Author: Colin Flanders

KW Vermont settles lawsuit with ex-CEO

A Colchester-based real estate company has agreed to a settlement with its former CEO who claimed sexual harassment and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit filed last October, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court this week. The lawsuit alleged Hergenrother Green Mountain Properties, the parent company of Keller Williams Vermont, fired 27-year-old Chelsea Locke for lying about her relationship with an affiliated independent contractor despite no policy against it. Locke’s attorney, John Franco Jr., said he couldn’t comment on the settlement’s specifics beyond confirming the matter is resolved. “Chelsea actually has her own Keller Williams affiliate in...

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Police: Woman left crash scene

South Burlington police arrested a Colchester woman who they say fled the scene of a crash on New Year’s Eve day in South Burlington, a news release said. Police learned Nicole Stowell, 28, struck a vehicle in the parking lot of 26 Hinesburg Rd. around 2:30 p.m., a news release said. She was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and held at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $500...

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Officials assess water tower restoration

The past few decades have not been kind to the Fort Ethan Allen water tower. Built in 1893 by Kansas contracting firm Zeigler & Dalton, the tower was once the sole source of water supply for Fort Ethan Allen before its decommission in the late 1960s. Now, its marble-faced walls hide years of deterioration, pigeon droppings offering the only sign of life inside. During a recent visit, the selectboard saw first-hand just how bad it was. “It was an absolutely terrifying experience for me,” selectboard member Sue Cook said at last month’s meeting. “I felt so unsafe in there.”...

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State officials: Schools should provide condoms

Vermont’s top health and education leaders are recommending districts around the state adopt condom distribution programs to address growing rates of sexually transmitted diseases, according to a memo released last month. Penned by secretary of education Rebecca Holcombe and health commissioner Harry Chen, the recommendations cite statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that show people ages 15 to 24 account for nearly two-thirds of chlamydia and half of all gonorrhea diagnoses in the U.S. Cases of those sexually-transmitted diseases and syphilis all reached their highest number ever in 2015, the CDC says. Those trends are present...

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Conn. woman causes head-on crash on I-89

A Connecticut woman was arrested after Vermont State Police say she drove the wrong way on Interstate 89 with a 1-year-old in the vehicle and hit another car head-on in Colchester early December 16, a news release said. Police say 37-year-old Hawa Aphy was traveling at typical interstate speed while driving northbound in the southbound lane near mile marker 94, where she hit Fairfax resident Paula Poquette, 47. Poquette, Aphy and the child were all transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles sustained front-end damage, the news release said. I-89...

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