Shelburne to provide school resource officer: Champlain Valley School District finalizing contract with police

By MADELINE HUGHES The Champlain Valley School District board gave its approval Tuesday night for school administrators to contract with the Shelburne Police Department to hire a school resource officer for the district. The three-year contract will cost the district about $85,000 a year. During the summer, school administrators talked with officials from Hinesburg, Shelburne,… Read More »

Fatal crash involves teenagers

By MADELINE HUGHES and LISA SCAGLIOTTI A car crash in Williston last week took the life of a 16-year-old Montpelier boy and involved a teenage driver who is a student at Champlain Valley Union High School. Solomon Jenkins, 16, was trapped in a vehicle that crashed on River Cove Road in Williston just before 2… Read More »

Woman in ricin case gets probation, fine

By MIKE DONOGHUE A former Wake Robin resident charged with possessing the poison ricin at the Shelburne retirement community last fall was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington last Thursday to five years on federal probation. Betty Miller, who tested the ricin on her Wake Robin neighbors, pleaded guilty in May to a felony… Read More »

Deliberation begins on Hannaford project

By MADELINE HUGHES The Hinesburg Town Hall’s parking lot was nearly full Tuesday night – a measure of local interest in the final Development Review Board public hearing on the Hannaford Brothers Co. grocery store project. Hannaford began its quest to build a supermarket in Hinesburg in 2010 with plans for a 36,000-square-foot store and 128… Read More »

Charlotte mulls affordable housing fund use

By MADELINE HUGHES After hearing suggestions to try to jumpstart affordable housing efforts using a town housing fund, the Charlotte Selectboard this week posed more questions to the volunteer group that is offering the ideas. At its meeting Monday night, the Selectboard heard suggestions from the group that offered possible changes to the current affordable… Read More »

Coin dealer denies felony lewd conduct charge

Coin dealer denies felony lewd conduct charge

By MIKE DONOGHUE A well-known Chittenden County coin and jewelry businessman, who faces criminal charges of failing to keep proper anti-theft records for precious metals received at his store, now faces an unrelated felony count of sexual abuse of an elderly woman. Stephen J. Edwards, 70, has pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to… Read More »

Citizens demand Vermont Gas pipeline investigation

By ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VTDIGGER.ORG Opponents of a Vermont Gas pipeline want the Public Utility Commission to move forward on an independent investigation of the pipeline construction. The commission, at the behest of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and concerned citizens, ordered an expert review of the methods and practices used to construct the controversial… Read More »

Hinesburg man back in jail on new drug charges

By MIKE DONOGHUE A former Hinesburg resident, arrested multiple times due to his attraction to clandestine methamphetamine labs, is back behind bars on new federal charges. Jacob A. Berino, 25, now of South Burlington, completed a two-and-a-half-year federal prison sentence this month and was free for one week when he resumed using drugs, according to… Read More »

Supreme Court finds in favor of Laberge Shooting Range

By CHEA WATERS EVANS For now, the long-running legal battle between the Laberge Shooting Range on Lime Kiln Road in Charlotte and the Firing Range Neighborhood Group — a collective of anonymous neighbors who take issue with the range’s Act 250 status — has come to an end. The Vermont Supreme Court ruled 3-2 last… Read More »

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