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Burnham arraignment

Milton man pleads not guilty to sexual assault

ST. ALBANS — A Milton man pled not guilty to three felony sex crime charges Wednesday morning, after his arrest at the Highgate border crossing for an alleged sexual relationship with a 13-year-old. Jacob Burnham, 25, faces one count of … Read more

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McAllister court

McAllister takes the stand

  ST. ALBANS — Norm McAllister attempted to justify his request to withdraw his no contest plea in a sexual assault case in Franklin County Superior Court Friday afternoon, claiming his attorneys pressured him to enter the plea, did not … Read more

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Luke Loiselle Hit-and-run Vermont

Family speaks about fatality in hit-and-run

ST. ALBANS CITY — A Franklin County Superior Court judge has postponed sentencing Luke Loiselle, 31, who pleaded guilty in connection with a hit-and-run on Route 78 that took the life of 54-year-old David Miller, of Highgate, in Dec. 2015. … Read more

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Franklin recreation

Bringing wellness, fun to Franklin

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Recreation Department aims to keep locals energized in the short-term, and to keep locals local in the long-term. Nicole Tatro acts as Franklin Recreation’s community outreach coordinator. “We’re trying to bring health and wellness to make … Read more

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Joel Clark Swanton

Town writes to governor about wind

SWANTON — The Swanton Town Selectboard discussed next steps in its fight against Swanton Wind at its Jan. 17 meeting. The selectboard also appointed an interim zoning administrator, after the resignation of former zoning administrator Darlene Marrier. The Town of … Read more

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Bakersfield meth bust

‘Smurfers’ lead police to meth lab

BAKERSFIELD — Police affidavits tell the full story of a meth-manufacturing bust in Bakersfield, and provide a glimpse into the routines of those with methamphetamine addictions. Police arrested Corey and Rebecka Salls on Jan. 25. Both face two felony charges … Read more

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Promise Community Mary Pickener

Promise Community: DCF demands need coordination

SHELDON — Members of the Franklin Promise Community defended a plan to hire a service person acting as a liaison between the public, various agencies and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) at the Promise Community’s meeting Wednesday morning. … Read more

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Taylor Swanton Citizen of the Year

Food shelf manager Citizen of the Year

SWANTON — The Swanton Chamber of Commerce presented its Citizen of the Year award to Marge Taylor during dinner at Jeff’s Maine Seafood in St. Albans Friday evening. Nearly 30 chamber, community and family members gathered to celebrate Taylor. The … Read more

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Scott Rheaume Swanton festival

Swanton revives summer festival

SWANTON — Swanton residents shared possibilities, hopes and concerns for the resurrection of the Swanton Summer Festival at a community forum on Wednesday night. The summer festival began in 1959 and ended in 2003. The 25th festival, in 1984, drew … Read more

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