Kaylee Sullivan

A dancing, singing soul: Remembering Jerry Collins

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Memories of Jerry Collins are dancing across the St. Michael’s College campus, just like he used to. Krystin Gee will always remember the fun-loving guy bursting into her friend’s dorm, a pair of stockings draped over his silky hair, jokingly yelling, “This is a stick up; give me all your stuff!” Collins was the type…

Vehicle rolls on I-89

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A tailgating vehicle crashed and made one full rotation Monday afternoon on Interstate 89 northbound in Colchester, police said. Driver Georges Gammal of Canada lost control behind another vehicle as it slowed for a 55 mph construction zone, a press release said. Vermont State Police responded to the crash shortly before 3 p.m. An investigation…

St. Michael’s students grieve loss of classmate

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With additional reporting by AUDREY SINCLAIR and MAEVE POWER, The Defender St. Michael’s College senior Jeremiah Collins was found dead last Wednesday in the Gilbrook Natural Area near the college’s campus. Collins took his own life, Winooski police Sgt. Michael Cram said. The case is still under investigation and a final report will come from…

Plattsburgh man pleads guilty to fishing derby fraud

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Plattsburgh angler Craig Provost changed his plea to guilty in Chittenden County Superior Court today for taking home thousands of dollars in prize money last year for a winning fish that wasn’t his. For almost a year after he participated in the 2015 Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby, Provost held the record for his…

St. Michael’s College student found dead

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St. Michael’s College senior Jeremiah Collins was found dead today in the Gilbrook Natural Area near the college’s campus. Early this morning, Winooski police responded to the call and are continuing to investigate, an email to students, staff and faculty said. Police said no foul play is suspected at this time. Collins, commonly known as…

Students cheer, decry smoke-free SMC

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Students arrived on the St. Michael’s College campus in Colchester last week and slipped back into the same groove of class schedules and dormitory life. A noticeable difference, though, were the “SMC is tobacco free” decals posted on doors and buildings. As of September 1, a campus-wide tobacco-free policy went into effect, banning tobacco from…