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Drugs abuse tied to sex crimes, assault cases

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — As area counselors, police and health care professionals see a drug problem that they said is getting worse (see story) some authorities said the drug problem is bringing a different kind of misery and tragedy to the county.

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Vergennes police chief updates drug fighting efforts

Posted on December 23, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel spoke to the Vergennes Lions at their meeting on Dec. 4. He commented that he is working with “some of the best police officers he has ever known.” 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.

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Law enforcement officials see progress in burglary battle, residents still wary

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — 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’Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police.

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Guest editorial: Vermont must rally in war against heroin

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Emerson Lynn



It’s no secret St. Albans has a drug problem. But the problem can’t be localized. It’s not a St. Albans problem. It’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’s pandemic.

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Police nab prime suspect in rash of home burglaries in Addison County

Posted on August 5, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON — 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.

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Robber steals drugs from Middlebury pharmacy

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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MIDDLEBURY — 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.

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Police battle rising tide of narcotics in Addison County

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — 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.

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Addison fights crime wave with neighborhood watch

Posted on May 6, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — When Addison resident Michele Kelly and her husband, Charles, moved to Vermont from Philadelphia a number of years ago, they didn’t foresee themselves in the middle of a crime wave.

But their home is just one of nearly a dozen in Addison — several in the past couple weeks — 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.

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Police make big heroin bust at Route 7 traffic stop

Posted on April 30, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — 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.

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.

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Four arrested, guns and drugs seized in Starksboro bust

Posted on April 14, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



STARKSBORO — Police have seized drugs, cash and guns in Starksboro and arrested four people on various charges including possession and trafficking of drugs.

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.

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