Author: Courtney Lamdin

Milton Police Reports: Jan. 10 – Jan. 17

WRITTEN WARNINGS: 43 TICKETS 5 Driving with suspended license 4 Uninsured drivers 2 Uninspected vehicles 1 Passing on left 1 Speeding 1 Using portable electronic device ARRESTS 3 Driving with criminally suspended license 2 Violation of release conditions 1 DUI #1 1 Unlawful trespass TOTAL CALLS: 213 1/10, 2:08 p.m., K9 Assist, Blair Park, Williston Cpl. Jason Porter and K9 Hatchi were called to assist with a drug sniff of a package. K9 Hatchi did not alert to the presence of narcotics. 1/10, 2:36 p.m., Larceny from Building, Railroad St. Officer Kendra Raymond responded to a complaint of a possible theft....

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Police investigate string of burglaries

Milton police are investigating several daytime burglaries and ask the public’s help in solving them, a press release Tuesday morning said. Police responded to multiple break-ins on Monday, Jan. 22 and determined they occurred during the day when no one was home. Officers will next analyze evidence collected at the scene to narrow potential suspects, police said. MPD is asking the public – particularly residents of Poor Farm Road and Murray Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods – to contact them with any information, especially if they have outdoor surveillance cameras. People can call Milton PD at 893-2424 or Champlain Valley...

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Milton emergency crews gain new leadership

For the first time in nearly two decades, Milton’s emergency crews have entirely new chiefs at the helm. Monday night, the town’s fire, rescue and police chiefs were pinned with gold badges in a ceremonial and emotional transition of power. Sgt. Stephen Laroche had served as interim police chief since former Chief Brett Van Noordt retired in October, after 18 years as chief. In a symbolic gesture, Milton selectman John Palasik, a retired Milton police sergeant and Laroche’s former peer, gave Laroche the gold pin. Town manager Don Turner chose Laroche at the end of a three-month search for...

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Miltonians quiz police chief

Stephen Laroche, the town of Milton’s choice for its next police chief, outlined his vision last week in a community forum that didn’t avoid tough questions. Selected from a pool of 35 candidates, Laroche said he wants to bolster Milton Police Department with specialized roles and increase community policing efforts.   Residents quizzed Laroche on everything from traffic enforcement and mental illness awareness to implicit bias and use of body cameras. Held last Thursday in the municipal building, the forum concluded a three-month search that gleaned three internal candidates including Laroche, a 25-year department veteran. “Over the past 20...

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Rowley Fuels pays $18k fine

For the second time in as many years, local propane company Rowley Fuels was issued a state-imposed penalty for environmental violations. Late last month, the Vermont Environmental Court ordered Rowley Fuels pay nearly $18,640 for illegally cutting open fuel oil tanks and setting them on fire, among other violations, documents show. The company has since paid the fine, ANR litigation attorney Randy Miller said last week. It previously paid environmental fines in August 2015 for an October 2014 fuel spillage into Lake Champlain, the Indy reported then. This latest settlement resolves an incident from March 2015, when a resident...

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