Author: Kaylee Sullivan

A passion to work

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a five-part series in The Colchester Sun featuring Colchester’s Champlain Community Services, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment, living conditions and community engagement. Hands raised above his head, Clyde Bishop walked through the doors of Essex Jct.’s Green Mountain Harley-Davidson last week, excited to work. Employees instantly smiled and waved back. Bishop made his rounds, giving each of them a hug. By the end of his shift, he’d posed with nearly all of them for a photo, sporting an eager thumbs up in almost every one. “He...

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Crash disrupts Route 15 traffic

Colchester police are investigating a single-car crash that occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, shutting down Route 15 near St. Michael’s College, a news release said. Police say the driver, 21-year old Evan Harwood, hit a utility pole after leaving the roadway on College Parkway, just west of Lime Kiln Road. According to CPD, alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash. Fair Point Communications helped clear strewn utility wires across both east and westbound lanes, the news release said. St. Michael’s Fire and Rescue, Colchester Center Fire, Vermont Air Guard Fire Rescue and Essex and...

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Accused drug dealer pleads not guilty

Darrick Holmes, owner of Colchester’s Almighty Peaks Painting, pleaded not guilty in federal court last Friday to multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine. The eight-count indictment spans over a two-year period, from 2015 to March 2017. Court documents say Holmes used his West Lakeshore Dr. business and its employees to distribute heroin. His two co-defendants, Joshua Jarvis and Justin James Finnegan, were also employees. On March 18, the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested two suspected New York drug dealers outside Holmes’ business, Colchester police Lt. Doug Allen confirmed. Holmes was arrested days earlier. With the help of...

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Champlain Community Services globally recognized

He was an energetic, charismatic man. Hard work invigorated him, and the people he worked with at Essex’s Harley Davidson store thoroughly enjoyed his presence. He loved what he did — stacking T-shirts for sale — and he did it well, all while building a relationship with the community. Elizabeth Sightler, executive director at Champlain Community Services, remembered the company’s late client with awe, explaining how the motorcycle enthusiast was a true example of what CCS embodies. Founded in 1967, CCS was first set up as a sheltered workshop, or segregated work setting for people with disabilities. That trend...

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Police: Colchester woman nets multiple violations

Vermont State Police arrested a Colchester woman last weekend on seven violations, including possession of heroin, a press release said. Around 1 a.m. last Sunday, police say they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Interstate 89 north for multiple motor vehicle violations near the Winooski River Bridge. A pursuit ensued when Kylee Raduechel, 29, tried to flee. Chittenden County sheriffs and police from Colchester, Burlington, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski assisted in the pursuit, which began in Colchester and ended in South Burlington, VSP said. Further investigation revealed Radeuchel was in possession of heroin, in violation of...

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