Tuesday January 8, 2013

Four chainsaws reported stolen

SUNDERLAND -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding four chainsaws stolen from a Sunderland residence some time late Friday or early Saturday. Police said Derek Klick of Bacon Hollow Road reported the items stolen Saturday afternoon. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Jamie Wright of the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury barracks at (802) 442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword VTIPS. Man charged with DUI

DORSET -- A Dorset man who got his vehicle stuck in a ditch last week had a blood-alcohol content of over four times the legal limit, according to police.

In a written release, state police said the initial call came in Thursday evening at approximately 4:10 p.m. Police were dispatched to Mad Tom Road to assist Manchester Rescue Squad with an "unresponsive male." Police said the call came in after a concerned citizen contacted rescue services after finding a male, later identified as William Maloney, 47, slumped over in a vehicle that was stuck in a ditch.

Upon their arrival, police said Maloney was awake and was beginning to drive away from the scene after being pulled out of the ditch. Maloney was stopped by police before he left, and, during that interaction, authorities suspected alcohol consumption. According to police, Maloney could not perform field exercises at the scene, and a preliminary breath sample recorded a BAC of more than four times the .


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08 percent legal limit to drive.

Maloney was arrested, processed, and released for driving under the influence with a later court date to answer to the charge.

-- Zeke Wright

Police: Car slid off road

SHAFTSBURY -- Authorities said a driver from Hoosick Falls, N.Y., slid off the road after crossing railroad tracks but was uninjured.

In a written release, state police reported the single-vehicle accident occurred last Thursday on Stateline Road in Shaftsbury. Ruth A. Sevigney-Schneider, 62, told police she had crossed the railroad tracks in her 1999 Honda Civic when the vehicle started to slide down the small decline. Sevigney-Schneider was unable to regain control as the vehicle slid off the road and struck a tree. Police said the vehicle received front-end damage, but the operator was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured in the incident. Road conditions were reported to be snow-covered at the time.

-- Zeke Wright

Conn. tribe leaders plead not guilty in theft case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- The former chairman of the tribe that runs one of the world's largest casinos and his brother, the tribe's current treasurer, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they stole more than $800,000 from their Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Former chairman Michael Thomas and his brother Steven appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in New Haven. They were released on $100,000 bond.

The tribe owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino on its reservation in Ledyard, Conn.

Michael Thomas is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in tribal funds during his tenure as leader of the tribal council. Treasurer Steven Thomas allegedly stole more than $700,000 when he was assistant director of the tribe's natural resources department.

The brothers are each charged with one count of theft from an Indian tribal organization and two counts of theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funds.

Richard Reeve, an attorney for Steven Thomas, said the case is about whether his client was entitled to wages he received for a job.

"This is not a case about the theft of federal funds," Reeve said in court. "This is a case about wages."

Reeve said after the hearing the issue involved allegations Thomas did not work the hours to get the compensation he received.

Paul Thomas, a public defender representing Michael Thomas, declined comment.

Prosecutor Christopher Mattei said Thomas was charged with stealing from the tribe.

A tribal spokesman, William Satti, released a statement Friday in which the tribal council said the federal charges threaten tribal sovereignty. 

The Mashantucket Pequots, a tribe of about 900 people whose Foxwoods casino opened in 1992, once enjoyed annual stipends exceeding $100,000 for each adult member. But the tribe racked up huge debts as the casino struggled with increased gambling competition and Foxwoods completed a costly expansion with the MGM Grand hotel and casino at the height of the recession in 2008.

Police: Springfield man kills mom, steals cab

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A Springfield man is held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing his mother and later stealing and crashing a taxi cab.

Forty-one-year-old Luis Rosa was arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court on charges including murder, assault and armed carjacking.

Police say Rosa was arrested early Monday morning after flipping the taxi cab he had allegedly stolen after stabbing the 25-year-old driver with a butcher knife. The driver required treatment for a cut on his shoulder.

Rosa was later charged with killing his mother, 57-year-old Norma Perez, who was found dead in her apartment by relatives just before 5 p.m. Sunday. Relatives forced their way into the home after being unable to contact Perez. Police said theft may have been the motive for her killing.