Category Archives: Chittenden County

News and events in Chittenden County, Vermont

Man arrested after picking up wallet at police station

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Police in South Burlington, say a man who drove to the department to recover his lost wallet has been arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
Thirty-six-year-old Billy Beaupre of Milton arrived at the police station on Saturday afternoon to retrieve his wallet, which had been turned into police.
Police said when the dispatcher checked his name in the computer, Beaupre was listed as not having a valid license.
Beaupre initially denied driving and said a friend drove him, but changed his story when told he was seen driving.
It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Mistake sends 500k of wastewater into the Winooski

ESSEX JUNCTION — Officials say a worker error caused a wastewater treatment plant in Essex Junction to dump 500,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Vermont’s Winooski River.
The plant is now operating properly after the overnight spill on Friday and Saturday.
The plant manager told WPTZ-TV ( ) that a worker accidentally bumped into a switch, causing the spill.
And state officials say there have been at least 30 other cases of sewage flowing into Vermont waters this year.
A  Vermont Agency of Natural Resources official says the heavy rains in May and June caused an unusually high number of storm-related overflows into surface waters.
A water quality superintendent at the Essex Junction plant said he is setting up a barrier around the controls on the machine to prevent the accident from happening again.

‘Shout!’ at St. Mike’s

COLCHESTER – “Shout! The Mod Musical” showcases the sounds that made England swing in the ‘60s, and chronicles the dawn of a new era, complete with fashions and dances, music and hair. The show presents a blend of eye-popping dress and psychedelic dances.
“Shout! The Mod Musical” is running at the Saint Michael’s Playhouse through Aug. 10. The show will be staged, evenings at 8 p.m. July 31-Aug. 3, 6-10; and matinees at 2 p.m. August 3 and 10.
“Every year we like to end our season with a crowd-pleasing smash hit, and this year is no exception,” said Chuck Tobin, producing artistic director of the Playhouse. “‘Shout! The Mod Musical’ features music that topped the charts from 1960 to 1970. The music of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Cela Black and other British ’60s pop stars will have you dancing in your seat and singing along,” Tobin said.
“This show brings back the sounds that made England swing in the ‘60’s with eye-popping fashions and of course those over-the-top hairdos.”
Tickets are $42.50-$31.50; call 802-654-2281, or go online to

In wake of layoffs, state to hold two job assistance sessions in Burlington

MONTPELIER – Layoffs at IBM have promoted the Department of Labor to hold another Rapid Response session July 11 and an employer and training provider job fair July 15.

The sessions are for laid off IBM and other workers who need assistance with their job search activities.

Both events will be held at the Sheraton on Williston Road in South Burlington.

The Rapid Response session July 11 will focus on understanding the services available to dislocated workers, and will include workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and financial restructuring following a layoff.

The sessions will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and from 10:30 to noon.

The employer and training provider job fair will be held July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will allow job seekers to visit booths set up by employers, training providers, financial advisers, and health care program representatives. Job seekers are encouraged to wear “business casual or business professional” attire, and bring multiple copies of their resume.

IBM layoffs could top 300 in Vermont, labor commish says

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s labor commissioner says it’s estimated that IBM laid off more than 300 workers in its recent round of job cuts, but a firmer total should be known by the end of next week.
Annie Noonan says IBM is required to notify the Labor Department within 24 hours of job separations becoming final, which is set to happen next Friday, July 12. She says by then the state should have a reliable figure of the total job cuts made public on June 12.
IBM has a policy of not releasing layoff totals.
Noonan bases her estimate of about 310 on the numbers of IBM employees who have been showing up at state-run seminars on seeking new work.

Grand jury convened to investigate police shooting

BURLINGTON (AP) — A grand jury is being convened in Vermont state court to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against a police officer who shot a mentally ill man while arresting him following an assault in April.
Winooski Police Chief Steve McQueen tells the Burlington Free Press ( he learned about the grand jury from his employee, Cpl. Jason Nokes, who received a concussion and a broken nose when he was struck by Isaac Sage during the arrest.
Sage was shot in the leg April 25 aftershocks from a stun gun failed to subdue him. He spent three days in jail before being hospitalized.
A psychiatrist says Sage suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and that he was insane during the alleged assaults.
Prosecutors dismissed the charges.

Lane closed on I-89 due to sinkhole

COLCHESTER (AP) — The Vermont Transportation Agency says a lane of southbound Interstate 89 in Colchester has been closed because of a sinkhole.
The agency’s Arthur Daniel says the lane was closed about 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The Burlington Free Press ( ) reports Transportation Agency crews are headed to the location, between exits 16 and 17, to determine the scope of the problem and what it will take to fix it.
In April, a sinkhole briefly closed an I-89 lane in Bolton.

Champlain College warns of data security lapse

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont college is offering data protection services to more than 14,000 students and their families after a computer drive containing their Social Security numbers and other data was left unsecured in a computer lab.
Champlain College in Burlington says it has no evidence of any attempted or actual misuse of the information, but is taking the steps out of an abundance of caution.
The data security lapse is said to have affected 14,217 students who applied for admission over a four-year period ending this year. Some of those students didn’t end up enrolling at Champlain.
The college says a small number of graduate and Continuing Professional Studies students may also be affected.
The college has offered those affected free information security monitoring by an independent company for a year.

Free range: Cows loose on Interstate 89 this morning.

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The cows are back home.
Vermont State Police say at least several cows escaped from their farm in Colchester near the Winooski border early Tuesday and made it onto Interstate 89.
Officers responded to the area of Exit 16 on the northbound side of the interstate at about 3:15 a.m. They cautioned drivers to be careful.
About an hour later, police said any cows found on the interstate were removed, but there was concern that the entire herd was not accounted for.
Police said by about 5:30 a.m., the farmer advised that all of the cows were present after re-checking his herd count.
No accidents were reported.

Rains lead to flooding, washouts in western Vermont

WATERBURY — Heavy rainfall throughout Vermont has flooded out some state and local roads.
State emergency management officials say the greatest damage is in Jericho, Underhill, Cambridge, and Essex.
Some roads are closed, including Route 15 between Sand Hill Road in Essex and Route 104 in Cambridge.
A bridge on Route 15 in Westford was washed out.
A flood warning was in effect in parts of Chittenden, Franklin, Caledonia and Lamoille counties. Eleven schools were closed in Chittenden County.
The National Weather Service said the east branch of the Passumpsic River near East Haven was at 6.72 feet Friday morning. Flood stage is 6.5 feet. Lowland flooding was expected in Lyndonville.
The weather service said 2.26 inches of rain fell on Burlington Thursday, tying the maximum daily rainfall record set in 1955.