2 weeks in the life of the Hartford PD: Ice cream socials, crashes, a chase, a suicide


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Mark Travis

The latest Hartford police log runs the gamut from routine to tragic. It's published in the Significant Activity Report to the selectboard. 

• July 15th – Officer Keeling participated in the Robert Ammel Sr. Memorial Youth Day activities at Maxfield Sports Complex.
• July 16th – Patrol officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision along Route 4 at the Quechee Gorge Bridge. Operators were cited and released.
• July 16th – Emergency Communications Specialists received a 911 call reporting a large structure fire in a multi-use building in the Town of Woodstock. Specialist Mayo dispatched multiple fire companies and support service to assist with the large fire that consumed several business and residential apartments before being extinguished.
• July 17th – Patrol officers arrested a 30 year old South Royalton man and woman after learning of outstanding warrants after stopping their car for a traffic violation. The woman transported to Southern State Correctional Facility where she was held as a fugitive pending a court hearing. The man was cited for violating the conditions of his release while awaiting trial and released.
• July 17th – The Deputy Chief attended the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of White River.
• July 17th – Patrol officers arrested a 32 year old Barre man after he fled from police overnight when they had attempted to stop his vehicle for traveling in excess of the posted speed limit along Hartford Avenue. The driver, who was operating on a suspended license, led police on a several mile pursuit along I-91 North before police disengaged from the pursuit. Later, State Police responded to a call for service after the man abandoned his vehicle behind a bystander’s home in Thetford and fled on foot. The driver turned himself into Hartford Police several hours later and was transported to Southern State Correctional Facility where he was held on bond pending a court hearing.
• July 18th – - Patrol officers, investigators and the Police Social Worker assisted Fire Department personnel with the recovery of a 28 year old Massachusetts man, and subsequent investigation into the events leading to his death at the Quechee Gorge Bridge.
• July 18th – The Police Chief and Police Social Worker attended the regular meeting of the Windsor County Special Investigations Unit Executive Board.
• July 18th – Patrol officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision along Maple Street near Prospect Street. A second property damage motor vehicle collision was investigation by patrol officers along Route 4 at the Quechee Gorge Bridge. Operators in both incidents were cited and released.
• July 18th – The Police Chief and Police Social Worker attended a meeting with partners of the School Resource Officer Partnership to discuss Truancy Protocols.
• July 20th – Patrol officers responded to the Vermont Rail Company for a report of vandalism to the windows on a piece of construction equipment. The investigation continues.
• July 20th – Patrol officers responded to reports of an intoxicated man threatening customers at a convenience store along Hartford Avenue. The man was located a short distance away and charged with Aggravated Assault and related crimes.
• July 20th – Patrol officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision along Sykes Mountain Avenue. Operators were cited and released.
• July 21st – Patrol officers assigned to Charlie Squad hosted an Ice Cream Social with children and families in the Twilight Court & Sunrise Circle community in Quechee.
• July 22nd – Patrol officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision along Route 4 at the Quechee Gorge Bridge. Operators were cited and released.
• July 22nd – Emergency Communications Specialists received a 911 call from a couple reporting a unresponsive man in a vehicle stopped along a roadway in Springfield. Communications Specialist summoned first responders as appropriate while instructing the caller in basic aid for nearly seven minutes until first responders arrived.
• July 22nd – Patrol officers responded to a private residence along Jericho Street for a woman in need of assistance. Patrol officers transported the woman to Mt. Ascutney Hospital for further assistance.
• July 23rd – Patrol officers responded to a human services provider along Hartford Avenue for a man in need of assistance. Paramedics were summoned to the scene and the man transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for further assistance.
• July 24th – The Detective Sergeant and the Police Social Worker participated in a planning meeting in advance of this year’s Overdose Awareness Day activities.
• July 24th – The Police Chief and Police Social Worker attended a meeting hosted by VTrans regarding temporary improvements to the Quechee Gorge Bridge at the Town Hall.
• July 25th – Patrol officers responded with Fire Department personnel to a motor vehicle collision with non-life threatening injuries along Route 4 at the Quechee Gorge Bridge. Operators were treated, cited and released.
• July 25th – Patrol officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision along Sykes Mountain Avenue. Operators were cited and released.
• July 27th – Patrol officers assisted the Vermont Sate Police with the arrest of an impaired driver who struck a guardrail on I-91 and fled from Troopers. The man was cited and released pending a hearing.
• July 27th – Patrol officers assigned to Delta Squad hosted an Ice Cream Social with children, volunteers and families at the Haven’s Summer Camp.
• July 27th – Patrol officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision along Route 4 at Quechee Main Street. Operators were cited and released.
• July 27th – Patrol officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision along North Hartland Road at Ballardvale Drive. Operators were cited and released.
• July 28th – Patrol officers responded to reports of an unresponsive man stopped in a vehicle along VA Cutoff Road near Route 4. Police found the man in need of assistance and transported him to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for further assistance.
• July 28th – Patrol officers responded with Fire Department personnel to a motor vehicle collision with a motorcycle along Route 4 at North Main Street. Operators were treated, cited and released.
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