Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WVTK Local & State News May 22, 2013

With gas prices rising rapidly, Senator Bernie Sanders wants to see federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation.  Sanders also proposed a 30 day deadline for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which he says would help curb excessive speculation in crude oil markets.  This speculation can significantly increase oil and gas prices.  Sanders says these price hikes are coming at a time when U.S. inventories have reached a 3 decade high, while demand is lower.

Voters in Ticonderoga have approved a school budget for next year that included employee and academic cuts.  The 2013-14 budget totals over $18-million.  That’s an increase of almost 4-percent from the current spending plan.  The spending plan calls for the elimination of 11.6 full-time equivalent jobs and cuts in academic programs.  In all, 25 employees are being cut to some degree.  Also eliminated is a librarian position. That person is retiring and will not be replaced.

Vermont State Police are currently investigating a car break-in at the hiking access on Mountain Road in Addison.  According to reports, an unlocked vehicle was parked at the access and approximately $2,200 in personal property was stolen from inside the vehicle.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police New Haven Barracks.  Information can also be submitted anonymously online at or text CRIMES (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

A pair of siblings pleaded innocent to a string of burglaries in Rutland that police say funded their heroin addiction.  28-year-old Todd Miller and his sister 30-year-old Amanda Miller pleaded not guilty.  The pair is charged with multiple counts of felony burglary.  Police say starting in October, the siblings stole and then pawned jewelry and assorted silverware from at least five homes around the city.  Police estimate from one house alone on Church Street the Millers stole up to $12,000 worth of goods.  The siblings were released on conditions.  If convicted, Todd Miller could face up to 100 years in prison; his sister could spend up to 45 years behind bars.

The Agency of Agriculture is tracking down hay producers who used an herbicide now being blamed for poisoning compost.  Contaminated hay believed to have been sold to a stable in Colchester up to two years ago, was fed to horses and manure from them was used in making the compost.  A specific chemical that ruined hundreds of gardens last year was found in material produced by Green Mountain Compost.  There's new rules for using the herbicide, and the hay producers the Agency of Agriculture is looking for could face fines up to ten-thousand dollars.

Lake Bomoseen is getting some additional help, with more police at the state park.  Officials there say an increased police presence is needed due to an increase in nighttime noise.  In previous summers, Castleton police would only drive through the park, but this year there will be an officer on foot patrol, once a contract now in the works is agreed upon.  Bomoseen State Park opens up for the season on Memorial Day Weekend.