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Vermont State Police Log: Middlebury man faces heroin trafficking charge

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police jailed a Middlebury man last week on charges that he was trafficking heroin.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, at around 1 p.m., troopers stopped a 2004 Buick Century on Route 7 in the town of Mt. Tabor for speeding. Police report that Scott Racine, 42, of Middlebury was driving the car and 36-year-old Jonathon Gallagher of Rutland was a passenger.
State police alleged that during a search of the vehicle, they found approximately 1,400 bags of heroin.
Both Racine and Gallagher were arrested for the trafficking and importation of heroin. Racine was held at Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail. Gallagher was jailed at the same prison with bail set at $35,000.
In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:
•  On Jan. 17 just before 5:30 p.m. responded to a one-car rollover on Carlisle Hill Road in Goshen. Driver Sarah Wideawake, 33, of Brandon told police that she was driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee 25 mph down a winding section of Carlisle Hill Road when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction went into her lane. Wideawake reportedly turned her steering wheel to avoid a collision and it felt as if something “disconnected.” Wideawake said she remembered sliding and rolling downhill. Wideawake’s vehicle was totaled, and she was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for further evaluation/treatment for unspecified injuries. State police do not believe alcohol or drugs were contributing factors to the crash.
The Brandon Fire Department and Brandon Area Rescue Squad assisted the state police.
•  On Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. went to a three-car crash on Route 7 at the  intersection of South Middlebrook Road in Waltham.  Police report that Amber Kimball, 25, of Bristol was attempting to make a left turn onto South Middlebrook Road Route 7 and Brian Gover, 66, of Brandon, who was driving the Ford 150 immediately behind Kimball’s Nissan Versa saw this and slowed down almost coming to a stop.
At approximately the same time a Ford-550 driven on Route 7 by 27-year-old Derick Smits of Shoreham, began braking but could not stop and rear ended Gover’s truck. Smits also swerved and struck Kimball’s Nissan. Kimball was taken by the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to UVM Medical Center for treatment of back and neck pain.
•  On Jan. 19 at 4:20 p.m. responded to a three-car crash in Underhill involving a Bristol resident. Police report that Nicholas Coons, 25, of Essex was driving a Subaru Impreza westbound on Route 15 when he crossed the center line and drove into oncoming traffic, where his Subaru was struck by a Dodge truck driven by 30-year-old Frederick Goodrich of Bristol. The Subaru was totaled and Coons was hospitalized with non-incapacitating injuries; Goodrich was unhurt but his truck sustained major front-end damage. A third vehicle — a 2007 Toyota Tundra driven by George Potter, 59, of Cambridge — left the roadway to avoid a collision.
•  On Jan. 19 at a little past 8 p.m. stopped a vehicle on Route 7 in Leicester for erratic driving. The trooper had the driver, identified as Christopher P. Sheldon, 36, of Rutland, evaluated by a drug recognition expert and then cited him for driving under the influence of drugs.
•  On the evening of Jan. 20 received a 911 call about a missing person in a wooden area off Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh. Police report that Kyle Eichin, 28, of Belmar, N.J., was renting a home on this road with several friends and had gone out alone to pan for gold in the area. Neither Eichin nor his friends were familiar with the area, and the friends had searched for about two hours before they called 911.  The area around this home consisted of approximately 65 acres of fields, woods and small swamps and streams.
With the assistance of Vergennes police, the Ferrisburgh Fire Department and a Vermont Fish and Game warden, Eichin was located at approximately 9:35 p.m.  Eichin had been lost for approximately 6.5 hours, and after being screened by Vergennes Area Rescue Squad personnel at the scene was found to be in good health.
•  Around midnight on Jan. 23, closed one lane of Route 22A in Shoreham near Route 74 as a result of a tractor-trailer crash. Police did not provide any details on the crash itself, but they said traffic on Route 22A was diverted on to Route 74 East with a detour south on Route 30 to Route 73 and back to Route 22A. The closed road was opened again by 4:30 a.m.

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