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Vermont Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

State police are seeking the whereabouts of Alfred Craven.

 
READSBORO, Vt. — A Readsboro man who allegedly assaulted someone with a 2x4 is wanted on charges of first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault. 
 
Law enforcement authorities have been unable to locate Craven since the incident was reported last Monday.
 
State police say Alfred Craven, 48, beat a 53-year-old Searsburg man so badly he suffered a skull and multiple facial fractures and a broken jaw. 
 
According to Detective Sgt. James Wright, the victim walked into the Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington at about 7 p.m. on Sept. 4. 
 
The victim, whose name is being witheld because of the "nature of the investigation," told state police that the incident had occured in Searsburg and that Craven had fled the scene. A warrant for Craven's arrest was issued.
 
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Craven should contact state police at 802-442-5421 or local police department immediately. 
     

Passenger Airlifted to Albany After Vermont Crash

Staff Reports

The passenger in Thursday's accident, Jordan Belliveau, 20, died of his injuries later in the day at Albany Medical Center.

WHITINGHAM, Vt. — A single-vehicle accident seriously injured a passenger early Thursday morning on Tunnel Street, a mile north of Bosley Hill Road.

It took more than an hour for the Readsboro Fire Department to extricate the passenger of a 2007 Dodge Durango that crashed into a tree at about 2 a.m. The passenger's identity was being withheld pending notification of family.

North Adams (Mass.) Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.

The driver was identified as Patrick Belliveau, 24, of Gardner, Mass. Belliveau had fled the scene, according to Vermont State Police, and was located a short time later about 4 miles away from the accident. Upon taken into custody, he was screened for alcohol and drug impairment and his blood alcohol level was determined to be .089 percent, above the limit of .08.

The passenger was air lifted by medical helicopter from the scene to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. The individual suffered multiple compound fractures, internal injuries, head injuries.

Belliveau, who is charged with gross negligent operation (serious bodily injury) and leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury, was treated for a fractured arm at Southwest Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Belliveau may also be charged with driving under the influence pending the results of evidentiary tests.

The Durango was considered totaled with front end, undercarriage, passenger side damage.

Tunnel Street was closed to traffic for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated. North Adams

 Anyone with information related to this crash should contact the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421.

     

Vermont State Police Launch Unsolved Cases Pages

WATERBURY, Vt. — On the eve of the 12th anniversary of 17-year-old Brianna Maitland's disappearance from Montgomery on March 19, 2004, the Vermont State Police is launching a new tool to provide an increased focus and public awareness of unsolved cases such as Maitland's.

Interactive Vermont Missing Persons and Unsolved Homicides pages have been created in an effort to make case specific information more readily available to the public, and create awareness that might generate new information for investigators.

"The launch of these pages will hopefully generate conversation, awareness and potentially new information to assist investigators. These cases have a profound impact on the lives of victims' families, loved ones, and our communities. Our efforts here are just one step towards ensuring that these cases are not forgotten and that we are committed to finding answers," said Criminal Division Commander Maj. Glenn Hall of the new web tools. "We strongly encourage the public to submit any information that could help bring resolution to these cases."

A searchable map with dropdown lists by name and county allow users to identify those cases, then link to a page with the most current information available on each case.  Within each case page, the public will find a way to submit a tip anonymously, or send an email directly to investigators.

Maitland went missing after her shift as a dishwasher at the Black Lantern Inn; her car was found the next day at an abandoned house a mile away but not linked to her disappearance until days later.

There are currently 55 unsolved homicides listed and 35 long-term ongoing missing person cases in Vermont.  While some of these cases occurred in local jurisdictions, the state police remain committed to providing any assistance needed to local police agencies that lead those investigations.

The department has also updated its website, as part of an update of all Vermont government agencies and departments. The Vermont State Police recently completed and launched its site, along with all agencies within the Department of Public Safety.

The new website includes the latest information available about the state police, including employment and career opportunities, station contacts, commander information and portraits, special teams descriptions, and media content highlighting the state police. New imagery, including VSP-produced videos are available for viewing on the new site and a link to the latest press releases can be found on the home page.

     

Readsboro Rollover Blamed on Slick Roads, Speed

Staff Reports

READSBORO, Vt. — A Florida, Mass., man was able to walk away uninjured after his sport utility vehicle rolled over on Saturday evening.

Cody Laframboise, 19, told state police he was southbound in his 2004 Dodge Durango on Route 8, heading for Route 100, when the rear end of his vehicle lost traction, spinning the vehicle into the opposite lane.

When the rear wheels caught traction again, they sent the vehicle spinning back into its lane. Laframboise told state police he could not gain control of the vehicle. It veered off the southbound lane, went over an embankment and rolled onto its roof.

The accident occurred about 6 p.m. Trooper Justin Walker responded to the scene near the Readsboro and Searsburg town line.

Laframboise was not injured. The SUV incurred heavy damage to the passenger side and is considered totaled.

The road conditions were slippery, with a thin layer of slush and ice. Walker found that both road conditions and speed were a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.
 

     

Firefighters' Quick Response Saves Readsboro Home

Staff Reports
iBerkshires Staff
Fire Chief Adam Codogni, left, coordinates the response a woodstove fire on Route 100.

READSBORO, Vt. — A quick — and overwhelming — response to woodstove fire on Tuesday afternoon saved a local family's home.

"It went up to the second floor, we didn't use hardly any water," said Fire Chief Adam Codogni. "Got it all with fire extinguishers and water cans.

"It was very clean and neat."

The call came around 3 p.m. from the home at 2045 Route 100, near the intersection at Old Country Lane, as Readsboro Volunteer Fire Department called for mutual aid backup from surrounding towns. Stamford, Wilmington and Whitingham, and Clarksburg, Mass., sent trucks and personnel. North Adams Ambulance Service also sent an ambulance and the rehab trailer.

"The second alarm brings a lot of manpower and you need it," Codogni said. "It's during the day and everybody's working. We all came from work."

The fire from the first-floor woodstove went up the wall and slightly into the second floor above it. Temperatures were frigid as firefighters contained the blaze within the structure and opened the windows to air it out.

The family will not be able to return to the building immediately, Codogni said. "They have to get an electrician in there. They have burnt wires and we've got the power off."

Family members acted promptly in calling the Fire Department and getting safely out of the building.

"They're very lucky the called it in as quick as they did," he said. "They all got out and stayed out. They did a good job."

     
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