Author: Michaela Halnon

Colchester resident injured in fatal Duxbury crash

Police say two Colchester residents were involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of a Warren woman on Thursday morning in Duxbury. An initial investigation shows 53-year-old Karen Fleming was driving her 2011 Honda CRV northbound on Route 100 when she crossed the center line and collided with a 2013 Ford Truck driven by Emily Senesac, 24, of Colchester, according to a press release from Vermont State Police. Fleming was killed in the crash, the release said, and Senesac was uninjured. Senesac’s passenger, 25-year-old Kyle Corey, also of Colchester, suffered a left knee contusion, according to...

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Costco breaks ground on gas pumps

Construction has begun on gasoline pumps at Costco, but warehouse manager Chris Stafford says a set opening day is still far from certain. Even so, Stafford said officials from the Costco corporate office decided to move forward with groundbreaking late last month. “They want to make sure whenever this thing gets approved we are ready to go,” Stafford said. The pumps’ pending installation prompted a lengthy legal battle in 2007 when Maplefields gas station mogul Skip Vallee challenged the projects’ permits. The case went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court. In August, the high court ruled Costco...

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CPD arrests armed robber

Colchester police arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at two area gas stations on Monday, a press release said. Jacob S. Robbins, 20, of Winooski is accused of armed robberies at two convenience stores on Roosevelt Highway: Maplefields on May 30 and Champlain Farms Shell on June 9, CPD said. Also on Monday, St. Albans City police apprehended Robbins for another attempted armed robbery of Georgia’s Center Market. There, police said he brandished a gun and demanded the lone store employee empty the cash register. When the employee repeatedly refused, Robbins reportedly ran into a car...

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Morrison first woman to lead Vt. chiefs of police

Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison made history last Thursday, becoming the first woman to serve as president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police. The organization consists of law enforcement heads from around the state and tackles legislative issues in Montpelier while providing resources, support and camaraderie to its membership, Morrison said. Morrison, who came to Colchester PD from Burlington, is one of only two female police chiefs in the state. University of Vermont Police Chief Lianne Tuomey also belongs to VACOP. “Do I feel like I’m in the boys’ club? Yes, because I am in the boys’...

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Military matriculation: CHS graduates set record with ROTC, Academy numbers

Senior Shannon French blinked back tears in the Colchester High School cafeteria last Friday morning, recalling the unassuming email that arrived in her inbox in April. Her father, Senior Master Sgt. Michael French, was scheduled to return home from a seven-month deployment to Southwest Asia with the Vermont Air National Guard, the message said, in just a few hours. French dashed out of school as soon as she saw the notice. “My dad is sort of my best friend, so not having him here definitely wasn’t easy,” French said. “[But] while he was gone, we made it work.” It...

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