Author: Courtney Lamdin

Johanna Eddy

Johanna can sit in the quiet storm of a middle school classroom and piece together an articulate and well-reasoned argument with a clear sense of justice at its heart. She reflects on her learning and devotes herself to improvement. JoJo, as she prefers to be called, is also a leader in group projects. She is devoted to her community and the environment, serving as a member of Vermont Kids Against Tobacco, in Girls Scouts and is a student representative on our student council. She makes a positive community in our school, which is perhaps best recognized by her peers....

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Suspected Milton robber hits Winooski again

Milton and Winooski police are again asking the public’s help to identify a robbery suspect who they believe hit a convenience store twice in a week. Milton police released security footage from Chuck’s Mobil in Winooski, which was robbed yesterday by a man who police suspect is the same one who hit Chuck’s and Rene’s in Milton last Tuesday, Dec. 9 (see video at right). The new crime occurred exactly a week later on Tuesday, Dec. 16, also in the 1 a.m. hour, Milton Detective Cpl. Paul Locke said. The suspect had similar clothing and physical build, Winooski police...

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2 football players plead out

Two former Milton football players who assaulted their teammate with a pool cue will not face jail time for the two-year-old offense, a Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday. Colby Darling, 19, and Brian Lasell, 20, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor simple assault in exchange for an 18-month deferred sentence, which, if completed successfully in June 2016, will be wiped from their criminal records, State’s Attorney TJ Donovan said. Simple assault carries a maximum penalty of a yearlong prison sentence and/or a $1,000 fine. The agreement is a partial conclusion in the criminal case filed against five former Yellowjackets who...

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Tree lighting rescheduled

Mother Nature is certainly having her way with the region right now, but she won’t stop the Milton Independent from hosting its tree lighting ceremony this week. Icy rain froze out the originally scheduled event for December 9, but the Independent has chosen a new date: THIS Saturday, Dec. 13, still at 6 p.m. and still at the Hannaford plaza. We’re hoping you’ll join us to see the tree lit up, to sing some Christmas carols and to meet the man of the season, Santa Claus himself. Bring an ornament to trim the tree (make sure its hardy enough...

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Plea change coming next week

Two of the five former Milton football players charged with assaulting teammates will enter new pleas next week, Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan said Wednesday. Colby Darling and Brian Lasell will change their not guilty pleas at a hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 16, Donovan said. Brandon Beliveau, Ryan Carlson and Will Jenkins have not agreed to the deal Donovan’s office offered, he said. “We’re still negotiating,” Donovan said. Donovan had originally hoped to wrap up the case Wednesday, he told the Independent last month. The prosecution began in August, after Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations detectives cited the...

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