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 »

11th hour mediation effort for ethics problems in Shelburne

The special selectboard meeting moved into the town administration offices to accommodate another group that had rented the conference room Saturday morning. Seated (left to right) are board members Dr. Josh Dein, Jerry Storey and Jaime Heins. Board chair Gary von Stange participated by speakerphone. Standing: Dr. Steven Metz (left) and Dr. Craig Bartlett, husband of selectboard… Read More »

Town trying to end feuding in ethics complaints, lawsuit

Dr. Colleen Parker, Shelburne Selectboard member, is suing Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Ouimet and six members of the town Ethics Committee, claiming she has suffered from intentional infliction of emotion distress. She also is claiming defamation by the fire chief. The Ethics Committee has scheduled its long-awaited hearing for Tuesday night to consider the complaints… Read More »

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