Deputy chief in Vt. city returns to job after DUI
BURLINGTON (AP) -- Burlington’s deputy police chief, who was suspended with pay after being charged while off-duty with driving under the influence of alcohol, will be returning to work within a week, but he will have no law enforcement or supervisory duties.
Andi Higbee was placed on paid leave after his off-duty arrest in Sheldon in July.
Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling says an internal investigation into Higbee’s conduct has been partially resolved. The portion of the investigation dealing with the DUI arrest will remain open until the criminal case in Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans is resolved.
The Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/16Aip6c) is reporting that the 44-year-old Higbee will be restricted to special projects, including crime analysis, training and recruiting.
Higbee’s next hearing in the DUI case is Oct. 29.
Air Force report says Vt. still best F-35 spot
BURLINGTON (AP) -- An Air Force report says the Burlington International Airport remains its top choice as the location to base up to 24 F-35 fighter planes with a National Guard unit.
Nicholas Germanos, the Air Force’s project manager for studying F-35 basing, tells the Burlington Free Press, the Burlington airport remains the preferred alternative as the first guard location to receive the aircraft that would be ready to be used in war.
A final decision on where to base the planes will be made by the Air Force secretary at a later date.
In Vermont, the planes would replace the guard’s aging F-16s.
Opponents claim the planes would be too noisy and cause other problems. Another segment of the local population supports bringing the planes to Vermont.
Police invite public to see recovered items
FAIR HAVEN (AP) -- Members of the public who lost items in Addison County burglaries or thefts over the last three years are being invited to the Vermont State Police barracks in Fair Haven to look over items recovered after the arrest of a man alleged to have committed scores of burglaries.
Police say Raymond Richie of Addison has been linked to many burglaries and many of the victims have claimed their lost property. But police still have a large number of items recovered from Richie’s property that is believed to be stolen.
The public viewing will be held at the barracks on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon and 5-7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Richie, who was first arrested in August, is being held without bail on a variety of charges.