Month: July 2016

State: Provost on the hook

  A Plattsburgh man accused of committing fraud at last year’s Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby appeared in court Thursday morning. Craig Provost, 44, pleaded not guilty to the felony offense of false pretenses in Vermont Superior Court – Criminal Division. The 10.26-pound walleye Provost claimed as his was actually caught by his derby teammate, James Braid, court documents show. Provost had purchased “cash extras” that Braid had not, LCI director James Ehlers told police, making Provost eligible for the extra rewards, Sgt. Michael Fish’s affidavit says. According to the document, the “cash extras” for a derby record...

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Barber’s leadership scouted in national pool

When more than 70 inches of snow downed Boston during snowstorm Marcus in winter 2015, two-thirds of the Vermont Army National Guard’s Bravo Company 522nd Engineer Battalion responded. The other third was on a humanitarian mission in Senegal, Africa, building a de-mining training center. There, Cpt. Austin Barber of Milton, maintained daily communication with his unit, ensuring everything was running smoothly across continents. Barber’s leadership in this scenario is just one of the many reasons he was honored at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. this past May. One of seven Army National Guard soldiers nationwide to earn the Gen....

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Murder suspect describes ‘blood lust,’ court docs show

The five transients accused of killing a Milton man are being held without bail after pleading not guilty to second-degree murder in Chittenden Superior Court-Criminal Division. Erik Averill, 21; Myia Barber, 23; Amber Dennis, 30; Allison Gee, 24; and Jordan Paul, 22, all denied causing injuries that killed 38-year-old Amos Beede at a homeless encampment in Burlington in May, court records show. Beede was found beaten near the camp on Pine Street on May 23 and later died due to the severe injuries, including subdural hemorrhage, brain injury and facial fractures from blunt impacts to the head, a police...

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Coming this fall: Merger proposals

The subcommittee charged with exploring the viability of a three town merger between Georgia, Fairfax and Fletcher schools plans to present its findings to the community in September. A breakout of the larger Franklin West Supervisory Union Act 46 study committee, the five-member group meets biweekly to evaluate the pros, cons and unknowns of merging the three schools into one district and building a new tri-town high school. With an estimated 560 students, that high school would be the 14th largest in the state, FWSU officials projected, and would fall in Division II for sports. But more information is...

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Election season: Lisman wants to recreate gov’t.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman – four-time Analyst All-Star for Wall Street’s Lehman Brothers, a man worth an estimated $50 million – wants to take a “different look” at the Green Mountain State’s political system. Lisman said his rival, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, hasn’t affected significant change during Scott’s 15-year political career. “They say, ‘Nobody’s listening to me,’” Lisman said of people he’s met on the campaign trail. “They say that about Washington, but that’s like howling at the moon. It is a national problem, but it’s so small here, and we can fix it.” That’s the 69-year-old...

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