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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.

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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.

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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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