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The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, Wednesday, February 24, 1988 3 Belvidere, Stowe to decide school-tax increases By Nancy Crowe Free Press Correspondent Several Lamoille County towns are expecting major infusions of state aid to education for the coming year which will help keep taxes down, but Belvidere is anticipating a 45 percent school 'tax increase and Stowe is looking at 11 percent. Stowe's proposed $3.38 million school budget is up 11.9 percent. Voters also will be asked also to authorize school directors to borrow up to $210,000 for roof repairs at the elementary and high schools. The town budget of $3.36 million includes several major items, including $120,000 toward extension of the recreation path; $112,000 to replace two highway trucks; $40,000 to subsidize the winter trolley service; $57,000 for a new ambulance; $50,000 to restore the steps and columns of the Memorial Building; and $20,820 to lay the groundwork for preservation of four or five of Stowe's classrooms to ease overcrowding. Johnson selectmen have proposed an 18-month budget of $432,769 to allow the town to convert to a fiscal year which would begin July 1 instead of Jan.

1. Hyde Park also has benefited from an expected increase in state aid of $352,000, which probably will reduce school taxes by 1 percent. The proposed town budget of $412,820 is up just $16,000. Waterville voters will be asked to approve $10,000 for the planning of a new school or renovation. A decrease in school taxes is expected.

The town's proposed school budget of $338,390 includes providing administrative help for the teaching principal, and increases music, speech and health services. Eden's school tax rate is expected to go up 29.3 percent, which includes a 32 percent increase in the assessment to Lamoille Union High School. A new liam McGee, local reporter and businessman J.B. McKinley and Sondra Sandborn. Belvidere, hit with requirements for public school approval and an increase in students attending Lamoille Union High School, expects a 45 percent increase in school taxes, according to School Board Chairman Myrna Tallman.

She said the proposed $188,000 budget includes plans to provide kindergarten for the first time by paying tuition to nearby Water-ville for six students and also a part-time special education aide. An additional $3,000 is in the budget to study the possible construction of a new school in collaboration with Waterville. Belvidere's town budget of $29,581 includes a first-time $5,200 expense for trash removal which had in the past been covered by federal revenue-sharing funds. Cambridge's school budget of $1,837,165 is up 20 percent, which includes a $140,000 increase in the town's assessment to Lamoille Union High School. But Superintendent Gayle Utley said Cambridge's state aid is expected to triple from a current $97,839 to $314,361, resulting in a 2 to 3 percent increase in school taxes.

A separate article in the warning asks voters to authorize the School Board to spend up to $15,000 to study the possibility of building a high school in Cambridge. The proposed town budget of $575,342 is up $16,000. Cambridge voters also will be asked to authorize $5,000 as a first step toward moving the town offices to the Old Town Hall, which would include a 100-seat meeting area. According to Utley, Johnson's school taxes probably will go down thanks to an estimated increase in state aid from $891,505 this year to $1,177,343. The school budget is proposed for $1,823,205.

School directors also are seeking voter approval to lease two Lamoille County town meetings most scenic open meadows. There are no contested elections in Stowe this year. Morristown's tax rate is not expected to go up more than 5 percent. Both school directors and town selectmen have kept the increase to a minimum; last year taxes went up 31 percent. According to School Board Chairman William Cox, townspeople attending a recent budget hearing were concerned that the proposed $3,531,018 school budget was too low and sacrificed the popular computer program at the elementary school.

Those people may propose to tack $27,000 onto the budget at town meeting to retain the program, he said. A four-way contest for the selectman's seat vacated by Barbara Adams has developed between police officer Russell Tribble, former police officer Wil Wife seeks to have man declared dead Lillian King who still live next door. Their son married Diane Irish of Underhill in 1966, but he filed for divorce shortly before he mysteriously disappeared. Mr. King was last seen alive about 7 p.m.

Oct. 24 as he left his home. His blood-stained metal crutches were found by two hunters a few days later off Middle Road in Colchester. About three weeks later his 1979 four-wheel-drive vehicle was found off West Oak Hill Road in Williston. Attorney Norman R.

Blais, who represented the couple's three children, told the court in 1982 that authorities know "who did it (disposed of the body) but cannot prove it." Essex Lt. Robert G. Yandow said this week that the disappearance of the 37-year-old man, Priest-beating conviction upheld kindergarten is included in the $615,640 budget. An 18 percent increase in the town budget is proposed, which includes hiring an attendant for the landfill. Elmore voters will elect a new town clerk to replace Stuart Weppler, who is resigning.

Sharon Draper is the only announced candidate. Robert Klein is running unopposed for selectmen. School taxes are expected to go down in Elmore from $1.40 to $1.23 per $100 of assessed value because of a surplus and increased state aid. Town taxes will be up from 44 cents to 54 cents to help retire a debt. Wolcott's town meeting does not include school items, which will be voted on at the annual school district meeting at the end of May.

The selectmen's proposed budget is $264,584, up $10,000, and includes inserting pipes into the river or various ponds for fire-fighting capability. The Associated Press the judge for leniency, then collapsed briefly after the hearing. Mr. Hardy, 48, was sentenced to 15 years. He also will ask Coffrin to reconsider, said Christopher Davis, the lawyer who represented Mr.

Hardy at trial. The Hardys admitted they secured more than $500,000 from the Chittenden Bank, Franklin La- moille Bank and Vermont National Bank by claiming they were about to receive a multimillion-dollar court settlement stemming from a railroad accident in which their son lost his legs. The amount of the settlement from the Patapsco and Black River Railroad Co. and Bethlehem Steel Corp. actually was $60,000.

Robert Hardy 22, also was indicted in the scheme, but charges against him were dropped when his parents pleaded guilty. 479-3348 Barre Fallen policeman Pallbearers carry the casket of Boston Police Officer Sherman Griffiths past an honor guard in Milton, Mass. He was killed last week during a drug raid. Ex-restaurant owner seeks shorter sentence known as "Butch," remains under active investigation. Detectives traveled out of state about two weeks ago to try to track additional information, he said.

Yandow admits the investigation has been slow. Mrs. King "has not cooperated with law enforcement officials," he said this week. He said police hope the case can be solved without her cooperation. "She made it quite clear she would not cooperate," Yandow said.

Mrs. King refused to take a lie detector test and two of her three children refused to talk to police on her advice, Yandow had said in 1981. The third child lives with his grandparents and has cooperated. Her attorney, Thomas J. Donovan of Burlington, said the suit speaks for itself.

He confirmed there had been no contact between claims that Judge Joseph Wolchik showed bias against the defendant at trial. Among the reasons for Ma-dore's appeal were Wolchik's refusal to sequester the jury, his prohibition of what he termed harassing questioning of the victim, and his suggestion to both sides during the trial that they reach a plea agreement. Orleans County State's Attorney Philip White said Tuesday he was happy to be done with the case, which received substantial local attention. He said the state charged with driving while license suspended in Burlington Jan. pleaded guilty; fined $100.

Steven M. Myers, 29, Burlington charged with driving while intoxicated in Burlington Feb. 21; pleaded guilty; fined $200. Robert E. Germaine, 19, Burlington charged with possession of a malt beverage in Burlington Nov.

30; pleaded guilty; fined $25. Edward R. Read, 33, Williston charged with DWI in Colchester Dec. 27; pleaded guilty; fined $200. George E.

Kesek, 44, Essex charged with DWI in Essex Dec. 30; pleaded guilty; fined $200. David Edwards, 24, Milton charged with driving while license suspended in Milton Nov. 29; charge dismissed. William G.

Robertson, 18, Essex Junction charged with possession of a malt beverage in Essex Junction Jan. 25; pleaded no contest; fined $25. Shirley M. Hubbard, 48, Colchester charged with driving without a license, amended from driving while license suspended, in Colchester Jan. pleaded guilty; fined $75.

Robert J. Robar, 17, Burlington charged with retail theft in South Burlington Jan. pleaded guilty; fined $100, sentenced to up to three months, suspended. Timothy J. Rublee, 19, Colchester charged with DWI In Burlington Jan.

18; pleaded no contest; fined $250. Diane King and police for a long time. In April 1978 Mr. King was struck by a car as he walked along Vermont 15 near his home. He was laid up for eight months and later had to use crutches.

In December 1978 he filed a $135,000 suit for injuries and Mrs. King asked for $100,000 because she alleged she was deprived of "love, affection, comfort, aid, support, service and consortium." Mrs. King moved out in mid-1980 when her husband filed for divorce. He was awarded the house during a temporary settlement reached in the divorce case a few weeks before he disappeared. Mrs.

King then moved back into the house. The final divorce hearing scheduled for December that year was never held. had argued Wolchik could not have affected the jury by urging a plea bargain because the suggestion was made in the judge's chambers. According to trial testimony, Madore gained the priest's sympathy by claiming to be in need of food and faking a heart attack. When McKnight helped him from the floor, Madore grabbed him by the throat and demanded money collected at Sunday Mass.

When McKnight refused, Madore stomped on the priest with his boots before stealing less than $20. Barry Doherty, 21, Wethersfield, Conn. charged with driving without a license amended from driving while license suspended in Winooski Jan. 15; pleaded guilty; fined $75. Charles F.

Ducharme, 22, Burlington charged with disorderly conduct in Burlington Jan. 18; pleaded no contest; sentenced to up to 60 days, all but three days suspended. Rita M. Lamont, 19, South Burlington charged with driving without a license, amended from driving while license suspended, in South Burlington Jan. 21 pleaded no contest; fined $75.

Suzanne M. Kyea, 18, Burlington charged with DWI in Burlington Jan. 21 pleaded no contest; fined $200. Steven R. Siple, 26, Williston charged with driving while license suspended in Winooski Jan.

13; pleaded guilty; sentenced to up to three days. Todd M. McGovern, 21, Colchester charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Burlington Nov. 15; pleaded no contest; fined $100, sentenced to up to six months, suspended. Ron Vincent, 22, Burlington charged with driving while license suspended in South Burlington Jan.

pleaded guilty; sentenced to up to three months, all but three days suspended. Thomas J. Parsons, 17, Essex Junction charged with attempting to utter a forged instrument in Essex Junction in July 1987; pleaded innocent. If you need gum surgery, try a second opinion. 01 By Ian Polumbaum Free Press Staff Writer A former Colchester restaurant owner has asked a court to reconsider the 20-year prison term she received for bilking three Burlington banks of $500,000.

Jeanne Hardy, 46, was sentenced Dec. 22 by Judge Albert Coffrin of U.S. District Court after she and her husband, Robert, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud. "She feels it's too harsh a sentence in relation to the charges," said Mrs. Hardy's attorney, Susan Fowler.

She said her client, currently in federal prison in Virginia, could expect to spend at least five years in jail before being paroled. Coffrin is scheduled to hear the request March 9. At the sentencing, Mrs. Hardy tearfully asked By Mike Donoghue Free Press Staff Writer An Essex woman, who authorities say has refused to cooperate in the investigation of her husband's suspected death, has asked declare him dead. Diane I.

King believes the "facts and circumstances" of Wilfred F. King Ill's disappearance Oct. 24, 1980, indicate he is dead, her suit notes. Mrs. King, 41, wants sole possession of land and a house on Jericho Road, according to the suit.

Otherwise she would not be able to sell it and it would become a hardship and could deteriorate, the suit notes. Mr. King, when he was 19, built the house on land given to him by his parents, Wilfred and Court roundup CIA protesters to appeal ruling By Ian Polumbaum Free Press Staff Writer Nineteen people arrested in an anti-CIA protest will try to appeal a Vermont District Court decision that bars them from using the so-called necessity defense, their attorney said Tuesday. The defendants said they were trying to prevent the greater evil of CIA crimes in Nicaragua when they occupied the University of Vermont administration building Oct. 17 and 18.

But Judge Dean Pineles ruled Feb. 12 that they could not raise the CIA issue to fight charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct. The protesters' lawyer, John Pacht, said he hoped to call expert witnesses on the agency and the U.S. -backed Contra war, including two former CIA agents and a disaffected Contra leader. The defendants have asked Pineles for permission to appeal to the state Supreme Court before trial.

If he refuses, they still can seek permission from the high court. Pineles ruled that the group failed to prove a direct link between their action and stopping reported Contra atrocities, even if "the defendants might argue that in some metaphysical sense they were protecting the civilian population of Nicaragua." Prosecutors hailed the ruling, saying the protest should be treated simply as a campus disturbance. Pacht said, "Our concern is that he (Pineles) may have substituted his views for what a jury might have felt" as to whether there was a link. The necessity defense helped win acquittal for an anti-CIA group, including Amy Carter and the longtime activist Abbie Hoffman, that staged a sit-in at the University of Massachusetts. The defense was ruled admissible in two protest cases in the Burlington area.

If an appeal were to succeed, Pacht said defense witnesses would include John Stockwell and Ralph McGehey, former agents who have told of atrocities by the CIA; Edgar Chamorro, who resigned from the Contra leadership; Daniel Ellsberg, who disclosed information about covert U.S. ac tions in soutneast Asia; ana otners who testified at the UMass trial. Man denies assault Donald B. Sweet, 23, of Burlington pleaded innocent Monday in Vermont District Court to a charge of sexual assault on a preteen female. The assault allegedly took place in August 1985.

Sweet was released on The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld the 1985 conviction of a Newport man for beating and robbing a priest. James Madore, then 21, had been found guilty in Vermont District Court of aggravated assault and assault and robbery with injuries resulting. The charges stemmed from a November 1984 attack on Father Robert McKnight at his church, St. Mary's Star of the Sea. Madore will continue serving a 7-to-12-year jail sentence because the high court rejected defense Day in court Chittenden Circuit Judges Alden T.

Bryan, Edward J. Cashman and Dean B. Pineles Feb. 19: Hector M. Torres, 47, Underhill charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor in Underhill in November 1986; pleaded no contest; sentenced to up to five years, all but 90 days suspended.

Feb. 22: Sterl G. Campbell, 33, Burlington charged with disorderly conduct in Burlington Feb. 20; pleaded no contest; sentenced to up to three days. James A.

Blair, 17, Concord, Mass. charged with driving while license suspended in Winooski Jan. charge dismissed. Todd D. Lawrence, 19, Richmond charged with driving while license suspended in Richmond Jan.

13; charge dismissed. Ronald L. Ritchie, 31 Burlington charged with issuing a worthless check in South Burlington Oct. 10; charge dismissed. Steven J.

Warren, 24, Essex Junction charged with retail theft in Burlington Jan. 16; pleaded no contest; fined $100. Tim Russell, 29, Burlington charged with driving while license suspended In Burlington Jan. 14; pleaded guilty; fined $150. Eric J.

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