Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WVTK Local & State News March 20, 2013

Vermont State Police have recovered a stolen dirt bike.  The motorcycle was stolen during a deal that had been set up on craigslist.  The victim met the suspect in the parking lot of Broughton's True Value in Bridport.  The victim was handed a closed envelope which was suppose to contain $4000 in cash with the suspect asking to take the bike for a quick test ride.  The suspect took off as the victim opened the envelope which contained cash size clipping from different magazines.  The suspect was last seen headed west across a field near the Bridport Elementary school and then heard turning north.  The dirt bike has since been recovered on Route 22A in Orwell.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed the pension reform bill into law.  The new law will allow judges to order any public employee to forfeit some or all of their pension if they are convicted of certain financial crimes related to their employment.  The law applies to felonies like embezzlement, theft, bribery and other crimes that involve an abuse of public office for financial gain.  The new law, however, will not effect cases already prosecuted or being prosecuted.  The changes will only apply to new convictions.

State Police from the New Haven Barracks are investigating a residential burglary in Bristol.  Investigators say someone forced their way into the residence and garage and stole an undisclosed amount of personal property to include tools, electronics and a safe that was located by Williston State Police in Charlotte.  This case is being actively investigated; anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police (388-4919).  Information can also be submitted anonymously online at or  text "CRIMES" (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

The Moriah Chamber of Commerce is reorganizing with the support of the town board.  Town trustees recently voted to enter into a contract with the chamber for economic development services. The town will pay the chamber $2,000 this year.  The town and village of Port Henry have assisted the chamber in the past with community events such as the annual Labor Day celebration, but the $2,000 agreement is new. 

Parking in Downtown Rutland will remain free on Saturdays for the foreseeable future.  The Mayor recently vetoed a measure to enforce the parking meter ordinance on Saturdays.  A review of city records found that the board has the authority to set the times of enforcement and voted in 1994 to enforce it Monday through Friday.  While the board of the Downtown Rutland Partnership had opposed Saturday enforcement, it was promoted by some individual merchants who are concerned that workers in the downtown area are using parking spaces on the street; not leaving many spaces for customers to use. 

The fifth annual Middlebury Rotary Club online auction ends this Friday at midnight.  More than 400 items including gift certificates, services, products and travel opportunities worth more than $37,000 are up for auction this year.  The funds raised this year will benefit a number of organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics of Vermont, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, and many more.  The auction can be found by doing a Google Search for “Middlebury Rotary Club Auction 2013”.  Or Clicking Here.