Wednesday September 26, 2012

State police warn of scam calls

NEWFANE -- An elderly resident from Williamsville alerted the State Police earlier this week that he had received a phone call requesting money and believed it to be a scam.

The individual told police a man claiming to be Sgt. TJ Rolland from the Mexico City Police Department called and said that the Newfane man’s grandson had been arrested in Mexico and that he needed to send $2,000 for bail. According to police, "the ruse even included having a young man, who was pretending to be the grandson, speak with the elderly gentleman." When told he only had $1,500, the male claiming to be Rolland said the bail could be reduced to $1,450, but a $50 fee would be incurred for sending the money via Money Gram.

After the phone call, the man contacted his son and his grandson’s girlfriend, who both confirmed he was at work in Brattleboro, and not in Mexico.

The State Police are reminding residents of these types of scams, and encouraging people to speak with elderly relatives about them.

For more information, visit www.ftc.gov/phonefraud.

Drug Take Back Day this weekend

BRATTLEBORO -- The Windham County Sheriff’s Department, working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and in coordination with local law enforcement agencies through Windham County, will be offering a fifth Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During Drug Take Back Day area citizens can properly dispose of unneeded expired or unwanted prescription pills, tablets and capsules in a confidential, safe and secure way. No questions are asked and no personal information is required of the people dropping off at the collection sites. Present at the collection locations will be members of the local prevention coalitions to provide additional resources.

The Drug Take Back days are instrumental in reducing the amount of prescription narcotics on the street and preventing their availability for abuse and illegal use. The high number of prescription medication misuse and abuse has prompted local prevention coalitions and police departments to install permanent drop boxes. As of now there are four area law enforcement agencies that have received permanent drop boxes. They are Windham County Sheriff’s Dept., Brattleboro Police Dept., Bellows Falls Police Dept., and Springfield Police Dept.

On Sept. 29, bring your medications for disposal to:

-- Windham County Sheriff’s Dept. - 11 Jail St, Newfane

-- Brattleboro Police Dept.- 230 Main Street, Brattleboro

-- Bellows Falls Police Dept.- 170 Rockingham St, Bellows Falls

-- Putney Vol. Fire Station- 14 Main St, Putney

-- Vermont State Police, Brattleboro- 464 Marlboro Rd, West Brattleboro

-- Southwestern Vermont Medical Center-Deerfield Valley Campus- 30 Rt. 100 South, Wilmington

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information, contact Deputy First Class Jessica Fellows at 802-365-4942.