Police Beat, Aug. 29, 2023

Editors Note: An arrest or charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed. 

Rutland County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 20

4:39 p.m. At this time a deputy observed a vehicle traveling on VT Route 30 with an obstructed license plate. As a result of the traffic stop it was determined that the operator, 36-year-old Jasmine Wendell of Poultney, had an active warrant for felony possession of cocaine and identity theft. Wendell was arrested and after processing lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail.

Wendell was also issued traffic tickets for operating with no registration and smoking a cigarette with a child present. Her vehicle was towed from the scene of the arrest.

Aug. 21

6:30 p.m. A deputy was dispatched to a trespassing complaint on Lewis Road in Poultney. The subsequent investigation revealed that 74-year-old Joseph Monaco of Hubbardton had allegedly entered the property of the Poultney Fish & Game Club repeated times since July into late August, all the while knowing he did not have permission to do so, according to police.

Monaco was arrested at his residence, processed and released on a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date to answer several charges of unlawful trespass.

Aug. 23

11 a.m.

The sheriff’s office was conducting a patrol in the Town of Clarendon when a vehicle was observed traveling south on Cold River Road, allegedly committing several violations of Vermont state law. A traffic stop was conducted and 53-year-old Jamey Rappaport, listed as a Vermont Transient, was found to have an active warrant for failure to appear on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment. Rappaport was taken into custody without incident and taken to Superior Court for processing.

Various Times

Two deputies conducted a joint directed patrol in the area of the Mill River Union High School on Middle Road in Clarendon. The deputies stopped 17 vehicles for violations ranging from speed, inspection and equipment. A variety of tickets and warnings were issued.

Vermont State Police

Aug. 23

1:45 p.m. Vermont State Police performed a saturation patrol along Route 4 in Mendon. Troopers stopped seven vehicles, issuing two tickets and giving six warnings. One individual was arrested for operating with a criminally suspended license.

The focus of the saturation patrol was on aggressive driving.

Aug. 24

10:47 a.m. Vermont State Police at the Rutland barracks received a report of a two-car crash on VT Route 103 in the town of Clarendon. The investigation showed one vehicle rear ended another that had slowed to make a right turn onto VT Route 7B. Troopers say the striking vehicle sustained substantial damage; the other vehicle’s damage was considered minor.

No injuries were reported. No traffic citations were issued, however a civil violation  complaint is pending.

August 26

2:42 a.m. Troopers were called to a Clarendon residence for a report of a domestic assault. Upon investigation it was determined 53-year-old Joy Bruno of Clarendon is alleged to have caused pain and/or bodily injury to a household member. She was charged with domestic assault, processed at the Rutland barracks and released on an order to appear in Rutland Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date. Other conditions of release were also imposed.