Friday, July 6, 2012

WVTK Local & State News July 6, 2012

The Bristol Police Department arrested 42-year-old Timothy J. Boardman and 20-year-old Alec T. Morse both of Monkton for Armed Robbery.   At approximately 10PM on July 4th two subjects, armed with tire irons, forced their way into the Living Well Care Center and left with a quantity of narcotics.  The suspects grabbed an employee as she was leaving work and forced her to re-enter the building where they demanded drugs and cash from the facility.  After an investigation Boardman was arrested trying to flee from the home.  Morse was taken into custody without incident inside the home.  Evidence connecting the two, to include masks and tire irons, was seized.  Bail for Boardman was set at $25,000.00.  Morse was transported to Rutland County Court.  Both face charges for Armed Robbery.  The Living Well Care Center was the scene of a previous armed robbery less than a year earlier.  A BPD investigation into that case is still pending however charges are pending against two other suspects.  BPD is also working with the Care Home to address security concerns at the facility. 

Vermont State Police are cracking down on aggressive driving and asking you to slow down and watch you speed.  Yesterday morning a member of the Vermont State Police Traffic Operations South Team arrested a New York man for Negligent Operation, Excessive Speed on Route 4 in Killington. Thomas B. White of Fort Edward, New York was travelling at a rate of 72 miles per hour in a posted 40 mile per hour speed zone.  The Vermont State Police South Team was working in support of the Sixty Days of HEAT campaign, which is targeting aggressive driving habits in hopes to reduce the number of fatal crashes in the State of Vermont.

A Brandon man was arrested Wednesday on Lake Bomoseen on a charge of boating while intoxicated, according to Vermont State Police.  Guy S. Baker was seen committing several boating violations on the lake Wednesday evening, police said. A pair of auxiliary troopers who were patrolling the crowded waters, which were filled with boats in anticipation of July 4 fireworks, stopped him.  Police said Baker’s alcohol level was over the legal limit for operating a boat. He was issued a citation to appear in Rutland criminal court on August 13th.

Communities in Addison, Lamoille, and Orleans counties that suffered damage to public infrastructure during the storm of May 29, 2012 are eligible for reimbursement for eligible damage-related costs.  Local governments, private non-profits, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for Public Assistance. Eligible applicants that wish to apply for Public Assistance are strongly encouraged to attend one of two applicant meetings on July 10th and 11th.  The Addison County meeting will take place at the Vermont State Police Barracks in New Haven Tuesday, July 10th at 2PM. Communities that have questions can call Ben Rose, Vermont Emergency Management Public Assistance Officer at (802) 585-4719.

The Vermont Mozart Festival may have ended three years ago, but that didn’t stop its founder Mel Kaplan. His Vermont Summer Music Festival, now in its second year, looks a lot like the festival it replaced only smaller.  The Vermont Summer Music Festival will open July 14 with the five violin concertos at Stowe’s Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and close July 21 with the C Minor Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral. In between are two concerts in Burlington and one in Vergennes. On Wednesday, July 18th, at Vergennes’ Basin Harbor Club, the New York Chamber Soloists will perform Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto” No. 5, Beethoven’s Sextet for two horns and strings, and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet.  For ticket information just visit

At Home Senior Care of Rutland has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in home care.  The accreditation award recognized At Home Senior Care’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state of the art standards.  At Home Senior Care underwent a rigorous on-site survey in May of this year. 

The season’s early closure of public beaches in Port Henry due to blue-green algae may be a harbinger of things to come.  Both the Town of Moriah and Village of Port Henry beaches were closed by the New York State Department of Health Tuesday when tests verified the presence of blue-green algae, which can contain toxins that are harmful to humans.  And conditions for blue-green algae are ripe all across the lake. Recent changes in the lake may have contributed to a change in algae locations. Algae blooms have more often been identified in the shallow bays in the northeastern sections of Lake Champlain, where levels of such nutrients as phosphorus are typically higher.

Eighty-two residences in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties will see improvements thanks to grant funding from the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.  The towns of Willsboro, Chateaugay, Lewis and the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County Inc. are to receive $400,000 each. The Rural Preservation Company of Clinton County will get $50,000. The New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal will administer the money.   It is part of a total $4.56 million earmarked for northern New York.

Edna Bowers has received the 2011-2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.  Bowers who is a Schroon Lake resident that works at North Country Community College in Ticonderoga and was selected by the State University of New York.  Edna is in her 11th year as an employee at the Ticonderoga branch campus of North Country Community College.

The “Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years” Committee will sponsor two Dedication Ceremonies Saturday, July 14th at 2 PM at Champlain Legacy Park.  The Liberty Pole, originally dedicated back in 1975 and having been refurbished and reinstalled will be rededicated on this day. Also, a new walking trail providing access to the La Chute River Falls will be dedicated. The master of ceremonies will be William G. Dolback, a Ticonderoga Town Historian and chair of the “Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years” Committee.

The Lake Placid Police Department and the Essex County Drug Task Force arrested another person in connection with a drug sweep that occurred last week.  According to a press release, police arrested Michael E. O'Farrell of Raybrook, NY for two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.  During his arrest, police say, they found other narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending.  O'Farrell is currently lodged in the Essex County jail.

FairPoint Communications is offering rewards to help find the people responsible for a series of copper thefts across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  The company says that in Vermont alone copper thefts have cost the company $20,000.  FairPoint Security Manager Marc Lussier says the thefts are a growing public safety concern that could cause a loss of service for people who need emergency services and there is also concern that an untrained person removing cable could be injured.  Copper thefts are on the rise across the country due to increasing prices for metals.  FairPoint is offering rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals responsible for these thefts. The size of the reward depends on the severity of the crime.

As of late November, Vermonters will no longer have a direct flight to Florida.  JetBlue Airways announced its dropping it daily non-stop flight between Burlington and Orlando starting November 27th.  Airport officials are mystified about the change, saying it's one of the most popular flights out of Burlington, with a year-round average of 85-percent of the seats filled.  JetBlue, however, says the sales were not high enough.  The airline will continue its daily three to four flights from Burlington to New York's JFK.

Devastating thunderstorms, which swept through the Burlington area Wednesday evening left behind a real mess.  The fast-moving storms dumped more than an inch of rain in 20 minutes besides taking down trees and power lines.  One of the storm’s victims is the day shelter in Burlington run by the Committee on Temporary Shelter, or COTS.  The place were about sixty people gather to use phones, do laundry work on computers as well as eat lunch is currently covered with mud.  Organizers say it will be at least a month before their center is fixed.

Brandon Music on Country Club Road in Brandon will present Woodchucks’ Revenge, the well-known Vermont folk quartet this evening at 7:00.  This vocal group presents an engaging mix of old and new folk music ranging from Carter Family heart songs to western ballads, from traditional New England fiddle tunes to their own zany parodies of bluegrass standards.  Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation in Brandon. For tickets or to learn more about CMAC just visit

For over 15 years, the Henry Sheldon Museum has offered popular Lake Champlain Twilight History Cruises aboard the M.V. Carillon and this summer is no exception.  On Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 26th from 5:30-7:30 PM, the Sheldon will host a Civil War-themed cruise, which will discuss several famous Vermonters serving in the U.S. Navy during the war. The two-hour cruises are comfortable and informal. You will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and are welcome to bring cameras and binoculars aboard.  For tickets and information contact the Henry SheldonMuseum

French Heritage Day returns to Vergennes on Saturday, July 14th. The event is hosted by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, with the support of dozens of individual and business sponsors.  The event celebrates the area’s French-Canadian heritage, but can be enjoyed by all, regardless of family descent.  Full details of the event and a schedule of activities are available online.  Activities July 14 run from 10 AM to 4 PM. 

Dozens of new laws just took effect in the Green Mountain State.  One that started on July 1, minors can no longer go tanning in Vermont.  And, after a fierce debate in the Legislature, schools must now report how many of their students are immunized to the Department of Health. More controversial, parents who want their kids to opt out of getting vaccines must fill out a Department of Health form.  Another law requires schools to use green cleaning products. And there is new protection for some of Vermont's most vulnerable citizens. Victims of human trafficking in Vermont can no longer be charged with prostitution.  For a complete list of new laws in Vermont click here

Software expert Eric Herbert is busy checking his client’s computers as an important deadline is coming up Monday July 9th in the "Doomsday" malware saga. For the estimated 64,000 computers in the United States that are infected, their owners may have no idea.  "That's the biggest problem not knowing that you have it," Herbert said, who is owner of computer training company Panurgy.  "In the news recently you've heard about or some people have heard about the doomsday virus or malware."  The FBI raided the hackers responsible for the malware attack last year. But they had to set up "clean" servers so that people who had downloaded the bad software could stay connected to the Internet. Monday July 9th the FBI is shutting down those servers so people who have the malware will lose connection to the Web.    "So if on the 9th you're trying to get to a web page, send or receive an email and it is not happening there's a very good chance you're infected with this "Doomsday" virus," Herbert said.  Computers could have been hacked if the user clicked on an advertisement on a web page. Computers that operate on the same network, say at an office, are all vulnerable if even one computer has the malware. But the FBI has created a web site to help inform computer users if they have the virus.   But even Herbert admits that it "really can look meaningless if you don't do this everyday."  So the best thing to do is contact your Internet service provider, an expert like Herbert at Panurgy to find out if you've been infected by the malware. 

The newest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," is of the most anticipated movies of the summer and a special screening of the movie will take place in Vermont.  When it is released, the biggest fan in the theater might be Vermont's U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.  "It's going to be a great movie," says Leahy.  Leahy should know.  He again has a role alongside the big stars.  "I'm anxious to see how it comes out. I have a small part in it, that will probably be, boom, like that," says Leahy.  Leahy would only say he plays a supporter of Batman's secret identity Bruce Wayne.  And this is not Leahy's first time in a Batman movie.  Leahy was also in the 2008 Batman movie, "The Dark Knight."  This longtime fan of Batman has been a big part of the franchise including a book, the TV show, and now four movies.  When it came time to release the newest Batman movie, Leahy says Warner Brothers suggested a special screening in Vermont five days before the official premiere.  "I said sweet, let's do it," says Leahy.  People can buy tickets to the July 15th event in Williston, which is also a fundraiser.  The money raised will go to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier and also ECHO in Burlington.  "This is a really great, fun event that will get everyone engaged," says Karen Palmer, ECHO development associate.  While the screening is bound to raise a lot of money, Leahy isn't so sure about the future of his lines in the last of the Batman trilogy by director Christopher Nolan.  "I'm anxious to see if it makes off the cutting room floor," says Leahy.  Tickets start at $100 for the Williston screening.