Tuesday, June 4, 2013

WVTK Local & State News June 4, 2013

Two men are behind bars this morning for a burglary and assault in Rutland.  Police say just before 9 p.m. Sunday, a man called them, saying three men had come to his apartment on Maple Street looking for Brenton Gallipo, who was not there.  They then forced their way into the man's apartment. He was able to escape out a second-story window, but says the group assaulted his girlfriend and her dog and stole several items.  On Monday, Rutland police arrested Joshua and Jordan Walker of Rutland, and they're looking for Gallipo for questioning.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a new law aimed at protecting victims of sexual crimes.  The new law extends the statue of limitations for certain sex crimes.  Before, prosecution on the case would have to begin before the victim's 24th birthday or within ten years of the crime.  That's now been changed to 40 years after the crime.  Governor Shumlin says the new law gives victims without a legal voice the opportunity to right an awful wrong.

The Vermont Ski Areas Association says this past season was the best since 2001.  The association announced today at its annual meeting that the state's resorts had 4.5 million skier and rider visits, that’s up 16% from last year.  The group says that puts the season at the second best since 1992, when the association first stated gathering resort data. 

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says African Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested on marijuana charges in the state.  The ACLU used federal crime statistics and U.S. Census data from 2001 to 2010 to determine that African Americans were more likely than whites to be arrested. In 2010, the figure was 4.4 times more likely.  The national figure was 3.73% more likely.  Other figures show African Americans and whites use marijuana in roughly equal numbers.  ACLU Director Alan Gilbert says the results indicate that racial profiling is a problem in Vermont.

We might be months away from moose hunting season but now is the time to apply for your permits.  The application deadline has been set for July 5.  The Vermont Fish and Wildlife will be awarding 355 hunting permits by lottery for the regular hunting season which runs from October 19-24.  There will also be 50 permits for archery from October 1-7.  Lottery permit applications are $10 for residents and $25 for non-residents.

Anyone looking to purchase a new vehicle can do so for the right price this weekend.  80 state vehicles will be sold to the highest bidder.  The auction will be held at the VTRANS Central Garage on Route 302 in Berlin.  It starts at 10 a.m.  Dump trucks, plow trucks, pick up trucks, police cruisers, four wheelers, and boats will be on-site.  A registration and vehicle preview will be held on Friday and two hours before the auction on Saturday.