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Body of 84-year-old Danville man recovered from Joe’s Pond

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DANVILLE — Police say the body of a Danville man who was reported missing on Sunday was located at Joe’s Pond.

John Sales, 84, is said to have left his home in Danville at around 6:30 a.m.

His vehicle was located in West Danville, and articles of clothing were found near Joe’s Pond.

This morning, rescue crews conducted a search by boat of Joe’s Pond and found human remains in the water about 50 feet from shore.

Police say the body was recovered and has been identified as Sales.

The investigation is ongoing, but police say foul play is not suspected at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111.

Barnet man sentenced in deer poaching incident

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DANVILLE — A Barnet man previously convicted of two dozen Fish and Wildlife crimes has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading no contest to five charges stemming from an October 2017 incident.

Carl Sanborn, 49, pled no contest to charges including taking big game by illegal means, hunting while under revocation, shooting from a roadway, failure to stop for a game warden, and contributing to juvenile delinquency.

Sanborn has previously been convicted of 24 fish and wildlife crimes dating back to 1993 and had been sentenced to 81 days and fined $6,800 because of these previous convictions.

Sanborn was convicted of taking part in the shooting of a deer decoy back in October.

The decoy was placed by Vermont State Game Wardens in an area in Danville with a long history of poaching activity.

Sanborn’s son, Jonathan, 21, was also charged in the incident with six counts for allegedly firing the shot and faces more than two years in prison and $8,000 in fines if convicted.

His case is scheduled for trial in September.

After the shot was made a car registered to Carl Sanborn sped away from the scene and wardens engaged in a high-speed pursuit.

During the pursuit, a bow and rangefinder were thrown from the vehicle and recovered by wardens.

The 16-year-old driver of the vehicle was charged as a juvenile with eight counts and has completed juvenile diversion.

Another juvenile, 13 years old, was also in the vehicle but was not charged.

The car, along with the bow, rangefinder, and light were all seized and ownership of some or all of them may be forfeit because of their use in a crime.

All three who were charged also stand to lose their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years.

Carl Sanborn was sentenced to two years in prison with all but 30 days suspended and ordered to pay $850 in fines.

Danville man found dead with gunshot wounds to head and torso

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BARNET — Detectives say they have identified a body found partially covered in snow by a passing motorist near the Barnet and Ryegate town line last night.

Police say the victim has been identified as Greg Davis, 49, of Hawkins Road in Danville.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso, and the manner of death is homicide, police say.

Major Crime Unit Detectives are working closely with the Caledonia County State’s Attorney and are receiving assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshal Service, and United States Attorney’s Office.

The preliminary investigation has led investigators to believe that this was not a random incident.

Detectives say they are interested in speaking with anyone who has information and who noticed any suspicious activity on Hawkins Road, Peacham Road or the Danville area in general over the weekend.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-748-3111.

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    Dale Gilman was recently recognized by Lt. Dave Gregory for coming to the aid of a state game warden who was being assaulted in July 2016.

Danville man honored for assisting warden with assailant

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DANVILLE – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently honored Dale Gilman of Danville, for coming to the assistance of warden Randy Hazard at an incident in Averill, back in July 2016.

Warden Hazard noticed John A. Gagnon, 48, of Norton, swimming illegally at the Averill Pond access area. When Hazard attempted to question him, Gagnon charged the warden, knocking him down and repeatedly punching him in the head.

Dale Gilman was at the access area launching a boat with his family that afternoon and witnessed the assault taking place. He quickly ran to Warden Hazard’s aid.

With Gilman’s assistance, Hazard freed himself, and subdued and handcuffed his attacker.

A few minutes later, the assailant attempted to flee by running handcuffed into the lake and had to be rescued by the warden.

Additional law enforcement soon arrived and assisted with the arrest and processing.

“Without the help of Mr. Gilman, this very well could have ended in tragedy,” said Col. Jason Batchelder. “We can’t thank him enough for stepping in to help. Because of his heroic act, nobody was critically injured, and law enforcement were able to arrest Mr. Gagnon and charge him with assaulting an officer.”

Police: Danville man found dead near burning home, an apparent suicide

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DANVILLE — Police say a 33-year-old man from Danville died this morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after authorities arrived at his home which was on fire.

At around 9:50 a.m. police responded to a request for assistance from the Danville Fire Department, who were responding to a structure fire located at 1450 Bruce Badger Memorial Highway.

When the fire department arrived at the residence, they say a gunshot was heard coming from a nearby wooded area.

A man was then located by police slumped over on the ground. The male suffered from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say the man was the owner of the residence and was identified as Paul Munkittrick, 33, of Danville.

“There was nothing suspicious in nature and there is no risk to the public at this time,” Detective Trooper Chris Pilner with the Vermont State Police said in a written statement.

Munkittrick was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Police say the investigation into his death continues, and that authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Police: 22-year-old arrested after crashing Jeep into Danville home

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DANVILLE — Police say they have made an arrest after a Jeep crashed into another vehicle and a home in Danville back in April.

Tony Burrington, 22, of Danville, is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and negligent operation, relating to the incident.

Police say Jennifer Legacy contacted them at approximately 6:24 a.m. on April 30, to report a vehicle had crashed into her home on Peacham Road at some point during the previous night.

The 1998 Jeep Cherokee had traveled off the main portion of the road, striking Legacy’s vehicle and residence, causing damage to both.

When police arrived to investigate, the operator was not present and the license plate was not assigned to the Jeep Cherokee.

On Thursday, police announced that Burrington was arrested in connection with the crash and that he is due in court on June 27, 2016.

Jeep Cherokee crashes into house in Danville

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DANVILLE — A Danville woman discovered a Jeep Cherokee had crashed into her home early Saturday morning.

Police say Jennifer Legacy contacted them at approximately 6:24 a.m. to report a vehicle had crashed into her house at some point during the previous night.

The 1998 Jeep Cherokee had traveled off the main portion of the road, striking Legacy’s vehicle and residence, causing damage to both.

Police responded to the scene, located on Peacham Road, and found that the operator was not present with the vehicle and the license plate was not assigned to the Jeep Cherokee.

At this time State Police say they are still waiting for damage estimates to Legacy’s vehicle and residence, and that the case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Pilner at 802-748-3111.

18-year-old woman taken to hospital after rollover crash in Danville

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DANVILLE — An 18-year-old woman from Danville was taken to the hospital following a single-vehicle rollover crash that took place this afternoon.

The accident happened at around 2:40 p.m., on Rt 2, near West Shore Road in Danville.

Police say Lillian Bradshaw was traveling east on Rt. 2 when she lost control of her vehicle, striking and bouncing off a section of guardrail located along the north side of the road.

Bradshaw’s vehicle then traveled back across the street, leaving the south side of the road and overturning.

The woman was transported to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital by Danville Rescue. There is no word at this time on her condition, or the nature of her injuries.

At the time of the crash it was snowing hard and the roadway was snow covered, police say.

The Danville Fire Department assisted with traffic control at the scene.

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