Author: Michelle Monroe

Federal cuts to diminish air support

Vermont law enforcement agencies may soon have less access to the kind of helicopter support used during last week’s round-up of alleged drug dealers in Franklin County. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol intends to reduce the six aircraft and 22 agents operating out of Border Patrol’s Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Air Branch at the former Air Force base. CBP has informed agents it would reduce the force over the next three to five years to two aircraft and five agents. The base provides air cover for the U.S. – Canadian border from Watertown, N.Y., to Maine, including all of Vermont and...

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Former governor still champion for women

Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin has worked since 1972 to get more women into elected office in Vermont. In September, she will launch a new organization, Vermont Emerge, to recruit and train women to run for public office. “There is still a need for more women in public office at all levels,” said Kunin. The former governor, who served from 1985 to 1991, remains the only woman to hold the highest elected office in the state. “I thought I’d have a successor as a woman governor long before this,” said Kunin during an interview at her Burlington home Tuesday....

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On 104A, deer launched into truck

A deer ricocheted onto a pick-up truck, shattering the windshield and landing in the lap of a 15-year-old passenger in the backseat last Wednesday in Georgia. According to Vermont State Police trooper Andrew Campagne, a van traveling north on Route 104A struck the deer, sending it into the air at about 12:30 on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The deer landed on the pick-up truck, which was traveling in the opposite lane, going through the windshield. The driver and passengers in the truck were transported to the hospital with minor injuries and were treated and released, Campagne said. There was only...

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Storage owners deny bilking Catholic priest

Paul and Jane Barrenger, owners of Red Barn Storage and Warehouse, took the stand July 9 to defend themselves against charges of fraud and theft in a suit brought by the Rev. Daniel Lokanga in December 2011. Lokanga had a storage container at the Red Barn when the Barrengers purchased the site from former owner Albert Belval, a co-defendant. Lokanga, a Catholic priest who, for years, served Holy Angels and Ascension parishes in St. Albans and Georgia, has sued the trio, claiming items donated to him for shipment to his native Democratic Republic of Congo were taken, sold or...

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Teachers, board still at odds in Georgia

While school directors and teachers in Georgia await a delayed fact-finding report due now in two weeks, the sides disagree about what contract issues remain to be resolved. At issue is the salary schedule. The board previously suggested eliminating the current system, which rewards teachers for additional education and experience. Superintendent Ned Kirsch said the school board dropped its request to change the salary schedule last month, prior to hiring the fact-finder, and that teacher concerns about it are no longer warranted. However, Brad King, president of the Georgia Education Association, said the schedule is still a sticking point....

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