Author: Michaela Halnon

Agencies team up to recruit new cops

For the first time in history, the police agencies of Chittenden County are coming together for a joint recruitment event, standing alongside the hiring departments they typically compete with. Attendees will have the chance to take the written entrance exam and physical fitness test and speak to representatives from departments across the county, including Colchester, all in one day at South Burlington Middle School on Friday. Each participating department will also deliver a short pitch, telling the applicants what their agency has to offer, Colchester Police Chief Morrison said. She hopes hearing about small and large departments alike will...

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Exit 16 overhaul gets start date

Vermont Agency of Transportation officials say the long awaited Exit 16 overhaul is moving forward, set to begin in 2019 or 2020. VTrans traffic design project manager Michael LaCroix called his April 11 presentation to the Colchester Selectboard “long overdue,” noting it marked the board’s first official project update from the agency since 2012. In addition to widened roads, adding turning lanes and implementing new bike and pedestrian baths, the proposal uses a “diverging diamond interchange.” The unique design would send left turning traffic to the left, or opposite, side of the road and allow drivers to access the...

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Police search for Maplefields robber

Colchester police are looking for a man who robbed the Maplefields gas station by Exit 17 early Tuesday morning. Officers say a white male with short brown hair came into the store just after 1 a.m. on April 25, wearing a Boston Red Sox hat, a red T-shirt labeled “Drag Race Derby International Calico Speedway” and blue jeans, using a grey shirt to cover his face. The man did not display a weapon but demanded money, according to a press release from CPD. After leaving the store, police say he ran south toward Route 2. Milton police and their...

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Car rollover closes road near Bayside Park

Colchester police are investigating a single car rollover that shut down a Colchester road on Sunday evening. Police say Colchester resident Leticia Merchant, 42, drove off East Lakeshore Drive just north of Bayside Park just before 5:30 p.m. on April 23. The car struck a tree and rolled over, coming to a stop on its roof, a CPD press release said. Merchant and her passenger, an 11-year-old girl, were transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to the press release. The roadway was closed for about 45 minutes as first responders...

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Woman charged with DUI, child endangerment

South Burlington police say a Colchester woman drove drunk with children inside her vehicle on Sunday evening. Leslie Degraff, 31, was stopped by SBPD on Kennedy Drive in South Burlington around 6:30 p.m. on April 23 after officers say her vehicle was unable to stay in its lane of travel, a press release said. A roadside test recorded a blood alcohol content of .18 percent, more than double the legal limit, according to the press release. The release said Degraff was driving with children in the car. Degraff was processed for a DUI and contributing to the endangerment of...

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