Police Reports

Cops investigate Springfield gunfire

State Police and Springfield Police Department are investigating a report of shots fired at a residence Tuesday, April 5 on Valley Street in Springfield. 

No one was injured. A person of interest was detained in connection with the incident, but no one is in custody at present.

The investigation is in its earliest stages and involves members of the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Field Force Division, along with officers from the Springfield Police Department.

Helicopter search for St. J senior fruitless, so far – Today’s search with a helicopter resulted in negative contact with Richard Gammell, 84, of St. Johnsbury. Gammell disappeared after last being seen walking out onto the ice-covered river in February. 

The Passumpsic River from the area that Gammell entered the river was searched to the New Hampshire state line / Connecticut River via helicopter.  A ground crew of troopers and detectives also assisted in the search efforts, by walking the banks of the river and checking points of interest.

Local state police detectives and troopers will continue to search the river in the coming days/weeks by vehicle, foot, unmanned aircraft and K9. Police continue to ask that anyone with information that may assist in locating Gammell call the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111.

St. J prison suicide was charged with child sex crime – the investigation into the death of an inmate at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury is continuing. The inmate is identified as Dustin Dunkling, 29, of St. Albans. He was booked on March 24 for a violation of probation on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Preliminary investigation indicates the victim was alone in his cell and died by suicide. An autopsy is pending at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to confirm the cause and manner of death.

Armed robbery suspect shot, arrested – The Vermont State Police on Tuesday arrested a suspect on charges that he broke into an occupied home March 14 in Westminster prior to his being shot by the homeowner.

Daniel J. King, 40, of Westminster was taken into custody on suspicion of armed burglary into an occupied dwelling. He was turned over to the custody of the Department of Corrections for violating furlough, and ordered held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield for lack of $10,000 bail on the burglary charge. An arraignment is scheduled for April 7.

King was recently released from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was treated for the gunshot wound.

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