Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WVTK Local & State News February 5, 2014

Police in Monkton say a deer hunter's bullet ended up striking a vehicle instead, nearly hitting the driver.  Officers say Michael Deforge was working a security detail early this morning on Vergennes Road and saw a truck stop nearby.  Deforge says a shot was fired from the truck at a deer which had ran across the road, and but it hit his vehicle instead.  Deforge was not hurt, and says the truck sped off, traveling northeast.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a state of emergency for the entire state of New York.  A press release says under the state of emergency, critical resources are normally restricted to state use and are mobilized to assist local governments.  Cuomo said, “this is a significant winter storm impacting all regions of the state and we are taking all necessary steps to keep New Yorkers safe.  The State has 1,789 plows, 359 loaders and 4,185 operators working the storm.

Vermont State Police are reminding drivers that using U-turns on interstates is illegal.  Police say using a U-turn on the interstate is dangerous to exit or enter the flow of traffic at interstate speeds. During winter weather events, visibility is limited and stopping distances are increased, greatly increasing the chances of a serious crash.  Motorists are advised to travel slowly and allow extra time to reach destinations.  Unauthorized use of highway U-turns is a two point violation and fine of $162.00.

Vermont State Police are investigating a break-in at a scrap metal yard on Route 7.  At some point Sunday night, someone broke into Brandon Scrap Metal and stole cash and inspection stickers, police say.  Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call state police at 388-4919.

The Town of Middlebury will be holding an informational meeting on the Town Offices and Recreation Facilities project next Wednesday night at 7 o’clock.  During the day next Wednesday, you can stop by for a tour of the Municipal Building and Gym from 8 am to 6:30 pm.  Then at 7 pm the informational meeting will take place followed by a Q&N session.  Preliminary concept plans, background information, aerial photos and sketches of the sites are also available on the town's website: