COST ESTIMATES FAR EXCEED ESTIMATES

By Gregory J. Lamoureux

Enosburg Falls: The Village of Enosburg is a bit of a conundrum. The project to renovate a 70-year-old turbine has run aground on financial concerns.

According to Village Manager, Jonathan Elwell, the lowest bid to renovate the aging turbine came in about 50% over budget.

That lowest bidder, Kingsbury Companies out of Waitsfield, came in significantly lower than the second or third place bidders, so rebidding the project may not be a good alternative, although it is an option, according to Elwell.

In March voters opted to invest $2.1 million into the Village generating facility. That money, in part, was intended to upgrade the turbine that generates much of the area’s power. Continue reading “COST ESTIMATES FAR EXCEED ESTIMATES”

MURKY LEGAL WORDING COMPLICATES UPCOMING VOTE

MONTGOMERY CONSTRUCTION COSTS ON THE RISE

By Gregory J. Lamoureux

MONTGOMERY: Voters in the Town of Montgomery are at odds whether to build a new town clerk’s office. The current building is inadequate to the needs of the town, says proponent and Selectman Scott Perry.

Also, a select board member, Sarah Silva, looks at the proposal as a frivolous expense for voters.

At odds between the two sides is a little-known Vermont law that raises almost as many questions as it answers. Continue reading “MURKY LEGAL WORDING COMPLICATES UPCOMING VOTE”

WANTED, WITH DRUGS

State Police say they caught a fugitive from justice after a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.

Police pulled Danny Davis, 52, of Winooski over for “a minor motor vehicle violation.” During that encounter, police say they discovered Davis was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.

Police say they arrested Davis for the DUI Charge, but while processing him discovered that the name that he had given them earlier in the evening- wasn’t his real name.

“After determining his correct name it was found that the defendant had two outstanding warrants” State Trooper Andrew Collier said in a statement.

He was taken to Northwest Correctional Center, pending arraignment on the two warrants. His DUI court date is expected be on Monday.

TEXAS PLATES SOUND ALARM

Border Patrol Agents were checking out a suspicious vehicle, bearing Texas license plates, driving on the Slide Road in Richford recently when they got more than the bargained for

According to a press release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Texas resident Ellic Flores was driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Continue reading “TEXAS PLATES SOUND ALARM”

MONTGOMERY WOMAN SHOOTS AT FATHER

According to police, 21 year old Brianna Croteau of Montgomery fired a pistol during an alleged domestic situation on August 17th.

Court records show that a bullet was recovered next to a light switch of the residence.

The alleged assault occurred when Croteau shot at her father, Brian Croteau Sr. at their Enosburgh Mountain Road home. Continue reading “MONTGOMERY WOMAN SHOOTS AT FATHER”

SWEET MAPLE, JUST CAN’T RESIST

Two burglars have been arrested after police say they broke into the Maple City Diner in St. Albans recently.

Brahin Lloyd, 28, of Philadelphia, and Naomi Gaboury, 40, of Swanton were both arrested and charged in the case, according to police.

He was held in prison on $20,000 bail pending the outcome of the case.

Court documents indicated that a safe with more than $2,000 in cash was missing from the dinner. Continue reading “SWEET MAPLE, JUST CAN’T RESIST”

BE ON THE LOOKOUT NETS DUI

Police were notified of a potentially impaired driver leaving the Enosburg Falls Country Club last Wednesday evening, according to a police statement.

The Description of the vehicle matched a vehicle that Deputy Renning of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department later saw on the Colton Road in Sheldon.

During a traffic stop, deputies tested the driver, Alain Fortin, 29, of Swanton for driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, Fortin provided a breath sample indicating 0.239% alcohol in his blood.

That is just shy of three times the legal limit for driving in Vermont of 0.08%.

Fortin was issued a citation to appear in Franklin County District Court, at a later date, to answer to the charge of DUI.

E’BURGH WOMAN RECOGNIZED BY GIRLSCOUTS OF THE GREEN AND WHITE MOUNTAINS

It’s been over six decades since Cheryl Heneveld was a Brownie Girl Scout in her native California, but a close encounter with greatness no doubt influenced her life’s path. The Enosburg Falls resident says it seems like only yesterday that she met Olave Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide and wife of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the modern Scouting movement, “I can still see her, with her Dalai Lama smile,” Heneveld recalled.

The lifelong Girl Scout volunteer, who has made it her mission to maintain personal connections in an increasingly digital world, has been honored as Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ August Volunteer of the Month. Continue reading “E’BURGH WOMAN RECOGNIZED BY GIRLSCOUTS OF THE GREEN AND WHITE MOUNTAINS”

SWEET MAPLE, JUST CAN’T RESIST

Two burglars have been arrested after police say they broke into the Maple City Diner in St. Albans recently.

Brahin Lloyd, 28, of Philadelphia, and Naomi Gaboury, 40, of Swanton were both arrested and charged in the case, according to police.

He was held in prison on $20,000 bail pending the outcome of the case.

Court documents indicated that a safe with more than $2,000 in cash was missing from the dinner.

Video surveillance footage of the burglary showed a white female and a tall black male, with a pitbull, were the burglars.

The investigation also lead to the supply room at the diner. Court documents say that the burglars stole 20 lbs of ham, five New York strip steaks, 15 dozen eggs, a 10-pound tub of hamburger about two gallons of Maple Syrup and other miscellaneous cooking supplies, according to the police affidavit.

Later that day, police were investigating another matter just down the road (a machete brandishing man), when they discovered a safe with Maple City Diner paperwork in it.

Several days later, police received a call from Gaboury, admitting to the burglary, according to court records.

The court records showed that Gaboury told police that a man she knew, with the street name of “Legs” was the other burglar.

Two days later, the police ran into Lloyd when they were investigating suspicious activity in Taylor Park.

According to police records, Lloyd’s height (6’9”) as well as his tatoos linked him to the burglary.

Lloyd attempted to run from the officers initially, according to the court records.

According to court records, Lloyd would not identify himself for officers, though the officers believed they knew who he was.

“I called him by the street name ‘Brock,’ {He) snickered at that. {He} was still denying that his name was Brahin. To positively identify him, I printed two pictures off from his Facebook. I brought them to him, and he admitted to being Brahin. He stated, ‘You got me!’ and gave me a fist bump, St. Albans Police Officer Jason Lawton wrote in the arrest affidavit.

Lloyd had an extensive criminal history, according to court records, including being wanted in Philidelphia.