November 4th, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ Christine Billis, 45, left the Orleans County Courthouse in tears after hearing her fate Friday afternoon. In a plea agreement, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen sentenced Billis to 7-15 years with credit for time served.
Last July, nearly three years after her husband Charles Billis died in a car crash, she pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter.
During the investigation, Billis told investigators that Charles Billis was abusive to her.
NEWPORT CITY â€” A Newport contractor accused of accepting a huge overpayment from the City of Montpelier and then depositing it into his business account will pay a $10,000 fine and a $2,000 donation to the State General Fund.
Dan Scott, 64, in Orleans County District Court Friday, entered a plea of no contest to "false claim greater than $500." In turn, the state dismissed two additional charges of false claim greater than $500 and a grand larceny charge of greater than $900.
ORLEANS â€“ Advances in technology now allow people to do what was only dreamed about not too long ago. People are able to work from the comfort of their homes from pretty much anywhere, and work in a variety of fields.
Sky Barsch of Orleans creates a magazine from her home that is distributed all over New England. She works with the help of her designer Shawn Braley of White River Junction and a staff that includes photographers and freelance writers.
ESSEXâ€“As the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the Division II Northern Vermont Youth Football League title game, the cheers erupted from the stands, the bench, and the field, as the North Country Junior Falcons defeated the Winooski Spartans, becoming champions once again.
The team that began the year with an 0-2 record rebounded beautifully, taking ownership of their season and rolling their way through the competition to get the championship game and become the kings of Division II.
DERBY LINE â€“ William (Bill) Simendinger, the developer and lawyer whose family owns Champlain Farms and who wanted to build a gas station and mini-mart in Derby Line, saw his license to practice law suspended last week. The Vermont Supreme Court suspended Simendingerâ€™s license on an emergency basis pending an investigation.
The disciplinary council for the Professional Responsibility Board petitioned the court for the interim suspension but an investigator for the board refused to comment on the particulars.
BURLINGTON, VT - The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged Kimberley Brooks, 47, of Brownington, with embezzling approximately $160,000 from her employer, Desmarais Equipment in Orleans.
Brooks pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.
Oct. 18, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a three-count indictment charging Brooks with wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen money and forging checks of her former employer.
BURLINGTONâ€“In all the years I have been watching field hockey, I have never seen Missisquoi Valley Union's team look scared.
On Wednesday afternoon, on the artificial turf at the UVM athletic complex, the North Country Falcons struck fear into the hearts of the mighty Thunderbirds.
MVU (12-3-1) went on to win the contest, 2-1, but it was a lot closer then they would have liked it to have been.
"I am very proud of these girls," said coach Chantelle Bouchard as she struggled to keep her emotions in check.
Missisquoi came out of the chute on fire.
DERBY â€“ Pending FCC approval, WMOO-FM and WIKE-AM will soon have a new owner.
Yesterday, Bruce James, president of Vermont Broadcast Associates, said his company signed a letter of agreement to purchase the stations.
Last May, Jeff Shapiro and Bill Binnie purchased 11 radio stations from Nassau Broadcasting during a bankruptcy action. Shapiro and Binnie divided the stations between themselves. Shapiro, from Vertical Capital, took over the Derby radio stations and other stations in northern New England.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The "Renaissance Project" is coming to Newport and area planners are starting to ask what the impacts will be. Impact fees could help with city development studies to answer that question.
However, Newport Planning Commission members and zoning administrator Paul Dreher don't feel that impact fees will discourage developers. â€śYou need money now to plan for the future,â€ť said Clark Curtis.
JOHNSON â€“ Superstorm Sandy brought winds to the Kingdom Monday evening that howled through the night and knocked out power to a few thousand homes. But the storm was not as devastating locally as predicted.
The massive storm wreaked havoc in many other parts of the country, including New England. Sandyâ€™s devastation has left 8 million people without power.