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McAllister defense pleads for trial delay

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ST. ALBANS — Norm McAllister’s defense attorney, Robert Katims, asked a Franklin County Superior Court judge for more time before the start of McAllister’s July trial. The jury draw commencing the trial has been scheduled for July 11 since the … Read more

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Swanton a swan town, again

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The newest incarnation of ‘Betty and Sam,’ Swanton’s iconic swans, were dropped off at their summer home in the village park this evening. Dozens of onlookers gathered to greet the newcomers.

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Light cost for bridge repairs

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ENOSBURG FALLS — A surprisingly low bid for renovations to the Bridge of Flowers and Light will allow additional upgrades to the bridge. The Enosburg Village Board of Trustees learned at its June 12 regular meeting that the one bid … Read more

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Sam and Betty to return

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SWANTON — The Swanton Chamber of Commerce is putting the swans back in Swanton. After months of negotiations and outreach, “Betty and Sam” return to their pond in the village park tonight 6 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged … Read more

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Sgt. Jason Wetherby

Cops pull locals over for coffee

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ST. ALBANS — We all know the police officer’s creed: “to protect and serve.” Officers of the St. Albans Police Department (SAPD) provided a delicious spin on that creed Thursday morning, when they served free coffee — and, yes, donuts … Read more

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Accused Georgia shooter returns to court

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ST. ALBANS — The prosecution is pressing to change the conditions of release for a Georgia man involved in an early January shooting. Prosecutors are asking that Ethan Gratton, 27, be held in 24-hour curfew while awaiting trial on charges … Read more

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Swanton dam deflates

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SWANTON — The Highgate Falls dam owned by Swanton Village deflated Wednesday afternoon. The dam is essentially a rubber bag. Village Manager Reg Beliveau Jr. said the dam deflated after a one-foot blister in the rubber popped, creating a one-foot … Read more

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McAllister seeks dismissal

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ST. ALBANS — Norm McAllister’s defense attorney said in a motion filed Monday that his case should be thrown out. McAllister’s attorney, Robert Katims, alleges that the State has committed a Brady violation — a situation in which the prosecution … Read more

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Tyrone Shaw

The lasting gig

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    BAKERSFIELD — Tyrone Shaw sat on the porch he built from the remains of an old farm on a hill in Bakersfield, eager to clear something up. “There’s an assumption here that is kind of offensive,” Shaw said. … Read more

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Perry Cooper

Nuclear cowboy, local cop

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BAKERSFIELD — To understand the effect of a sit-down with Bakersfield’s Perry Cooper, try to imagine walking into the editing room of the zonkiest Indiana Jones movie — without a script. Which scene comes first — his time as a … Read more

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