Breads United Rasies $1,600 for United Way
john simonds beardJohn Simonds, Sullivan County’s High Sheriff says “Beards United” has risen over $1,600. The fundraiser was started in November when members of the Sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies throughout Sullivan County grew beards and mustaches to support United Way of Sullivan County.
Although most departments only participated for one to two months, the Sheriff’s Office will continue until February 6 so they can help the Town of Newport at the 100th Newport Winter Carnival beat the world record for the Largest Beard and Mustache Championship. Simonds says, “This is a great charity to support and the Newport Winter Carnival is celebrating a landmark year. Please join us at the Winter Carnival on February 6.” Those wishing to make donations can contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department

Chester Police Seize 150 Bags of Heroin
Chester VT Police seized 150 bags of heroin on Sunday after a traffic stop on Depot Street. Police say they learned Manuel A. Gomez 27 of Hartford CT had a criminally suspended license in Vermont. While searching the driver and car officers found 150 bags of heroin. Gomez was charged with trafficking heroin, transportation of heroin into the state of VT, and driving with a criminally suspended license. Gomez was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail.

Accidents Keep Springfield Police Busy
Springfield Police Department was busy with accidents yesterday. The first accident happened just after 7:00 am on 333 River Street in the area of Precision Valley Communications. Police say a car driven by Gary French, 59, of Westminster left the road and crashed on the top of a snow bank. Police found French lying on the ground from an apparent medical emergency. Mr. French was taken to Springfield Hospital.
Police attended a second accident shortly after noontime near Main and Clinton Streets. Police say Morgan Barber was traveling east on Main Street when she looked down for a moment and when she looked up she was headed toward the guardrail in the westbound lane. Barber’s Toyota Corolla hit the guardrail and rolled the car on to two unoccupied parked cars. Barber’s minor injuries were treated at the scene. Both accidents are under investigation.
Rockingham VT Man Loses Hunting License fo Three Years
A Rockingham VT man pled guilty last week to taking big game by illegal means, taking deer in closed season and giving false information to a police officer. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Officers say Christopher Brough Sr., 45, of Rockingham confessed to shooting a deer with a muzzleloader from inside his vehicle. The deer was shot before legal shooting hours and Christopher Brough Jr. used a flashlight to illuminate the deer from inside the vehicle.
Brough was sentenced to six to seven days in jail. He also lost his right to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for three years and ordered to take a remedial hunter ethics course in order to regain these rights.