Author: Courtney Lamdin

Update: Missing woman found

UPDATE: A 31-year-old missing woman was returned home safely May 12, Colchester police said. Chief Jennifer Morrison said “an astute citizen” believed she spotted Whitaker in on Williston Road in South Burlington on May 12. South Burlington officers responded and located Whitaker, the news release said. Colchester police are seeking a local woman who left her Malletts Bay home Tuesday night, a press release Wednesday said. Vanessa Whitaker, 31, is “a vulnerable adult with cognitive impairment,” police said. She also went missing last fall, and police located her the following afternoon unharmed, the Sun reported then. Whitaker “has a history...

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Vacant building to house chocolate-maker

A Vermont-based chocolate company will soon take up residence in a long-vacant building on the Colchester-Milton border. Vermont Nut-Free Chocolates signed a lease for the Brentwood Park building that formerly housed Furniture World of Vermont four years ago. The Grand Isle chocolatier plans to move to Colchester’s Chimney Corners by September, CEO Mark Elvidge said. “We need an efficient facility to do our work, and there’s really nothing left on the Islands that’s suitable,” Elvidge said. “Being down [in Colchester] with a little bit closer proximity to the highway is good for shipping. We feel there’s going to be...

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Exit 17 redesign inches forward

Four years after a scoping study was completed, state planners have begun the second phase in a long process to fix traffic congestion and safety at the Exit 17 Interstate 89 interchange. Planners from the Vermont Agency of Transportation hosted a public hearing on proposed changes at Chimney Corners earlier this month, summarizing the congestion-easing measures that theoretically won’t be built until 2023. The plan is to replace the 1960s-era structurally deficient two-lane bridge, adding additional approach and turn lanes and leaving room for bicycle and pedestrian traffic at a cost of more than $30 million, the presentation shows....

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Ash borer arrives in Vt., county has time to prepare

Across the street from Ethan Tapper’s Essex Jct. office is a picturesque neighborhood, a cluster of colonials with paved driveways, basketball hoops and two-car garages. Both Hayden Street and Wilkinson Drive are lined with ash trees, some nearly 30 years old, on both sides of the road, adding a coziness to the development that’s situated just beyond the busy Route 15. Within 20 years, all those trees could all be gone if the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest found in central Vermont this February, makes it way north as expected. Tapper, the Chittenden County forester, says that’s almost...

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Colchester resident among three arrested in cocaine case

Milton police arrested three people after an investigation into cocaine distribution in town, a press release Tuesday said. Police cited Kejon Burks, 40, of Colchester for selling cocaine; Leon Parker, 50, of Milton for two counts of selling cocaine; and Catherine Limoge, 50, of Milton for accessory to selling cocaine, police said. Officers made the arrests with the help of confidential informants, an affidavit for Burks’ arrest shows, including a controlled drug buy at Parker’s residence at the Red Top Apartments on Milton’s Route 7. Police say Parker has three felony and misdemeanor convictions each but no previous illicit...

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