Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WVTK Local & State News September 17, 2014

Police in Bristol have released more details about a shooting last night. According to investigators, a 911 call as placed just before 8:30 last night of a man threatening suicide with a gun. The man was later identified as 56-year-old Norman Michaud. At about 8:45, officers in the area reported hearing a gunshot. At that point authorities came across 42-year-old Tina LaBossiere of Crown Point with a large handgun on the property and after believing their lives were in danger, a trooper shot LaBossiere. While securing the residence, police found Norman Michaud with a head wound. Both Michaud and LaBossiere were transported by waiting ambulances to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington where they are currently receiving treatment for gunshot wounds. The trooper involved in the shooting was immediately placed on administrative leave, with pay, per policy.

A bill protecting first responders was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier today. A press release says the law requires property owners to notify their local governments whenever a newly constructed or rehabilitated residential structure is comprised of a truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction. Buildings using this type of construction could collapse with little or no warning. Officials say this type of construction is safe for normal use. The law will provide fire departments and first responder organizations with information about buildings that use this particular design.

Police in Castleton are investigating an armed robbery of a convenience store Monday night. Authorities report that a man just after 10:30 pm entered the Tenney Brook Market on Main Street with a semi-automatic pistol and demanded money. The suspect fled the store with approximately $300 in cash. He is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. The man was wearing a black, loose-fitting clothing with a sweatshirt and a ski mask. Anyone with information is asked to call the Castleton Police Department at 468-5012. No one was injured during the incident.

Schools are the latest targets of phony billing scams. The Better Business Bureau is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for phony invoices. The invoices come from a company called Scholastic School Supply. They seek payment of $647.50 cents for the bulk purchase of textbooks. But the Better Business Bureau says the company and the bills are bogus. They've been sent to schools in at least 28 states. Experts say the scammers are counting on school accountants to pay the relatively small fees without checking to see if they are real.