Author: Michaela Halnon

Resident charged with assaulting student

A Colchester resident was charged with simple assault after physically assaulting a 16-year-old student at the Burlington Technical Center last November, Vermont State Police said in a press release Friday. David Scibek, 52, allegedly applied a “pressure point technique” on the student on the morning of November 29, causing her to fall out of her chair and strike her back on a metal computer cabinet, police said. The student complained of pain and sought medical treatment outside of the school, according to the release. VSP began investigating the following day. Scibek is a criminal justice program instructor at BTC,...

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Francis will retire in April

Colchester town manager Dawn Francis will retire on April 30, she announced at Tuesday’s selectboard meeting, resolving to travel and take on new adventures with her family. “It has been a privilege to serve Colchester, and I have enjoyed working with a remarkable, well-functioning team of boards and commissions, employees and community members,” Francis wrote in a public letter. The town manager’s contract was set to expire at the end of April, according to the letter. The selectboard did not discuss plans to hire a replacement at the Jan. 9 meeting. “You have lived up to everything that we...

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Regional 911 dispatch plan approved for March ballot

Colchester residents will have the chance to vote on the creation of a regional 911 dispatch district this Town Meeting Day, an entity that would restructure the existing public safety call centers in several Chittenden County towns. The Colchester Selectboard unanimously authorized the public vote at its Dec. 12 meeting, becoming the first participating municipality to guarantee space on its ballot come March 6, 2018. The proposal suggests moving emergency dispatchers from a variety of police departments in the county under one roof, allowing them to answer calls and deploy resources from a central location. The group would be...

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Funding for emergency personnel set aside in new draft budget

The selectboard has warned a public hearing for its draft fiscal year 2019 town budget totaling $12.8 million, setting aside substantial funding for added emergency service personnel. The proposal marks a 2.9 percent increase over the current fiscal year budget and was crafted in a series of selectboard work sessions with input from town department heads, chairwoman Nadine Scibek said at last Tuesday’s meeting. The public will be asked to weigh on the draft during a hearing in the town offices at 6:30 p.m. on January 9. As it stands, the proposed plan would increase the tax rate by...

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Colchester town officials deliver dog euthanasia order

Town officials delivered a dog euthanasia enforcement order to a Colchester resident last week, requiring him to hand his animal over to the town or provide evidence the dog was “humanely destroyed” within 10 days. The order heralds a likely end to a months-long legal saga that began in February after Jason Hathaway’s pitbull-Labrador mix, Marley, attacked an 11-year-old Milton girl’s face during a birthday party at Hathaway’s home. The Colchester Selectboard held a hearing at the town offices in March when the victim’s father brought an official complaint. After several witness testimonies, members of the board unanimously ordered...

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