Operators of Chester VT Animal Shelter Charged with Cruelty
websterOperators of a Chester VT animal shelter are facing Cruelty to Animals charges and False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer. Chester police say Mary Donaldson and Jessica (Remy) Fecteau of Webster House were cited on Sunday, after a 3-month long investigation.
Webster House originally opened as The Animal Rescue and Protection Society, Inc. opened in 2000 and changed their name to Webster’s House Animal Shelter in 2015. The organization took in mostly domestic and feral cats.
The shelter closed in early April after losing its lease.
Donaldson and Fecteau will appear in Windsor Superior Court on May 24, 2016 to answer the charges.

Paving Scam
NH State police and the Springfield NH Police Department are investing a driveway paving scam. Police say that on April 28 a paving company began unloading paving equipment and started working on a Springfield resident’s property. The homeowner confronted the paving crew who coerced the owner to allow a low cost paving project. Ultimately, the paving was much higher than originally quoted. Another victim agreed to pay over$10,000 for paving and the crew left the job incomplete.
State Police ask that anyone with information regarding the scam to contact Trooper Michael McLaughlin at 603-223-8855 and if you are approached by a paving company under these circumstances, contact your local authorities.

Temescal Due to Open In Lebanon Soon
Today Temescal’s Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) for medical marijuana opens in Dover. Temescal is expected to receive its certification for their Lebanon dispensary in the next few weeks. Temescal is a non-profit organization and the price of cannabis will be the same as the street price to prevent patience from re-selling it and to prevent others from obtaining registration cards to get marijuana.
Qualifying patients and designated caregivers must select one of the four ATC dispensaries and can only obtain therapeutic cannabis at their designated ATC. Applications for potentially qualifying patients and designated caregivers, medical provider certification, and other important information can be found on the Therapeutic Cannabis Program page on the DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/tcp/index.htm.

VSP Seize 418 Bags of Heroin
Vermont State Police seized 418 bags of heroin after a speeding stop on I-95 on Wednesday. Police said they suspected the driver Shawn Gardner 30, of Newport VT was impaired. Officers discovered that Gardner and his passenger Brandon Sheltra 20 of Newport Vermont had 418 bags of heroin in their possession.
Gardner was charged with DUI-Drugs, Possession of Heroin, Trafficking Heroin and Importation of Heroin. Sheltra was Possession of Heroin, Trafficking Heroin, and Importation of Heroin. Bail was set at $20,000 bail for Gardner, and $10,000 bail for Sheltra. Both men were remanded to the VT Dept. of Corrections-Springfield.