Friday, May 10, 2013

WVTK Local & State News May 10, 2013

Vermont State Police say they are continuing a comprehensive search and neighborhood canvas for a reported missing 6-year-old in Proctor.  Last night a woman reported that a woman told police that she was approached by the girl who said she had been hurt and displayed signs of injury.  The child then reportedly ran into the woods on the west side of the road.  The girl said her name was "Angel" or "Angela."  Police say she is a white female, with dark brown, straight, shoulder-length hair, and she was missing her left front tooth.  She was last seen wearing a red skirt, white T-Shirt, white flip-flops and a mood ring.  Anyone with any information should call the Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101 or submit an anonymous tip to  If you come into contact with a child matching this description, please call 911 immediately.

When a suspicious envelope addressed to the I-R-S arrived at the building in Burlington yesterday, police say it felt like it had powder inside and had a grainy substance, and no one was taking any chances.  Hundreds of people were evacuated and the entire office complex was shut down for hours.  Turns out the grainy substance was just dirt, dried mud actually, which covered a check mailed to the I-R-S.  Lots of state, city and federal agencies were tied up for hours, but they say despite the inconvenience, safety comes first.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters next Tuesday will decide whether to support a proposal put forth by the Vergennes Union High School board for a five-year, $600,000 loan to put a new roof on the school’s leaky classroom wing and auditorium.  If voters back the $600,000 loan, payments would add about $10 of annual taxes per $100,000 of assessed home value.  Those who are eligible for prebates would not pay the full amount of that increase.

Child care workers in Vermont will not be able to form a union, at least this year.  The legislation allowing that to happen was an amendment included in a bill dealing with several education issues.  Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott said it had nothing to do with the education bill, and removed it.  An effort then to have the Senate vote on it failed because it did not have a three-quarters majority.  Lawmakers are racing to clean up legislation as they aim for the session to be adjourned sometime on Saturday.

The Vermont Health Department will host its second of three Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) research study clinics on Tuesday, May 14, from noon to 7 PM at the Sudbury Town Hall
At the first clinic, held at the Brandon Senior Center on April 23, more than 220 volunteers donated blood samples that will be tested for antibodies to EEE.  All information collected during the study will be confidential.  The final clinic will be held at Whiting Town Hall on May 29 from noon to 7 PM.

The Internal Revenue Service is warning Vermonters about an email scam with the subject line “Notice of Tax Return for Year 2012.”  The IRS warns the email is a phishing attempt and recipients should not respond to it or click on any links in the email.  IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS.