe the crime was committed by a current or former employee. "All our employees don't leave on bad terms if they leave," she said. "We don't have any leave often. That's not an issue."

Anderson asks anyone who has "seen something, heard something, bought something," or knows of "anything that seems hinky," to contact him at the Sheriff's Department at 802-365-4942.

N.Y. man arrested on drug charge

JAMAICA -- Sean McNicholas, 19, of Huntington, N.Y., was arrested Wednesday for possession of marijuana.

McNicholas was pulled over by a Windham County Sheriff's Deputy on Route 30 for swerving and equipment violations. A search revealed marijuana in a suitcase in his trunk.

McNicholas was released after posting bail and will face charges at Windham District Court Feb. 19.

Putney man arrested for DUI

PUTNEY -- David Hamblin Jr., 29, of Putney, was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence of drugs.

Hamblin had been pulled over on Westminster Road by Vermont State Police for motor vehicle violations. He refused to provide an evidentiary test.

Hamblin will face charges at Windham District Court Jan. 28.

Traffic stop leads to arrest

NEWFANE -- Joseph Caples, 28, of Brattleboro, was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license.

Caples was pulled over on Route 30 by Vermont State Police for a minor motor vehicle violation.

He will face charges at Windham District Court on Feb. 26.

Conn. men arrested for speeding, drugs

GUILFORD -- Christopher Ransom, 42, and Josue Rodriguez, 22, both of Hartford, Conn., were arrested Thursday on charges of negligent operation and possession of heroin and methadone.

The men were pulled over on Interstate 91 by Vermont State Police for driving at 113 mph, well above the posted 65 mph speed limit.

Ransom and Rodriguez were both held at Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.

Readsboro woman guilty of embezzlement

BENNINGTON -- A Readsboro woman pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling money from the U.S. Postal Service and may have to repay $46,395.

The federal charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth C. Woodcock said.

Rita Bolognani, 48, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington to converting more than $1,000 in postal service funds to her own use from August 2006 to May 2007, when she worked for the service, Woodcock said. The plea agreement indicates that restitution payments will not exceed $46,395, she said.

Bolognani was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to be sentenced April 13, Woodcock said.

She said that when the postal service became aware that money orders were missing, the Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigated the case and noticed a number of orders had never been paid.

A grand jury in Rutland handed down a one count indictment charging Bolognani on Sept. 26.

Woodcock prosecuted the case for the government. Robert Fellrath, assistant federal public defender, represented Bolognani. The case was heard before U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III.