Vermont State Police trooper Derek Rolandini and his K9, Kovu, check on each other during a motor vehicle stop on County Road last week. The pair have been working as a K9 unit for the St. Albans Barracks for six years.

K9 Kovu

ST. ALBANS — Kovu can track a scent for miles, sniff out drugs, bark intimidatingly and even bite on command. He also can pull his own treats out of a certain Vermont State Police trooper’s desk drawer at the St. … Read more

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Officials probe Richford fire

RICHFORD — One day after his preliminary motion hearing on a forfeiture order for eight dogs, the Richford home Randy Sheperd was living in burned to the ground. According to a Richford Fire Department official, a call came in around … Read more

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Traffic: Lights out at intersection

ST. ALBANS CITY — Traffic engineers have recommended St. Albans City delay the installation of a traffic light at the corner of Lake and Federal streets and instead install a four-way stop. The installation of the stop signs, anticipated in … Read more

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From the archives: Arena icing secure

This Messenger article from Dec. 5, 2014 shows the importance of the Kraft Hockeyville contest for Highgate Arena, with up to $150,000 on the line and an opportunity to host an NHL preseason hockey game. Voting continues for one more day at … Read more

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Richard J. Laws speaks with members of the media outside Franklin County Superior Court, Criminal Division Monday following his arraignment on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

SEX OFFENDER: How to move forward?

ST. ALBANS — The natural question to every challenging situation is: how to move forward. That query was on everyone’s mind Monday as Richard J. Laws, a 49-year-old man who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and beating a woman in … Read more

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Bellows Free Academy teacher Jeff Moulton was among the educators and students who spoke about water quality at a meeting sponsored by the Missisquoi River Basin Association on Thursday. It was the first time a local water quality meeting has focused on educational initiatives.

WATER QUALITY: Area students set pace

SWANTON — In a change of pace for water quality meetings, attendees at a meeting sponsored by the Missisquoi River Basin Association Thursday night heard about education efforts at three area schools. Students from St. Albans City School spoke of … Read more

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Fitchburg State University film student Elliott Marquis shoots a reenactment scene for his documentary ‘Black Sam’s Statue,’ which documents the life of ex-slave Viro Small, who grew to wrestling fame in St. Albans.

Improbable champion

ST. ALBANS — The project began with a passion for professional wrestling and an interest in filmmaking. In the process, an undergraduate from Massachusetts discovered a St. Albans historical figure with a fascinating story, only now placed in the spotlight … Read more

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Mayor Liz Gamache, left, addresses Team USA students at St. Albans City School. On the right is former Team U.S.A. student Cordelia Bell, who was one of the students who originally approached the city about reducing the city's use of electricity in its streetlights.

Bright idea

ST. ALBANS CITY — In 2011, students from St. Albans City School’s Team U.S.A. approached the St. Albans City Council with an analysis of how the city could save money on its streetlights. Now the city, with funding from Efficiency … Read more

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Mylan, Perrigo deal in works

ST. ALBANS — Mylan announced Wednesday that it has made a proposal to acquire Perrigo Company. Perrigo employs about 350 people in Georgia its 218,000-square-foot facility infant formula plant. Mylan employs about 600 people locally and has recently expanded its … Read more

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