Governor Peter Shumlin today applauded a decision by Wal-Mart to abandon plans to build a new store in Virginia on the site of a Civil War battlefield where there were more than 1,200 Vermont casualties and nearly 400 lost their lives in one of the bloodiest battles of that war. Walmart said today that it would abandon that location 60 miles from Washington, DC, and seek another location. A civil case on the matter was scheduled to go to court Thursday.‘Vermont paid a terrible toll on that site on May 5 and 6, 1864, losing so many of our young men in the Battle of the Wilderness,’ the Governor said. ‘Our brave soldiers gave their lives to keep the country together and end slavery. It would have been an awful loss to have that battlefield covered in the shadow of a Walmart store.’The store would have been located near a monument donated by the state and the land on which the 1st Vermont Brigade fought. Remnants of their entrenchment can still be seen at the site.‘There are almost certainly Vermonters buried there,’ the Governor said. That two-day battle is now viewed as the beginning of the end for the Confederate Army.Former US Senator James Jeffords secured an appropriation from Congress to buy the land on which the Vermonters fought ‘ near the site of the proposed Walmart. The 2009 Legislature passed a joint resolution calling for Walmart to relocate the planned store to a more appropriate site.
MASON CITY — A Mason City man is facing theft and assault charges after being accused of assaulting a woman and her child and then stealing her vehicle. Law enforcement says 38-year-old Erik Childs assaulted a woman he’d been living with on August 25th, choking her and leaving multiple scratches on her neck. When one of the victim’s children attempted to stop Childs by jumping on his back, Childs allegedly slammed the back of his head into the child’s face, leaving the child with a swollen lump on the right side of the forehead and swelling around the eye. Childs is then accused of taking the woman’s van, saying he was going to destroy it. Childs was recently arrested and charged with second-degree theft, domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury, and assault causing bodily injury. He’s being held on a total of $15,000 bond. Childs is due in court for his preliminary hearing on September 30th.