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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Summary: School Resource Officer

 Summary: School Resource Officer

The Wilmington Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Joe Carcich has been selected as the new School Resource Officer (SRO) for the next school year. The SRO is a new position supported by voters in both Wilmington and Whitingham to work with the Twin Valley Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. The SRO will assist in school staff with safety and security at the schools. Through mentoring and guidance the SRO will foster the development of positive relationships with students and develop strategies to resolve problems/conflicts that affect youth and help them reach their fullest potential.

Officer Carcich was selected for the SRO based upon his training, experience, and communication abilities. He was interviewed and vetted for this position by a panel consisting of parents, police officers, teachers, school administrative staff, and students.

Officer Carcich will be attending additional specialized training prior to the start of the school year. 

Incident: Person(s) Experiencing Mental Health Crisis

 SUMMARY: Person(s) Experiencing Mental Health Crisis

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Since the start of the summer weather, the Wilmington Police Department has seen a substantial increase in calls for assistance for person(s) experiencing a mental health crisis or in a pre-crisis stage. To illustrate this increase, over a four day period of time (6/2-6/6) WPD responded to at least nineteen incidents related to mental health issues. These incidents ranged from destruction of private property, indecent exposure, interfering with traffic, trespassing, suicidal ideations, harassment, citizen disputes, and actual attempted suicides. 

Currently WPD is responding to emergencies as we always have but non-emergency calls can expect a delayed response during these high call volumes.


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Arrest: Criminal DLS

 Arrest: Criminal DLS

Case #: 24WM000977

On June 7, 2024 at approximately 11:52 PM, a Wilmington Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle along VT RT 100 for a defective equipment violation. During the stop, the operator's Vermont driver's license was found to be criminally suspended.

The Defendant, John Carroll, age 32, of Wardsboro VT was subsequently arrested, processed, and released on a criminal citation to appear in the Vermont Superior Court - Windham Criminal Division on July 2, 2024 at 8:30 PM to answer to the charge. 

Arrest: DUI, Negligent Operation

 Arrest: DUI, Negligent Operation

Case #: 24WM001055

On June 1, 2024 at approximately 3:22 AM, a Wilmington Police Officer responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Hillside Drive in Wilmington. During the investigation, the officer detected signs of impairment and screened the operator. The operator was subsequently arrested for DUI and Negligent Operation and transported to the Wilmington Police Department for processing. 

The Defendant, Alexis J Realer, age 32, of Wilmington VT was processed and released on a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court - Windham Criminal Division on June 25, 2024 to answer to the charges. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Arrest: False Information to Police, Violation of Conditions of Release

ARREST: False Information to Police, Violation of Conditions of Release

DATE: 4/30/2024

CASE #: 24WM000832

On April 30, 2024 at approximately 10:51 AM, officers from the Wilmington Police Department received a report of a littering issue on VT RT 9 E near the Mobil gas station. The reporting party, Grant Bercik, age 36, of Wilmington VT, was found to have allegedly filed a false statement with police to incriminate another person and to have violated his court ordered conditions of release. Bercik was issued a criminal citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court - Windham Criminal Division on June 25 2024 at 8:30 AM to answer to the charges.

Incident: Boating Collision / Death Investigation

SUMMARY: Boating Collision / Death Investigation
CASE #: 24WM0001014

On May 26, 2024 at approximately 2:36 PM, the Wilmington Police Department received a report of a child who had possibly fallen into the Harriman Reservoir, additional reports were received of a boat sinking with multiple people involved. Wilmington Police and Fire Departments sent units to multiple locations along Harriman Reservoir to attempt to locate boat in distress. During this time additional reports were received of a boating collision, with two people in the water, with a male who was unconscious and not breathing.

Recreational boaters nearby the scene of the collision provided assistance, recovered the two occupants from the water and transported them to Mountain Mills East Recreational Area. CPR had been attempted and life saving measures were continued at the boat ramp by Deerfield Valley Rescue. The victim was transported by ambulance to a landing zone near the Wilmington Public Safety Facility and a Lifestar helicopter conducted a landing to intercept the patient. The victim, identified as Thomas C Centinaro, age 67, from Wolcott CT, was pronounced deceased at the landing zone. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the Wilmington Police Department to assist with the investigation to determine the cause of death. 

During the investigation it was determined that two individuals were ejected from the 1984 Ebbtide Montego 170 motorboat after the boat went out of control after striking a submerged obstruction. One of the individuals after being thrown into the water was reported to be in distress in the water. Wilmington Police were assisted by High Country Marina, Fish and Wildlife, Vermont State Police, Windham County Sheriffs, Wilmington and Whitingham Fire Departments, Dover Police Department, Lifestar, and Deerfield Valley Rescue.

The cause of death is still under investigation at this time.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

National Drug Take Back Day

SUMMARY: National Drug Takeback Day

Date: Saturday April 27, 2024

 National Drug Takeback Day is on Saturday April 27, 2024.  This a nationwide effort to help remove unneeded medications from our communities so that they do it end up being misused. Unneeded medications (no liquids or needles) can be dropped off 7 days a week 8:00 AM-5:00 PM at the drop-box in the Wilmington Police Department lobby located at 40 Beaver St Wilmington, VT.