Author: Colin Flanders

Resident sentenced 30 years to life for sexual assault

A Colchester man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. Paul Martell, 53, has been imprisoned since his arrest in March 2016. He pleaded guilty last November to one count of aggravated sexual assault against a minor, a charge that carried a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life. At a hearing in Chittenden County Superior Court last Thursday, prosecutors asked to tack on 20 years to the minimum sentence, given Martell has completed two rounds of treatment after a prior sex abuse conviction in 2003. “Treatment...

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Martell sentenced 30 years to life

A Colchester man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. Paul Martell, 53, has been imprisoned since his arrest in March 2016. He pleaded guilty last November to one count of aggravated sexual assault against a minor, a charge that carried a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life. At a hearing in Chittenden County Superior Court on Thursday, prosecutors asked to tack on 20 years to the minimum sentence, given Martell has completed two rounds of treatment after a prior sex abuse conviction in 2003. “Treatment...

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New Act 250 coordinator Rachel Lomonaco starts amid change

Change is on the horizon for Act 250 as the local commission welcomes a new district coordinator to Chittenden County. Rachel Lomonaco, who will operate out of the state of Vermont’s Essex office location, replaces longtime coordinator Peter Keibel after his retirement earlier this year. As one of two District 4 coordinators, Lomonaco’s duties include reviewing applications, coordinating with state agencies and guiding the district commission among the myriad rules and regulations surrounding the Act 250 process — all efforts to “keep the wheels turning,” she said. She brings a diverse background to the position after 10 years in...

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Martell takes plea deal

Paul Martell, a convicted sex offender who police say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in Colchester, accepted a plea deal Monday. Martell, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault on a minor, a charge that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. Two other felonies, for aggravated sexual assault on a minor and for lewd and lascivious conduct, will be dismissed. Martell has been held without bail since April. His sentencing hearing is yet to be scheduled. Police testified Martell admitted the abuse, which began in December 2016, while...

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St. Mike’s professor named art teacher of the year

A St. Michael’s College professor has been recognized for his wide-ranging influence on Vermont’s art education scene. Jonathan Silverman, a longtime professor and current chairman of the college’s education department, said he was humbled and honored to be named Vermont’s art educator of the year, an award typically reserved for K-12 teachers.    The award recognized Silverman for inspiring many of Vermont’s current educators and commended his commitment to the “visual literacy” and “expressive power” of the arts. Silverman was presented the award during the annual Vermont Art Education Conference late last month. There, Ann Joppe-Mercure, an adjunct professor...

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