Local fugitive and girlfriend busted for heroin at Quechee Gorge motel

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Norman Bevins Jr was wanted in Vermont and New Hampshire

QUECHEE, VT A fugitive and his girlfriend were both busted for heroin possession Thursday after Hartford police executed a search warrant on a motel room near the Quechee Gorge.

    Norman Bevins Jr., 43, who had warrants out for his arrest in Vermont and three separate New Hampshire counties, was taken into custody alongside Lindsey Shook, 32, of Hartland.

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    Bevins was ordered held without bail when he was brought into a courtroom in downtown White River Junction on Friday afternoon.

    Bevins and Shook each pleaded innocent to a felony count of heroin possession in connection with the 14 bags that were found in the pair’s room early Thursday evening.  

Lindsey Shook, 32, of Hartland was released after she pleaded innocent to felony possession of heroin

    Hartford Police Officer Daniel Solomita said that when police entered the motel room “numerous needles were located within plain view next to the bed and on the table, also in plain view, were several white wax baggies held together with a small black rubber band,” that Bevins allegedly acknowledged was “dope,” a slang term for heroin.

    Shook was released from the courthouse Friday on a series of pre-trial conditions, including a court-order that she contact a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and start following their recommendations while her case is pending.

    Shook’s relatively minor criminal record, which includes convictions  for possession of narcotics and drunk driving, pales next to Bevins Jr. who has an extensive record that includes seven previous felony convictions for false pretenses and home improvement frauds and another three home improvement fraud charges and an arson that he had been due to resolve in Windsor County with a plea agreement when he disappeared off the court’s radar late last year.

    The plea deal Bevins reached back in October called for him to have been sentenced to 18-months-to-12-years, with almost all of that suspended except for six month’s worth of home confinement.  The arson charge, which stemmed from a fire that began in a motel room in Ascutney two years ago right after staff members told Bevins that he had to move out, was to have been reduced to a pair of misdemeanor unlawful mischief charges.  That deal is now in doubt because of the new felony charge and the outstanding New Hampshire warrants alleging several crimes in the Granite State including fraudulent use of a credit card.

    Shook faces a maximum potential penalty of up to five years in jail if she were to be convicted of the felony charge now pending against her.  If Bevins were to be convicted, he faces the possibility of up to a life sentence due to his status as a habitual offender.

Norman Bevins Jr., 43, was ordered held without bail after he pleaded innocent to felony possession of heroin

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