$5K reward for Burlington car fire info / hospital van thief tries ‘leg bail’ / suicide, rollover

Police have photos of a man setting a car on fire May 20 in Burlington. A $5000 reward is available for information. 

The photographs show an unidentified person approach the vehicle, owned by Tyrone Biggs, 53, of Burlington and parked at 230 St. Paul Street. At 5 AM he pours something onto the windshield, ignites the liquid, and then flees from the scene. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Burlington Police at (802)658-2700 or the Vermont State Police in Williston at 878-7111. People with information may also contact the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 800-32-ARSON. The Arson Tip Award Program is a separate entity from the state police, and through funding from insurance companies offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Suspect steals hospital van, attempts “leg bail” – On June 8 at 7:17 pm, Weathersfield police were informed of a white Dartmouth Hitchcock van that had been stolen from the hospital and was being operated by Mitchell Horton.  

Officers were sitting near the Exit 8 area of the interstate when the van was seen traveling southbound at a high rate of speed. An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the van but it failed to stop. The van got off at Exit 8 and onto Route 131. The pursuit continued down Route 131 and onto Route 106 and eventually came to an end behind a residence on French Meadow Road in Springfield.  

Weathersfield police said “Mitchell took leg bail and was taken into custody on Bellows Road in Springfield. ‘Leg bail’ is cop talk for trying to flee police on foot.

Mitchell was then placed into the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections on $50,000 bail. Weathersfield Police were assisted by K-9 AJ, Springfield Police, Vermont State Police, Chester Police, K-9 Dutch, Windsor County Sheriff’s, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife. 

Teen driver causes 3-car crash in highway work zone – 19-year-old Trevor Moore of Newbury failed to merge lanes in a work zone on I-91 in Bradford, crashing his 2018 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck into two cars as a road crew was setting up painting lines June 6.  

Before the accident, the left lane of travel was closed off and clearly marked as such, indicated by multiple trucks with digital signage. State police say Moore failed to merge lanes before approaching the area the work crew was in.  When he attempted to merge, he crashed into two other cars. The second car rolled onto its side in the grass median while Moore’s pickup rolled over and came to rest on the opposite side of the highway.  

The third car came to rest on the shoulder of the median side, upright, with minor damage. The other two cars were heavily damaged and towed away. Police action is pending investigation. 

Ambulance struck on freeway while doing u-turn – State police say a Hartford Fire Department responding to a medical emergency was stuck by traffic at about 7 AM June 7 while performing a u-turn.

A Hartford Fire Department ambulance operated by firefighter Peter McMillan, had traveled southbound on I-91 to a u-turn. The ambulance entered the u-turn and continued through, crossing into the northbound lanes, as it began to drive northbound.  When the ambulance entered the northbound lanes, it crossed into the path of a Toyota Tacoma being driven by Chase Lord, 33, of Charlestown NH. 

Lord attempted to avoid colliding with the ambulance by stopping. The Tacoma hit the rear of the ambulance causing minor damage to both vehicles.  No injuries were sustained. Both vehicles were drivable. The ambulance was able to continue to the medical emergency and subsequently transported a patient to DHMC for treatment.

Fatal motocycle accident – Nathan Tatro, 32, on 3 pm on June 6, state police received a report of a motorcycle crash in the Swanton.  The location was VT RT 78 near the intersection of Jonergin Dr.. A motorcycle driven by Tatro struck the back of a box truck while it was preparing to turn left.  Tatro was thrown from the motorcycle and into the roadway, and then appears to have been struck by a dump truck approaching in the opposite lane. At this point, impairment is not suspected to be a contributing factor in this crash.

Suicide, rollover – At about 9 pm June 5, state police were called to a report of a rolled over vehicle on Clarendon Avenue in West Rutland near the Clarendon Town line. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male victim died by suicide as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Clarendon Avenue was closed for approximately 3 hours as a result of this incident. Investigation is continuing, but this incident is not considered criminal.

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