Despite recent wintery weather, Spring is here. And with the melting snow, some Brattleboro residents and business owners are finding used syringes and needles on their property. This type of medical waste requires special handling.
This information is from the Vermont Department of Health:
If you find a “sharp”, you can wear heavy gloves and pick it up, or use tongs or pliers to grab it. Do not handle sharps with bare hands. Teach children to tell an adult if they see a syringe or needle on the ground.
How should you get rid of sharps? Do not throw sharps into the trash or toilet. Use a heavy-duty laundry detergent or bleach container with a screw top. Do not use soda or water bottles. Carefully put the used sharps in the container with the needle-end down. Do not fill the container completely full Label the container with the words: DO NOT RECYCLE!
When the container is ready for disposal, screw the cap on tightly and cover the top with strong tape, like duct tape. Dispose of the container with your household trash. DO NOT PUT THE CONTAINER IN YOUR RECYCLING.
Sometimes, even when you’re careful, you might get stuck by a needle. Here’s what you do: Stop what you’re doing. Let the wound bleed a bit, then wash with soap and water. Apply antiseptic and a bandage if needed. Make a note with the day and time of the injury, the needle’s location, and what it looked like (was it dirty?). Go to an emergency room or urgent care center right away and tell them you’ve been stuck with a discarded sharp. Medical professionals may suggest a blood test or vaccine.
The Brattleboro Police Department wants you to be safe as you clean up your properties for spring. For more information, visit HealthVermont.gov
Gendron, Lisa M – 25 of Brattleboro
On 4/7/2018 at approximately 1624 hours Brattleboro Police responded to a report of a theft at a local store on Canal Street. Two people had left the store without paying for several products. One suspect was identified as Lisa M Gendron (25 of Brattleboro). Gendron was located in a place where she was prohibited by court order from being at. Gendron was arrested and later released to appear at court on 4/9/2018 to answer to the charges of Retail Theft and Criminal Contempt.
Caslin Jr, Mark, J. 29 of Brattleboro
On 04/06/18 Brattleboro Police responded to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for a report of Mark J. Caslin Jr causing a disturbance inside the waiting room. Upon arrival, it was determined that Caslin had threatened multiple staff members and caused a disturbance inside the emergency room with other patients present. Caslin also broke a glass window for a door while inside the emergency room. Caslin was placed under arrest, and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department where he was processed and held in lieu of $1,000 bail. Caslin was issued Conditions of Release and a citation to appear in court on Monday, 04/09/2018, at 1230pm to answer the charges.
Mark J. Caslin, 29, of Brattleboro
On April 6 2018 officers of the Brattleboro Police Department were dispatched to a medical facility for a trespassing complaint. Subsequent investigation showed that Mark J. Caslin became disorderly while on the premises. Caslin had left the area when officers arrived, but was later located and arrested for Simple Assault, Criminal Threatening, Disorderly Conduct, and Unlawful Mischief. Caslin was held in lieu of bail, and will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division on April 9 to face the charges.
Vinson, Charles, J. 66 of Brattleboro
On 04/05/2018 Brattleboro Police responded to a residence on Reservoir Road for a late reported assault. After investigation it was determined that Charles J. Vinson assaulted his ex-wife, causing her pain and breaking her glasses. There were no serious injuries. Vinson was placed under arrest and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department for processing. Vinson was issued Conditions of Release and a citation to appear in court today, 04/06/2018, to answer the charge.
Nicholas Kane, 29, of Brattleboro
Rhonda McCarron, 49, of Brattleboro
On April 5 2018 officers of the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a residence on South Main St. for a report of two trespassers. Upon arrival officers met with Nicholas Kane and Rhonda McCarron, both of whom had outstanding warrants. Kane and McCarron were arrested, transported to the Brattleboro Police Department, and held in lieu of bail. Kane and McCarron will appear in Windham County Superior Court: Criminal Division on April 5 to face the charge.
Adam P Morrissette 32, of Brattleboro
On 4/04/2018, Brattleboro Officers observed a vehicle on Canal Street which was traveling above the posted speed limit. Officers followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on it. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot adjacent to a Canal Street business. Officers made contact with the operator Adam P Morrissette 32, of Brattleboro. A records check revealed Morrissette to have a Criminally Suspended Driver’s License. Morrissette was issued a Citation ordering him to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 5/15/2018 to answer to the charge.
Possession of Stolen Property and Sale of Crack Cocaine
On 4/03/2018 Brattleboro Officers observed a suspicious vehicle parked behind a Canal Street Business and attempted to make contact. The vehicle drove off and Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Bobby Bethune 18, of Newark New Jersey for Possession of Stolen Property and Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He is scheduled to appear in Windham County Superior Court on 5/15/2018 to answer to the charges.
Devens, Patrick. J. 54 Year Old Male from Brattleboro.
On 3/29/18 Brattleboro Police responded to an establishment on Putney Road for a report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival Police made contact with store security and Patrick Devens, a 54 Year Old Male from Brattleboro. Investigation showed that Devens had taken several items, hid them in his bag, and left the store, passing all opportunities to pay for the items. Devens was issued a citation for retail theft for 5/8/18 to appear at Windham County Superior Court to answer his charge
Reminder to all: It's a good idea to lock your home and vehicle doors.
Don't leave expensive items on the seats or floor of your vehicles when you park.
And if you're in the habit of dropping your purse by the door when you get home, get into a new habit of dropping it further inside your home, in a closet or bedroom. Thieves usually go for what looks easy to grab and get away with, so a moment's caution could save you the loss of your property.