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Bristol heroin case nets trio

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Three Bristol residents last week pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to heroin trafficking-related charges stemming from a July 16 incident in South Street in Bristol.

Edward James Chaloux, 56; Corrine Louise Cantin, 51; and Derek Anthony Jackson, 49, each face a felony charge of trafficking heroin. Conviction on this charge carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1 million.

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State police crack down on careless, drunk driving

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police are stepping up their traffic patrols in Addison County and beyond in wake of some recent fatal car crashes, including one on Route 22A in Bridport on Aug. 7 that claimed the lives of four people.

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Kolts sentenced at emotional hearing

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Rein Kolts, a 70-year-old Orwell resident and former coach and bus driver at Shoreham Elementary School, on Monday was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for repeated nonconsensual sex with a minor.

Kolts was convicted on Jan. 20 for the assaults on a girl who was 11 to 13 years old when the crimes were committed. The victim, a New Hampshire resident and Kolts’ niece, told police the offences occurred more than five times at Kolts’ Orwell home and once in Chester.

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For a Ripton family, life changed in an instant

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Christina Walker’s daily routine began as usual on Thursday, April 20. She took the wheel of the family car to drive her fiancé, Brian Kerr, from their Ripton home to meet his work colleague in Salisbury. From there, the two men would travel to their latest job site.

It only took a split second for the couple’s lives — and those of their three children — to take a dramatic and tragic turn on that fateful day.

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Newell pleads innocent to felony charges in fatal crash

Posted on June 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — A Ferrisburgh man pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of grossly negligent operation of a vehicle with death resulting, in connection with an April 20, two-car crash on Route 7 in Salisbury that claimed the life of Ripton resident Brian Kerr.

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N.Y. man caught with heroin stash and over $13,000 in cash

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Mike Donoghue



MIDDLEBURY — About 18 grams of heroin and $13,725 in cash have been seized following a traffic stop by the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, court records show.

Lamont Hudgkins, 35, of Staten Island, N.Y., has pleaded innocent in Vermont Superior Court, criminal division, in Middlebury to charges of heroin trafficking, conspiracy to traffic in heroin and possession of 10 ounces of marijuana — all felonies. He was initially jailed for lack of $75,000 bail, but has since been released on a bail bond with conditions.

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Police issue drunk driving citation to woman found in car on RR track

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police cited Mary Mendoza, 33, of Weybridge for driving under the influence (first offense) on Tuesday, May 30, after she allegedly drove off Route 7 and onto the train tracks at the junction of Route 17 in New Haven at around 11 p.m.

Police allege Mendoza had driven an estimated 50 feet along the rail line before her vehicle got stuck, according to a press release issued by VSP Capt. Michael Manley and Sgt. Aaron McNeil.

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Rutland man to be sentenced in felony case

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County jury on April 14 convicted a West Rutland man on a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct, stemming from an incident in Salisbury during the summer of 2015.

Henry Foster, 41, will be sentenced on July 10 for what county prosecutors said was an offense of “acting in a sexually inappropriate way” toward a girl who was 17 years old at the time.

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Bristol woman faces third embezzlement charge in seven years

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Mike Donoghue



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BRISTOL — A Bristol woman, who recently completed a 21-month federal prison sentence, is facing her third embezzlement case in seven years following a report of money disappearing from a local market, court records show.

Billie LaFlam, 44, of Mountain Road has been ordered by judges to make more than $100,000 in restitution in recent years.

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