DLS FOR SHELDON MAN

A September traffic stop has lead to the charge of driving with a criminally suspended license for a Sheldon man.

According to police, Justin A. Franks, 30, of Sheldon has been charged with Criminally Suspended License Due to DUI after a September 18th traffic stop on Pleasant Street in Enosburg Falls.

Franks will be due in court to answer to that charge on October 24th.

BAD PLACE TO HAVE REGULATED DRUGS

Where should you not go when you have regulated drugs? How about the border crossing into Canada through Highgate?

That’s what a Valrico, Florida man did, according to police.

US Border Patrol, as well as State Police arrested 62 year-old Louis Garcia for having a controlled drug without a prescription, but police did not say what the drugs was.

He was due in court on October 4th to answer to that charge.

BUSY DAY IN FAIRFIELD

Last week police charged a man with Careless and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle as well as Leaving the Scene of an Accident. That same day, officers charged a woman with Domestic Assault.

Turns out the two charged were connected.

According to court records, Meaghan Nolan, 18, of Hyde Park was cleaning her possesions out of Zachery Bessette’s home in Fairfield.

Bessette came home while Nolan was there and surprised Nolan, according to testimony in court records.

Nolan and Bessette allegedly began to argue, then Nolan punched Bassette.

The incident magnified when Bassette left the home and Nolan followed him.

Allegedly a road rage incident ensued, where Bessette slammed on his brakes, causing Nolan to go off the road behind him.

Bassette then left the scene of the crash.

Bassette is due in court on the driving charges on October 31st.

Nolan was arraigned on Friday to the charge of Domestic Assault. She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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.