Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WVTK Local & State News April 15, 2015

A Middlebury man, who was bicycling with his wife last night, was struck and killed by a driver now charged with DUI. Police identified the victim this morning as 55-year-old Kelly Boe of Weybridge. Boe was transported to Porter Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Investigators say 27-year-old Nathan Dearing of Whiting was driving on Hamilton Road in Weybridge when he hit the bicycler. A preliminary breath test showed that Dearing's blood alcohol content was 0.111 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Vermont State Police Arrested Dearing and have charged him with driving under the influence with death resulting and for driving with a criminally suspended license, fifth offense. Dearing was due to be arraigned today.

2 of the 3 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union budgets up for re-vote yesterday were defeated. Residents rejected spending plans for Mount Abraham Union High School and Bristol Elementary School while passing the proposed budget for Monkton Central School.

A compromise gun bill is heading to the Vermont House of Representatives. The House Judiciary Committee yesterday approved the bill, which bans people in need of mental health treatment from possessing a gun. The measure requires the courts to report names of people in need of treatment, and creates a system where people can have gun rights restored. The full House could begin debate on the measure tomorrow.

Residents in the Brandon Fire District No. 1 can turn off their faucets now. According to Ray Counter, Water Superintendent, the advisory to customers to run water to prevent water line freeze-ups is lifted. The fire district serves about 3,400 residences. And this year’s freezing has taken a toll with 45 calls for freezing lines.

A Vermont House committee is considering legislation allowing police to use a roadside saliva test to check for the presence of marijuana and other drugs in a driver's system. A saliva test being used in Europe, Australia and 14 other states can find traces of marijuana, opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs. State police say the test checks for the active ingredient in marijuana that makes a driver stoned - not the byproducts than can stay in the bloodstream for up to 30 days. But the measure is drawing fire from civil liberties and some marijuana legalization supporters.