Police Report

Crime writer Mayor in car crash

Vermont crime novelist Archer Mayor suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17 that sent the driver of the other car to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, state police said.

Mayor, 70, of Newfane was traveling north in a pickup truck on Route 5 in Dummerston when a sedan driven by Kelly Call, 34 of Brattleboro was leaving a driveway and failed to stop at the intersection and attempted to cross traffic to head southbound. Mayor’s truck hit Call’s sedan. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage.

Call was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Trooper Dave Powers of the Vermont State Police – Westminster Barracks at 722-4600.

Crime novelist Archer Mayor on his motorcycle – http://www.archermayor.com.

Besides authoring the Joe Gunther crime novel series set in Brattleboro, Mayor has worked in Vermont as a police officer and a firefighter/EMT over the past thirty years. His website biography says still works as a medico-legal death investigator for the state’s medical examiner. 

Firearms prohibition violation in Swanton – At 4:30 pm Nov. 18, State Police received a report of an individual shooting at deer from the road in Swanton. It turned out to be Corey Bluto, 36, of Highgate, police said. Subsequent investigation revealed that Bluto is prohibited from possessing firearms. Bluto was issued a citation to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on 1/5/21.

Domestic violence, interference with emergency services in Bradford – At 7 pm Nov. 18, State Police received a report of an assault which occurred on Oxbow Drive in Bradford. Investigation revealed that Michael Jones, 34 of Newbury caused pain and injury to a household member. Jones was taken into custody and released with court ordered conditions and a citation for court the following day.

Threatening, trespass in Washington – November 8, Todd Jones Jr., 36 of Washington criminally threatened and unlawfully trespassed at a home in Washington, VT, state police said. He was in violation of his conditions of release. Jones was cited to appear in Orange County Superior Court for Wednesday 01/13/21. 

Sexual assault by juvenile in Moretown – In the early morning hours of August 1, the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation received a report of an allegation of sexual assault in Moretown.  A lengthy joint investigation revealed that a juvenile male had sexually assaulted a female at a local swimming hole.  The male was found to have also committed lewd acts with the same female during the incident. The male was issued a citation and is scheduled to appear at the Washington County Superior Court, Criminal Division to answer to the charges of Sexual Assault and Lewd & Lascivious Conduct.

Two-car crash in St. Johnsbury – 6 AM Nov. 18, Troopers from the St Johnsbury Barracks were dispatched to a two vehicle collision on US Route 2 East in St Johnsbury. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and are considered a total loss. It appears Roger Herrell crossed the center line and began to spin in front of Renna. Renna was unable to avoid the collision. Herrell did not sustain any injuries. Renna was transported to the hospital for evaluation and was soon released. The cause of Herrell’s vehicle crossing the centerline is still under investigation.

Domestic violence in New Haven – 9 AM Nov. 18, the Vermont State Police New Haven Barracks received a report of an individual attempting to harm themselves in the Town of New Haven. Investigation showed that Amber Veneaux (23) had caused bodily injury to a household member. Veneaux was taken into custody by Troopers and transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing. Veneaux was issued a citation and transported to the Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division for arraignment.

Selling fentanyl with death resulting in Williamstown – 11 pm Sept. 12, State Police began investigating the untimely death of Jason Perusse, 40 of Williamstown. State Police were called to a home on Martin Road, in Williamstown where Perusse was found deceased. It was determined Perusses’ death came as the result of an overdose of Fentanyl. Evidence obtained from the scene, along with evidence previously gathered by other agencies, were analyzed to determine that Joseph Lupien, 38, of Berlin sold fentanyl to Perusse on September 11.  Lupien was arrested on unrelated charges on September 23 by the Massachusetts State Police and he is currently incarcerated in Massachusetts for trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws. A warrant for Lupien’s arrest was issued by the Vermont Superior Court -Criminal Division and he will be arraigned for selling drugs with death resulting when he is returned to the State.  

Sexual Assault in Woodbury – September 29, the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation received a report of an allegation of sexual assault.  The offender was identified as Joel Sargent, 21, of Woodbury. After investigation, Sargent was issued a citation and is scheduled to appear at the Washington County Superior Court, Criminal Division to answer to the charges of Sexual Assault – parental role.

Car hits deer in Topsham – 5:30 PM Nov. 16, State Police responded for a single vehicle crash on US Route 302 in the Town of Topsham. Stephen Saldi, 45 of West Topsham, was driving west when a deer ran into the roadway in front of his vehicle. Saldi was not injured in the crash. There was extensive front end damage to his vehicle. Saldi was not able to avoid a collision with the deer and was not issued for any violation of motor vehicle law.

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  1. Oh no! Not ARCHER MAYOR! Pray for ARCHER MAYOR that will fine; I read ORPHAN’S GUILT; Excellent book from my childhood’s memory.

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