St. George woman pleads guilty to stealing Social Security checks

By MIKE DONOGHUE A former Merchants Bank vice president has pleaded guilty to stealing $93,345 by continuing to cash her mother’s Social Security checks for five years after she died. Carol Philbin, 66, of St. George admitted in U.S. District Court in Burlington Friday that she made false statements to a federal agency so she could… Read More »

Woman in ricin case gets probation, fine

By MIKE DONOGHUE A former Wake Robin resident charged with possessing the poison ricin at the Shelburne retirement community last fall was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington last Thursday to five years on federal probation. Betty Miller, who tested the ricin on her Wake Robin neighbors, pleaded guilty in May to a felony… Read More »

Convincing with the Convincer

Convincing with the Convincer

Shelburne Police Cpl. Jon Marcoux uses the Rollover Convincer to explain to Champlain Valley Fair-goers the serious impact of failing to wear seatbelts. The Convincer – a car without glass windows – is on a frame that allows it to spin or rollover as if the car flipped. Fair-goers got to see up close what it’s like… Read More »

Doney agrees to plea deal in Shelburne prostitution case

By MIKE DONOGHUE A longtime Central Vermont rescue member and law enforcement officer, arrested in Shelburne in May on charges of soliciting prostitution and obstruction of justice, has cut a deal with Chittenden County prosecutors to avoid possible prison time and for a chance to have his criminal record wiped clean. Lynn Doney pleaded guilty… Read More »

Stepping down: Lt. Fortin to take highway safety program on the road

Stepping down: Lt. Fortin to take highway safety program on the road

After nearly 30 years with Shelburne Police, Lt. Allen Fortin will be retiring Aug. 12, but don’t expect him to move from a cruiser to a rocking chair. Fortin said his “retirement” will be all about one of his favorite passions: highway safety. He is expected to become Chittenden County’s first full-time highway safety coordinator beginning… Read More »

Burlington continues spilling wastewater into Lake Champlain

For more on Vermont’s water concerns, click this story: State asks Vermonters to weigh in on clean water funding The City of Burlington, the state’s largest polluter of Vermont waterways, says it dumped another unpermitted 3 million gallons of waste into Lake Champlain last week. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources said Wednesday the spill has sparked… Read More »

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