Author: Sam Heller

Police: Gang activity investigated in assault case

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 an affidavit from Colchester Detective Jack Lehneman, the charges stem from an alleged incident in which Whalon, the leader of his gang the East Side Goons, choked and threatened a 14-year-old boy. Lehneman wrote that the attack was punitive, a violent consequence of breaking...

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District welcomes new resource officer

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 abuse.  Jacobs’ role is more similar to that of a traditional police officer, he explained. His duties include investigating complaints of any crimes that take place on school grounds, and he’s also responsible for investigating and preventing truancy.  “There’s also day-to-day officer presence within...

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VYOA nets art grant

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 those will support Burlington artists and organizations like the Vermont Independent Film Festival and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.  The remaining four Chittenden County grants were divvied between Huntington, Shelburne, Essex Jct. and the VYOA in Colchester.  “What’s so great about this...

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Pharmacy students earn white coats

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 profession. Students enter the school’s graduate track after completing either a two-year pre-pharmaceutical program or a traditional, four-year bachelor’s program for their undergraduate degree, said Jennifer Payne, director of student affairs. For the next four years, the students will begin to learn the pharmaceutical...

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