Thursday, July 25, 2013

WVTK Local & State News July 25, 2013

Green Mountain Power will be taking a power outage for approximately 3 hours early Friday morning,  for the safety of  line workers making emergency repairs to a substation.  This outage will affect customers in the Vermont towns of Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro, New Haven, and  Lincoln.  The outage is scheduled for 1:00 a.m. to  4:00 a.m. to minimize the impact on customers. 

The Marbleworks Pharmacy in Middlebury was robbed at gunpoint yesterday.  According to Middlebury Police, just after 5 PM, an unidentified white male walked into the pharmacy and displayed a handgun; the suspect demanded prescription drugs from employees behind the counter.  Investigators say no one was hurt and the individual left the drug store with an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs.  Police are if you have any information about this incident to please call the Middlebury Police Department at 388-3191

It didn’t take a federal jury long to find a former Wallingford fire captain guilty of conspiracy to commit arson.  George Allen was accused of conspiring with other members of the volunteer fire department to set about two dozen fires in 2008, and was found guilty after the jury deliberated just 90 minutes.  He’s now free, pending sentencing.  Some of the fires were on federal property in the Green Mountain National Forest, which is why it ended up in federal court. 

Three top Vermont officials expressed confidence earlier today that the state will be ready to launch the health insurance marketplace being set up under the federal Affordable Care Act on its scheduled startup date of October 1.  Final rates for levels of coverage were also released.  Plans range from the low end of monthly premium cost, $336 per month for MVP Health Care coverage for a single person willing to risk a 50 percent copay for hospital services, to about $1,670 per month for a family plan with a 10 percent copay.

Police in Shoreham say sports memorabilia has been taken in two home burglaries.  Someone took Dale Earnhardt collectible cars and personal checks from one residence yesterday.  And an autographed Ted Williams baseball and Ted Williams action figures were taken from another home.  Anyone who has any information is asked to call Vermont State Police.

The Middle­bury selectboard unanimously agreed to apply for almost $160,000 in state grants to build the first two 600-foot segments of a bike and pedestrian pathway on Exchange Street.  Officials are seeking money for the first 1,200 feet of pathway, extending from the Exchange Street/Elm Street intersection to the driveway of MacIntyre Services.  If successful with this application, the town will apply for a future grant to complete the third and final segment from MacIntyre Services to the Exchange Street/Route 7 intersection.

One of the oldest continuously-running agricultural and county fairs is set to get underway next week.  The Essex County Fair will celebrate its 165th birthday starting Wednesday, July 31.  The fair, held annually at the county fairgrounds in Westport every year since the Civil War, will open on July 31 and continue through Sunday, August 4, featuring a brand new midway and several new activities and shows for all ages.  For more information on the 165th Essex County Fair, visit the website