Wake Robin resident indicted; Due in court Friday for ricin charge

By MIKE DONOGHUE A 70-year-old Wake Robin resident is due for arraignment in U.S. District Court on Friday on a felony charge she possessed the poison ricin at the upscale retirement community in Shelburne. Betty Miller was named in a one-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury last Thursday, according to federal court records. The indictment… Read More »

Selectboard still to discuss next steps in court case against Vt. Railway

By Mike Donoghue A discussion among the Shelburne Selectboard last week regarding possible next steps in the court case involving Vermont Railway was postponed after the chairman was taken ill, cutting short the board’s meeting time. The topic is on the agenda for the selectboard’s meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The board met all day last Wednesday with town government… Read More »

Court rules that hazmat ordinance does not apply to Vt. Railway salt sheds

By MIKE DONOGHUE A federal judge has issued a permanent order, banning the Shelburne town government from enforcing a hurriedly passed ordinance dealing with the storage, handling and distribution of hazardous substances — an ordinance that targeted Vermont Railway and its new salt-storage facility. The rules would “pose unreasonable restrictions on the railway in its… Read More »

Judge: Woman charged in ricin case stays in jail

Judge: Woman charged in ricin case stays in jail

by Mike Donoghue and Lisa Scagliotti A 70-year-old Wake Robin resident, accused by the FBI of making homemade ricin, will remain in jail until her criminal case is decided. Betty Miller, who is accused of possessing an unregistered biological agent, appeared briefly in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, where Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered she… Read More »

Parker, Ouimet withdraw complaints and lawsuit, put differences behind them

Parker, Ouimet withdraw complaints and lawsuit, put differences behind them

After meeting with a mediator, Shelburne selectboard member Dr. Colleen Parker and Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Ouimet have agreed to put their differences behind them, drop their ethics complaints and a pending lawsuit, and move forward. The mediated settlement ends two complaints before the Shelburne Ethics Committee and a civil lawsuit Parker filed against the… Read More »

Federal grant funds help outfit Shelburne Police Department with new bulletproof vests

The Shelburne Police are among 34 Vermont law enforcement agencies scheduled to receive bulletproof vests as part of the latest federal funding program led by U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt. Shelburne is expected to receive $1,594 to help with the purchase of four vests under the grant, according to Vermont’s senior senator. “We are… Read More »

Settlement in ethics dispute reached

By MIKE DONOGHUE The feud that has consumed Shelburne government and has been talk of the community for the past 10 weeks is apparently over. A tentative settlement has been reached in the dispute involving Shelburne Selectboard member Dr. Colleen Parker, Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Ouimet and the Shelburne Ethics Committee. The final agreement has… Read More »