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Vermont: Murder Charges Dropped, Shooting Was Self-Defense

December 9, 2008

Chester, Vermont

From WXAX of November 26, 2008

Murder Charges Dropped, Shooting Was Self-Defense

Murder charges have been dropped in a fatal shooting in Windsor County.

Kyle Bolaski, 24, of Springfield, was charged with second-degree murder, for killing Vincent Tamburello, 32, of Springfield, in August during a fight at a park in Chester. Bolaski claims Tamburello was chasing him with an ax, so he shot him twice.

A grand jury agreed the shooting was self-defense.

Bolaski will face aggravated assault charges for allegedly hitting Tamburello with the gun after the shooting.


Vermont: North Hero Burglary Suspect Arrested

November 26, 2008

Burlington, Vermont

From WCAX of November 25, 2008

North Hero Burglary Suspect Arrested

Police say they’ve arrested the burglar who was shot at by a homeowner Monday in North Hero. It turns out the suspect is a career burglar who is well-known to the police and he has even been interviewed by Channel 3 News several times.

Now Eric Edson, 37, is back behind bars facing new burglary charges. And the police say he made catching him all too easy.

“Through follow-up investigation we learned that he was residing in the Burlington area,” said Sgt. Kirk Cooper, of the Vt. State Police.

Police say Edson was arrested sitting outside his mother-in-law’s apartment in Burlington. The arrest came less than 20 hours after police say Edson broke into two homes in North Hero for burglaries. But he made a big mistake in the second house when the homeowner caught him red-handed.

“The homeowner went to his residence, had a handgun, entered his residence, and confronted a male subject that was in his residence, and the homeowner fired two rounds from his handgun as the subject fled the area,” Cooper said.

Police say Edson escaped uninjured and stole a truck to make his getaway. That triggered a massive manhunt Monday night in Grand Isle. Edson made it easy for the police to figure out who the burglar was because he drove to the homes in his own Blazer and he left it behind.

“Which was good for us,” Cooper said. “That was a good clue.”

Police say the homeowner who shot at Edson identified him from a photo lineup. And his picture had been in many lineups in the last two decades. He has more than three dozen felony convictions for burglaries and thefts, which have kept him behind bars for most of his adult life. He has been interviewed on Channel 3 several times for his views on prison life, including one month ago, when we did a report about rapes in prison. Edson denied that rapes were being committed in Vermont prisons.

“You’re more protected in there than out here. I could leave here today and get shot. The chances of me going to the chow hall and getting shot or stabbed is zero,” Edson said.


October 2, 2007

Shaftsbury, Vermont

From WCAX of October 2, 2007

Man Fights Off Attackers, Accidentally Shoots Self

Police are investigating a bizarre shooting in southern Vermont.

It happened on the East Road in Shaftsbury. Police say a 49-year-old man went to check on his neighbor’s home after he saw a suspicious car pull into the driveway. When he got to the home, the victim claims either two or three masked men jumped him and pointed a gun to his head.

A scuffle ensued, and the victim was able to grab the gun. He then accidentally shot himself in the hand.

The suspects fled.

The victim was treated at the hospital.

May 30, 2007

Albany, Vermont

From Burlington’s of May 30, 2007

Man Arrested After Albany Shooting

A man is facing charges, after he was shot.

Police say 31-year-old Eric Kelley, of Stowe, broke into his estranged wife’s house in Albany and assaulted her and her brother.

During the scuffle, Kelley was shot and suffered minor injuries.

He was the only one charged in the case.

From the St. Johnsbury Caledonian-Record News of May 31, 2007

Stowe Man Released After Shooting Incident

A Stowe man pleaded innocent Wednesday to domestic and simple assault charges in Orleans District Court after being shot in Albany.

Eric Kelley, 31, was still clad in a hospital gown and bound in chains when he stood before Judge Christina Reiss.

Police said Kelley was shot after he tried to break into his estranged wife’s home in Albany and attacked her brother and father.

He had been treated at North Country Hospital in Newport City after police said he was shot and grazed Tuesday morning when a side-by-side shotgun went off. The gun had been held by David Croteau, the father of Kelley’s estranged wife Dawn, police said.

Police did not say whether Croteau tried to shoot Eric Kelley or whether it went off by accident when Kelley knocked Croteau down.

Kelley pleaded innocent to felony unlawful trespassing into an occupied dwelling, and misdemeanor charges of domestic and simple assault and unlawful mischief.

Orleans County sheriff’s deputies released Kelley after he signed conditions of release, including that he not contact or harass Dawn and her family members, including mother, Cindy Croteau, and brother Douglas, records show.

Reiss also ordered Kelley to obey family court orders and not be cited for any other criminal complaints.


May 15, 2007

Burlington, Vermont

From May 12, 2007 WCAX-TV channel 3:

Police in Burlington are searching for several men in connection with a late night home invasion.

It happened at a home on Green Acres Drive Friday night. Police say several men, armed with baseball bats, attempted to rob the home. But they were confronted by the homeowner, who reportedly fired a gun at the men. Police say the suspects fled from the scene and they don’t believe anyone was injured.

February 16, 2006

Newfane, Vermont

From the Rutland Herald of February 16, 2006

Grover acquitted of murder

A jury deliberated five hours Wednesday before acquitting Timothy Grover of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Vernon man in November 2004.

The Windham Superior Court jury of nine men and three women returned an innocent verdict for the 41-year-old Brattleboro pub owner in the killing of James Kellom of Vernon shortly before 6:30 p.m., ending an eight-day trial marked by high emotion and inconsistent testimony from witnesses.

As the announcement was read in court Wednesday, the defendant’s wife, Mary Beth Grover, began sobbing as she was hugged by friends and family members. Shortly after the decision, Grover told reporters the 15 months since the fatal shooting had been an “emotional rollercoaster.”

“I’m feeling extremely grateful,” he said. “But my heart really goes out to the Kellom family. The whole thing was tragic.”

A woman believed to be one of Kellom’s daughters burst into tears and ran outside the court building when the announcement was made. No other members of his family could be reached for comment.

Grover, the father of two children and the owner of Emil’s Pub in Brattleboro, was charged with second-degree murder, a crime that carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. He was accused of shooting Kellom, a former part-time police officer in Vernon, on Nov. 7, 2004.

Jesse Corum, Grover’s attorney, had argued that the shooting was justified because Kellom was about to use a baseball bat to strike the “final, fatal blow” to the head of James Cleveland, a Grover family friend and one of Kellom’s neighbors on Homestead Way in Vernon.

Grover testified Tuesday that that he told Kellom to drop the bat several times before shooting the 52-year-old man once in the chest with a .22-caliber pistol. He added that Kellom had already knocked Cleveland’s wife to the ground and was about to kill his friend.

The fatal shooting was preceded by an argument among the three men over the speed and loud exhaust system of a truck belonging to Travis Grover, Timothy Grover’s teenage son who was dating Cleveland’s daughter.

During closing arguments Wednesday morning, Corum described Kellom as a “raging maniac” who was intoxicated and distraught that he had learned that medication would be needed to treat his diabetes days earlier.

“If Tim Grover had walked away, I submit to you, ladies and gentlemen, that Jamie Cleveland would be dead and James Kellom would be here today, facing a murder charge.”

August 6, 2005

Burlington, Vermont

From August 2, 2005 WPTZ channel 5:

Eyewitnesses said it all started when a man armed with a knife broke into the building and threatened one of the tenants.

One woman — who was inside the apartment at the time — said the man refused to leave, so her ex-boyfriend shot him in self defense.

The standoff that followed shut down several streets in the neighborhood while more than a dozen officers surrounded the building to search for weapons or shooters inside.

Danielle Sprano watched said she and her ex-boyfriend, Lucien Perkins, sat inside his apartment when a man he knew barged in with a knife.

“Lucien kept saying ‘Get out of my house’ repeatedly, and the kid would not get out,” said Sprano.

Finally, she said Perkins shot the man in the leg.

“I guess he shot up a warning shot first, I mean, the kid was coming after him with a switchblade — what do you expect?” said Sprano.