Author: Courtney Lamdin

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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Officers use shoe prints, video to nab burglary suspects

Milton police were part of a three-agency investigation last month that ended in three arrests for a string of residential burglaries in January. Local officers aided Vermont State Police in arresting Samuel Blatt, 26, of Milton and Ryan Chamberlain, 25, of Essex on February 13. Milton police subsequently arrested a third suspect, 26-year-old Nicholas Coons, for possessing property stolen from a Milton victim, Milton Detective Frank Scalise said. Blatt pleaded not guilty to four counts of burglary – two from Milton PD and one each from Essex and Jericho – in court last week. Though police cited Chamberlain for...

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Meet the flockers

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 participate, residents purchase different sized flocks, ranging from $25 to $55, or $20 flamingo insurance to prevent their placement on your lawn. Profits benefit the Cathy Neary Scholarship Fund, named after a former rec department administrative assistant who lost an 11-year battle with cancer...

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Air Guard comes home

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 two of 310 airmen to return home February 22 after a three-month mission to the Middle East called Operation Inherent Resolve, a press release from the Vermont Air National Guard said. Members of the 158th Fighter Wing provided precision air-to-ground attacks against the Islamic...

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