Author: Colin Flanders

Funatics back at it

The Colchester Funatics filed into Airport Park this month for their fourth annual three-day pickle ball tournament. Marilyn Tofani set in motion the Colchester-based 50-and-over pickleball club with the help of part-time Colchester resident Wayne Davis. This year, the 50-and-over club raised $180 for the Colchester Recreation Department while fielding 39 players across six divisions. Results: Women’s A division: Mary Morehouse and Libby Corran, winners Kim Holmes and Becky Davis runners-up Women’s B division: Gabe Hammond and Jeanne Welch Pearl Bittner and Ann Lanzet, runners-up Men’s A Division: Jim LeClair and Ron McLean, winners Dick Martell and Jim Tomczak,...

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Martell requests new lawyer

The trial for Paul Martell, a Colchester man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy, will be delayed after a judge granted his request for a new lawyer last Thursday. Martell’s lawyer, Jasdeep Pannu, told Judge Nancy Waples he arrived in court believing his client would be withdrawing the motion. “Now seeing him today … I’m not sure of Mr. Martell’s status anymore,” Pannu said. Waples asked Martell if there was a breakdown in communication with his lawyer. “There seems to be,” Martell said. He then stood, his hands shackled tightly behind his gray shirt, before explaining he’s only...

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Cannons start off strong

  After dropping the opening game in their 2017 summer season, the Colchester Cannons stormed back with three-straight wins, including a 6-4 decision over Rutland last Sunday. They currently sit with a 3-1 record. Thomas Vesosky has sparked the Cannons’ offense through the first four games with a .714 batting average over 14 at-bats, including 10 hits, seven runs, five RBIs and one homer. Saul Minaya and Noel Minaya are following closely behind with .556 and .550 batting averages, respectively. They’ve combined for eight hits, five runs and four RBIs through 16 atbats. The Cannons hosted Addison on Tuesday...

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Police: No ‘criminal activity’ in death of 7-month-old

Police said today their initial investigation into the death of a 7-month-old infant in Colchester on Wednesday shows no indication of criminal activity. Police and Colchester Rescue responded to a report of an unresponsive child at a private residence on Richfield Lane around 10:30 a.m. yesterday. Rescue transported the infant to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, the news release said. Police have since identified the infant as Lincoln Soons of Burlington. The cause and manner of Soons’ death are pending further medical testing. Police say they contacted the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, per protocol...

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