Thursday, April 16, 2015

WVTK Local & State News April 16, 2015

A Whiting man says he's not guilty of charges related to the death of a bicyclist Tuesday in Middlebury. Police say Nathan Dearing's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit when he struck and killed 55-year-old Kelly Boe. The victim was the manager of the biomass heating plant at Middlebury College. Dearing is being held on 75-thousand-dollars bond.

An audit released earlier today details shortcomings in the state's health exchange, including 70 "moderate-risk" security problems and an uncertain future for non-functioning processes. State Auditor Doug Hoffer conducted the audit in response to the shaky rollout of Vermont Health Connect in October 2013. In the report, Hoffer details hardships that have resulted from operational shortcomings and the millions of dollars that have been spent and are due to be spent to fix the system.

The Vermont state trooper accused of drunk driving while on duty is resigning his position. Eric Rademacher submitted his resignation yesterday, two days after pleading not guilty to driving under the influence. His resignation has been accepted by State Police brass. Rademacher was suspended during his shift in early March when his supervisors determined that he was under the influence. He allegedly responded to a pair of emergencies before being taken off the road.

Hannaford Supermarkets is recalling packages of pine nuts it says might be contaminated with salmonella. The pine nuts are packaged by Superior Nuts & Candy of Chicago and are sold in store produce departments in packages with a clear front and a tan label on the back. The label says pine nuts are the only ingredients and lists "best by" dates from Oct. 22, 2015, through Dec. 27, 2015. Hannaford says the product is now removed from its shelves and anyone who bought them there can get a refund.

The American Red Cross launched a new emergency app. The Red Cross says the app gives people instant access to weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices. The app will be available, for free, on smartphones, tablets, and on the new Apple Watch. To download the app search American Red Cross in the app store for your device.