Home About Archives RSS Feed

Landowners Say $40K in Timber Stolen

Staff Reports

STAMFORD, Vt. — A Connecticut couple are accusing a Bennington man of stealing $40,000 worth of lumber from their wooded property - four years after the alleged crime was committed.

Robert Kobelia, 57, has been cited to appear in Vermont District Court in Bennington on Jan. 26 on a charge of grand larceny.

Lynn and Walter Nightingale of Bolton, Conn., filed a complaint with state police late last year, saying they'd discovered in 2008 that the property had been logged four years before, sometime during January or February 2004, without their consent.

They had reportedly contacted the Kobelia, owner of Northeast Wood Products, who told them that he oversaw the operation, but thought they had a verbal agreement. The Nightingales' told state police they did discuss the possibility of having their land logged, but out of all the bids given to them, Kobelia's was the lowest, and they decided not to have their land logged. 

They hired a forestry consultant, who estimated the value of the standing lumber, as well as a private attorney. State police received a report from the consultant as well as e-mail and faxed correspondence from Kobelia to the victim's attorney, which was used to establish probable cause that a crime had been committed.

Kobelia, 57, was interviewed Dec. 31 at the Shaftsbury barracks. According to police, Kobelia said he felt as though there was a verbal agreement between he and the victim. He acknowledged that he never paid the victims for the logs removed, and stated that was it was because of a billing error after a computer crash. He told troopers that he is currently unable to pay Nightingales.

The forestry consultant placed the value of the logs taken from the victim's property at $40,601.07. During the interview, Kobelia maintained that he knows he has to pay the victims for what was taken, but disputed the amount quoted, and told state police that all of his assets are now in foreclosure. 

Write a comment - 0 Comments       Tags: larceny, land, lumber      

Crime Watch Sets Meeting, Seeks Volunteers

Stamford/Clarksburg Crime Watch

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Your Stamford/Clarksburg Community Watch Group is looking for volunteers.

We need your help. We can't do this with out you!

Become a volunteer and join the Neighborhood Watch Group official committee. Be part of this volunteer group and help out your community and protect your home and your neighbor's. It is easy and rewarding work that will keep you informed.

To sign-up, send an e-mail to stamfordcw@gmail.com with your name, contact number and how you would like to volunteer by Jan. 4, 2010.

We are forming an official volunteer committee. We will meet to construct our basic organization before our next scheduled open Community Watch meeting on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at Stamford (Vt.) School.

See the web site, www.TownCrimeWatch.com, for more information and details.
 
Question: What do I need to do as a Neighborhood Crime Watch volunteer?

Volunteers help set meeting dates/locations and attend community and committee meetings, promote meetings and raise awareness, make and distribute fliers, sign-up for e-mail alerts, organize meetings and set the agenda, contribute ideas for the group's success, type minutes, organize refreshments/food, help design Web site sections and additions, come to meetings early to set up chairs and tables, etc.

Sign-up to do as much or as little as you can. We appreciate any and all residents who are willing to help.

Want to know about the latest break-in/burglary in your town? Come to the meeting. Find us out on Facebook at Stamford Vermont Crime Watch (which includes Clarksburg news).
 

Write a comment - 5 Comments       Tags: break-ins, buglaries, crime watch      

Crime Watch Holds Second Meeting

Stamford/Clarksburg Crime Watch

We held our second Stamford/Clarksburg Crime Watch meeting. Clarksburg Police Chief Michael Williams addressed the group of 20 serious and committed residents. Great information was given out about the latest confirmed break-in/burglary on East Road in Clarksburg that occurred yesterday (Friday, Dec. 11).

Members are getting more organized and the next Community Watch meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Stamford, Vt.) School. We expect a big turnout at the next meeting, because attendees said they were committed to making their community aware and getting involved. Signs will be posted at Billmont's Country Store in Stamford and the Clarksburg Town Hall. All newspapers will be contacted as well as all the schools.

The meeting agenda included a review of key points raised at the first meeting; a handout on how to form a neighborhood watch; a request for volunteers; information on a reward related to a Clarksburg break-in and a handout on suspicious behavior and activity; and an update on the new Web site, www.TownCrimeWatch.com, from which 10 e-mail alerts have been sent since the first meeting.

Volunteers are needed to help set meeting dates/locations and attend, promote meetings and raise awareness, make and distribute fliers, sign-ups for email alerts, organize meetings and set the agenda, contribute to ideas for the group's success, type minutes and organize refreshments.

Neighborhood watch signs were available for $5.
 
To get on the e-mail alert list, contact stamfordcw@gmail.com or clarksburgcw@gmail.com.

To report information, leads and tips to police, contact the non-emergency numbers:

Vermont State Police: 802-442-5421

Clarksburg Police: 413-663-7795
 

Editor: Meeting attendees are welcome to share what they learned by posting below. We've also been told, unofficially, that a break-in occurred in the town of Florida two weeks ago. Thanks to the Crime Watch for helping us keep everyone updated.

Write a comment - 8 Comments       Tags: break-ins, buglaries, crime watch      

Crime Watch Meeting

Tammy Daniels

The Stamford/Clarksburg community crime watches will meet Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 2:30 at the Stamford (Vt.) School.

Residents are encouraged to attend to find out what's happening in the neighborhood; a guest speaker
is expected to update us on the latest news about the recent break-ins.

Information will also be provided on a $1,000 reward posted by the Clarksburg Community Watch on the recent burglaries.

Informational hand-outs will be provided; $5 neighborhood watch signs will be for sale. Sign-up to get e-mail alerts from the Neighborhood Watch Group!

To report information, leads and tips contact the non-emergency numbers:

Vermont State Police: 802-442-5421
Clarksburg Police: 413-663-7795

Remember to call 911 IMMEDIATELY if you see anyone suspicious in your neighborhood!

For more information and updates visit your Stamford/Clarksburg volunteer group at: www.towncrimewatch.com.    

Be part of this volunteer group and help out your community. Find out what you can do to help.

Write a comment - 10 Comments       Tags: crime watch, meeting, break-ins      

New Crime Watch Site

Tammy Daniels

Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., residents can now keep up with local crime-watch events through a new Web site, Neighborhood Watch.

The site includes feeds of a Facebook page created shortly after several reported burglaries in the two towns, contact information for the two town's crime watch groups, how to report a crime and tips to prevent becoming a victim.

To post to the site, you must become a fan of Town Crime Watch on Facebook.

According to a post on the site, Clarksburg Community Watch members are planning a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of what they believe is a second burglar.

Police say Stefan Veremko of Pittsfield is connected to multiple break-ins in the county, including at least two of the four recent ones in Clarksburg. His girlfriend, Tara Malloy, a former Clarksburg resident, has been cooperating with police and is expected to be charged as well.

Vermont State Police say Veremko will also be charged with two break-ins in Readsboro, two in Searsburg and one in Stamford. Stamford has had two recent break-ins.

A number of Clarksburg residents believe that another person is responsible for those burglaries so far not connected to Veremko.

Write a comment - 17 Comments       Tags: break-ins, buglaries, Veremko, crime watch      
Page 5 of 6 1  2  3  4  5  6  
News Headlines
Hillcrest Educational to Honor Sheriff Bowler, Officer Derby
Greylock 7th- and 8th-Grade Boys Reach Tourney Semis
Kittler, Charron Lead St. Mary's to Adams PAL Win
Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has Just Two Applicants
Adams-Cheshire Hopes to Conclude Agreement Before Superintendent Retires
Pittsfield Extends Lease For Offices at 100 North St.
Alcombright Honored Following MLK Day of Service
Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues
Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project
Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Police Logs

Pittsfield Police

North Adams

Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
413-743-
4700
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263

 



Categories:
Adams (61)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (20)
Clarksburg (37)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (2)
Florida (7)
Great Barrington (22)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (3)
Lanesborough (25)
Lee (14)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (202)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (235)
Pownal (13)
Readsboro (14)
Richmond (7)
Sandisfield (5)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (30)
State (1)
Stockbridge (5)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (70)
Windsor (3)
Archives:
January 2018 (9)
December 2017 (11)
November 2017 (12)
October 2017 (13)
September 2017 (16)
August 2017 (13)
July 2017 (19)
June 2017 (7)
Tags:
Pedestrians Mvi Rape Cocaine Accident Arrest Armed Robbery Police Investigation Break-ins Homicide Shooting Assault Veremko Motor Vehicle Accident Buglaries Assaults Vehicle Fire Fraud Search Robbery Police Motor Vehicle Injuries Structure Fire Stabbing Firearms Larceny Drug Charges Drugs Crime Watch Missing Persons Heroin Fatal Murder
Popular Entries:
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Clarksburg Selectman Responds
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
Clarksburg Talks Burglary
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Recent Entries:
Negotiators Talk Man Out Of Harming Self In Pittsfield Hotel Room
Cheshire Fire Blamed on Heating System; Structure a Total Loss
Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 8 - Jan. 10
North Adams Man Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Wife
North Adams Man Charged With Murdering Wife
'Highly Decorated' Pittsfield Police Lieutenant Dies While On Vacation
Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 2 - Jan. 3
Firefighters Battle With Difficult Blaze At Cheshire Business
North Adams Woman Injured When Her SUV Hits House
Pittsfield Woman Injured When Car Rolled Over Her Leg