HIT AND RUN DRIVER WANTED

Police in St. Albans say they are investigating a hit and run accident on Tuesday that left a bicyclist with minor injuries.

According to police, a bicyclist and a female driver of a grey van colided on Fairfield Street near the hospital.

The female bicylist sustained injuries to her legs, but was later treated and released from Northwest Medical Center.

Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of the gray van. She is described as having brown hair and wearing sunglasses.

If you have information that might assist police in the matter, call 524-2166.

YOU CAN RUN, OH WAIT- NO YOU CAN’T

An officer from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department tried to pull over 20-year-old Dakota Oakes from Jericho late last month, but according to police he fled on a green motorcycle.

Deputy Renning wrote in a press release that he pursued the man more than five miles before the defendant tried to hide behind the Jolley convenience store in Berkshire.

Oakes will be due in court on November 7th, facing charges of Attempting to Elude Police in a Grossly Negligent Manner, and   Grossly Negligent Operation.

THIS BUD’S NOT FOR YOU

State Police have charged Amber Reynolds, 26, of Sheldon with petit larceny after she allegedly stole two alcoholic beverages from the Sheldon Mini Mart.

According to police, the offense happened on October 2nd.

State records show that Reynolds was recently convicted of a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident.

Reynolds is due in court to answer to the charge on November 21st.

LOST HIKER FOUND SAFE

A teen from Eden spent much of Tuesday evening on the side of Mount Mansfield, according to police.

Kris Boutin, 19, of Eden was reported missing by his family after he did not return from a hike in Smugglers’ Notch on Tuesday Night.

A search which included members of Stowe Mountain Rescue found the teen lost, at the top of a steep cliff, without a flashlight.

The rescue crew guided Boutin back down the mountain, according to police.

No tickets were issued to the missing hiker, according to a press release on Wednesday.

COPS: HIGHGATE MAN DROVE DRUNK

A Highgate man has been arrested for driving drunk according to police.

If the allegations are correct, David Rouse, 41, of Highgate drove his vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.148% on Sunday morning in Highgate.

The deputy originally pulled Rouse over for defective equipment and not using his turn signal.

According to a release, Deputy Albarelli became suspicious that Rouse may be under the influence of alcohol after he notices signs of impairment.

Rouse is a border guard for Customs and Border protection as well as a volunteer firefighter in Highgate.

The stop, which occurred just after midnight resulted in a DUI#1 charge for Rouse. He’ll be due in court to answer to the charge on October 17th.

RUNNING COKE WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE

Police believe they caught a cocaine dealer making her run on the interstate on Thursday.

Kristy Sweeney, 33, of Georgia was arrested for Trafficking cocaine as well as driving with a suspended license.

According to State Trooper Maurice Lamothe, Sweeney was initially pulled over for speeding, but a records check indicated that her license was criminally suspended.

A search warrant was issued for her vehicle, where police reported finding 28 ounces of powdered cocaine.

Sweeney was initially held on $25,000 bail until her arraignment on Friday when the judge held her without bail.

According to state law, possesion of 5.6 ounces of cocaine or more with the intent to sell can land a defendant in prison for up to 30 years and a $1 million fine.

The Driving without a license charge is a misdomenor and could see a fine of up to $5,000 and or 2 years in prison.

According to a police affidavit, Sweeney was clocked at 87 miles per hour when officers first encountered her vehicle.

She told officers that she was late to her job at Peerless CLothing in St. Albans.

In court documents, police recalled Sweeney telling them that “Other people use the vehicle and to her knowledge there was nothing illegal in the vehicle.”

Even though police applied for a search warrant in the case, according to court records, the owner of the vehicle (Amy Domina) allowed police to search the car without a warrant.

According to public documents obtained bt the County Courier, police also discovered an empty box of baking soda in the bags that contained the cocaine.

According to court records, Sweeney has had 10 misdemeanor counts on her record, four of which resulted in convictions.

She also had three charges for violation of Parole, and one failure to appear.

9 TIME FELON CAUGHT IN HIGHGATE

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Jose Ygnacio Sosa-Ramirez, 55, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced yesterday for illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously removed, and violating the terms of his supervised release on a prior federal conviction. Chief District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Sosa-Ramirez to a 50-month term of incarceration for having illegally re-entered the United States, and a consecutive 24-month term of incarceration for violating the terms of his supervised release, resulting in a total sentence of 74 months.

According to Court records, in June of 2014, Sosa-Ramirez was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, sentenced to time served (approximately 23 months), and a 2-year term of supervised release. He was subsequently deported from the United States on October 8, 2014. On October 19, 2015, Sosa-Ramirez entered the United States at the Highgate Port of Entry in Highgate Springs, Vermont, as a passenger aboard a Greyhound Bus. Sosa-Ramirez presented the Customs and Border Protection Officer an official United States passport in the name of Walter Kahigas. The Customs and Border Protection Officer referred Sosa-Ramirez to secondary inspection, after discovering a database alert associated with that identity. Sosa-Ramirez subsequently admitted the Walter Kahigas passport was obtained through fraudulent statements. Investigation of Sosa-Ramirez’s criminal history revealed he had nine prior felony convictions, including convictions for gun trafficking, document fraud, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

United States Attorney Eric S. Miller commended the efforts of United States Customs and Border Protection, in the arrest and prosecution of Sosa-Ramirez.

Sosa-Ramirez was represented by Bradley Stetler, Esq. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan A. Ophardt.

REGULATORS LEAVE NMC MEDICAL RATES UNCHANGED

By Courier Staff

St. Albans: The Green Mountain Care Board will allow prices at hospitals to go up an average of 1.8 percent in the upcoming fiscal year, but will hold Northwestern Medical Center’s rates alone.

The board, which regulates hospitals’ budgets and insurance prices, finished approving the prices for Vermont’s 14 hospitals Thursday. The board’s accountants are still calculating how much revenue those new prices will take in.nmc-hospital

The results leave $2.4 billion in hospital budgets largely unchanged. Even though numerous hospitals took in more money for care than they were supposed to in 2015 or are expected to do so in 2016, none will be forced to decrease how much they charge insurance companies starting Oct. 1. Continue reading “REGULATORS LEAVE NMC MEDICAL RATES UNCHANGED”

FAIRFAX MAN RIDES WITH THUNDERBIRDS

By Gregory J. Lamoureux

SOUTH BURLINGTON: When the United State Airforce Thunderbirds came to Vermont last month, they did something rather unusual- Instead of giving a ride to a local celebrity the way they normally do, they decided to give a ride to a local hero.

A contest was born. Appoint a local hero in your community that deserves the ride of their life.

Fast forward a couple of weeks; Alex Paci was at home watching the ABC/Fox news when he heard his name.

He didn’t know it, but Paci’s wife had nominated him for the ride.

For Paci, he was shocked. Continue reading “FAIRFAX MAN RIDES WITH THUNDERBIRDS”

POLICE: COCAINE RING BUSTED

By Gregory J. Lamoureux

ST. ALBANS: An Early Thursday Morning raid last week caught three cocaine dealers, including one that was wanted by Burlington Police for a felony assault charge.

All three defendants claim to reside in Philidelphia, according to Court records.

Around 6 am on Thursday, police from St. Albans Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and State Police raided the three-story home located at 42 Federal Street in St. Albans City, according to court records. The home is located behind Boston Tailoring & Cleaners on Federal Street. Continue reading “POLICE: COCAINE RING BUSTED”