Madeline Codding “Maddie” Howard

Saint Albans – Madeline Codding Howard a lifelong area resident passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Northwestern Medical Center with her family and friends at her side. 

Born in St. Albans on September 21, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Elphegina (Houle) Codding. Maddie was 97 years old. 

She married the love of her life and town beloved doctor, Samuel W. Howard, MD in 1955, who predeceased her on March 17, 1978. Maddie and Sam built a life together on Driscoll Drive, where they raised two adventurous sons, Sam and David.

Maddie was a 1939 graduate of Bellows Free Academy, then started a 15-year career with the New England Telephone Company and from 1979 to 1986 was Activities Director at the Holiday House.  Maddie was a past member of the St. Albans Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, the Franklin County Medical Society, Autonoe Club, King’s Daughters, the St. Albans Garden Club and longtime member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. 

More recently she was a member of the Franklin County Museum, Friends of the St. Albans Library, Franklin County Homemakers, volunteered at Red Cross Blood drawings, volunteered with the Northwestern Medical Center Auxiliary and member of the Board of Incorporators.  In 2007, she was the recipient of the President’s Award, received the Citizen of the Year award in 2014 and on October 18, 2016, at the age of 95, she took her first motorcycle ride.

Maddie was a tenacious, kind, and giving soul that just loved to be around people. She was an extended family member to many. If you didn’t find her lending a hand to the community, you would find her at the local hockey rinks, mountains or soccer fields supporting her grandchildren in their sports. 

Maddie is survived by her sons, Samuel Gregory Howard and his wife, Susan, of Sandy, Utah and David Codding Howard and his partner, Ann MacDonald, of Burlington, Vermont, as well as her five grandchildren, Megan Howard, Christopher Howard, Molly Howard, Neil Howard and Grant Howard and one great-granddaughter, Louise Howard Copeland.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Samuel, Maddie was predeceased by her three brothers, Richard, Roger and Gregory Codding. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, July 26, 2019, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main Street, St. Albans. 

The Burial Office and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 12:30 PM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, corner of Fairfield and Church Streets, St. Albans, with the Reverend Craig Smith as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery.  

It was Maddie’s wish that memorials be made to the St. Albans Museum, P.O. Box 722, St. Albans, Vermont 05478 or to a Charity of One’s choice. 

To send the Howard family a message of condolence or share a memory, kindly go to Maddie’s online guestbook at


SWANTON: A man was killed on Wednesday morning after an accident at the Northeast Aggregate stone quarry in Swanton.

The facility is located just east of Route 105 on Pond Road.

Police had yet to release the name of the victim as of press time on Wednesday evening. 

Emergency crews were called to the scene just before noon-time Wednesday for a male who had something large fall on him, unsure if he was breathing.

The specifics of the incident have not been released by investigators.

Vermont State Police said they are working with the Mine Safety and Health Administration in their investigation, but believe the incident was an accident.

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Three people were issued citations Wednesday afternoon to appear in criminal court in St. Albans for a multitude of charges, including aggravated assault.

According to police, a 911 caller reported a male standing in the middle of Route 105, about a mile east of the Route 104. That male, later identified as Corey Levesque, 23, of Sheldon, was attempting to attack Darren Totten, 48, of St. Albans who was waiting alongside the road to get his mail.

Two other people, identified as Alice Edwards, 45, of St. Albans, and Angel Kanton, 23, of Sheldon, were also involved with the incident, according to police.

From left: Alice Edwards, Angel Kanton, and Corey Levesque in their mug shots taken on Wednesday.

Totten told police that a vehicle pulled up alongside and began threatening him and started a verbal dispute. That lead to the three exiting the vehicle to confront and assault Totten.

County Courier Publisher Gregory Lamoureux was traveling through the area, and captured some of the incident on a dash camera inside his vehicle. That dash camera footage, as well as witness testimony, lead police to charge Levesque with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Threatening.

Edwards and Kanton were both charged with Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Aiding in the Commission of a Felony, and Criminal Threatening.

The three are set to appear in Criminal court to answer to those charges on August 12th.

Police are looking to identify a fourth person involved, a female who was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Authorities say Totten was not injured in the course of the incident.


By Gregory J. Lamoureux
County Courier

GEORGIA: The Franklin County Sheriff Office needs your help finding a suspect in a burglary in Georgia yesterday, less than 24 hours after he was arrested and released by Vermont State Police.

The incident happened just after 5pm at a home on Mill River Road. Nobody was at the home when the burglary took place.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, Miles Lawler was seen on a Ring doorbell moments before he burglarized the Mill River Road home.

The Sheriff’s Department says he stole two young, 5 1/2 week old Pitbull Puppies during the burglary.

Lawler was arrested the previous day, Monday, after he was reported to be the assailant in an incident near Toure 7 in the town of Georgia.

According to Trooper Nicholas Olsen of the Vermont State Police, the alleged victim, in that case, reported that Lawler had left the scene, driving north on Route 7.

Miles Lawler appears in a mugshot less than 24 hours before police believe he was involved in a burglary in Georgia.

He was later located at Mobil North in St. Albans, intoxicated- a violation of conditions of release in an unrelated case.

The Trooper issued him a citation to appear in Criminal Court in Franklin County on Tuesday to answer to the charge of violating conditions of release. It is unclear if he was released on additional conditions or if he failed to show up to court.

A man called the County Courier about an hour after this story was first published online, identifying himself as Lawler, making threats in an attempt to get this news story removed.

The man claimed he had already talked to police, who told him the story would be removed, but when asked the name of the Deputy he spoke with, he became very belligerent and hung up the phone.

After calling the number back, a woman who would only identify herself as Sasha refused to say where Lawler was but said she had just dropped him off at a store after he asked to use her phone.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 524-2121.

© County Courier 2019


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the June 13th edition of the County Courier. Subscribe to the print edition to stay up to date with what’s going on in your community.

36-year-old Jonathan Johnson of Richford was charged this week with failing to register with the Sex Offender Registry.

According to court filings, Johnson was convicted of aggravated sexual assault with a minor under 16 in 2005, at that time Johnson was 22 years of age.

According to public records, Johnson was released from prison in March of 2013, at which point he was required to file with the Sex Offender Registry. That filing also requires that if Johnson moves, he is to notify the registry within three days of doing so.

Vermont State Police was doing a sweep of Sex Offenders in April to check on their compliance when they went to Johnson’s East Richford Slide Road address; they found he had moved out sometime in the past month, according to a neighbor.

The Troopers continued to look for Johnson, calling him on his phone and searching databases for his last known address.

Unable to find Johnson, a warrant was issued for his arrest, for the next time police came across the man.

Johnson was picked up Sunday evening and held on the arrest warrant.

Johnson was released the next day at his arraignment after signing conditions of release.

If convicted for failing to comply with the Sex Offender Registry, he could see a misdemeanor charge added to his record, as well as up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine.


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Vermont State Police arrested Joshua Wells, 27, of Swanton recently-charging him with violating an abuse prevention order. The female complainant in the case told police that Wells had repeatedly been stalking her through social media and was harassing her.

When police responded, there were messages on several Facebook accounts, as well as at least two telephone calls that the woman said came from Wells.

The telephone numbers and Facebook accounts did not align with Wells, but the woman said he had been creating fake accounts and generating fake telephone numbers in order to contact her without being caught.

Two voice mail messages that were left in the woman’s cell phone also linked Wells to the victim.

Vermont State Police Trooper Adam Lippa contacted Wells, who eventually admitted contacting the woman, according to court filings, but said he did so at least partially because she had been contacting him.

He was released on conditions after his arraignment in Criminal Court on Monday afternoon.


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the June 13th edition of the County Courier. Subscribe to the print edition to stay up to date with what’s going on in your community.

St. Albans Police investigated an incident last Saturday in which a Milton man was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and holding her in his vehicle without her consent.

According to court filings, Joshua Billado, 25, of Milton was driving with his ex-girlfriend in his 2013 Dodge Dart when they began arguing. 

The woman tried to exit the moving vehicle, but Billado stopped her, escalating the fight even more. The incident progressed and at one point the woman punched the center console of the vehicle, breaking a display for the radio, according to testimony given to police.

The woman told police that Billado choked her, and stopped her breathing for at least five seconds during the fight.

Billado left marks on the woman’s neck and shoulder area, insinuating that her allegations of Billado choking her could be true. 

The man, who listed his employer as the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, was arrested and held on $10,000 bail, which he posted later Sunday afternoon.

Billado was arraigned Monday afternoon, where he was charged with aggravated domestic assault as well as unlawful restraint in the first degree. Both charges are felonies and could land the man in prison for up to 30 years and fines totaling $75,000.


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the June 13th edition of the County Courier. Subscribe to the print edition to stay up to date with what’s going on in your community.

A Border Patrol Agent was patrolling the area of the East Richford Slide Road around noon time on April 29th when he came across Larry Minor, who had stopped on the side of the road after noticing the border patrol agent behind him.

The two began chatting, and the man provided the agent with a non-driver’s photo ID.

The Agent also noticed that he had slurred speech, stumbled a little when he tried to walk, and smelled of alcohol, so he contacted the Vermont State Police.

Troopers responded and questioned Minor, who told police he had taken his wife’s vehicle just up the road to a cemetery.

According to court filings obtained by the County Courier after Minor’s arraignment on Monday, when the Trooper ultimately was able to test the man’s breath for alcohol, it registered 0.091%, which is just over the legal limit for driving in Vermont of 0.08%. That reading was also more than four and a half hours after the border patrol agent first began talking with Minor.


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Vermont State Police arrested Logan Pratt, 30, of St. Albans and charged him with three felony counts of forgery after his grandmother contacted police suspecting him of stealing checks from her home.

When police contacted the elderly woman, she told them that she suspected he stole 8-10 checks from her while he was staying with her at her Georgia home.

The investigation led police to discover 15 checks, ranging from $60 to $200, written to himself or two other family members- Julie and Jacob Pratt.

Police obtained video footage from the bank where the checks were cashed, linking them to Logan Pratt.

In all, the 15 checks totaled $1,690, which was credited back to the grandmother’s account by the bank, according to police.

Pratt, who was out of jail on parole was held on a furlough violation after his arraignment on Monday. It is unclear if Julie or Jacob Pratt will face criminal charges for their involvement in the check fraud.

Pratt has previously been convicted of burglary, grand larceny, and possession of narcotics. The sentences for those convictions max out in March of 2020.

Each felony count of forgery could land Pratt in jail for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $1,000.