Woman sentenced for stealing from employer
BURLINGTON (AP) -- A 48-year-old woman from the northern Vermont town of Brownington has been ordered to turn herself over to federal authorities in October to begin serving an 18-month sentence for embezzling more than $157,000 from her employer.
Kimberly Brooks of Brownington also must serve three years of supervised release after her prison term and has been ordered to pay restitution of about $163,000.
Brooks pleaded guilty to embezzling money from Desmarais Equipment of Orleans, which sells farm equipment and recreational vehicles.
Authorities say she did the thefts between 2008 and 2001 by stealing cash from company bank deposits and altering deposit slips.
WCAX-TV (http://bit.ly/13Ult2w) reports she declined comment when questioned outside the courthouse.
House fire displaces family of 6
BRANDON (AP) -- Officials say a family of six has been displaced in a house fire in Brandon.
The Red Cross was providing financial assistance to the family. The fire happened Tuesday on Rossiter Street.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known.
Light installation leads to Vt. school soil tests
WESTMINSTER (AP) -- Engineering crews are taking soil samples from a Vermont high school athletic field to determine if the recently installed stadium lights pose a safety threat.
The Windham Northeast Supervisory Union was forced to close Hadley Field at Bellows Falls Union High School after the company that installed the lighting couldn’t ensure their safety.
The lights were put up when school officials battled with the Westminster Development Review Board over whether they were legal. The permits weren’t in order.
The lights were provided through a $250,000 donation from the estate of Alvin Southwick, who was active in the Bellows Falls American Legion baseball program.
The Eagle Times reports (http://bit.ly/18hOjpx) a drilling company will send data to engineers for a soil analysis to judge if teams are in danger on the property.
2nd round of mosquito spraying in Vt. town
WHITING (AP) -- State agriculture officials are planning a second round of aerial spraying in Whiting to fight mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes carrying the Eastern equine encephalitis virus have been detected in Whiting and nearby Sudbury. The West Nile Virus also has been found in Whiting and Brandon.
A two-mile square section of Whiting was sprayed last Thursday. The area was being sprayed again Tuesday evening.
State entomologist Alan Graham tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/13UeDtO) he’s set up additional traps both inside and outside the spray zone.
EEE was found for the first time in Vermont mosquitoes last year. Two people contracted the illness and died. Mosquitoes have also tested positive for West Nile virus in Addison, Rutland and Franklin counties.
No human or animal cases of either disease have been reported this year.
Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net