VT Doctor Charged with Prescription Fraud
A Vermont Dr. lost her medical license and was charged with 8 counts of prescription fraud. Vermont State Police say they arrested Dr. Melanie M. Canon 49 after an investigation into prescription fraud that began last January. Dr. Canon was seeing patients on a regular basis outside of her normal practice and conducting home visits. The doctor admitted to not keeping patient notes or charts for any of the patient visits or care between July 2015 – March 2016. An investigation with the assistance of DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the Vermont Board of Medical Practice investigators revealed at least (8) occasions when Canon prescribed a prescription Oxycodone and retrieved them from the pharmacy without the knowledge of her patients. Canon allegedly diverted or falsely prescribed over 1200 Oxycodone tablets from her patients for her own use. The doctor submitted to a cessation of her license to practice medicine in Vermont on April16 and will appear on June 14, in Windham Criminal Court to answer the charges. Canon practiced family medicine in Harlem NY before moving her practice to Londonderry VT in 2013.
VT Practices Amber Alert System
Today between 10:00 am and noon, the Department of Public Safety will conduct a practice Amber Alert System. This exercise will test various components of Vermont’s Amber Alert system. It will send out thousands of messages to subscribers, VTrans message boards will be populated and VT Lottery will activate their system to message their signs and tickets. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) will also be utilized sending test messages to TV and radio stations. The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) will not be utilized.
During the exercise phone alerts will only go out to those signed up for VT-ALERT. Anyone who wishes to receive Amber Alerts in the future, including the latest up-to-date information at the time of the alert, can register to for a free account at https://users.vtalert.gov .
VT Man Receives Suspended Sentence for Child Porn
A South Royalton man was sentenced on two felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography after entering a guilty plea. Make Zielinski was given a 3-10 years suspended sentence last week in Rutland Criminal Court. The court did not suspend the 65 days Mr. Zielinski served since his arraignment. Zielinski was placed on probation for 8 years and will be subject to special conditions of probation designed for sex offenders. Conditions include, but are not limited to, require Zielinski to successfully complete sex offender treatment and limit his access to the internet and to children under the age of 16. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, the Vermont State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, and Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet, including the production and online sharing of child pornography.
Newport has a new Selectboard member. John Hooper will take the seat vacated by Gary Nichols who sat on the board for 22 years. Jeff Kessler incumbent board member was also voted in to serve another term.
Supervisor of the Check-List Ella Casey said it was a low voter turnout.
Article 11 that would have added $5.00 to vehicle registrations for repair and up keep of Newport Roads failed. Also failing was Article 12, which would have given the Selectboard the right to sell and buy property after submitting the plans to the Planning and Conservations Boards. Voted down also was Article 13 which would have authorized the Planning Board to require preliminary site reviews.