Friday, December 13, 2013

WVTK Local & State News December 13, 2013

If you need to sign up for health insurance through Vermont Health Connect, you have just ten days left to do it.  December 23rd is the deadline for those wanting the insurance in effect as of January 1st.  While sign-ups will be accepted after the 23rd, those applicants will not be eligible for any of the federal subsidies picking up some of the cost.  45,000 Vermonters have already signed up, now that the state website is finally working smoothly after a rocky start.  Vermont comes in second behind Massachusetts as states having the highest number of people who already have health insurance.

Investigators are trying to learn more about the death of a young skier found on Killington Mountain.  21 year-old Jennifer Strohl of Pennsylvania was reported missing yesterday afternoon, and her body was found a short time later just off of the Great Northern Trail.  Authorities say her death at this time does not appear suspicious, adding she was not wearing a helmet and had head injuries after an apparent collision.

Vermont Air National Guard F-16 fighter planes are going to be flying night training missions.  The guard said the night flights will take place last night and tonight of this week and Dec. 17 through Dec. 19.  During these training periods, there will be scheduled multi-aircraft takeoffs from the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington after dark.  All aircraft are expected to be on the ground and operations completed during normal operating hours of the Burlington International Airport.

Police in Rutland are looking for a man who stole money from the cash register at the Quality Inn and Suites.  According to investigators, the unidentified male entered the hotel on South Main Street around 2:30 Wednesday Afternoon and asked to fill out a job application.  The clerk gave the man an application and then left the room.  While the front desk was unattended, police say the man reached over the counter and took $300 from the cash drawer.  Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Rutland City Police Department at 773-1816.

A carbon monoxide scare this morning in Rutland has firefighters reminding you to check your CO Detectors.  At about 6:30 this morning, firefighters were called to a residence on North Main Street after a carbon monoxide alarm went off.  Fire officials say they did find unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in the home and determined it was due to a faulty furnace.  Everyone in the home got out when the alarm sounded and no one was injured.  State law requires that all buildings where people sleep in Vermont be equipped with CO detectors.

Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is the second largest ever.  If you match all the numbers, you could win an estimated $400 million.  The jackpot trails only a $656 million jackpot won in March 2012.  The current jackpot has rolled over 20 times without a winner.