Tuesday, July 16, 2013

WVTK Local & State News July 16, 2013

Physicians and health experts are warning people about the signs of overexposure to the Sun.  Be sure as a possible heat wave looms ( 3 or more days over 90 degrees qualifies) that you take steps to hydrate an avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible.  Any outdoor activities should be done when the Sun is not at its strongest, generally between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Pets should not be left in a car for even a single minute under these conditions and anyone who sees a pet left in a car should not hesitate to call 911.

Police have arrested an Addison County man who they say is responsible for a number of burglaries in the area.  Last Night, they arrested 21-year-old Codey Paquin of New Haven.  Police say he's responsible for a string of copper and jewelry thefts in the area, including stealing about $6,000 worth of jewelry from a house in Monkton and stripping about $5,000 worth of copper from two houses. 

Two missing teenagers are back home safe and sound after being reported missing a couple of days ago.  The missing persons were identified as 16-year-old Dylan Hickey and 18-year-old Mikayla Ellis, both of Sudbury.  Both teens have been located and are in good health.  The have since been returned to their parents.  They were found at a family members residence in Pittsford.

An inmate who escaped from a prison work crew has been recaptured.  Vermont State troopers say Mindy Champagne took off last Friday while working along Green Bush Road in CharlotteChampagne was serving time for forgery and petit larceny.  Police say Champagne was found last night in the Old North End of Burlington and returned to prison.

The state of Vermont is telling a U.S. House panel it has every right to set up a state health insurance exchange and require individuals and small businesses to purchase their health coverage through it.  State officials wrote to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to rebut a charge from Republican members of that committee that a mandatory exchange violates the Affordable Care Act.  The committee points to language in the health overhaul law saying it won’t require people to get their health care through an exchange.  Vermont officials are arguing that states are still free to impose that requirement.

A Vermont prison inmate accused of sending threatening letters to President Barack Obama and Governor Peter Shumlin has been sentenced to over four years in federal prison.  22-year-old Dakota Gardner sent the letters last year while incarcerated on a 2009 assault charge at the Southern State Correctional Facility in SpringfieldGardner said when he wrote the letters, he was about to get out of jail, and figured he would be put back in prison if he made the threats. He said he didn't have the control to be out in the community.

New England’s power grid operator is asking customers to conserve electricity during the heat wave.  ISO-New England earlier today asked for voluntary conservation.  They say power is adequate, but supplies are likely to become tight.  ISO-New England suggests customers reduce electricity, particularly between noon and 8 p.m.