The Stowe Police Department has a couple of new officers.
Brooke O’Steen is currently a full-time paramedic with the Stowe Department of Emergency Medical Services and has been serving as a Stowe police officer on a part-time basis. She was formerly a police sergeant in the Washington, D.C., area. She was recently promoted to serve as a Stowe police sergeant full-time. She will retain her paramedic license but will no longer work full-time for emergency medical services.
After the resignation of Officer Dustin Pray, the town of Stowe has hired Ben Cavarretta to replace him. Officer Cavarretta has worked previously as a dispatcher for the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Office and as a patrol officer for both the Hardwick and Berlin police departments.
Cross-training: Stowe police officers all receive basic emergency response training, as they are often the first to arrive at an emergency scene. Recently at a public event, Officer Bruce Emerson was helping with traffic when a bystander called for help, as a participant had collapsed to the ground. All police cruisers are outfitted with automated external defibrillators. He was able to use the AED to assist in resuscitation of the patient.
Break-in: There was a break-in last week at a local jewelry store. Detective Fred Whitcomb responded to the call, was able to take DNA evidence from blood left at the scene, and has since charged two subjects with the burglary. The property stolen from the scene was also recovered.
Drug Take-Back Program: The Stowe Police Department has a container in the police lobby where people can bring prescription drugs to ensure they are appropriately disposed of and don’t inadvertently get into the hands of others. The Stowe police lobby is open around the clock.
Needle disposal Program: The town has installed sharps containers in the bathrooms of the Akeley building (aka Town Hall), the Helen Day Art Center Building (aka Stowe Free Library), and the Stowe police station for people to have a place to properly dispose of needles. If you find a needle in a public space, contact the Stowe Police Department nonemergency number at 253-7126, so they can pick it up and properly dispose of it. You can also properly dispose of your own needles at home by putting them in a puncture-proof plastic container.
Winter parking ban: The winter parking ban begins Nov. 15 and continues through April 15. During this time there is no parking on town roads from midnight to 6 a.m.
Speeding and distracted driving: Several citizens have asked the Stowe Police Department for speed enforcement. The police will be out raising awareness and ticketing as appropriate. We understand your time is important, but we want you to get there safely and want to maintain a safe environment within Stowe.
Right turns: The town has received some complaints from motorists who are stopped at an intersection and are having vehicles pull up on their right to take a right-hand turn. Unless the road is marked for a turning lane, it is not permitted to pull up alongside another car for this purpose.
The only intersection in Stowe that has dedicated right-turn lanes is the Main Street-Mountain Road Intersection. This can blind the driver who is in the travel lane from seeing oncoming traffic. Please be safe while driving for your and others’ benefit. Saving a couple of seconds is not worth causing an accident.
Thank you: Emily Boek recently resigned as the Stowe recreation program director. In addition to her programming responsibilities, she was instrumental in working with Morgan Nichols and the schools in starting a free lunch program for summer camp kids. Her caring and compassion for Stowe’s youth will be missed.
Charles Safford is the Stowe town manager.