Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WVTK Local & State News February 25, 2015

The Crown Point Fire District will no longer provide ambulance service to the area. Instead, Lamoille Ambulance Services, which has been responding to Crown Point emergency calls under a temporary contract for just over a year, will now be the primary ambulance service provider. The District will now move to fill a first responder roll, being the first on the scene to assess the situation while an ambulance is on route.

Vermont State Officials say about 26 towns are experiencing water issues from frozen pipes. Earlier today, the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) took an informal survey to see how many towns had problems with frozen pipes. Communities that need assistance in dealing with water emergencies should contact the DEMHS Watch Officer at (800)-347-0488. If needed, the agency can work with towns to coordinate state agency support from Agency of Transportation, Agency of Human Services, the Department of Health, or the Agency of Natural Resources.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to expand pre-K to 3-year-olds in the state's highest-need communities. The Governor's Office says they are committing $25 million to fund the pilot program. More than 250 districts are eligible to apply.

A Woodstock police officer is under arrest, charged with domestic assault. Vermont State Police say 45-year-old Mark McComas, of Quechee, was arrested yesterday. Police say McComas assaulted someone at his Quechee home twice in the last month. McComas is a Woodstock police officer and previously worked at the Hartford police department. The case has been referred to the state police.

Vermont residents with suspended drivers' licenses because of unpaid traffic tickets are getting a chance for amnesty. March 20th is driver restoration day for people with unpaid tickets in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties. Offenders can visit the Costello Courthouse in Burlington that day and pay 20-dollars per delinquent ticket and get their license back. Around 22-thousand people in the state have unpaid tickets.