Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WVTK Local & State News September 10, 2014

Students at St. Mary’s Grade School in Ticonderoga will return to school on Monday. Students were supposed to return tomorrow, but Pastor Scott Tyler says staff and teachers are too exhausted from moving into their new classrooms. Parents and students will be touring the facility at noon on Sunday. Pastor Taylor says the first thing they'll be doing on Monday is fire drills and discussions as many kids are scared and affected by the fire this past weekend. Investigators say they believes the fire was arson.

Vermont State Police have identified speeding as a factor in a tractor-trailer rollover that temporarily closed traffic on Route 125 in Cornwall yesterday morning. According to reports, police responded to a call of a truck on it’s side yesterday morning just after 5 am. The driver, 49-year-old Raymond Green of Ogdensburg, was not injured in the accident but was nonetheless transported to Porter Hospital for evaluation. The rollover occured on Route 125, at the intersection of West Street in Cornwall, a sharp curve that has been the site of other truck rollovers in the past. State police blamed the accident on Green’s speed being too fast to negotiate the curve in the roadway. Police ticketed Green following the incident.

Governor Pete Shumlin formally kicks off his campaign for reelection to the governor's office, two weeks after winning the primary. He held the event at Main Street Landing in Burlington. In his stump speech, he touted a growing economy and low unemployment. He also listed his accomplishments for this term, including universal PreK, opiate reform, a GMO disclosure mandate, and the push toward universal single health care.

The State of Vermont has launched a new website for suicide prevention. A press release says the website will provide information, research, action items for dealing with suicide prevention and postvention. The site is being launched during National Suicide Prevention Week and was developed in partnership with the Vermont Department of Mental Health, the Center for Health and Learning, and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition. The web address is

Green Mountain Power (GMP) is warning customers over a phone scam. Officials say customers have receive calls from a person claiming to be with Green Mountain Power threatening to disconnect service if the customer doesn't pay a past due account balance. The caller requests the caller to pay their bill by releasing credit card information, money card, or alternative payment methods. Customers are advised to not release personal information, including account and credit card numbers if you receive this type of call. GMP Officials say you can call anytime with questions and to check you account status.