Local resident found after search

BENNINGTON - A local resident who has been the subject of an intensive search by law enforcement officers has been found and returned to Vermont to face an array of legal charges.

Brittany Herrmann, 25, a former Manchester resident and 2006 graduate of Burr and Burton Academy, was arrested in Lowell, Mass. on June 17. Erica Marthage, Bennington County State's Attorney, said she was returned to Bennington County Monday.

"We got an anonymous tip...that she was in Lowell, Mass. The chief of Winhall Police asked me if I could extradite her." Marthage said. "Frankly, I'm thrilled we were able to locate her."

There are many, what Marthage called "Vermont kids," wrapped up in opiate addiction and she said she is always happy when they can be returned to the community in a safe way and can try and get treatment. Bail could be suspended if she can get into a residential rehab, Marthage said.

Herrmann was originally arrested in February with Joseph Giordano. Court documents obtained from the State's Attorneys office say "on or about Feb. 9, 2014, [Herrmann] knowingly and unlawfully possessed, with the intent to sell or dispense, heroin in an amount consisting of 3.5 grams or more."

There are three charges all together, all dealing with the possession and intent to distribute or sell heroin. Giordano, Marthage said, was not extradited from Mass., but there are still charges against him in the state of Vermont.

Herrmann and Giordano were ordered to appear in court on March 3, but did not appear. Arrest warrants, setting their bail at $100,000 were issued.


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