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Dorset woman accused of hit-and-run crash

DORSET — A Dorset woman is facing multiple charges after a hit-and-run with property damage on June 15, police say.

Nancy Ziegler, 59, is accused of leaving the scene of an accident after damaging property at a residence along Dorset West Road. When troopers responded to the accident at about 10:50 p.m. June 15, they saw extensive damage to the fence and landscaping of the residence, tire tracks and wreckage of a late model white Volkswagen vehicle among the debris, according to a media release from the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury Barracks.

The police investigation revealed that Ziegler had admitted to crashing her vehicle into the fence, according to the release. Ziegler turned herself in to the Vermont State Police at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, after officials tried to contact her "numerous times," according to the release.

She was issued a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court Criminal Division on July 15 at 8:15 a.m. to answer to the charges of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation.

Two local teens suffer minor injuries in rollover

DORSET — Two juveniles suffered minor injuries early Saturday morning when a car driven by a 17-year-old with a suspended license left the road, struck an embankment and overturned, according to Vermont State Police.

Police said the 17-year-old Manchester driver, whose name was not released, and a juvenile passenger, Jonathan Datz, of Dorset, suffered cuts in the 1:30 a.m. crash on Dorset Hill Road. Two other juvenile passengers, Linea Ritchie, of Manchester, and Luke Cassan, of Sunderland, reported no injuries, police said. All four were wearing seat belts.

Police said the driver, whose license was under criminal suspension, was headed south on Dorset Hill Road near Uphill Lane when the crash occurred. Police said the driver was traveling too fast for road conditions.

The car, a 2004 Mazda 6, sustained heavy damage to its front end and roof, and was towed from the scene by Paul's Towing. The Vermont State Police were assisted at the scene by the Dorset Fire Department.

The driver was cited to appear at the Bennington Unit Family Division on July 11.

Driver escapes injury after hitting moose

Devon S Ingison, 27, of Jamaica, was driving a 1995 Honda Accord about 2:43 June 23 when a moose stepped in front of his vehicle on Route 30 in the town of Jamaica, according to police.

Ingison couldn't avoid the moose and the Accord hit the animal.

The rear of the moose went through the windshield and into the front passenger compartment.

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Ingison escaped injury but the Honda sustained extensive damage and is considered a total loss. 

Rupert man faces multiple charges after family fight

RUPERT — Vermont State Police said a Rupert man was arrested on multiple charges after they said he assaulted several people including household members about 5:30 p.m. June 23.

Mark Johnson, 37, of Rupert faces charges of second-degree aggravated domestic assault, first-degree aggravated assault, and domestic assault. Police said Johnson was also found to be in violation of his parole by the Bennington Probation and Parole Office.

According to police, a caller reported a domestic disturbance and said Johnson was choking a household member.

State troopers and officers with the Manchester Police Department arrived on scene and found Johnson had assaulted two household members. He was arraigned and ordered held at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility without bail by Judge William Cohen.

Man airlifted to Dartmouth after single-vehicle crash

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LONDONDERRY — A Shaftsbury man was airlifted to Darthmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following a single-car crash in front of the Londonderry Rescue Squad building on Route 100.

Police said John Bendik, 53, of Shaftsbury was driving a 2005 Ford Focus when he failed to make a curve and hit a tree about 3:25 p.m. June 12.

A witness told police Bendik was driving at a normal rate of speed but failed to follow the road as it curved sharply.

The vehicle went off the road, down an embankment and struck a tree. The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the front end.

Bendik suffered possible internal injuries to his abdomen. He was transported by helicopter to the Dartmouth.

Northshire man not injured in three-vehicle crash

WALLINGFORD — A Northshire man got caught in the middle of a three-car chain-reaction crash at 1:23 p.m. June 22 in Wallingford that was started when a FedEx truck ran into the back of him.

Norman Favor, 47, of Manchester who was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was hit from behind by a 2015 Mercedes Van driven by Christopher Keefe, 58, of Rutland.

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The impact pushed Favor's pickup into Rachel Newton, 31, of Pownal who was driving a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan that sustained damage to the rear.

None of the three drivers suffered injuries according to police. They were all wearing their seat belts.

Favor's pickup sustained major damage to the front and the rear, according to police. The FedEx truck sustained major front-end damage, police said.

Winhall police cite man for using pot while driving

MANCHESTER — An off-duty Winhall Police officer witnessed another driver using marijuana while driving north on Route 7 near mile marker 17 at about 5:50 p.m. June 4, according to a police report.

The officer also observed the operator passing unsafely and having difficulty maintaining her lane. The officer advised dispatch to air a be on the lookout for the vehicle.

The operator was later stopped north of Exit 4 — the Manchester exit — by another Winhall officer who was traveling south operating a marked police car.

The vehicle was stopped and the operator identified as Rebecca Silver of Bennington.

Silver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

Silver was transported to the Winhall Police Department for processing and released with a citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division at a later date.

Woman accused of lewd and lascivious conduct

LONDONDERRY — Vermont State Police have charged Cynthia J. Yost, 46, of lewd and lascivious conduct.

Police said, in a news release, that Yost is accused of an event from June 6 on Route 11 in Londonderry.

No details were given about the alleged incident.

Yost was arrested and released on a citation to appear in Windham County District Court at 8 a.m. July 23 to answer to the charge.


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