Author: Ian Lord

Suspect denies witness accounts of stabbing

ST. ALBANS — A city man accused of stabbing another man multiple times pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of attempted second-degree murder. Derrick D. Jones, 30, of Lake Street in the city, appeared Monday before Judge Martin A. Maley to answer to the charge that he allegedly stabbed Alex Rodriguez, 25, early Saturday morning. According to the police affidavit, officers from the St. Albans Police Department responded to the area near the Breakyard Quick Stop on Federal Street at approximately 2:30 a.m., after a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found Rodriguez bleeding from his back....

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ST. ALBANS CITY: Stabbing suspect’s arraignment today

ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Police Department arrested a city man Saturday morning for an alleged attempted murder. According to police, officers investigated a stabbing that occurred at approximately 2:29 a.m. in front of the Breakyard Quick Stop gas station on Federal Street. Police said the victim, Alex Rodrigues, 25, was stabbed multiple times, and was subsequently transported by AmCare Ambulance to the Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) emergency room. According to police, Rodrigues was stabilized at NMC and transferred to the Fletcher Allen Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson this morning said Rodrigues was in fair condition. At 6:52...

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Board fires salvo at police

ST. ALBANS — Selectboard members Wednesday evening for the first time publicly expressed their dissatisfaction with the current police services contract with St. Albans City. That contract has two, one year extension options, but the board is also asking voters — during a special meeting on Dec. 10 — whether it should award a new three-year contract to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. That question is a non-binding advisory vote. The ultimate decision rests on the shoulders of selectboard members. Transitioning to the sheriff’s office would cost the town and its taxpayers more than $200,000 than the city’s two extension years are set to cost, after accounting for changes in dispatching services.  Selectboard dissatisfied Selectboard Chairman Bernie Boudreau opened the police contract issue up for discussion, first inviting fellow board members to share their thoughts. Board member Steve Coon, who also sits on the board-appointed police advisory committee, started the discussion, explaining how he feels the town isn’t receiving an appropriate level of law enforcement coverage from the city. Coon said because the town contracts the city for police services, officers working in the town answer to the department, which answers to the city, rather than answering to the municipality to which they are assigned. “Our best effort is to have a service that doesn’t answer to another municipal entity, but answers to us,” Coon said. “Our biggest problem is this...

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City students warm hearts of veterans

ST. ALBANS — A chilly fall morning didn’t keep the crowd of veterans, students and residents away from Taylor Park on Monday, during St. Albans City’s Veterans Day celebration. More than 700 students from St. Albans City School marched to the park and lined Main Street while awaiting the parade. Students from St. Albans Town Educational Center (SATEC) also attended, and the Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans marching band joined the parade and played during the ceremony. On the podium on the Civil War monument, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders joined service leaders including Tim Hodet, commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter. Most of the speakers, including Sanders, commented on the attendance of the area schools. “It is really, really wonderful to see so many young people out here today to join us in honoring the men and women who have put their lives on the line to defend our country,” Sanders said. “It’s terribly important that young people understand the history of this country and the sacrifices that our veterans have made.” Not only were St. Albans’ students attending the Veterans Day event, they also contributed. After Hodet, acting as master of ceremonies, made a few introductions, he handed the microphone to Dawson Blodgett, the eighth-grade president of Team U.S.A. at the city school. Blodgett proceeded to introduce fellow student speakers, one from each of St. Albans’...

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VETERANS DAY: Minesweeper trolls his memory

ST. ALBANS — In 1945, Alvin O. Ward began his second tour in the Navy. He was sent from San Francisco to the South China Sea and expected a direct route to his ship, the YMS-46, a small minesweeper. However, it took Ward several months and a few adventures before he managed to join the crew. Ward, 90, of St. Albans, said he was sent from port to port in China and Korea searching for the ship. During his search, oftentimes alone in a strange country, he experienced a typhoon, a munitions explosion and even some “Okinawa mud.” One...

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