Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WVTK Local & State News November 19, 2013

Attorney General William Sorrell announced earlier today that his Office, along with the attorneys general of 36 states and the District of Columbia, entered into a $17 million settlement with Google for bypassing security settings on Apple’s Safari web browser back in 2011 and 2012.  Vermont’s share is $467,000.  The attorney general says Google altered settings on users' web browsers so that they could get around privacy settings.  Those actions violated state consumer protection and computer privacy laws.

An elderly woman from Benson is safe and sound after spending the night in the woods.  State police say 78-year-old Francheska Chalizze was last seen at her home at about 11:30 yesterday morning and was reported missing at about 11:30 last night.  State Police searchers along with members of the Benson Fire Department, New England K9 Search and Rescue and others searched for Chalizze throughout the night.  At about 7:30 this morning, Chalizze was located by the crew in a Department of Homeland Security helicopter, just a few miles south of her residence, in the Cold Spring area of West Haven.

Four Vermont schools will be participating in a program designed to get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math.  The Vermont Education Agency is providing $2,000 grants for schools in Barre, Essex, Middlebury and Newport to help develop programs that would be shared with other schools.  Educators will receive professional development, technical assistance, and access to ideas from a national network through The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity.

The Burlington City Council passed some new gun regulations last night.  The council passed two resolutions banning guns from buildings with liquor licenses and requiring safe storage for seized weapons.  However, the council delayed a vote on a resolution that would allow police to take guns from people suspected of domestic abuse.  Public hearings on the other two resolutions will begin in January.  All of these resolutions still need legislative approval.

Police in Burlington are looking for three suspects wanted in a home invasion Monday night.  Investigators say the three men went into the home on Summit Street near Champlain College, showed a gun and made off with property.  No one was hurt, and police are not saying exactly what was stolen.  Investigators also say there’s no reason to think this crime was random.

The Winooksi Police Department is seeking the location of a larceny suspect.  Police say 26-year-old Amber Richer stole about 40 packs of cigarettes while the clerk was distracted at Chuck's Mobile last night.  Richer was captured on surveillance video.  Richer is currently a transient.  Anyone with information on her location is asked to contact the Winooski Police Department.