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Brandon police seize heroin, charge Waite with trafficking

Posted on August 24, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — A Brandon man was jailed on drug charges Wednesday evening after Brandon police searched his home and found bundles of heroin ready for sale and more than $1,000 in cash.

Richard J. Waite, 40, was due today to answer charges of trafficking heroin (in excess of 3.5 grams) and cultivating marijuana.

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Former heroin addict sees progress

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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RUTLAND/BRANDON — Kyle Pinkham is sitting at a desk at the new Burlington Labs office in Rutland, wearing a black sweater, khaki pants and huge grin.

Yes, Pinkham is smiling, something he refused to do six months ago when he first sat down with The Reporter to talk about heroin addiction and all it has cost him, including his teeth.

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Local woman battles opiate addiction, finds hope with suboxone

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was New Year’s Eve 1998 when Cheryl Barrows got her first taste of heroin.

“I met this ‘wonderful’ guy in Rutland who put a needle in my arm and said, ‘This is wonderful stuff,’” recalled Barrows. “I looked out of the window, saw a pink cloud and my pain was gone. I felt nothing.”

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Brandon police organize war on heroin

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs/Brandon Reporter



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BRANDON — Drug dealers are people, too. That is a cold, hard fact of law enforcement that is frustrating many Brandon residents as known drug dealers continue to operate locally.

With the Brandon Cares community group gaining momentum in the local fight against heroin and opiate abuse, Brandon residents are learning more about addiction and treatment challenges. But they also question why, if local police know who is dealing heroin in Brandon, more arrests aren’t made to combat the problem.

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Opinion: Help is available locally for those struggling with drugs

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Bob Donnis



Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Mount Abraham Union High School student Abby Boss in reaction to the article she wrote (“Battle with Heroin Hits Home, Calls for Prevention”) for the school’s Bird’s Eyepublication, which ran in the Nov. 13 edition of the Independent. It is printed here with permission.

Dear Ms. Boss,

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Local man gives a face to heroin addiction in Vermont

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Kyle Pinkham could be your son, your nephew, your grandson, or your brother. A 2006 Otter Valley graduate, he was a good-looking, popular student-athlete who kicked the winning field goal to help the OV football team clinch the 2005 Division IV State Championship.

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Vergennes police nab pair in heroin sting

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Two Vergennes residents are facing felony heroin possession and sales charges after being snared in a successful sting operation by city police on Oct. 17.

Chelsea A Barrows, 22, and Mark K. Kennedy, 27, pleaded innocent to the charges at their Monday arraignment appearances in Addison Superior Court, criminal division. If convicted, they face penalties of up to five years in jail and/or a fine of up to $100,000 on each charge, according to court records.

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Emergency overdose kits offered free to public

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County in Middlebury is distributing free Narcan emergency kits to people seeking to have the substance handy for a friend or loved one at risk of overdosing on opiates.

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UPDATED: Four nabbed in Bristol drug bust

Posted on September 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Bristol police on Friday morning arrested four people on drug charges during a bust that also netted more than $4,000 in cash and thousands of bags of heroin.

Bristol Police Department Chief Kevin Gibbs said he believes the operation dealt a “significant hit” to a large, out-of-state drug operation. He added that in recent years he has seen a pattern of out-of-state dealers come to Bristol to operate.

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Turning Point hands out 69 Narcan kits

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County in Middlebury gave out 69 free Narcan emergency kits to a total of 29 people seeking to have the substance handy for a friend or loved one at risk of overdosing on opiates.

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