Author: Michaela Halnon

Charges upgraded after April crash

A Colchester resident was charged with possession of cocaine, ecstasy, Clonazepam and marijuana on Tuesday after officials tested the substances he had in his possession during an April 2 collision, according to a Vermont State Police press release. Police say 29-year-old Christopher S. Keller had 13 individually wrapped plastic sandwich bag corners of a white powdery substance when his car rolled over on Interstate 89 southbound in Richmond. Tests conducted by the Vermont Forensic Laboratory determined the substances found included 12 grams of powder cocaine, MDMA or ecstasy, the regulated drug Clonazepam and a “civil amount” of marijuana, police...

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Pinking out the PD

A local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team got an early fundraising boost last week after receiving a $2,300 donation from the Colchester Police Department. The PD raised the funds through the sale of more than 270 limited edition pink patches, each designed to mirror the emblems that decorate officers’ own uniforms. Outside the police station last Wednesday morning, several officers gathered to hand the check to members of the Colchester CAN-survive Team, a group largely made up of town employees, their friends and family. “We’re always amazed at the local community and how much they support us,” said...

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Police probe boat fire

An arson investigator was called after a boat caught fire in Malletts Bay last Saturday evening, according to a press release from Colchester police. Police say they received a report just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 that a 55 ft. offshore boat was engulfed in flames at the Champlain Marina on West Lakeshore Drive. First responders were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but the boat was declared a total loss, according to the release. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Officials closed West Lakeshore Drive at the Prim Road intersection for about two...

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Colchester woman accused of running drug house

The U.S. Department of Justice says a Colchester woman was one of three Vermonters arrested for making their homes available for drug activity. A press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont said Michelle West, 41, of Colchester was charged with conspiring with Boston residents Rashaad Phillips and Saquan Moore to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base and for making her residence at 98 Shady Ln. in Colchester “available for drug activity.” Court documents say West, Phillips and Moore “knowingly and willfully conspired” to distribute the controlled substances between September 2016 and Jan. 24,...

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