Monday, June 10, 2013

WVTK Local & State News June 10, 2013

The U.S. Senate is expected to give final approval to a new farm bill tonight.  The five-year bill includes about $100-billion dollars in annual funding for farm subsidies and food aid programs.  The bill also includes a big change for dairy farmers.  It eliminates the direct subsidy program known as the Milk Income Loss Contract and instead shifts to an insurance program to help stabilize prices.  Senator Patrick Leahy is trying to get one last amendment added to the bill that will help rural areas get access to ultra-high-speed Internet.  The farm bill passed the Senate last year, but was never taken up by the House.

A driver from Pennsylvania is in the hospital this morning after his car slammed into a cow on the highway.  Police say it happened just after midnight on Route 22-A in Bridport.  The driver's name and condition have not been released, but authorities say he was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.  The crash remains under investigation.

Vermont State Police have arrested a relative in the beating and stabbing of a farm worker in Whiting.   Police say 30-year-old Efrain Jimez DelaCruze was sleeping Thursday Night when two men broke into his home and hit him with metal pipes and stabbed him with a knife.  DelaCruze was taken to the hospital in Middlebury.  There was no robbery, and state police said they believed the incident was directed only at DelaCruze.  On Saturday a distant relative, 20-year-old Ricardo Romero-DeLaCruz of Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico, was arrested after he turned himself in.  Police say they are still looking for the second suspect.

State Police say a man died Sunday evening when he was struck by a train.  Ryan Lessard, who was 19 and from West Rutland, was said to be walking on the tracks in Center Rutland, wearing headphones and listening to music.  State police say the operator on the approaching train blew the whistle and tried to stop but could not.  Lessard was killed instantly. 

Six people are safe after a fire damaged their apartment building in Rutland.  The American Red Cross, which came to the aid of the families in Sunday night's fire, says four adults and two children were displaced.  Firefighters are investigating the fire.

It's been nearly two years since disastrous floods triggered by Tropical Storm Irene swept through the Woodlawn Cemetery in Rochester.  The remains of dozens of people were swept away during that awful time, but now there's finally some closure.  For the first time since that day, all of the remains recovered are finally at rest once again, with re-burial ceremonies held on Sunday.  Cemetery officials say due to the recent heavy rains and soft earth, tombstones will not be installed until a few weeks from now.

The Ticonderoga water department will be flushing hydrants on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 10 PM to 6 AM.  If your water looks rusty or discolored after or if you experience air in the pipes, officials say you should run your water for a short while until it clears.