Author: Courtney Lamdin

Monster Mile gains visibility on Route 7

Get your costumes ready, because the 2018 Monster Mile is coming up in a month’s time. The sixth annual Monster Mile, presented by the Milton Independent and Champlain Valley News Group, is set for Saturday, Oct. 20. The fundraiser will now include a stretch on Route 7, bringing your spooky, silly and spectacular costumes to the forefront. This year, we’re starting and ending both our mile and 5K at Milton Recreation’s new fieldhouse at Bombardier Park West. The new facility, which includes a sheltered pavilion and indoor restrooms, will provide a much more comfortable and weather-resistant area for our...

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Flanders development seeks water system fix

Kim Robare woke up one spring morning and headed to the shower. She shampooed her hair, but when it came time to rinse, the water stream had slowed to a drip. Thinking it was a broken pipe, she started checking around her house, then called her neighbor. No water there, either. The loss of water pressure was symptomatic of a larger problem affecting all 178 homes in the so-called Flanders development off Hobbs Road. The town is now trying to address the issue in a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort that started in earnest this spring. “We’re just kind of...

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Milton man nets third DUI

Vermont State Police arrested a 33-year-old Milton man for what they say is his third driving under the influence infraction. Troopers responded to a report of an unresponsive male slumped over his vehicle on the side of Interstate 89 southbound in St. Albans on September 7 around 8:20 p.m., a press release said. They identified the operator as Eric M. Poland, who had to be revived by rescue crews. Investigation determined Poland was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and police cited him for DUI-drugs, a news release said. Troopers transported Poland to the St. Albans barracks, where...

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Driver collides with cruiser on West Milton Rd.

A driver struck a parked Milton police cruiser last week, sending both parties to the hospital with minor injuries, a press release said. Milton police, fire and rescue responded to the collision on West Milton Road, just south of Bear Trap Road, just before 1:15 p.m. September 5, police said. Harlan Bellew, 85, of Milton told Colchester Police, which is investigating the collision, that he was traveling 30 mph on the 40-mph posted road, Sgt. Francis Gonyaw said, adding CPD hasn’t verified Bellew’s account. Bellew’s 2006 Honda CRV struck Officer Ed Larente’s parked 2016 Ford Explorer cruiser from behind...

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MPD enrolling for citizen police academy

Ever wonder how a police officer decides to use a Taser? Or what they’re thinking when they approach your window during a traffic stop? If you apply to join Milton Police Department’s inaugural citizen police academy, you may just find out. The 10-week program starts September 12, running every Wednesday night except Halloween from 6 to 8 or 9 p.m. The goal, organizer Cpl. Jason Porter said, is to give Miltonians a better view into how their police department operates. He envisions a scene at a backyard barbecue where a parent volunteers a story about their son getting pulled...

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