Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WVTK Local & State News August 27, 2014

Peter Shumlin easily won the Democratic primary for Vermont governor, while Scott Milne will carry the standard for the Republicans. H Brooke Paige, who ran for both governor and attorney general in the Democratic primaries, lost both elections. Bill Sorrell will face Shane McCormack, who announced his candidacy for attorney general for the Republicans five days ago.

State police say they pursued a driver through several towns in at speeds up to 100 mph before making an arrest. A trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for crossing the center line and failing to stop at a stop sign early yesterday in the town of St. George. The vehicle drove off and the pursuit started southbound on Route 116, through Hinesburg Village. It continued into Monkton and then into Bristol, where the vehicle was stopped by spike strips, getting two flat tires. Police say the driver ran off and got into a scuffle with police before being arrested and taken to a hospital. He suffered minor injuries. Authorities say arrested 50-year-old Fred Seavey of North Clarendon.

Governor Peter Shumlin has directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project. The Shumlin Administration says the change in policy is in reply to a letter written by Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the direction the project was taking.

Rutland City police arrested two men they say are behind an assault and robbery. On Monday night police were called to Terrill and East Streets for an alleged attack involving a Rutland couple. Police say the victims were approached by a friend and two men. Reports are the two men then assaulted and robbed the woman and tried to keep her boyfriend from helping her. 24-year-old Jeffrey Bussino and 44-year-old Jack Reed are now facing multiple counts of assault and robbery. They're are both being held at the Marble Valley Correctional Center.

Police say a body was found in Mallett’s Bay this morning. The Colchester Marine Unit discovered the body of a man at 7:45 a.m. Investigators say it was discovered off of West Lakeshore Drive in the area of the International Sailing School. Police have been searching this area for missing boater Brian Webb, 65. He was last seen at Rozzi’s Bar on Saturday. Police received a report of a man yelling for help just before 9:30 p.m. but they were unable to locate anyone. Police say the body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Burlington for positive identification.