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drug crime http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1694/all en Drugs abuse tied to sex crimes, assault cases http://addisonindependent.com/201402drugs-abuse-tied-sex-crimes-assault-cases <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-21519" style="width: 65px;"><a href="/201402drugs-abuse-tied-sex-crimes-assault-cases"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Wiggins.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Wiggins.jpg" title="Wiggins.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="65" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ADDISON COUNTY DEPUTY State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans says that drugs and alcohol are playing an increasing role in domestic and sexual assault cases going through the county court system. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; As area counselors, police and health care professionals see a drug problem that they said is <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=201402porter-counseling-service-plan-suboxone-clinic-assist-addicts">getting worse (see story)</a> some authorities said the drug problem is bringing a different kind of misery and tragedy to the county.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21520">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402drugs-abuse-tied-sex-crimes-assault-cases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County drug crime Vermont Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:46:13 +0000 Zach Despart 21520 at http://addisonindependent.com Vergennes police chief updates drug fighting efforts http://addisonindependent.com/201312vergennes-olice-chief-updates-drug-fighting-efforts <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">VERGENNES &mdash; Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel spoke to the Vergennes Lions at their meeting on Dec. 4. He commented that he is working with &ldquo;some of the best police officers he has ever known.&rdquo; He commented that they work hard and take offenses personally, trying hard to solve whatever crime has taken place. He said there are 10 officers (six full-time and four part-time) plus one dog in the department. He said a number of his officers are course instructors for many different aspects of police work.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/20772">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201312vergennes-olice-chief-updates-drug-fighting-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes drug crime police vergennes Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:48:17 +0000 Addison Independent 20772 at http://addisonindependent.com Law enforcement officials see progress in burglary battle, residents still wary http://addisonindependent.com/201308law-enforcement-officials-see-progress-burglary-battle-residents-still-wary <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON &mdash; Close to 100 residents of Addison and other local towns attended the second of two forums this year dedicated to the frustrating problem of home break-ins, and this time they heard at least some good news from the dozen law enforcement officials on hand, including Vermont Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn and Col. Thomas L&rsquo;Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18438">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308law-enforcement-officials-see-progress-burglary-battle-residents-still-wary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County drug crime Featured Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:19:16 +0000 John McCright 18438 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Vermont must rally in war against heroin http://addisonindependent.com/201308guest-editorial-vermont-must-rally-war-against-heroin <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> It&rsquo;s no secret St. Albans has a drug problem. But the problem can&rsquo;t be localized. It&rsquo;s not a St. Albans problem. It&rsquo;s a Vermont problem, and its tentacles reach into every alley corner, every hamlet, every city in the state. For verification, all one has to do is to read the court report, talk to any of the folks involved in law enforcement, or, saddest of all, talk to those within the medical community. It&rsquo;s pandemic.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18304">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308guest-editorial-vermont-must-rally-war-against-heroin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial drug crime Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:28:09 +0000 Trent Campbell 18304 at http://addisonindependent.com Police nab prime suspect in rash of home burglaries in Addison County http://addisonindependent.com/201308police-nab-prime-suspect-rash-home-burglaries-addison-county <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-18238" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201308police-nab-prime-suspect-rash-home-burglaries-addison-county"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/burglars.thumbnail.jpg" alt="burglars.jpg" title="burglars.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON &mdash; Vermont State Police have collared a man they believe might be responsible for dozens of burglaries that have occurred in Addison County since the beginning of this year.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18239">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201308police-nab-prime-suspect-rash-home-burglaries-addison-county" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County drug crime Featured Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:41:09 +0000 John McCright 18239 at http://addisonindependent.com Robber steals drugs from Middlebury pharmacy http://addisonindependent.com/201307robber-steals-drugs-middlebury-pharmacy <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-18102" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201307robber-steals-drugs-middlebury-pharmacy"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Marbleworks robbery perp1.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Marbleworks robbery perp1.jpg" title="Marbleworks robbery perp1.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY POLICE ARE looking for this man in connection with a July 24 robbery at the Marble Works Pharmacy in Middlebury. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent Staff </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Middlebury police are looking for an armed man who robbed the Marble Works Pharmacy of an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs at around 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18103">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201307robber-steals-drugs-middlebury-pharmacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury drug crime narcotics robbery Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:37:11 +0000 John Flowers 18103 at http://addisonindependent.com Police battle rising tide of narcotics in Addison County http://addisonindependent.com/201305police-battle-rising-tide-narcotics-addison-county <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Most Addison County police agencies continue to report increases in drug-related crime, activity that takes a lot of time and resources to investigate during a time when resources are in short supply.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17210">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305police-battle-rising-tide-narcotics-addison-county" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County drug crime drugs Featured Thu, 30 May 2013 14:04:14 +0000 John McCright 17210 at http://addisonindependent.com Addison fights crime wave with neighborhood watch http://addisonindependent.com/201305addison-fights-crime-wave-neighborhood-watch <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-16813" style="width: 160px;"><a href="/201305addison-fights-crime-wave-neighborhood-watch"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Addison Crime Watch.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Addison Crime Watch.jpg" title="Addison Crime Watch.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="160" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ADDISON RESIDENTS HAVE divided the town into 12 districts for the purposes of a neighborhood watch program to help combat a wave of home break-ins. Ten residents have volunteered to serve as block captains for the watch, but organizers still need block captains in districts 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON &mdash; When Addison resident Michele Kelly and her husband, Charles, moved to Vermont from Philadelphia a number of years ago, they didn&rsquo;t foresee themselves in the middle of a crime wave.</p> <p> But their home is just one of nearly a dozen in Addison &mdash; several in the past couple weeks &mdash; and many more in surrounding towns from which burglars in the past year have stolen, usually during daylight hours, items like jewelry, cameras, watches, computers, prescription drugs and family heirlooms.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16816">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305addison-fights-crime-wave-neighborhood-watch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison drug crime Featured Mon, 06 May 2013 15:15:24 +0000 John McCright 16816 at http://addisonindependent.com Police make big heroin bust at Route 7 traffic stop http://addisonindependent.com/201304police-make-big-heroin-bust-route-7-traffic-stop <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-16720" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201304police-make-big-heroin-bust-route-7-traffic-stop"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Braxton Green.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Braxton Green.jpg" title="Braxton Green.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; Vergennes police on Tuesday with the assistance of Vermont State and Bristol police arrested two men at a Ferrisburgh traffic stop and filed multiple drug charges against them, including sale and trafficking of heroin on one of the two and sale of heroin and possession of marijuana on the other.</p> <p> According to a press release from Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, Todd Green, 23, of Philadelphia was cited for both sale and trafficking of heroin and for providing false information to a police officer.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16719">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304police-make-big-heroin-bust-route-7-traffic-stop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont drug crime police vergennes Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:54:24 +0000 John McCright 16719 at http://addisonindependent.com Four arrested, guns and drugs seized in Starksboro bust http://addisonindependent.com/201304four-arrested-guns-and-drugs-seized-starksboro-bust <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> STARKSBORO &mdash; Police have seized drugs, cash and guns in Starksboro and arrested four people on various charges including possession and trafficking of drugs.</p> <p> Vergennes police announced on Saturday morning that they, with the assistance of the Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks, had executed a search warrant on an apartment located at 132 Big Hollow Road in Starksboro.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16429">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201304four-arrested-guns-and-drugs-seized-starksboro-bust" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Starksboro drug crime Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:37:56 +0000 Addison Independent 16429 at http://addisonindependent.com Bill looks to slow stolen goods sales by imposing rules on pawnbrokers http://addisonindependent.com/201302bill-looks-slow-stolen-items-sales-imposing-rules-pawnbrokers <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-15502" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201302bill-looks-slow-stolen-items-sales-imposing-rules-pawnbrokers"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/greghamilton7634.thumbnail.jpg" alt="greghamilton7634.jpg" title="greghamilton7634.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GREG HAMILTON, OWNER of Stone Block Antiques in Vergennes and president of the Vermont Antique Dealers Association, recently consulted with local lawmakers about a proposed law that would regulate pawnbrokers and purveyors of precious metals. The bill is an attempt to make it more difficult for burglars to sell their stolen goods. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; Legislation introduced last week in the Vermont House by Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, and two colleagues is intended to make it more difficult for those responsible for the many recent burglaries in Addison County and Vermont to dispose of stolen goods.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15493">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201302bill-looks-slow-stolen-items-sales-imposing-rules-pawnbrokers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont burglaries crime drug crime Featured Lanpher Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:32:15 +0000 15493 at http://addisonindependent.com Landlords vulnerable in drug war; wary of tenants who deal drugs http://addisonindependent.com/201301landlords-vulnerable-drug-war-wary-tenants-who-deal-drugs <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; The drug problem in Vermont has long economic fingers that have gripped the state. Drug abuse increases police budgets and raises taxes. It is a public health issue and increases insurance premiums. It adds to the prison population, and therefore, the state corrections budget. It contributes to the high school dropout rate. It feeds poverty. It destroys families. It breaks hearts.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15115">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301landlords-vulnerable-drug-war-wary-tenants-who-deal-drugs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Addison County drug crime Featured Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:26:56 +0000 Addison Independent 15115 at http://addisonindependent.com UPDATE: Vergennes police make big heroin bust in Ferrisburgh http://addisonindependent.com/201301police-make-big-heroin-bust-ferrisburgh <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>Editor&#39;s note: This story has been updated since it was originally posted to add information on other drug busts in the county.</em></p> <p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; Vergennes and Vermont State Police on Monday arrested two Ferrisburgh men and one Cornwall man on a number of drug charges, most notably the sale of heroin.</p> <p> This was the latest in a string of arrests involving the sale of heroin in Addison County.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/14960">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301police-make-big-heroin-bust-ferrisburgh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont drug crime Ferrisburgh heroin vergennes Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:11:46 +0000 Addison Independent 14960 at http://addisonindependent.com Vergennes police, VSP make heroin bust in Leicester http://addisonindependent.com/201212vergennes-police-vsp-make-heroin-bust-leicester <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES/LEICESTER &mdash; Vergennes police on Tuesday &mdash; with a major assist from Vermont State Police &mdash; arrested three people in Leicester and charged them with selling heroin after finding more than 350 bags of the drug, $3,670 of cash, marijuana, and a stolen firearm at a Fern Lake Road home.</p> <p> Police said the street value of each bag ranged from $20 to $30 per bag, meaning the street value of the drug seized by police on Wednesday ranged from $7,000 to $10,500.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/14694">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201212vergennes-police-vsp-make-heroin-bust-leicester" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes crime drug crime Leicester Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:35:50 +0000 Addison Independent 14694 at http://addisonindependent.com Hancock trio charged with cooking meth at Route 125 home http://addisonindependent.com/201211hancock-trio-charged-cooking-meth-route-125-home <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-14315" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201211hancock-trio-charged-cooking-meth-route-125-home"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Hancock meth trio.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Hancock meth trio.jpg" title="Hancock meth trio.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Arnold, left, Michael Wood and Meegen Smith were charged in a methamphetamine case in Hancock. </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY/HANCOCK &mdash; Three Hancock residents appeared at the Addison County Courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 21, to plead innocent to drug-related crimes in connection with an alleged methamphetamine operation at a home at 2698 Route 125 in Hancock.</p> <p> It is the first substantial meth case to be prosecuted in Addison County.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/14317">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201211hancock-trio-charged-cooking-meth-route-125-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hancock drug crime drugs Featured meth Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:31:10 +0000 John Flowers 14317 at http://addisonindependent.com