FAIRFAX CRASH LEAVES ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

FAIRFAX: Vermont State Police say that an afternoon crash left a St. Albans man in critical, life-threatening condition Thursday.

According to Trooper Nathan Quealy of the Vermont State Police, Michael Farrington, a 65-year-old St. Albans man was driving his 2008 Toyota Carolla north on Route 104 in Fairfax Thursday afternoon, around 4:42, when he crossed over the center line and collided head-on with a Ford F-250 driven by Leon Kinsley, 68, of Jeffersonville. Continue reading “FAIRFAX CRASH LEAVES ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION”

McALLISTER SENTENCED TO PROBATION, WORK CREW

Norm McAllister listens to the victim read her statement to the court Tuesday morning during sentencing on a misdemeanor sex charge.                                         Gregory J. Lamoureux, County Courier

ST. ALBANS: Former State Senator Norm McAllister of Highgate was sentenced on Tuesday morning to one year of probation and 25 days of work crew after his conviction on a prostitution charge in July.

The prosecutors had asked for the maximum of one year to serve in prison, which is also the maximum sentence that the legislature has set for offenses like McAllister’s. Continue reading “McALLISTER SENTENCED TO PROBATION, WORK CREW”

FAIRFIELD SEX OFFENDER BAILS OUT OF PRISON

ST. ALBANS: Less than 24 hours after his arrest, a Fairfield sex offender is allowed to walk free from prison on Tuesday afternoon.

In a continuation of Monday’s arraignment for Shane Edgerly yesterday, Judge Martin A. Maley set bail at $50,000 for a registered sex offender that allegedly took advantage of a 10-year-old girl just months after he was released from prison.

Less than two hours later, Edgerly had posted at least 10%, allowing him to walk free while he awaits his trial. Continue reading “FAIRFIELD SEX OFFENDER BAILS OUT OF PRISON”

POLICE ARREST FAIRFIELD SEX OFFENDER, AGAIN

Carrying a bible, Shane Allen Edgerly, 41, of Fairfield is lead into the courtroom by Public Defender Paul Gross on Monday afternoon.      Gregory J. Lamoureux, photo

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FAIRFIELD: Vermont State Police have arrested a sex offender for allegedly taking advantage, sexually, of a young female family member about seven years ago.

The abuse began just months after Edgerly was released from probation on a previous, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, conviction. That charge, along with four other sex crimes has landed Edgerly on the state’s sex offender registry for life. He was listed on the state’s sex offender registry as a “non-high risk offender.”

According to court documents obtained exclusively by the County Courier on Monday, Edgerly told the then 10-year-old female he wanted to show her how to use a vibrator so that she would stay away from boys.

Leaving out the lewd details, the female eventually pushed Edgerly off her and hid in a bathroom until another adult family member was home with whom she could confide with.

Edgerly’s wife, Sonja, allegedly swept the incident under the rug, convincing those who knew about the incident that it would be handled  “within the family,” according to testimony given to police.

The victim told police that the family dealt with the incident by confiding in church elders from the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall. That didn’t stop the abuse, however. According to the victim, Edgerly would sneak into her room and put vibrators inside her dresser and then tell her later where to find them.

The victim told police that she told Edgerly on a regular basis to stop, that she didn’t need him to do that. She also told police that on at least one occasion, Edgerly stopped at Good Stuff in St. Albans (with the victim in the car) to purchase a vibrator for her.

According to police, the victim also told police Edgerly is a nudist and likes to walk around his home naked, even when the victim and the victim’s siblings are there. She also told police that Edgerly “wrestles” with them while he is naked, and on at least one occasion he has groped her while doing so.

Edgerly hired a private attorney, which was not able to be at his arraignment on Monday afternoon, so, on Edgerly’s behalf, Public Defender Paul Gross took advantage of the 24-hour rule, a process that delays the arraignment proceedings until the following business day.

Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Wheeler asked Judge Martin A. Maley to hold Edgerly without bail, citing his previous sexual assault convictions as well as a previous conviction for leaving the scene of an accident as evidence that he would not hold up his end of a bargain to return to court for full arraignment.

Wheeler also cited a paragraph in the court affidavit, where the victim told police Edgerly made it clear to her as well as the rest of the family, that if he ever went back to prison, he would either commit suicide or escape to Alaska.

Edgerly’s criminal history includes six sex charges, five of which he was convicted for, as well as a gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to comply with the sex offender registry, and violation of conditions of release.

Edgerly is the owner of SOS construction, a residential remodeling company based in Fairfield, according to public records. When police first contacted him, he told them he couldn’t talk to them for several days since he was working on a construction site in Middlebury, Vermont.

Public Defender Gross argued that Edgerly knew the police were looking for him and came to the police barracks to turn himself in, showing that he will be faithful to return to court.

Judge Maley ultimately ordered that Edgerly is be held on $50,000 bail, and not to have any contact with the victim, the victim’s siblings, or Edgerly’s wife. He also ordered that if Edgerly meets bail, he will be barred from possessing any sex toys or pornography.

As of 8:15 pm on Monday evening Edgerly had not posted bail and was being held at the Northwest Correctional Center in St. Albans. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. on the two felony counts, which if convicted, could land him in prison for 5 years to life as well as a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.

TEMPERS FLARE AT LAKE CARMI WATERSHED MEETING

By Gregory J. Lamoureux
County Courier

FRANKLIN: Dozens of concerned citizens came out to a meeting in Franklin Thursday evening,  hoping to begin the process of cleaning up Lake Carmi once and for all but Emily Boedecker, Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, could offer little more than an ear to listen and a commitment to action in the coming months. Continue reading “TEMPERS FLARE AT LAKE CARMI WATERSHED MEETING”

MACHINE OPERATORS IN HIGH DEMAND

Vermont Precision Tools (VPT), headquartered in Swanton, is on the cutting edge of a new method of finding quality machine operators. A manufacturer of high-quality precision medical bur blanks for the OEM medical industry, VTP and Vermont HITEC, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to high-quality workforce development announced recently that they will hold a fifth education and apprenticeship program that will bring Machine Operator jobs to Vermont over the next several months. A Machine Operator is responsible for the operation of various cylindrical grinding machines as well as the operation of computer numeric controlled (CNC) equipment.

Those Machine Operators are responsible for the operation of various cylindrical grinding machines as well as the operation of computer numeric controlled (CNC) equipment.

The program is a partnership between Vermont Precision Tools, the Vermont Department of Labor, and Vermont HITEC. The program provides free education and one year of on-site mentoring through an apprenticeship at the VPT Swanton, Vermont location. The program is designed for unemployed and underemployed Vermont residents. Successful completion of the program will lead directly to full-time employment as a Machine Operator at the fast-growing Vermont Precision Tools.

“Vermont HITEC is thrilled to be partnering with Vermont Precision Tools to provide employment and training opportunities to individuals in northwestern Vermont,” said Steven Lutton, Executive Director of Vermont HITEC. “Our goal is to develop programs for employers that attract and train motivated individuals with the skills necessary to enter employment ready, able, and motivated to work at exceptional Vermont employers such as Vermont Precision Tools.”

Through an extensive recruitment process, up to eight individuals will be selected for the eight-week education program. Upon graduation from the education program, participants will fill Machine Operator apprentice positions. All positions will receive full wages and benefits. Individuals selected will also participate in a one-year apprenticeship program administered by the Vermont Department of Labor and will earn a Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Division upon successful completion.

“By partnering with Vermont HITEC, VPT has graduated dozens of apprentices and rapidly increased the capabilities and skills of the men and women working on our manufacturing floor,” said Monica Greene, President, and CEO of Vermont Precision Tools. This high-quality training and apprenticeship program will prepare those seeking advanced manufacturing careers and sustain our growth for many years to come.”

The pay scale for graduates of the VPT Machine Operator ITAR Program will start at $14.00 per hour. Apprentices will have the potential to earn $15.00 or more per hour after six months and $16.00 or more per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship and are based on performance. Further wage growth potential exists based on performance and overall growth within the organization. Overtime may be available, and the positions will also include a comprehensive benefits package as eligible.

“This apprenticeship program is a great opportunity for unemployed and underemployed Vermonters to gain a marketable skill set and a higher wage job,” said Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle. “The training, at no cost to participants who need jobs, will open up great career opportunities in the advanced manufacturing field and a better future. This program connects Vermont employers with motivated individuals who are ready to work.”

Vermont HITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate, train and employ Vermonters in a variety of fields. Vermont HITEC has employed over 1,400 Vermonters over the past seventeen years in the fields of healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing and business services partnering with over 30 Vermont businesses including University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care), Husky Injection Molding Systems, IDX Systems (now GE Healthcare), Dealer.com, Precyse Solutions, Triad Design Service and Vermont Information Processing.

The deadline for applications is September 24th, 2017. To apply, visit the Vermont HITEC website at www.vthitec.org and complete the online application. For more information or assistance, contact: Katy Bacon, ITAR Project Leader & Mentor via email: katy.bacon@vthitec.org, or at 802-872-0660.

MOTORCYCLISTS WERE LIKELY FLEEING FROM POLICE WHEN FATAL CRASH HAPPENED

NEW HAVEN: Vermont State Police say that a group of motorcycles was fleeing from a Vermont State Trooper on Route 7 moments before a fatal crash that left a Bakersfield man hospitalized on Saturday afternoon.

State Police say that the crash killed Christopher Dusablon, 29, of Essex and injured Joshua Morris, 25, of Bakersfield.  Continue reading “MOTORCYCLISTS WERE LIKELY FLEEING FROM POLICE WHEN FATAL CRASH HAPPENED”

BAKERSFIELD MAN SURVIVES FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH

NEW HAVEN, VT: Vermont State Police Troopers say that a Bakersfield man is fortunate to be alive after a motorcycle crash.

Joshua Morris, 25, of Bakersfield and Christopher Dusablon, 29, of Essex were traveling North north together, but on separate motorcycles, on Route 7 in New Haven when they collided, according to Trooper Stephen McNamara. Continue reading “BAKERSFIELD MAN SURVIVES FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH”

EARLY MORNING CRASH KILLS ST. ALBANS MAN

Green spray paint, engine oil, and antifreeze mark the point a van and Casella truck collided on Route 36 in St. Albans on Friday, killing one man and sending two others to the hospital.

ST. ALBANS: St. Albans Police say that Patrick Wedge of St. Albans was killed in a crash involving a work van and a Casella garbage truck this morning on Route 36 in St. Albans.

According to St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor, Wedge was pinned between the van and garbage truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened on a steep section of the VT Route 36 hill in St. Albans around 6:30 this morning.

The driver of the van, Ben Smyth, of East Fairfield, was trapped in the vehicle and needed extrication by the Fire Department to free him.

Taylor said that a second Casella worker, Brian Record of Colchester, was able to jump out of the way of the accident. Unfortunately, Wedge never heard or saw the van coming, according to Taylor.

Smyth remains in serious condition at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, according to Taylor.

Alcohol and cell phone use do not appear to be factors in the crash, sources said, though the van did not appear to try to stop before impact.