Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WVTK Local & State News October 15, 2014

A Ferrisburgh man was injured in a car accident yesterday. According to police, 26-year-old Trevor Howard of Ferrisburgh, experienced a medical event, causing him to drive off the road and crash into a tree. The crash caused the vehicle to catch fire. A good samaritan helped pull Howard from his vehicle. Several area fire departments responded to extinguish the fire. He was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care with multiple fractures. Vermont State Police are still investigating the accident and ask anyone who may have witness the crash to call with information you or submit an anonymous tip by texting “CRIMES” (274637) with keyword: VTIPS.

The Vermont Attorney General's Office has released a draft rule on genetically engineered food labeling for public comment. A press release says the public can provide input by attending public meetings around the state or sending an email to The Attorney General is seeking input from producers, retailers, and consumers. The first public meeting is next Tuesday, from Noon to 2, at the Contois Auditorium, at City Hall in Burlington.

Vermont officials plan on testing the Amber Alert System next Wednesday. A press release says the test will be used to assess and evaluate changes in technology used to alert Vermonters when the Amber Alert System is activated. The test will include a mass emailing, coordination with the Vermont Agency of Transportation messaging signs, and information sent to Vermont broadcasters. Officials say the Emergency Broadcast System may also be activated.

Voters in Hinesburg will consider a $1.5 million bond vote on Election Day to finance water system upgrades. The bond would provide for two new wells, as well as a pump house and filtration system. A local pamphlet explains the current wells aren't meeting demand. It also says the current water sources contain hard water minerals and traces of MTBE, indicating gasoline contamination near the wells. Meetings on the proposal are scheduled at Town Hall at 7 p.m. next Monday and then again on Nov. 3.