Sam Heller

Police: Gang activity investigated in assault case

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A Colchester resident was arrested September 8 for attacking a juvenile member of his so-called gang, court documents show. Scott Whalon, 30, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of simple assault attempted by menace on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Chittenden Superior Court – Criminal Division. According to…

District welcomes new resource officer

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Colchester police Detective Mark Jacobs assumed his position as the new school resource officer for Colchester School District on August 28. As SRO, Jacobs is one of two CPD officers stationed on campus. Jacobs’ colleague, Officer Christian Mellen, is the D.A.R.E officer at Colchester High School, where he educates underaged kids about drug and alcohol…

VYOA nets art grant

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The Colchester-based Vermont Youth Orchestra Association received a $5,500 Arts Partnership Grant from the Vermont Arts Council last month. The award was one of 71 grants, totaling just over $438,400, awarded by the council to artistic institutions and endeavors around the state.  Fifteen grants were awarded to artists and organizations in Chittenden County. Eleven of…

Pharmacy students earn white coats

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences welcomed this year’s incoming class to the school’s Colchester campus August 23 for the annual White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony, in which faculty members drape incoming students with their first white lab coats, symbolically marks the end of their general studies and formally initiates them into the…