Saturday June 1, 2013

Man accused of trashing property

BENNINGTON -- A Shaftsbury man was charged with a felony after Vermont State Police said he damaged items in his girlfriend’s home and her car after she told him she was taking a sick child to the hospital.

Randy Wadsworth, 35, pleaded not guilty Friday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to a felony count of unlawful mischief. He was released on conditions he not contact the woman or go to her home.

According to police, the woman said Wadsworth had been drinking all day and at around 11 p.m. Thursday she woke him to tell him she was taking one of her children to the hospital. She said Wadsworth became angry and insulted her so she decided to take her other child with her, too. When she returned to the home she found numerous items belonging to her tipped over and broken. The items included furniture, knick-knacks, and a mirror. State Police said a car registered to her also had a broken windshield and dented hood, damage the woman said was fresh.

She told police the damage to the items in the house was valued at over $1,000 while the car damage was estimated at $800.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.

Woman cited for leaving dogs in car

COLCHESTER (AP) -- Police say a Colchester woman has been cited for animal cruelty for leaving two dogs in her car in hot weather after one of the animals died.

Police say 41-year-old Rebecca Moseley, a special educator at the Colchester Middle School, left the two dogs in a locked car for at least several hours at the school on May 22. The National Weather Service reported that the high temperature was about 76 degrees.

Police say Moseley remembered the dogs at about 1 p.m.

One dog, a greyhound, died. Police say the other dog survived after getting overnight veterinary treatment.

Air Force releases revised F-35 study for Vt.

MONTPELIER (AP) -- An Air Force spokeswoman says one apparent change in a revised report about the environmental effect of basing F-35 fighter jets in Vermont is correcting an omission from the earlier report.

Air Force Spokeswoman Kathy White said that a section of the report released Friday that said McEntire Air National Guard base in South Carolina was the preferred environmental alternative for basing the planes should have been included in last year’s first report.

Meanwhile, both supporters and opponents of basing the F-35 in Vermont are studying the report.

White says the only changes from the original document are about population changes around the airport.

The Vermont guard says bringing the planes to South Burlington will guarantee jobs and their mission. Opponents say the plane is too loud.

Volunteers to help Vt flash flooding victims

UNDERHILL (AP) -- As Vermonters recover from last week’s flash flooding, the Red Cross will be visiting the hardest hit communities to see what help is needed.

On Saturday volunteers will be in Underhill and Jericho to assess the damage and offer information on what resources may be available to help with the recovery.

Volunteer also will give out cleanup kits, hoses, masks, shovels, rakes and other supplies during their visit.

The Red Cross will be working at Underhill Town Clerk’s office and three teams will be going into the towns to talk with residents.

Officials in Underhill believe last week’s flash flooding caused over $2 million in damage. Town employees on Wednesday showed road damage to Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.

Man charged with attempted murder

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Police say a Burlington man is charged with attempted murder for allegedly breaking into his estranged partner’s home, choking her with his shirt and threatening to kill her.

Police say the woman reported that Thomas Berard forced his way into her home on North Champlain Street on Thursday night and demanded money. Police say he then took off his shirt and wrapped it around her neck, choking her and then started choking her with his hands.

Police say he apparently stopped when a child came into the room. Berard left the residence and was arrested nearby.

Authorities say he is being held without bail at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. 

It’s unclear if he’s being represented by a lawyer.