SEPTEMBER DAIRY PRICE SLIPS SLIGHTLY

By Gregory J. Lamoureux
County Courier

The United States Department of Agriculture sets the commodity price of milk on a monthly basis for several regions throughout the United States. Vermont is part of the Northeast Dairy Region, which includes all the states in New England, as well as New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.

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COMMERCIAL TRUCK CRASH HALTS RT 78 TRAFFIC

EAST HIGHGATE: Vermont State Police say a section of Route 78 will be closed for the removal of a tractor-trailer truck that crashed near the intersection of the Machia Road intersection earlier today.

A reader of the County Courier let us know that the crash is between Lamkin and Machia Roads, leaving the intersection of Machia and Route 78 open to traffic.

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POLICE: RAIL CITY MAN SUPPLIED DRUGS IN OVERDOSE

By Gregory J. Lamoureux
County Courier

Shawn Cochran in his mug shot provided by the St. Albans City Police Department.

“Cochran stated more than once if Stevens had taken the pills he had, Stevens would still be alive, because he sells real prescription pills.”

Those were the words of investigating officer Sean Bourgeois of the St. Albans Police Department in a sworn 25-page long affidavit filed in criminal court, connecting 28 year-old Shawn Cochran with the overdose death of Donald Stevens III, 33, of St. Albans in May.

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SHELDON CRASH KILLS FAIRFIELD MAN

SHELDON: According to the Vermont State Police, one man is dead after a single vehicle crash on Duffy Hill Road in the town of Sheldon.

The call came into emergency crews at around 10:50 pm on Wednesday evening for the one car motor vehicle crash. The location is near 3980 Duffy Hill Road, just north of the Fairfield/Sheldon town line.

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ST. ALBANS POLICE SEARCHING FOR ESCAPEE

St. Albans Police responded to an apartment complex at 305 South Main Street in St. Albans City Sunday, according to St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor, for the report of a wanted man standing outside of the apartments.
When police arrived, they identified Andrew S. Brace, 34, of St. Albans City, but when they attempted to talk with Brace, he fled into one of the apartments, shouting “Yo, get the gun.”

Andrew Brace, seen in this recent mug shot released by St. Albans Police Wednesday morning.
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POLICE INVESTIGATE DOUBLE FATAL CRASH IN ST. ALBANS TOWN

Members of the crash reconstruction team, part of the Vermont State Police, set up in front of the former Energizer building in St. Albans Town, at the scene of a double fatality Tuesday. Gregory J. Lamoureux, County Courier

St. Albans Police are investigating a double fatal crash on Route 7, just north of the city line.

The St. Albans Town Fire Department responded to the call at around 12:38 pm today, along with St. Albans Police and AmCare Ambulance Service.

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JUDGE SETS BAIL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT

ST. ALBANS: “He told his Realtor several times that he wanted to put a bullet between her eyes,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Deb Celus of the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office.

Celus was referring to attempted murder suspect Jeffrey Cota, 53, of Bakersfield, who allegedly told his Real Estate Agent he wanted to shoot his estranged partner, Gerry Manchester.

This came during an arraignment for a felony charge of attempted murder of Harley Demag, Jr. on Sunday in Bakersfield, as well as two charges of violating an abuse prevention order. Demag is the son of Gerry Manchester.

Cota sat in court making very little noise, but weeping for most of his 25 minute hearing.

The State argued for an order to hold Cota without bail until further adjudication could happen, but the defense asked the judge for a more lenient sentence, which is ultimately what happened.

“He was found with ammunition in his vehicle after the crash,” Celus pointed out to the court, noting that the release of Cota would be dangerous for not only the victim but also the victim’s family and the general public.

The defense introduced Cota’s mother as a responsible adult that could take responsibility and house Cota if he was released.

Cota’s mother also agreed to turn over three firearms to the Vermont State Police, firearms that belonged to Cota that were moved to his mother’s address when he was issued a temporary relief from abuse order. Since that order was issued to Cota, he was also staying with his mother in Milton.

According to records, Cota tried to sideswipe the vehicle Demag was driving on Route 36, before turning his vehicle around and hitting the vehicle head-on. That vehicle was owned by Demag’s mother and Cota’s estranged partner, Gerry Manchester.

Judge Scot Kline ultimately ordered Cota to be allowed to be released on $50,000 bail, which could allow the man to walk by putting up as little as $5,000.

The County Courier will update this story as more information becomes available. Follow our Facebook page and website for more local news.

LA QUINTA STABBING VICTIM, WITNESS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY

Hannah Bockus, left, and Tyler Bushey in their mug shots released by SAPD on Monday morning.

St. Albans Police were working with Tyler Bushey last week in an attempt to identify the perpetrator who tried to kill him by stabbing him at the LaQuinta in St. Albans Town, but not that same man is being charged by police with Attempted Assault and Robbery.

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VSP: BAKERSFIELD CRASH WAS ATTEMPTED MURDER

Rescue crews work to free Jeffrey Cota Sr. from a vehicle positioned over an embankment on Sunday afternoon after Cota allegedly ran head on into his stepson’s vehicle. Gregory J. Lamoureux, County Courier

BAKERSFIELD: Vermont State Police say a crash that occurred on Route 36 in Bakersfield Sunday afternoon was an act of attempted murder.

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