Police news in brief

POWNAL — A man and woman weren't injured after their vehicles collided on Route 7 on Monday morning, according to Vermont State Police.

Just after 11 a.m., Darrell E. Pinsonneault, 36, of Adams, Mass. was traveling south near Jackson Cross Road in a 2009 Hyundai Elantra and didn't see that a 2012 Honda CRV being driven by Lorrie J. Browe, 61, of Bennington was stopped in the roadway due to utility work, police said.

Police said Pinsonneault attempted to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision, but when he swerved to the right, his sedan struck a rock ledge. This then caused his car to roll and strike the SUV.

There were no injuries reported.

The Hyundai received significant damage and was totaled. The Honda received moderate damage to its rear hatch and quarter panel. Both vehicles were removed by All Service Citgo of Bennington. Police said that a civil citation is pending.

BENNINGTON — A handful of Bennington and Windham county residents now face drug-related charges after an investigation that took place over four months.

The Southern Vermont Drug Task announced on Friday that 13 suspects were arrested after numerous drug investigations into the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine. Three people are from Bennington County and one is from Windham.

Police said among the 13 arrests are two Rutland suspects facing charges for allegedly "maintaining a drug-involved premise."

Area residents arrested during the sweep, according to police, are:

- Eizabeth Figueroa, 31, of Brattleboro, one charge of selling cocaine, set to be arraigned in Windham criminal court Jan. 23.

- Kearstyn L. King, 19, of Bennington, two charges of selling heroin, set to be arraigned in Bennington criminal court Jan. 8.

- Bradley R. Sweet, 30, of Bennington, two charges of selling heroin, set to be arraigned in Bennington criminal court Jan. 8.

- Amanda F. Wilkins, 31, of Bennington, two charges of selling heroin and two counts of cruelty to children, arraigned in Bennington criminal court Sept. 7.

According to police, nine residents in Rutland County have been arrested; three were arraigned, and another six will be arraigned at a later date.

— Staff reports


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