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Minimum wage increase debated; advocates lobby for $15 an hour

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — The subject of raising the minimum wage has always generated a lot of debate in the Vermont Statehouse; and it prompted a good deal of conversation at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Weybridge Congregational Church. 

Advocates tout the benefits of higher pay for the state’s lowest wage earners, while opponents decry the potential impact on small businesses that can’t afford the expense. 

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Legislators defend new gun safety laws; some believe rules go too far

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Vermont’s new gun laws drew a lot of discussion among participants at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Weybridge Congregational Church, including from students of nearby Weybridge Elementary School, who came to see what their elected state representatives were up to.

One student asked lawmakers why they decided to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines sold in Vermont to 10 rounds.

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Winds wreak havoc along Green Mountains; falling trees smash houses, music camp

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John S. McCright



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ADDISON COUNTY — As high winds whipped along the base of the Green Mountains on Monday Jenny Beck felt secure in her Brandon home, out of the elements that were lashing the western half of Vermont.

But a few miles north conditions were even more treacherous as gusts toppled trees, which blocked roads and threatened countless homes.

“I heard there was one 97 miles per hour on Lake Dunmore,” Beck said on Tuesday. “I think that’s the one that got my camp.”

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Shawn Newell gets maximum sentence for crash that killed Ripton man

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Heather Kerr had waited 362 days to address the man responsible for her brother Brian’s death, and she wasn’t going to hold back. Her words pierced the silence of the Middlebury courtroom on Monday and landed squarely upon a visibly shaken Shawn Newell.

Newell, on April 20, 2017, was speeding northbound on Route 7 in Salisbury when he drove into the southbound lane to pass a slower vehicle and struck, head-on, a vehicle containing Christina Walker and Brian Kerr of Ripton.

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Hockey lovers unite in effort for hometown rink

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Even the dozens of kids running around playing inside Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center on Saturday afternoon stopped to join the hushed crowd around the big-screen TV sitting on the concrete pad.

In all about 200 hockey lovers at a Middlebury Friends of Hockey Viewing Party were waiting to find out if the rink had won $150,000 in the nationwide Kraft Hockeyville USA contest.

But when National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman came on camera between periods of an NHL playoff game and announced the winner the crowd groaned.

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Middlebury masseur accused of voyeurism

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury masseur on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to four counts of voyeurism, stemming from accusations that he secretly videotaped four female customers using a hidden camera at his business at 31 Court St.

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Town keeps pressure on Ferrisburgh dog rescuer

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday upheld an emergency health order against the occupant of 2512 Sand Road based on what the town’s health officer called in the order “an imminent and substantial public health risk” due to a rat infestation.

The order was directed to property tenant Sheila McGregor, who has operated the Heidi’s Haven dog rescue operation at the site. Her keeping as many as three-dozen dogs in a 912-square-foot ranch home with a one-car attached garage has generated neighbor complaints for at least a decade.

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Bristol delays natural gas pact

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — Opponents of the natural gas pipeline proposed for Bristol won a partial — albeit temporary — victory at Monday night’s selectboard meeting.

After roughly 90 minutes of intense discussion, during which the selectboard was often put on the defensive, the four members present voted unanimously to table a motion pledging their signatures on a license agreement with Vermont Gas Systems (VGS).

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New Bristol road foreman not so new to the job

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL - When Eric Cota started his new job as road foreman of the Bristol Highway Department on Saturday, the weather had plans for him.

Over three days, snow and wintry mixes turned into occasional heavy rain, and were followed by strong winds. 

“Thankfully no trees were down in the roads,” he said in an interview.

Then on Monday, in honor of Cota's 28th anniversary with the Highway Department, one of his trucks promptly quit on him.

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Jack Sawyer attorneys to appeal bail decision

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By ALAN J. KEAYS of VTDigger.org



FAIR HAVEN — A Rutland judge Wednesday morning vacated an order he issued a day earlier on whether four felony charges, including attempted aggravated murder, should stand in the case of Jack Sawyer, accused of planning to shoot up Fair Haven high school.

Also, Sawyer’s attorneys said Wednesday morning they plan to appeal a ruling made Tuesday by Judge Thomas Zonay setting $100,000 bail in the case.

Zonay on Tuesday denied a motion by Sawyer’s attorneys to dismiss the four felony charges for lack of probable cause.

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