Author: Michaela Halnon

Colchester woman accused of running drug house

The U.S. Department of Justice says a Colchester woman was one of three Vermonters arrested for making their homes available for drug activity. A press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont said Michelle West, 41, of Colchester was charged with conspiring with Boston residents Rashaad Phillips and Saquan Moore to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base and for making her residence at 98 Shady Ln. in Colchester “available for drug activity.” Court documents say West, Phillips and Moore “knowingly and willfully conspired” to distribute the controlled substances between September 2016 and Jan. 24,...

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Town considers dispatch merger with So. Burlington

Nearly three months after sending a representative to a committee studying regionalized emergency dispatch in Chittenden County, Colchester officials say they’re exploring a partnership with South Burlington. Town manager Dawn Francis presented the idea to the Colchester Selectboard at its meeting last Tuesday, calling the move a “pilot project” that is separate from, but in support of, the countywide consolidation efforts. “We want to get something up and running as a test to show that it can work,” Francis told the board. Assistant town manager Aaron Frank said the details of this dispatch collaboration have not yet been decided,...

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Reps, selectboard split on marijuana debate

A bill legalizing the use of marijuana in Vermont has divided Colchester legislators and selectboard members. Rep. Jim Condon (D) was the only member of the Colchester delegation to vote in favor of the measure, which cleared the House 79 to 66 on Wednesday, May 10. Rep. Pat Brennan (R), Rep. Maureen Dakin (D) and Rep. Curt Taylor (D) all voted no. The legislation allows people age 21 and older to possess one ounce or less of marijuana and two mature marijuana plants, while “retaining criminal penalties” for those who have or dispense and sell larger quantities. People under...

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Dog owner appeals euthanasia order

A local pit bull owner is appealing a euthanasia order handed down by the Colchester Selectboard earlier this year, a determination that came after board members heard claims the dog viciously attacked a young Milton girl in February. Court documents show the dog’s owner, Colchester resident Jason Hathaway, will represent himself in a not-yet-scheduled hearing before a Vermont Superior Court judge in the Chittenden Civil Division. Attorney Brian Monaghan will represent the selectboard. In the filing, Hathaway describes the 5-year-old black Labrador-pit bull mix, Marley, as “a part of the community,” and said his family would suffer “a great...

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Resident charged with marijuana possession

Vermont State Police say a Colchester resident had more than 4 ounces of marijuana in her possession when she was pulled over on the interstate on Monday evening. Heidi Sterling, 24, was stopped just after 6:30 p.m. on May 15 on I-89 northbound near Exit 21 after troopers clocked her going 86 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to a press release. VSP was performing a detail focused on impaired drivers in the area, the release said. A subsequent investigation revealed Sterling had about 4.4 ounces of marijuana, according to the release. She was cited for possession of...

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