Stuck (again) in Smugglers Notch / St. J shooting / Hamburgler strikes

For the second time in a week, Smugglers Notch was closed in the early morning hours because an out-of-state tractor trailer driver ignored road signs and followed his GPS instead, resulting in his rig getting stuck on the hairpin turns at the top of the Notch.

At 10 PM on July 5, state troopers responded to a report of a tractor-trailer stuck in Smuggler’s Notch. They found the tractor trailer stuck in the sharp curve located near the top of Smuggler’s Notch. Operator Antonio Baldomero (37) of Miami, FL said he observed the several warning signs prohibiting tractor trailers from travelling through the notch but continued to follow his Google Maps.

Baldomero was cited and fined $3544 and four points. VT Route 108 was closed for several hours until the tractor-trailer could be removed from the roadway.

St. Johnsbury shooting – police are investigating a shooting that occurred late Tuesday, July 5 at the Maplefields store in St. Johnsbury in which one person was injured.

The St. Johnsbury Police Department requested assistance from the Vermont State Police following the report of a shooting at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, an adult man, was taken to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Police are withholding his identity at this time pending further investigation.

No one is currently in custody. Initial investigation indicates the shooting was an isolated incident.

Members of the Vermont State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Major Crime Unit, along with troopers from the Field Force Division, are working on this case. The St. Johnsbury Police Department is assisting.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111.

McDonald’s hamburgled – At 3:40 AM Tuesday morning, state police responded to a commercial burglary alarm activation at the McDonald’s located at 1 Chester Road in Springfield.  Troopers found the establishment had in fact been burglarized and various items stolen. The investigation is ongoing. 

SunCommon robbed – At 3:30 AM July 4, an individual was seen on surveillance cameras stealing from Sun Common Solar on Rte. 2 in Waterbury. Items stolen valued at about $1,600 include drills, impact drivers and cutting implements. 
Lewd & Lascivious – On February 15, 2021 the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation received a report of an allegation of sexual abuse which resulted in an investigation into Matthew Churchill, 45, of Cabot.  In April of 2022, new and relevant information came to light and resulted in the arrest of Churchill. He was issued a citation and is scheduled to appear at the Washington County Superior Court, state police reported this week.

Categories: Crime

4 replies »

  1. What kind of Sign ………LIke maybe a pic of Jeff Foxworthy saying “Here’s YOUR Sign”………good grief, triple the fine………we need the $$$!!!

  2. Obviously the fines for taking a semi through the Notch are just not high enough. Truckers who rely on google maps and GPS are not good truckers! Read the blasted signs!

  3. There must be some kind of challenge going on in the 1% outlaw trucker community to see who will be the first to get a 53-footer through the Notch. The laws of traffic are always up are for a bold challenge, the laws of physics are not.

  4. There should be some responsibility here by the GPS companies for putting out information RE; RTE 108, Smugglers Notch, which by now they must know is false info. Haul them into court, hit em where it registers, in the pocketbook, and it will be corrected; trust me.

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