Author: Colin Flanders

After wrongdoing, a chance to make amends

When Milton police cited Eric Gaudette for damaging a neighbor’s house while shooting at a home range, he didn’t mean to make anyone feel unsafe, he said. It was a crime nonetheless, resulting in a court case and probation. He was also referred to the Essex Community Justice Center to take part in its restorative justice panel. Gaudette agreed to pay for repairs, write an apology letter and research the dangers of shooting in public areas. He also spoke with a few neighbors about the importance of gun safety. “It was pretty important to make the family feel a...

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Essex man cited for arson, stalking

An Essex man was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning after police say he set fire to a pile of his ex-fiancés belongings in the driveway of his rental residence, a press release said. Police say they responded to a reported structure fire at a multi-unit condominium complex located at 86 Colchester Rd. Police say 39-year-old Robert Noble — who lives in Unit 3 of the building — started the fire close to residence’s garage, causing extensive damage to its vinyl siding. Essex police cited Noble into court for third-degree arson and lodged him at the Chittenden Regional Correctional...

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Colchester police investigating string of vandalisms

Colchester Police Department is investigating a rash of nighttime vandalisms to vehicles and residences over the past three weeks, a press release said Wednesday afternoon. There’s been six reported incidents of broken windows from a pellet or BB gun since April 17, and other local agencies have reported similar vandalisms, police say. Anyone with information is asked to call the Colchester Police Department at...

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Essex investigating personnel data breach

An Essex Town employee accidentally disclosed confidential records of 262 municipal staff to a fraudster, a town press release said on Monday. In the emails, which were sent to the town on April 8 and 9, an unknown person posed as a town official and requested payroll records for all town personnel, police say. The town employee did not verify the sender’s identity before releasing the information, the press release says. Officials realized the incident April 12 when several town employees attempted to file their taxes, only to find their accounts were comprised. “Mistakenly, town staff did not confirm...

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Essex voters support school budgets

It was a clean sweep for Essex’s budget season after voters approved all three proposed school budgets and their accompanying articles Tuesday. Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both Essex Middle School and Essex High School, where town and village voters made their decisions, respectively. The Essex Junction and Essex Town school districts sported nearly exact turnout rates, with only 5.35 percent of registered voters from each district casting ballots. This year’s school budgets carried the added significance of being the districts’ last as separate entities. Next year, voters will decide on a unified school...

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