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Police make 35 arrests in Ripton farm party case

The Vermont State Police held a special news conference in New Haven Jan. 18 regarding the Dec. 28-29 overnight vandalism of the Homer Noble Farm in Ripton. The historic farmstead was the summer home of poet Robert Frost. It is owned by Middlebury College. Due to exceptionally diligent police work by officers of both the Vermont State Police and Middlebury Police Department, notably by Sgt. Hodson of the VSP and Officer Fischer of the Middlebury P.D., 35 arrests were made. Those arrested were mostly teenagers from across Addison County and elsewhere. The 28 violations issued included unlawful trespass, unlawful mischief, consuming alcohol by minors, enabling the consumption of alcohol by minors, and furnishing alcohol to minors. It is alleged that Andrew Ford, age 17, a former employee of Middlebury Colleges Breadloaf campus, was the catalyst of the vandalism to the landmark that cost approximately $10,600 in continuing repairs. The case is likely Addison Countys largest one-time arrest of teenagers involved in under age drinking, mischief, vandalism and trespassing. Police officials claimed Ford, a resident of Ripton, planned and organized the under age drinking party at the remote farmhouse. Ford gave Patrick Deering, age 22, of Middlebury money to purchase alcohol. Deering then purchased five 30 packs of beer from a Middlebury store. He brought the beer to the farmhouse. Police said word of the party spread and between 30 and 50 individuals, mostly underage, attended the out-of-control party. The following persons, in addition to Ford and Deering, will be going to Addison County Court Feb. 11 to answer various charges: Bryan M. Parks, age 19 of Middlebury; Benjamin Kinson, age 18, of Waltham; Michael Shivley, age 19, of Middlebury; Ashley Comes, age 17, of Middlebury; Brittany Berno, age 17, of Middlebury; Sophie Brewer, age 17, of Middlebury; Kyle Hamblin, age 16, of Middlebury; Matt Razner, age 18, of North Clarendon; Jonathan Grohs, age 17, of Middlebury;Nancy Greenwalt, age 17, of Shoreham; Zachary Robinson, age 17, of Middlebury; Paul Beardsley, age 18, of Ripton; Jeremy Mundorf, age 19, of Salisbury; Jesse Mundorf, age 21, of Salisbury; Jackson Downey-Teachout, age 17, of Cornwall; Jesse Elithorpe, age 17, of Middlebury; Chelsey Lattrell, age 17, of Bridport; Dominick Santa-Maria, age 17, of Addison; Duncan Tilford, age 17, of Middlebury; Peter Marini, age 18, of Middlebury; Ryan Kenyon, age 21, of Salisbury; Dylan Cobden, age 17, Weybridge; Eric Berman, age 18, of Weybridge; Jacob McDowell, age 17, of Cornwall; and Daniel Fifield (no age provided) of Middlebury.

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