Vermonter arrested for ramming his ex’s fence


POWNAL, Vermont (NEWS10) – Southern Vermont police report the arrest of Oliff J. Russel, Jr., 28, of Pownal. They report that he fled the scene of an accident across Massachusetts state lines and drove his car into a fence, causing damage, all with a suspended license.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, Heather Osgood, 29, of Pownal, reported property damage to her Cardinal Boulevard yard fence to Vermont State Troopers stationed in Shaftsbury. She blamed her ex-boyfriend, Russell, who police say has been known in the area for years on criminal charges for his actions towards Osgood.

While at the scene at Osgood’s home, police say Russell drove past her home, but left abruptly when he saw police cruisers. Williamstown, Massachusetts police later reported that he was involved in a car accident there, less than a mile from the border, and fled on foot.

Police say Russell came to the Osgood residence at least twice in three hours to use his car to damage his fence. All the while, police say he was driving with a criminally suspended driver’s license.

Police said they eventually found Russel at the Southern Vermont Medical Center being treated for injuries sustained when he crashed into Osgood’s fence. They charged him with unlawful mischief and operating with a criminally suspended license.


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