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Putnam County woman accused of using charity funds to buy land [Video]

Edna West is accused of using over $300,000 of animal sanctuary funds to purchase three plots of land and a mobile home.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — A woman was charged with seven fraud-related felonies following an investigation into animal sanctuary clinic in Putnam County. 

The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement said 61-year-old Edna Elaine West used $246,475.24 of charitable funds from Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, located in Melrose, to purchase three separate parcels of land. 

Officials said West used an additional $100,631 from the Rooterville bank account to buy a mobile home to place it on the properties. 

West is also accused of submitting Rooterville’s registration application to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services using someone else’s name without permission. 

Police documents allege that West committed the following offenses between 2021 and 2024: 

  1. Unregistered Solicitation
  2. Submit false, misleading or inaccurate information 
  3. Fail to apply contributions in a manner substantially consistent with the solicitation (two counts)
  4. Commingle charitable contributions with noncharitable funds
  5. Criminal use …

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Middlesex business owner reflects on the one-year anniversary of the historic July floods [Video]

While the storm hit Washington County hard, the weather didn't stop community members from gathering in Middlesex Wednesday night to attend one of their favorite events.Sam Rosenberg is the owner of The Local Wine & Beer.Each month, they host a monthly wine-tasting night at his shop.He was afraid that no one would show up due to the weather.However, everyone that RSVP'd came. There was a crowd of about 20 people, including folks traveling from Burlington.Rosenberg also reflected on the one-year anniversary of the historic July floods.He said their shop, fortunately, wasn't affected too much.However, his team was able to help in other areas. "Vermont has a really incredible sense of community," Rosenberg said. "It was really nice to be able to figure out a way to give back to the community that's been supporting us because we weren't affected. We wanted to make sure the people that were, we were able to help out in every way we could."Rosenberg and his team volunteered to help clean up in Montpelier and Waterbury last year.They also fundraised $2,600 by selling nearly 100 T-shirts.They split the proceeds to four different nonprofit organizations that helped with flood recovery.

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On The Ground: The Next Generation of Volunteers: U.S. Disaster Relief [Video]

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief, and the next generation is here to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ when homeowners are at their lowest. In this week’s episode, Bruce Poss with North American Ministries shared how he has seen God’s faithfulness through this next generation of servant leaders. Kristy Graham also spoke with two young volunteers about their recent experiences serving in Arkansas and Florida. ResourcesCome serve with us! Learn how God can bring comfort in the wake of a storm. to “Suffering Well: Pastor Skip Heitzig” to hear how Pastor Skip came to know Christ through a Billy Graham sermon and what it has been like to travel the world with Franklin Graham.