Saturday November 17, 2012

Mount Snow airport may be expanded

WEST DOVER (AP) -- A southern Vermont entrepreneur is considering a plan to buy and renovate the defunct Mount Snow Airport and expand it so it would be accessible to private jets.

But noise and traffic has some local residents cautious about the plan by Jim Barnes, the owner of the Hermitage Club and Inn.

"Some were opposed to the airport," Dover Town Clerk Andy McLean told the Brattleboro Reformer.

Reopening and expanding the airport, located next to the Mount Snow Golf Course, would require to re-surface the area as well as renovations of a building, aircraft hangers and renovations to the lighting system.

A committee is being formed to review information and discuss long-term and short-term impacts the airport may have on the area. The board will then decide whether to support the proposal.

"We will look at decibel levels, impact on the economy, pollution and lighting," said select board chair Nona Monis. "Then we will present the data to the select board."

Cape Cod cop to do 10 days on Vt. work crew

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A Cope Cod police officer is going to spend 10 days on a Vermont Department of Corrections work crew to settle charges he was caught driving drunk twice in the Burlington area.

Forty-eight-year-old Scott Kynoch, of Mashpee, Mass., pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of driving while intoxicated and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Kynoch is a former Burlington High School football standout. He was stopped by police in Chittenden County in May and July. In both cases he was over the legal limit for driving.

Kynoch's boss, Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald, tells the Burlington Free Press Kynoch has been on "desk duty" since the first DUI report and he will face an internal administration hearing on his future with the department.

Eastern N.Y. Amber Alert after dad abducts son

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities in eastern New York have issued an Amber Alert for a father they say took his child from daycare after a physical fight with the mother.

Police say 27-year-old Frederick McCluskey abducted his 4-year-old son, also named Frederick, just before 9 a.m. Friday in the Ulster County town of Marlboro and has threatened to hurt himself or the child.

The alert says McCluskey is 6-feet-3-inches tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. The boy is 4-feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. He has a small scar under his right eye.

Authorities say McCluskey was driving a red, 2-door 1989 Honda Civic hatchback with the New York plate FHX9276.

Anyone with information is asked to call 866-NYS-AMBER or 911.

Man to be charged in Bethel pharmacy holdup

BETHEL (AP) -- Vermont State Police say a Tunbridge man will be charged in a pharmacy holdup in Bethel last month.

Police say 22-year-old George Akroyd was arrested in New Hampshire and is being held at the Strafford County jail.

Akroyd is accused of robbing the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Bethel on Oct. 30.

He's scheduled to be extradited to Vermont on Monday to face a charge of assault and robbery.