ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS OPPOSE SWANTON DAM

Environmental advocates Tuesday formally opposed the Village of Swanton’s bid to retrofit an old dam.

Members of four environmental groups have filed letters against Swanton’s recent preliminary filings with the federal agency that oversees the licensing of dams.

The dam currently powers nothing, and water advocates have long sought its removal. Swanton residents and officials argue that the dam creates a nice pond, that the spillway creates a pleasing sound, and that the structure itself might produce electricity. Continue reading “ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS OPPOSE SWANTON DAM”

LI’L ABNER

This weekend the Opera House will once again host a stellar cast of local thespians as they perform in Lil Abner. Robert Willey will play the title role of Abner as Daisy May (played by Heather Wilson) tries to win his reluctant heart. Brent Garrow and Rebecca Anne Bennett play the roles of Pappy and Mammy who connive to lead their son in the right direction. The play, directed by Kathleen Hoffman and choreographed by Molly Hartman, runs from Thursday, July 28  through Sunday, July 31. The curtain will go up at 7:00 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 2:00 on Sunday. Come and enjoy.
This weekend the Opera House will once again host a stellar cast of local thespians as they perform in Lil Abner. Robert Willey will play the title role of Abner as Daisy May (played by Heather Wilson) tries to win his reluctant heart. Brent Garrow and Rebecca Anne Bennett play the roles of Pappy and Mammy who connive to lead their son in the right direction. The play, directed by Kathleen Hoffman and choreographed by Molly Hartman, runs from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. The curtain will go up at 7:00 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 2:00 on Sunday. Come and enjoy.

POLICE: DRIVER IN ‘91 FATAL DUI CRASH VIOLATED CONDITIONS

By Gregory J. Lamoureux

St. Albans: Police have filed charges against Douglas Gardner after they say he again, drank, violating his conditions of release.

Gardner, a convicted felon and repeat offender, is most well known for the DUI crash that killed Billy LaBier in 1991, but has since served his time in prison and is out on probation. Continue reading “POLICE: DRIVER IN ‘91 FATAL DUI CRASH VIOLATED CONDITIONS”

DOUBLE FATAL SUSPECT ASKS TO DROP EVIDENCE

By Gregory J. Lamoureux

St. ALBANS: Legal motions filed by the lawyers for Maria Carlson are asking for the courts to throw out evidence of Carlson’s alleged drug involvement during the time of the crash that killed two people on Route 7 in Swanton last August.

The motion is to exclude the drug recognition testimony and evidence obtained by the drug recognition officers after the crash.

Carlson’s lawyers also want to exclude statements and evidence collected from the defendant at the hospital, citing patient confidentiality records.

Lawyers for the state cited that case law in the Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld that drug enforcement officers’ testimony is admissible.

According to court records, the defense believes that the Drug Recognition Expert’s testimony is not based on science and can too easily be biased.

A court in New Mexico has also upheld the same type of ruling, saying that “The Drug Recognition Expert protocol was sufficiently reliable to be admitted as evidence.”

In May, the Judge ordered that the testimony may be entered into trial, writing, “The burden is on the State to prove not just that the general tenants of Drug Recognition Expert evidence is relevant and reliable, but that it can be reliably applied here; that there is not too great of an analytical gap between the facts supporting the studies underlying the Drug Recognition Expert protocol and facts of this case.”

The ruling on the legality of using any medical information obtained while Carlson was at Northwestern Medical Center has not yet been ruled on, but in that motion, the defense argues that Carlson’s medical rights were infringed upon by police when they sought the records.

The Notice of Privacy Practices, a document from Northwestern Medical Center was entered into evidence by the defense to back up their claim.

A trial date for the case has not yet been scheduled.

SOLDIER OF THE YEAR IS FROM GEORGIA

Captain Zachariah Fike, of Georgia, Vermont, has been a critical and fearless member of the Vermont Army National Guard for 17 years. Fike has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and is also the founder of Purple Hearts Reunited. With all of Fike’s accomplishments, he has been awarded this year by being named by the Military Times as the 2016 Soldier of the Year.

As the founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, Fike works hard to bless soldiers and their families with returning Purple Hearts. Continue reading “SOLDIER OF THE YEAR IS FROM GEORGIA”

FORMER SUBWAY OWNER BACK IN COURT

By Mike Donoghue

BURLINGTON – A former Franklin County businessman is due to return to federal court on Monday to continue a sentencing hearing that got cut short earlier this month after he admitted that he had been drinking earlier that day in violation of the judge’s order.

Luc Patrice Quirion, 57, of Newport is facing possible revocation of the supervised release order imposed on him in April in U.S. District Court. He was charged with making multiple false statements in 2012 on a mandated medical certificate for people obtaining a pilot license, records show. Continue reading “FORMER SUBWAY OWNER BACK IN COURT”

SECOND TRIAL DATE SET FOR McALLISTER

By Gregory J. Lamoureux

ST. ALBANS: August 9th will be a big day for Senator Norm McAllister. That will be the day voters decide if he is worthy of their vote in the Primary Election. It will also be the day that the jury is selected for his second trial.

The trial is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th through August 12th.

McAllsiter is in a legal battle over sexual allegations with a tenant he rented a trailer to for about two years. Continue reading “SECOND TRIAL DATE SET FOR McALLISTER”

PUBLIC ACCESS READY FOR GREEN LIGHT

By Natalie Jackson

Northwest Access Television (NWATV) is growing! Aside from the four towns that the two channels already cover–Highgate, St. Albans, Sheldon, and Swanton–the station will now be serving Bakersfield, Berkshire, Enosburgh, Fairfield, Montgomery, and Richford.

NWATV will be covering special events, town meetings and school board meetings in the new areas in hopes to capture the towns’ spirits. When making the transition, NWATV’s goal is to share the vibrant life of the eastern side of the county with the western half of the county, and vice versa. Continue reading “PUBLIC ACCESS READY FOR GREEN LIGHT”

BIG PLANS FOR TOWN FOREST

By Natalie Jackson

There are many places in the St. Albans area that give residents the opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle. One of the town’s favorites is their very own 162 acre Town Forest. The Town Forest is located on Forest Drive, off of French Hill Road in St. Albans.

Recently, St. Albans’ Town Parks and Recreational Department has been teaming up with RiseVT and the Franklin County Mountain Bike Club to expand the paths and promote them to the public. Although the plans have been brought up for discussion for about ten years, the plans are just now starting to come into action. Continue reading “BIG PLANS FOR TOWN FOREST”