• Police probe mysterious stabbing
    By Gordon Dritschilo
     | January 02,2013

    Vermont State Police are trying to sort out an incident that left one Massachusetts man with multiple stab wounds and another covered with blood outside a party in Killington early New Year’s Day.

    Police said a call came in from 3893 East Mountain Road at about 6:30 a.m. when a blood-covered man was found in a snowbank outside.

    The man was 32-year-old Joseph Tannetta of Massachusetts, according to police, and the blood wasn’t his. Police said Tannetta was uninjured.

    Thirty-year-old Dennis Walsh of Woburn, Mass., on the other hand, had suffered multiple stab wounds and a laceration to his head, police learned, and had been driven to the hospital by friends.

    That was most of what police were able to say about the incident as of late Tuesday afternoon. Police reported that Tannetta and the roughly 100 guests at the party were “uncooperative,” with some saying there had been some sort of a fight, but none saying that they had witnessed it.

    One of the guests, 20-year-old Brittany Coffey, tried to give a false name, according to police, and wound up charged with impeding a police officer and drunken driving.

    Lt. Charles Cacciatore said that police could not even be sure whether the incident began at the party or one of the neighboring buildings. Cacciatore said there was significant blood in the snow pile by Tannetta and in the car that took Walsh to the hospital, but no evident blood trail.

    A spokeswoman for Rutland Regional Medical Center said Walsh was treated and released.

    The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Michael Tietz at 773-9101.


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