10 grand of remote control cars, parts stolen / child porn in Charleston / downtown Essex Jct. fire

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Police are searching for two thieves who stole remote control cars and equipment early Friday morning.

At 7:30 AM on April 15, state police received the report of a burglary at a privately owned shop located on Huntville Road in Fairfax. At about 1 AM, two unidentified individuals entered the shop in question and stole an estimated $10,000 worth of remote control vehicles and parts.

Members of the public with any information are asked to contact Trooper Conte with the Vermont State Police St. Albans Barracks at 524-5993.

Child porn arrest – Daniel Blow, 39, of Charleston was arrested at his home last week and charged with possession of child pornography, also referred to as child sexual abuse material.

According to court records, a social media company reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a user had uploaded 41 files of suspected child sexual abuse material. NCMEC referred the tip to the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Records from the social media company provided IP address information for the user which corresponded to the residence of Daniel Blow in Charleston. A check of Blow’s criminal history revealed a prior felony conviction in New York State for possessing a sexual performance by a child less than 16 years of age.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations conducted additional investigation and obtained a federal search warrant for Blow’s residence. During the execution of the search warrant, a Vermont State Police forensic examiner discovered images of child sexual abuse material on Blow’s cellular phone and his desktop computer. On a small video recording device, agents discovered a covertly recorded video of a teenage child changing clothes, with Blow visible at the beginning of the video while hiding the camera, and at the end of the video while retrieving the camera. In addition, agents seized multiple rifles and shotguns from Blow’s residence, including an M-4 style Colt rifle.

Due to his prior conviction, Blow faces a sentence of between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment on the current charges.

Fire in downtown Essex Junction — A fire broke out in Essex Junction Friday, April 15, inside an apartment building on Railroad Street.

The building is also the location of a local business. Fire crews found moderate smoke and a fire on the stove which appeared to have extended into the wall. The fire was seen venting from the gable end vent on the side of the building, just above the kitchen area.

Firefighters were on the scene for over two hours before turning the building over to the building owner. The fire was believed to be accidental in nature and started inside the kitchen. Nobody was injured during this incident.

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