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Horse Killed in Pownal Crash

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POWNAL, Vt. — A horse was killed early Wednesday morning after being hit by two vehicles on Route 7 south of the Pownal View Barn. 
 
Trooper Robert Zink said police were dispatched at about 6 a.m. and found the dead horse in the road along with two vehicles. 
 
The drivers of the cars, Joseph Ciuk, 52, of Pownal, and Dieter Jaenecke, 62, of Bennington, were southbound on Route 7 when they came upon three horses loose on the highway. 
 
Neither was able to stop in time to avoid the animals. 
 
Jaenecke's 2012 Subaru Impreza struck the horse first; Ciuk, who was behind Jaenecke, tried to avoid it but the horse was struck again by his 2000 Dodge Dakota Truck.
 
Neither man was injured but Ciuk's truck incurred extensive front-end damage, totaling the vehicle. Jaenecke's Subaru was damaged on the front passenger side and roof. Both men were wearing seat belts.
 
U.S. Route 7 was reduced to one lane for approximately 30 minutes while the vehicles and horse were removed from the roadway. State Police were assisted by the Pownal Constable during this crash investigation.
 
Police did not include in the report who owned the horses or how they came to be loose. 
     

Vermont Briefs: Mass. Man Arrested, Pedestrian Injured

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Pownal Pedestrian Clipped by Minivan

POWNAL, Vt. — A man walking along Route 7 on Sunday evening was clipped by a minvan but was not seriously injured.

Ronald Martin was walking along the northbound shoulder at about 5 p.m. when he was struck by the passenger side mirror of a
passing vehicle, according to the police report.

The 2003 Ford Windstar was operated by Jeanna Brown of Pownal who was tending to Martin as State Police arrived. Martin was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to be evaluated and treated for his injuries which did not appear to be serious. They appeared to be bumps and bruises to the hands, stomach area and legs. The van's mirror was broken off.
 
No charges were filed in this incident.

North Adams Man Arrested on Warrant in Vermont

WINDHAM, Vt. — A North Adams, Mass., man was arrested on Monday for an outstanding warrant in Massachusetts after a traffic stop in Vermont.

Trooper Nicholas Arlington stopped a vehicle being driven by Kris Maytas, 59, on Windham Hill Road just before 4 p.m. because of a moving violation.

Maytas was arrested for operating on a criminally suspended license. His passenger, Andre Maytas, 60, was arrested for having an active arrest warrant from 2007 for writing bad checks. Andre Maytas was transported to Southern State Correctional Facility where he is being held on $1,500 bail. He is to appear in District Court in Bennington on Tuesday. Kris Maytas was cited and released. He is to appear in Windham District Court in Brattleboro on Dec. 10.

     

Pownal Van Crash Blamed on Deer

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POWNAL, Vt. — A Comcast van was totaled on Thursday afternoon after a deer ran in front of the driver.

In her report, Trooper Lauren Ronan said she responded to the crash at about 2 p.m. on Route 7, but did not detail the location. The conditions were dry and sunny.

The work van, a 2006 Ford E-250, was found with "extensive damage blocking both the northbound and southbound lanes." The van was totaled.

The driver, Jedadiah Lampron, 33, of Bennington, who had been wearing a seat belt, was unhurt in the crash. Lampron said he was southbound on Route 7 when the deer ran out in front of him. He was able to avoid hitting the animal but lost control of the van and "struck a rock wall on the south bound edge of the roadway."

Lampron was not cited for the accident but was ticketed for driving with a suspended license.

Vermont State Police are reminding drivers to remain "extremely vigilant" for wildlife crossing roadways during the fall season.

     

North Adams Man Charged in Vt. Break-ins

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POWNAL, Vt. — A North Adams, Mass., man has been charged with larceny related to a string of motor vehicle break-ins.

According to state police, Marc Greczyn entered at least a half-dozen vehicles near the Stewarts convenience store on Route 7 between midnight on Saturday, June 24, and 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 25.

State police were contacted on Sunday night by North Adams officers, who had taken Greczyn into custody for a different incident. North Adams Police reported that he had several stolen items in his possession.

Some details of the incident are still under investigation. Greczyn, however, was issued a citation to appear in Vermont District Court in Bennington on Aug. 5. He was still being held in North Adams.

Anyone from the area who has discovered their vehicle was broken into is encouraged to contact Trooper Thomas Stange at 802-442-5421.

Information can also be submitted anonymously at www.vtips.info or text "CRIMES" (274637) to keyword VTIPS.

     

Police Probe Suicide, Arson Case

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POWNAL, Vt. — A Pownal man apparently set fire to his home before killing himself on Wednesday night.

State police and the office of the chief medical examiner are investigating the death of Hans J. Schiermeyer, 53, of 519 State Line Drive. Schiermeyer's death is believed to have been the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred during the evening of June 2.

Schiermeyer's body and a firearm were found by firefighters battling the blaze at the single-family home off Route 7 near the Massachusetts border.

The fire was reported at about 9:30 p.m. and firefighters found the home completely engulfed, according to state police. Nobody else was discovered at Schiermeyer's home, which was completely destroyed by fire.

According to Det. Sgt. Robert Patten: "Shortly before the reported fire, Schiermeyer's wife contacted state police, seeking an escort to her home. Schiermeyer's wife conveyed that while returning from an out-of-country trip, Schiermeyer had threatened in a telephone conversation that he was going to set their house on fire and kill himself in the process."

An autopsy was to be conducted Thursday.

Pownal firefighters were reportedly aided by Bennington and Williamstown, Mass., fire departments.

Schiermeyer had been a pilot for the Steiner family in Williamstown at one time. He held an airline transport pilot license, the highest rated license for a pilot, and was given a second class medical rating in December.

A native of Rietberg, Germany, he had become an avid skydiver in recent years. On his profile on Skydivernetwork.com, he describes his relationship status as "It's complicated."

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