Author: Michaela Halnon

Senators create student town hall at MHS

Five of the six Chittenden County state senators walked the halls of Milton High School last week, taking questions from juniors and seniors and offering their opinions on oft-debated political topics in a town-hall style presentation. The appearance was part of a public speaking tour held prior to the start of the new legislative session. MHS was the only school Sens. Phil Baruth, Ginny Lyons, Michael Sirotkin, Debbie Ingram and Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe visited during the circuit, according to Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics teacher Jason Gorczyk. “One thing that’s pretty special about Vermont is it’s...

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Former dispatcher denies felony

A former Colchester Police Department dispatcher pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court on Tuesday to allegations he provided information about an ongoing federal investigation to a prostitute. Earl Benway, a 41-year-old Milton resident, is charged with obstruction of justice, a felony, and committing prohibited acts, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Outside the courtroom, Benway’s lawyer Robert Kaplan said the case was being “overblown” because of his client’s work as a police dispatcher. He declined requests for further comment on Benway’s behalf. In a statement last month,...

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CPD dispatcher fired, arrested

A Colchester Police dispatcher was fired after allegedly soliciting the services of a prostitute and disclosing confidential police information, according to a statement from Chief Jen Morrison. Vermont State Police cited Earl Benway, 41, of Milton for prohibited acts and obstruction of justice after investigators found he paid a female to perform a sexual act. They subsequently learned Benway provided information to the female about an ongoing federal law enforcement investigation. Police said they would not release any further information about that case. Morrison said she immediately ordered an internal affairs investigation after Burlington Police notified her of the...

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Truth in numbers?

Police say records don’t reflect mental health crises in town By MICHAELA HALNON By July 31, 2017, Colchester police had responded to 40 suicide attempts in town — just one shy of the number seen in all of 2016. Chief Jennifer Morrison predicts that number will stretch into the 70s by the end of this calendar year. The projected figure would dwarf the attempts logged in at least the past four years. “At the end of the day, our job is to protect this community,” Morrison said. “And sometimes we have to protect this community from itself.” Morrison is...

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Advocate for action

Milton cancer survivor finds her voice with ACS Leigh Kimball was in disbelief when doctors told her she was cancer-free. It was October 2014, several months after a devastating second diagnosis of endometrial cancer. The Milton resident had decided to halt chemotherapy treatments months prior. The side effects delivered by the medicine coursing through her body had become unbearable, Kimball said, and her doctors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center could offer no guarantee the treatments were working — or that they might ever stop. Readying for her impending passing, Kimball and her wife even toured the Respite House, an inpatient...

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