Friday, August 2, 2013

WVTK Local & State News August 2, 2013

Vermont State Police are looking to return stolen items to the public. This after a couple was arrested and accused of committing more than 100 burglaries!  37-year-old Raymond Ritchie and 29-year-old Nicole Burgos are facing multiple charges.  They were arrested for break-ins around Addison County.  Police say thousand of items consisted of jewelry, silver, and sports memorabilia.  Ritchie is accused of unlawful trespass and possessing stolen property.  He's being held for lack of bail. Burgos was cited and released. She's due in court at the end of the month.  Police say there could be more charges and will work to get everything back to its proper owner.

A new drug on the streets in Rutland has caused 6 overdoses in 12 hours.  Investigators say the street name of the drug is Molly.  Detective Sergeant James Tarbell says, “"We knew about Mollies, we just didn't know about this version of Mollies."  These Mollies are packed with heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy, which is a potentially deadly combination.  Officials say on average there is one overdose a week in Rutland and six overdoses in 12 hours got the attention of everyone.  The drug first surfaced during a Rutland traffic stop; now police are working to stop the problem before it spreads any further.  

The Vermont Department of Mental Health has a new deputy commissioner.  Officials announced Thursday that Frank Reed has been appointed deputy commissioner.  Reed has worked for the department since 1999, serving most recently as interim deputy and commissioner.  Reed is a licensed clinical social worker. He has served as president of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and as a behavioral health surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Authorities say a fire that destroyed an apartment building in Winooski was started accidentally by a cigarette.  No one was injured in the fire yesterday afternoon, but one man who was sleeping in an apartment was rescued by neighbors who kicked in the door.  Fire crews from several departments were called out.  BY last night, the building had partially collapsed.

A Barre man who worked as an Orange County Sheriff's deputy and part-time police officer in Northfield was killed in a late night crash in Waterbury.  Police say 22-year-old Michael Zemanek was driving south on Interstate 89 just before midnight Wednesday, when for some unknown reason he crossed all the lanes and median a couple of times bouncing off the guardrails on both sides of the interstate.  Zemanek was pronounced dead at the hospital.  Police are investigating, but say speed does not appear to be a factor.  Zemanek was an Orange County Sheriff's deputy and part-time Northfield Police Department officer.  He was off-duty at the time of the crash.

A national grant could help answer important questions about water quality in Vermont and beyond.  The University of Vermont will receive $2 million from the National Science Foundation to gather high-frequency water quality and quantity data.  The NSF grant will fund the deployment of advanced optical sensors to gather data underwater, transmit the information remotely and provide a moment-to-moment portrait of what is happening across various bodies of water.