Author: Courtney Lamdin

Milton voters align with statewide gov picks

Milton voters turned out for a relatively vanilla statewide primary Tuesday, and the majority favored incumbent Gov. Phil Scott over challenger Keith Stern on Republican ballots. Scott earned 627 total votes between the Chittenden 10 and Grand Isle-Chittenden districts, unofficial results from the town show. Milton voters mirrored the unofficial statewide results, which showed Scott as the Republican victor with more than 60 percent of the vote.   In Chittenden 10, 176 of the voters on the Democratic ballot preferred Christine Hallquist of the four choices for governor. Hallquist was officially named the Democratic contender for the November election...

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‘Milton’s story should be told’

When Barry Habecker started as Milton’s first-ever police chief in 1968, the town didn’t even provide him a cruiser. He went to work in a brown uniform, toting a Billy club, handcuffs and a .357 Magnum. He made $125 a week. Like today’s cops, he busted up fights, solved break-ins and investigated suicides. He even stopped a town selectman for speeding once. But in the 50 years since Milton Police Department formed, near everything else has changed. The department commemorated five decades of service at last week’s National Night Out, an annual event to strengthen police-community ties. It proved...

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Judge rules on hazing subpoenas

with additional reporting by COLIN FLANDERS Milton Town School District must release records for students who played high school football between 2009-12, a Vermont Superior Court judge ruled late last month. Judge Robert A. Mello’s order is the latest in the hazing lawsuit filed by the plaintiff, who was sodomized with a pool cue at a teammate’s home in 2012. He sued MTSD for negligence last May. The Milton Independent does not name victims of sexual assault without their permission. Attorneys for the plaintiff had sought records dating back to 2000 to establish the district’s “culture of sexual assault,” a...

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Perception is Milton youth football’s biggest opponent

with additional reporting by COLIN FLANDERS As Milton youth football gears up for the fall, both programs will have a common enemy this season. Perception, an invisible but powerful force, could rival any team on their upcoming schedules. For the Milton Broncos, the new president will have to convince parents all is well after Milton police cited their former leader for embezzlement last month. And the newly minted middle school club team must show padded flag football is just as cool as tackle. Leaders of both programs say if the messaging resonates, it will create a much-needed boon for...

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Meet the Grand Isle-Chittenden primary candidates

Seats for this year’s August primary are unchallenged in the Grand-Isle Chittenden House district, which serves the Champlain Islands and part of Milton. Incumbent House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and her seatmate, Ben Joseph – both Democrats – will face Republicans Leland Morgan and Michael Morgan in the general election November 6. So voters can get to know the candidates before then, the Milton Independent posed them a series of questions, giving a 400-word limit to split between three answers. They were also asked to provide a short biography. Another round of questions will be posed before the general election....

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