Police Beat

Felony Lane Gang strikes Essex

On Oct. 27 Officer John Ruttenberg and Cpl. Michael Wootton of the Essex Police responded to a call of an impersonator attempting to cash a check with false identification at the Peoples United Bank on Susie Wilson Road in Essex Junction. The suspect’s vehicle was located near Fanny Allen Medical Facility in Colchester. The suspect was then identified as Chasity Walton, 37, said to be from Maryland. A preliminary search yielded several forms of identification, wigs and checks that had been reported stolen from a motor vehicle last week. Walton is a suspected member of the Felony Lane Gang, which operates in Florida, Massachusetts, Indiana and Vermont. This group attempts to fraudulently cash checks at banks using stolen documentation from various vehicles.

Walton has been charged with Identity Theft and Uttering a Forged Instrument. She was then taken to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

This event is still under investigation. Those with any information regarding the case are being asked to contact the Essex Police Department at (802) 878-8331.

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Bear sightings

Bear sighting reports have been called into the Essex Police Department recently specifically for the areas of Greenfield Road and Wildwood Drive in Essex Junction. Police are asking homeowners to not confront or antagonize the animals and to keep pets indoors if there is one in your yard. They are also advising that any birdfeeders in your yard be brought inside, as they attract bears.

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Essex man issued DUI #3

David Poulin, 38, of Essex, was pulled over for a traffic violation on Comette Road in Fairfax on Oct. 22 at 10:30 p.m. by St. Albans troopers. It was determined that Poulin was intoxicated and he was immediately placed under arrest under suspicion of a DUI #3. His bail was set for $1,000 and he was set to appear in Franklin Court on Oct. 23.

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Burglary at the Lighthouse

Jon Leblanc, 43, of Essex Junction, was arrested on Oct. 23 for a burglary police say he committed on Oct. 18 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Colchester. The police identified him through video surveillance footage from the restaurant. Leblanc – who was on parole for domestic assault – was taken to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Center in South Burlington, as he was unable to post $10,000 bail.