Stories by Tom Benton:

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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Ethan Gratton

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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Al Salzman painting

Local artist offers new vision of iconic painting

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FAIRFIELD — Deep in the hills of Fairfield, in a 40-plus-year-old shack surrounded by woods, stands an intricately detailed reinterpretation of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” Several details might immediately strike the viewer, walking past the wood stove to the immediate … Read more

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Lucie Hill, Joel Clark

Four new businesses seek permits in Swanton

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  SWANTON — The Town of Swanton Developmental Review Board (DRB) examined a varied plate of business proposals Thursday evening. Those who delight in firearms, exotic spices, auto detailing and/or pulled pork may soon be delighted. A proposal for a … Read more

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Molly Lambert, Martha Maksym

United Way honors Perrigo Nutritionals

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COLCHESTER — Several Franklin County individuals and businesses received honors at the United Way of Northwest Vermont’s inaugural awards ceremony Tuesday evening. Nearly 300 people gathered in the Dion Family Student Center at St. Michael’s College for the event. Perrigo … Read more

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Jason Gagne

New trial leads to same sentence

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ST. ALBANS — A man found guilty of stalking a senior couple was sentenced Tuesday morning for driving under the influence while doing so. Sentenced again, that is. Jason Gagne, 39, pursued Cheryl and Edward Sweet across St. Albans City … Read more

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