Friday, August 16, 2013

WVTK Local & State News August 16, 2013

A Vermont man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Court documents say Rutland police were called to an apartment for a domestic disturbance in March 2012.  They found a loaded .22-caliber pistol in the apartment and later arrested 32-year-old Steven McAuley.  He was charged in state court with assault and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault.  McAuley was indicted on the gun charge in September.

Moriah’s newest water district may pay dividends for the entire community.  The town has closed the books on the Forge Hollow-Elk Inn Road-Stone Street water project with $120,000 left over from a federal grant obtained to pay for the project.  Normally, leftover federal funds are returned to the federal government. Moriah officials, though, are asking to keep the money and use it in support of the new water district and the rest of the town water system.  Moriah’s argument is that a new backhoe, purchased with the leftover money, will be used to support the new water district, although it could also be used in the rest of the community.

The body of a Burlington man is pulled out of Lake Champlain.  The body of 39-year-old Gregory Peruzzi of Burlington was found yesterday morning on Burlington Bay by someone in the Harborwatch Condominiums.  Early reports show Peruzzi drowned, possibly as recent as Wednesday night.  While foul play is not suspected, police will continue to investigate.

Authorities say it was a member of the Albany Volunteer Fire Department who intentionally set the blaze which destroyed most of their firefighting equipment.  On Thursday, James Joerg was arrested on a charge of first-degree arson, and denied the accusation in court.  However, police say when Joerg was confronted with video catching Joerg in the act he confessed, saying he has a problem with fire and often thinks about setting them. 

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has approved the migratory bird hunting season which gets underway shortly.  A statewide open hunting season for Canada geese runs from September 3rd through the 25th, with a second season involving resident and migrant birds October 10th through November 28th.  Duck season begins in October, but the hunting dates vary from zone to zone.  You can check the Fish and Wildlife’s website for more details on the hunting season.

You have until August 21st to submit your bid for one of five moose hunting permits which will be auctioned off.  The minimum bid is 15-hundred dollars, with the proceeds helping to fund the state’s Fish and Wildlife educational programs.  Sealed bids must be returned by 4:30 p-m next Wednesday.  Winning permits do not include the cost of a hunting license or moose hunting fee.