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Williston trooper accidentally discharges gun

The Williston Police Department is investigating why one of its officers accidentally discharged a gun into his own cruiser Saturday night after assisting Essex Police on a call.

Officer Josh Hansell, 29, was clearing a semi-automatic rifle when it accidentally discharged, according to a Monday press release from Williston Police Chief Todd Shepard and Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose.

Hansell had been assisting the Essex Police Department at a reckless endangerment incident.

Hansell, who has been an officer for two years, was pointing the muzzle of the weapon down and into the passenger compartment of the cruiser when it discharged. The cruiser was unoccupied and no one was injured, but the shot damaged the floorboard and may have damaged the transmission.

Shepard is reviewing the incident, and Hansell remains on active duty.


Spring Youth Lacrosse registration

The Williston Recreation Department is taking registrations for spring lacrosse. Players must fill out the registration form and submit it with payment to the town clerk’s office.
Players must also register as members of U.S. lacrosse on the organization’s website,, and be able to provide a membership number.

The league has limited enrollment and registrations will be taken on a first-come first-served basis until closed. The town is accepting registrations for third- through eighth-grade boys and fifth- through eighth-grade girls. The town is looking for someone interested in coaching a third- and fourth-grade girls team. If you’re interested in playing, or coaching, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 878-1239 or


CVU awarded grant

The Vermont Agency of Education recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Champlain Valley Union High to design, develop and implement a work-based learning training for CVU teachers and community partners.

The grant is part of the Flexible Pathways initiative signed into law in June, intended to encourage more post-secondary education.

CVU’s proposal was an extension of its Go Out and Learn, or GOAL, program, where students can design their own learning project and earn school credit, gaining real-life experience in the process. The school hopes to expand its work-based learning opportunities, offering them to every student with the help of the grant, along with a career exploratory class.

In addition to these initiatives, the bill calls for the creation of Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) for every student. Residents interested in getting involved should contact the CVU Direction Center 482-7137.