MONTPELIER Today the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC)and other parties filed legal paperwork challenging an Act 250 permit thatapproves the construction of a new Wal-Mart store in the town of St. Albans. VNRC, Others, Challenge St. Albans Wal-Mart Permit In the motion, the partiescontend that the District 6 commission the local panel that hears Act 250cases in the St. Albans area ignored its own findings when it granted thepermit. For instance, the commissionfound that the store would pollute a nearby brook, would increase trafficcongestion, and could cost as many as 200-297 jobs and cause over 40 businessesto close in St. Albans City. The commission also heard that the projectsdeveloper would pave over prime agricultural soils and that it was questionablewhether the developer would properly reduce the impact of losing those soils.Despite the fact that the commission stated it agreed with all this evidence,the commission granted a permit for construction anyway. If the commission lets thepermit stand as issued, the parties could appeal the case to the EnvironmentalCourt. The conclusions reached bythe commission are simply not supported by their own findings, said SteveHolmes, VNRCs deputy director. The decision is riddled with inconsistenciesand seems to ignore the evidence. ### In their motion to alter, theparties ask the commission to deny the permit for failing to meet several Act250 criteria. Joining VNRC in filing theMotion to Alter the Act 250 permit is alocal group known as Northwest Citizens for Responsible Growth (NWCRG) andnearby farmers Marie Frey and Richard Hudak. All have been granted party status in the Act 250 process. Web: Also under the permit,Wal-Mart would pay St. Albans City $500,000 to compensate for negative impactsto the city. That, according to Holmes, is a pittance compared with what otherlarge developers have paid other communities. Wal-Mart agreed to pay PimaCounty (in Tucson, Arizona) $35 million roughly two percent of retail salesover 25 years to build a 123,000 square foot store. And, 20 years ago theCity of Rutland and the developer of Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town executedan agreement as part of an Act 250 permit to provide over $3 million in directand indirect impact fees to offset and mitigate adverse effects of the projecton the city. For example, in their April 4decision authorizing the permit, the district commission heavily criticized afiscal and economic impact study of the regional impact of the store done by Wal-Marts consultant, sayingthe analysis contained flaws and omissions and in part is not credible. Nevertheless, the commission issued thepermit relying almost entirely on the consultants report, which estimated only40 lost jobs and 12 lost businesses in St. Albans City. The proposed store would bethe largest in Vermont at 146,755 sq ft. It is proposed for Route 7 near exit20 off I-89. A smaller Wal-Mart store of 100,000-square-feet was proposed forthe same site in the 1990s and was denied in part because of impacts onsurrounding communities. The Messenger editorial said &as the city pursues its negotiationswith Wal-Mart, could a deal be struck in which the city and Wal-Mart wouldagree to a set percentage of gross sales being due the city? The store isexpected to generate sales of $60 million a year, if one percent were dedicatedto the city, thats $600,000 a year. About VNRCThe Vermont Natural Resources Council is an independent, nonprofit research,education, and advocacy organization founded in 1963 to protect Vermontsenvironment, economy, and quality of life. Nearly 6,000 households, businesses,and organizations support VNRCs mission. Closer to home, an editorialin the St. Albans Messenger onDecember 1, 2006, suggested that Wal-Mart pay a considerably higher fee to St.Albans City than the amount in the recently granted permit. The Messenger has consistently editorialized in support of Wal-Martbuilding a store in this location.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢State of Kansas v. Rena Kliewer â€” Case No: 16 CR 56.Date of birth: 1977. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: January 5 – 22, 2016. Charges:Count 1 â€” Theft, Class A misdemeanor.Â Case description: Kliewer is accused of engaging in at least 12 transactions where she collected money from selling drinks to patrons and placing the sales proceeds in her tip jar instead of the cash register while working at the Kansas Star Casino. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Dawnielle Pinaire â€” Case No: 16 CR 58.Date of birth: 1994. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: March 2, 2016.Charges:Count 1 â€” Possession Methamphetamine, Level 5 drug felony. Count 2 â€” Possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Gallegos is accused of possessing a baggy containing methamphetamine in his pocket when he was arrested at the Kansas Star Casino. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Callie Reilly â€” Case No: 16 CR 59.Date of birth: 1988. Address: Caldwell.Date of alleged crime: March 4, 2016.Charges:Count 1 â€” Criminal deprivation of property, Class A misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Domestic battery, Class B misdemeanor. Count 3 â€” Battery, Class B misdemeanor. Case description: Reilly is accused of taking a family memberâ€™s car keys without permission and putting them in her purse then trying to leave. After fighting over the car keys, Reilly allegedly pushed the family member who was trying to take the keys because she thought she was under the influence of a drug. She then allegedly pushed, punched and scratched a second person causing her wrist to bleed.â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. David Yakubu â€” Case No: 16 CR 60.Date of birth: 1991. Address: Dallas, Texas.Date of alleged crime: March 7, 2016.Charges:Count 1 â€” Possession marijuana, Class A misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Possession drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Yakubu is accused of having a small amount of marijuana in a bag on the seat beside him and more marijuana in a jar inside a sack in the trunk of the vehicle that also contained a birthday card saying Happy 25th. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Michael Don Webb â€” Case No: 16 CR 61.Date of birth: 1989. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: March 5, 2016.Charges:Count 1 â€” Unlawful use of driverâ€™s license, Class A misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Possession methamphetamine, Level 5 drug felony. Count 3 â€” Possession drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Webb is accused of getting into the Kansas Star Casino using another driverâ€™s license card. When apprehended, allegedly, Webb had methamphetamine in a glass smoking pipe in his pocket. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Clint Eric Smith â€” Case No: 16 CR 62.Date of birth: 1978. Address: Belle PlaineDate of alleged crime: Feb. 25, 2016.Charges:Count 1 â€” Domestic Battery, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Assault, Class C misdemeanor. Case description: Smith is accused of fighting with another person. When the other person grabbed one of two cell phones off the table and was taking it to the bedroom, Smith allegedly pursued her, grabbed her, put her in a bear hug and grabbed her arm to take away the cell phone. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Joshua Asbury â€” Case No: 16 CR 63.Date of birth: 1992. Address: Wellington. Date of alleged crime: Oct. 23, 2015.Charges:Count 1 â€” Theft, Class A misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Possession drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Asbury is accused of stealing shoes, which he was wearing on his feet when he left Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.Â He also allegedly had a glass meth pipe, straw and razor blade on him.â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Julianna Tomlinâ€” Case No: 16 CR 64.Date of birth: 1988. Address: Argonia. Date of alleged crime: Sometime between Jan. 4 and Jan. 14, 2016.Charges:Count 1 â€” Theft, Class A misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Criminal use of financial card, Class A misdemeanor. Count 3 â€” Criminal use of financial card, Class A misdemeanor. Count 4 â€” Criminal use of financial card, Class A misdemeanor. Count 5 â€” Criminal use of financial card, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Tomlin is accused stealing a credit card from a desk drawer in an office at Raymond Frye Office in Wellington and several days later destroying the same card. She allegedly bought $22.50 in fuel at Caseyâ€™s Convenience Store; $5.92 in store merchandise at Caseyâ€™s; $24.86 in fuel at Dillonâ€™s fuel pump; and $29.86 in grocery merchandise at Wellingtonâ€™s Dillonâ€™s. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Jack Lee Conwayâ€” Case No: 16 CR 65.Date of birth: 1987. Address: Wichita. Date of alleged crime: March 3, 2015. Charges:Count 1 â€” Battery, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Battery, Class B misdemeanor. Count 3 â€” Disorderly Conduct, Class C misdemeanor. Case description: Conway is accused of punching fellow inmates Mark Mullins and Stewart Erwins during an argument at the Sumner County Jail. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Amber Burdenâ€” Case No: 16 CR 66.Date of birth: 1980. Address: Wellington.Date of alleged crime: March 8, 2016. Charges:Count 1 â€” Possession marijuana, Class A misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Possession drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Count 3 â€” Possession cocaine, Level 5 drug felony. Case description: Burden is accused of having a small quantity of marijuana in her house when a Wellington Police officer went to her house to investigate a report made at the school. She then allegedly had a glass smoking pipe in her house and the narcotic drug cocaine in her pocket when she was arrested on March 8, 2016. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. Johnny Goodâ€” Case No: 16 CR 67.Date of birth: 1976. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: March 7, 2016. Charges:Count 1 â€” Burglary of dwelling, Level 7 felony. Count 2 â€” Theft of firearm, level 9 felony. Count 3 â€” Theft, level 9 felony. Count 4 â€” Criminal damage to property, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Good is accused of entering a dwelling in Belle Plaine and stealing a Ruger American .308 Rifle with scope. He also allegedly stole 3 RCA tablets, LG G-Pad, 10.1 LTE, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, Google Nexus 6P phone, TV remote, Minnie Mouse purse and other items with a total value of about $2,000. While trying to get into the home, Good and his accomplice allegedly broke the lock on the back door and pried open half the gun safe inside the house. â€”â€”â€”State of Kansas v. David Armand â€” Case No: 16 CR 69.Date of birth: 1990. Address: Willow Springs, Missouri.Date of alleged crime: March 10, 2016. Charges:Count 1 â€” Driving while suspended or revoked, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 â€” Possession methamphetamine, level 5 drug felony.Count 3 â€” Possession drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Armand is accused of driving a motor vehicle upon a public road in the city of Caldwell at at time when her Kansas driving privileges were revoked. He is also accused of having a glass pipe with methamphetamine in his car.