Monday January 21, 2013

Young skiers lost after leaving marked trails

KILLINGTON -- Authorities are encouraging skiers and snowmobilers to obey all trail and ski area boundary markings after a spate of individuals getting lost in the woods.

The most recent incident occurred at Killington Resort and involved a school group from Pittsburgh, Pa. At approximately 1:16 p.m. Sunday, state police out of Rutland received a report of three out-of-bounds skiers. In a written release, police said the three 17-year-old girls skied off of the Juggernaut Trail at Killington and consequently got lost in the woods. They then called 911 for help. Once their location was determined through GPS, Killington’s ski patrol entered the woods and located the girls. Police said they were returned to the resort unharmed and were not prepared to spend the night in the woods.

The weather forecast in the area called for a high of 45 degrees and a low of 0 degrees, while winds were forecasted to gust up to 50 mph. Police said the weather, combined with a lack of preparation, makes it dangerous for skiers to go out of the well-marked boundaries at area resorts. Sunday’s incident followed similar instances at both Killington and other resorts in recent weeks.

-- Zeke Wright

Excessive speeding alleged on Route 7

MANCHESTER -- State police said they caught two New York men traveling more than 40 mph over the speed limit on Route 7 over the course of two days. Both were cited for excessive speed and released with later court dates where they will face hefty fines.

In the first incident, police said Craig D. Lusardi, 23, of Plainview, N.Y., was clocked traveling 96 mph on Route 7 in Manchester last Friday, Jan. 18, at about 1:15 p.m. Lusardi was processed at the Manchester Police Department.

The following day, police said they pulled over Dean Lochrie, 31, of New York City, in the town of Sunderland. Lochrie was traveling north in his 2013 Chevrolet at 100 mph, police said. Both men are scheduled to appear in local court next month on the same date.

The posted speed limit along Route 7 is 55.

Snow-related crash in Stratton

STRATTON -- Police said a Manchester Center woman reported no injuries after a crash on snow-covered roads that caused moderate front-end damage. According to a written release, Caitlin Malloy, 27, had been driving east last Thursday at about 1:15 a.m. on West Jamaica Road near the intersection of Canedy Road in Stratton when she lost control, went off the roadway, and struck a guardrail and street sign. Police said Malloy had been wearing her seatbelt and the vehicle, a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, had to be towed from the scene.

Police seek help in Arlington burglary

ARLINGTON -- Authorities are asking for information to solve a burglary on Old Mill Road in Arlington. The report was called in to police last Friday by Phyllis Allen, who reported a large amount of jewelry had been stolen. Police did not ascribe a value to the stolen property, but said it was taken sometime between Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m., and the following Friday at 9 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Dave Ferencik of the state police barracks in Shaftsbury at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info.

Man found dead in car outside N.Y. supermarket

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) -- Police in Elmira are labeling the death of a man found in a supermarket parking lot as "suspicious."

Police say the 33-year-old man was found slumped in the passenger seat of a car parked at Tops Friendly Market in Elmira on Sunday. He had been dead for several hours.

The man’s identity hasn’t been released by police. The death is under investigation.