Police Report

Police reports: fire, bomb, fatal car crash, robbery

Fire destroyed this home in Westford

A Wilder man is in police custody after a Vermont State Police bomb squad found and neutralized the threat of explosive devices found in his home.

Yesterday, the Hartford Police Department was aided in the onsite investigation at Perkins Place by the Vermont State Police, the FBI, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. William Hillard, 51, a resident of the Perkins Place home, was detained on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Investigation is continuing related to allegations surrounding the possession of destructive devices.

After a day of intense police activity, the Perkins Place neighborhood returned to normal in the evening as police activity ended. There were no injuries during the course of the police operation.

Fatal crash in Rutland – A Chittenden man is dead following a single-car crash in Rutland Town Wednesday night. 

At 10:54 pm, state troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on East Pittsford Road in Rutland Town. A 1995 Dodge Ram truck driven by Nathan McPhee, 40, of Chittenden was traveling north when it left the road and hit a power pole. The operator, McPhee, was transported by Regional Ambulance to Rutland Regional Medical Center where he later died. 

Fire destroys home in Westford – On April 12 at 8:21 AM, the Underhill/Jericho Fire department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 23 Buchanan Lane in Westford.  When fire crews arrived, they found the attached garage of the single-family home completely involved with fire and the fire was quickly spreading to other areas of the home.  With help from several other area fire departments the fire was extinguished and only 1 minor injury was reported.

The residents were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector in the home.  A fire was located in the garage and family members quickly left the home. One resident sustained a minor burn injury to his leg that did not require medical attention.

The fire appears to have started in the garage and spread rapidly to other areas of the residence. The home is a complete loss as are most of the contents and belongings inside. The family was assisted by the Red Cross as well as family, friends, and neighbors. 

The cause of the fire is undetermined but does not appear to be an intentional act.

Store thief runs through glass – At 2 AM this morning, Vermont State Police responded to an alarm at the Jolly Store on Route 15 in Jericho. Someone had broken into the store and stole an undisclosed amount of tobacco products from inside. Security footage showed the suspect used his body to run through the glass upon entering. 

The suspect was wearing a black hooded zip-up with blue jeans and white colored sneakers, and an orange cap with a green face cover while wearing blue latex gloves. The suspect left the store at 1:41 pm on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 878-7111.

Hartford Police, assisted by the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad and other agencies, are concluding operations in the village of Wilder.

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