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Two Charged in Connection With Vt. Overdose Deaths

  • Harris Bradeen

  • Jessica Bradeen

  • Jessica Norton



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Chelsea — Two Vermont residents have been cited into court on charges that they sold the drugs that led to two separate overdose deaths, one in Roxbury, Vt., and one in Randolph, last year.

Harris ‘Bo’ Bradeen, 52, of Braintree, allegedly sold cocaine to Paul Norton, 33, of Burlington, a substance that caused him to overdose on Aug. 28 at a home in Roxbury, according to a Vermont State Police news release.

Meanwhile, Jessica Norton, 38, of Roxbury, allegedly sold the cocaine and heroin mixture that caused Blake Schoenbeck, 42, of Randolph, to overdose on Oct. 15 at a Randolph residence, the release states. Jessica Norton is Paul Norton’s wife.

A third person, Jessica Bradeen, who is Harris ‘Bo’ Bradeen’s wife, also has been cited into court on counts of selling and possessing heroin. She is not charged in relation to either overdose death, said Vermont State Police Sgt. John Helfant.

The investigation into the overdose deaths, which was a joint effort between Vermont State Police and the Randolph Police Department, recently concluded, Helfant said.

He said he couldn’t divulge details about the investigation until the affidavits are filed in court, which won’t be for several weeks, but said the case was cracked through a combination of interviews and other “investigative techniques.”

Jessica Norton will be arraigned in Orange Superior Court in Chelsea on May 31, while Harris and Jessica Bradeen will appear on June 28.

All were released pending their arraignments. Helfant said none of them are considered flight risks, the main component to setting bail in Vermont.

The Attorney General’s Office is handling the case.