Vt. woman, 86, found by troopers without heat

GEORGIA (AP) -- An 86-year-old woman was found alone without heat in her home in the town of Georgia Monday by Vermont State Police troopers when the outside temperature was in the low teens, police said.

Police went to the address just before noon after dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call.

"The woman was located in the living room, and was dressed in heavy winter attire. Troopers observed that the home was frigid, and the resident was trying to find blankets to keep her and her small K9 companion warm," a police news release said.

Troopers determined the woman’s oil tank was empty. They then retrieved fuel pellets from the woman’s garage and started a fire.

Meanwhile, police called the Joyal Fuel Company of Fairfax, which put 100 gallons of oil in the woman’s tank even though she did not have an account with them.

Police did not release the woman’s name. She was not hurt, but police are reminding Vermonters to check on neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure they have everything they need during weather extremes.

Police contacted other state agencies to ensure the Georgia woman’s needs are met.

2 Vt. senators applaud ruling in NSA phone case

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont’s two United States senators are applauding a federal judge’s ruling that says the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches.

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders issued separate statements Monday after the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington.

The judge granted a preliminary injunction against the collection of the phone records of two men who had challenged it and said any such records for the men should be destroyed. But he delayed enforcement pending a near-certain appeal.

Leahy says Americans deserve an "open and transparent debate about the constitutionality, efficacy, and appropriateness of the government’s dragnet collection programs."

Sanders says he believes the NSA is "out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner."

Man gets 30 days in jail in deer poaching case

NEWPORT (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says a Newport man is going to jail for 30 days after being convicted of poaching a deer.

The department says 33-year-old Michael Bickford pleaded no contest earlier this month to a charge of possessing big game taken during closed season.

Game Warden Sgt. Bradley Mann says Bickford was found to be in possession of deer meat and a velvet antlered deer skull in September 2012. An investigation determined the deer was not legally taken and therefore could not be legally possessed.

It was Bickford’s third big game conviction in five years.

Bickford will also lose his right to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont and 39 other states for three years.

It could not be determined if Bickford had a lawyer.