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Local & Regional Briefs: Saturday, Feb. 15

Mt. Ascutney Resort’s Sewer System Now Town-Owned

West Windsor — After nearly two years of negotiations and legal impediments, West Windsor has finally completed its purchase of the sewer system at the shuttered Mt. Ascutney Resort.

Selectboard Chairman Glenn Seward said in a news release this week that town officials closed on the $500,000 purchase Wednesday. The town received a loan through the Vermont Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and the debt will be paid through sewer fees from the roughly 270 users.

The town also transferred to Windsor ownership of the four miles of pipe and one pumping station located in Windsor. Windsor Public Works will maintain the system in both towns, Seward said.

Seward said town ownership will improve transparency of how the system is operated and funded, and a Sewer Advisory Committee will have membership from user groups of the system.

“The advisory committee affords users unprecedented input into the administration of the system,” Seward said.

Finally, ownership will allow the town to begin addressing its own wastewater problems in the village of Brownsville with failed and flood-damaged septic systems.

Construction of a spur line from the resort to the village has been mentioned as a long-term goal of the town to resolve pollution concerns and bolster development opportunities.

— Patrick O’Grady

Father and Son Charged With Drug Crimes In Claremont

Claremont — A father and his son remain held on cash bail at the Sullivan County House of Corrections following their arraignment Thursday on drug related charges.

Roger Colby, 49, of 87 Summer St., was charged with four counts of the sale of heroin. His son, Mark Colby, 30, of the same address, was charged with possession of controlled drugs with intent to sell.

Police seized more than $4,000 in cash, a handgun, about 100 Oxycontin pills and 600 bags of heroin in the arrest on Thursday morning. Mark Colby is being held on $250,000 cash bail. Roger Colby is being held on $50,000 cash bail

Also arrested Thursday by Charlestown Police was Jeremy Salsi, 42, of Old Claremont Road. Salsi is charged with four counts of heroin sale. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

— Patrick O’Grady

Lawyer in Teacher-Killing Seeks Evaluation For Client

St. Johnsbury, Vt. (ap) — The lawyer for a woman charged with killing a Vermont teacher in 2012 has asked for a trial delay so she can undergo a psychological evaluation, court documents say.

Patricia Prue’s attorney Brian Marsicovetere said after speaking with his client last month he decided a mental health evaluation was needed and he hired a mental health expert to evaluate her, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Marsicovetere asked the court to suspend “all motion deadlines and other defense disclosure deadlines” until a status conference can be scheduled for early May.

Marsicovetere asked that any hearing on the issue be held without the public or press present in order to “protect Mrs. Prue’s attorney-client privileges.”

Prue, 34, and her husband, Allen Prue, 31, of Waterford are charged with murder in the killing of 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins of St. Johnsbury. Both have pleaded not guilty and they are being held without bail. They will be tried separately.

The Prues are accused of luring Jenkins, a single mother, out of her house with a ruse about a broken-down car, beating and strangling her. Caledonia Superior Court Judge Robert Bent has told lawyers in the Patricia Prue case to be ready for trial by May 1.