Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WVTK Local & State News June 9, 2015

The speculation is beginning over who will be running for governor of Vermont now that Peter Shumlin is not seeking re-election next year. Congressman Peter Welch and state House Speaker Shap Smith are among the Democrats now believed to be interested in running. Republicans Phil Scott, Scott Milne and Randy Brock are also expected to launch campaigns for governor. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says he will not be a candidate for governor next year.

Residents in both the Addison Northeast and Northwest Supervisory Unions will go to the polls today to decide the fate of budgets for VUHS and Mount Abe. The VUHS board has proposed a $10,258,933 budget for the 2015-2016 school year that is $211,000 lower than the plan defeated on Town Meeting Day. Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Unions are looking at a $13,947,738 spending plan that offers lower tax rates and a 1.02-percent decrease from the current spending plan.

Police say an arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted in connection with the killing of his former girlfriend. Vermont State Police are looking for 27-year-old Jason Kendall of Windsor, on a second-degree homicide charge. Police say they received a 911 call Monday morning from a person who heard screams and gunshots near Main Street. When police arrived at the scene, they found a woman, identified as 22-year-old Molly Helland dead. Police say Kendall fled the area after the shooting in a silver 1996 Honda Accord, which they now believe has Massachusetts license plate 842YM3.

The Winooski Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at Chuck's Mobil on East Allen Street in Winooski last night. Police say a man, displaying a weapon, ordered the clerk to give him all the cash just after 11:15 last night. The man left with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say no one was injured during the armed robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winooski Police Department at (802)-655-0221.