Courtney Lamdin

Meet the flockers

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Rec brings back flamingo prank If you wake up one morning and find a flock of pink flamingoes on your lawn, don’t worry – it’s likely that you’ve been flamingoed by Colchester Recreation. The department has brought back its popular You’ve Been Flamingoed prank after a five-year hiatus – er, the birds’ five-year migration. To…

Air Guard comes home

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With additional reporting by Michaela Halnon and Kaylee Sullivan.  Last Thursday, Brett and Ryan Patnaude’s father greeted his sons with the Green Mountain Boys’ battle flag draped across his shoulders like a cape. “We’re master parents,” he said, a riff on his eldest son’s military rank. Brett, a master sergeant, and Ryan, a technical sergeant, were…

Milton man arrested for sexually assaulting minor

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A Milton man pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and exploitation charges in Franklin County Superior Court on Wednesday after police arrested him for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Jacob Burnham, 25, was charged with three felonies after he was detained on February 14 at the Highgate Port of Entry to Canada, where he…

Judge to weigh ‘revenge porn’ case dismissal

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A Superior Court judge heard arguments Monday on a motion to dismiss a case based on Vermont’s so-called revenge porn law. Judge Dennis Pearson will also consider suppressing statements the defendant, 57-year-old Patrick Liebrecht of Colchester, made to police. Liebrecht says the investigating officer didn’t read his Miranda rights during interrogation. A former candidate for…

Now, more than ever, free speech is vital

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Inside this week’s paper, readers will find a flyer from Vermont Right to Life, a pro-life advocacy group that aims to inform public opinion on abortion and physician-assisted death. The last time our papers ran this flyer – a paid advertisement inserted into the newspaper – we got a lot of grief for it. Pro-choice…

Liebrecht: Free speech protects revenge porn

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The former Vermont House candidate charged with disseminating revenge porn has asked a judge to throw out the case, saying the state law is unconstitutional. Patrick Liebrecht, 57, of Colchester was charged with the misdemeanor in September for an incident police say occurred in July, a few months after his breakup with the alleged victim.…