SWANTON: Federal Law Enforcement Officers arrested two local women in connection with stolen prescription pads and money from a local dental office.

According to court records, Agents arrested Lindsey Cox of Swanton on December 4th. Tammy Larocque of St. Albans was arrested the same day.

Both women are accused of obtaining oxycodone by way of fraud.

In addition, Lindsay Cox is also accused of a second count of obtaining fraudulent oxycodone, as well as one count of embezzlement.

The County Courier is the first news agency to report on this case.

Federal court records did not indicate how much money was missing, or the quantity of oxycodone the pair is accused of aquiring.

The pair worked at RVI Dental Center in St. Albans, according to court records.

Few details were available in the case, but the indictment for the pair indicated that the offenses dated back to at least May of 2016 and were not discovered until at least August of 2017.

According to the court records, Cox and Larocque were creating fake prescriptions by forging the signature of the doctor and filling the prescriptions at local pharmacies.

Prosecutors indicated in the indictment that there may be other people who helped with them to illegally obtain the drugs. It is unclear if more people will be charged in connection with these defendants.

It’s possible that others could be implicated and prosecuted in the course of the investigation and prosecution of these alleged crimes as prosecutors wrote

The case is being prosecuted by the Federal Prosecutor’s office in Burlington. 

Both women were released on conditions, including that they do not discuss the case with anyone who may be a witness to the alleged crimes. They also must maintain or actively seek  employment. Additionally, the women are prohibited from consuming drugs or alcohol while out on release.

Larocque is being represented by Robert Katims. Cox is being represented by the Federal Public Defender’s office.

© County Courier, 2018

Harold E. (Jake) Jacobs

ST. ALBANS: Mr. Harold E. (Jake) Jacobs, age 89, passed away Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Franklin County Rehab Center.  He was born in Burlington, December 1, 1929, son of the late Harold E. and Ethal (Morgan) Jacobs. He went to the Burlington and Colchester High Schools, and worked in farming right after graduating.  He was in the U.S. Navy Reserves for four years and then served two years in active duty during the Korean War. After the Navy, Jake got into carpentry, mechanics and truck driving. He married Ruth Wilkins December 4, 1954.  They purchased his family farm and that’s where they lived for 61 years. During their retirement years, Ruth and Jake enjoyed going to Wells Beach, Maine twice a year. Mrs. Jacobs predeceased him December 21, 2016.

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Kathleen M. Smith

St. Albans – Kathleen M Smith 91, passed away peacefully in her home on December 2nd 2018.  

Born on December 26th, 1926, she was the daughter of John Dennis Sullivan and Roseanna Gosselin. Kathleen and Bob are now together doing what they loved most, riding their bikes.  

Kay made her life as a homemaker and in most recent years she cared for her husband Bob.  She was an active member of the ladies of St. Anne and the VFW, always donating her time and homemade sandwiches. She worked as an office assistant for Doctor Boucher for many years alongside her good friend Peggy Moreau.  

Home Dem, walking, daily journaling and daily phone calls with her “sis” were just some of the things she loved.   

She leaves behind her two sons, Robert “Butch” Smith and his wife, Denise (Lefebvre), of Grand Isle.  John Smith and his wife, Julie (LeClair), of St. Albans Bay. “Mimi” leaves behind her grandchildren, Jennifer Parent and her husband, Richard, of Essex.  Christopher Teague of St. Albans, Erin Smith and her fiancée, Benjamin Cullen, of St. Albans, Eric Smith of Highgate.  Erica and Mike Brousseau of Connecticut and several great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sister, Patricia Fielding, sister-in-law, Lorraine Sullivan and her very special “sis”, Geraldine Laflam.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Smith and her daughter, Susan, and her brothers, Philip Sullivan, Donald Sullivan, Harold Sullivan, Francis “Fuzzy” Sullivan, and Gregory Sullivan.  

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Franklin County Home Health, Hannah at hospice, and their other caregivers for the exceptional care provided to both Kathleen & Bob.

Services for Bob and Kathleen will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, gifts in Kathleen’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

Theresa S. Towle

St Albans – Theresa S Towle, age 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 5, 2018, at the Holiday House in St Albans. She was born October 12, 1927, in Fairfield, VT to Ferdinand and Mary Louise (Larose) Smith.

Raised in Berkshire/Richford, Theresa married Wellington (Sonny) Towle on October 28, 1950. They lived in St Albans where they raised their four children.

Theresa was an avid bowler, bingo player and loved to play cards with family and friends. She worked for many years as a cook at a local restaurant and the St Mary’s Convent and Rectory

Her survivors include her husband Sonny of 68 years; her children, Robert Towle of St Albans, Jane Towle and Jean Schafer of Vienna VA, Betty and Scott Popple of St Albans and their children Serge (Jason) and Samantha, and Laura and Donald Gilbert of Swanton and their children Nicholas (Karissa) Bouchard, Makayla and Kyle Gilbert. 

She is also survived by her sisters, Simone Frechette, Annette Montagne, Maria and Donald Ploof, sisters-in-law, Kathy and Shirley Smith, Linda and Merle Van Gieson, brother- in-law, Carmen Mayhew; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Raymond, Gerard, Armand and Lawrence Smith; sisters, Jane Mayhew, Rose West, Sister Cecile Smith; brothers-in-law, Lynwood West, Frank Montagne, Rowland Towle, Luscious Wright, Johnny Bergeron and George Lafountain; sisters-in-law, Janice Lafountain, Myrtle Bergeron, Leona Towle, Clara Demers; and son-in-law Laurent Bouchard.

The family would like to thank the staff of Franklin County Home Health, Franklin County Rehab and Holiday House for her care over the past several weeks.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St Albans.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 10, 2018, at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 45 Fairfield Street, St Albans, with the Reverend Maurice J. Roy as celebrant. A reception will follow at St Mary’s Parish Center.

Interment will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St Albans, VT 05478.