Vt. police looking for robber who uses blue tape

BARRE (AP) -- Police in Barre, Vt., are looking for an armed robbery suspect who covers his face in blue tape.

They say a man entered The Medicine Shoppe on Main Street at about 6 p.m. Tuesday with his hand in his pocket and demanded Oxycontin from the employees. Police said he appeared to have a firearm in his pocket.

No one was hurt. Police described the man as 5-foot-11 with a slender build and a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Police say it’s the second time in two days that a man disguised with blue tape has robbed a store. The previous robbery was at the Quality Market in Barre on Sunday.

UVM applications up

BURLINGTON (AP) -- The University of Vermont says its rate of applications from potential undergraduate students has risen 9 percent from last year.

The school says as of Friday it had received 23,936 applications for enrollment this coming fall.

Applications rose for Vermont students by 3 percent despite declining numbers of high school graduates and were up 4.6 percent from New England applicants.

But UVM officials told the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1g1ssfK ) that greatest percentage increases were in what they called "emerging markets for UVM," including applications from North Carolina, which rose 141 percent, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Washington State and Pennsylvania.


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Admissions Director Beth Wiser attributed the rise to "restrained tuition growth and expanded outreach to students by the admissions staff and alumni," and "word of mouth."

Fire destroys Cambridge, Vt., home

CAMBRIDGE (AP) -- Fire has destroyed a home in the Vermont town of Cambridge.

The family of four made it out safely Tuesday night after being awoken by fire alarms.

They drove to a neighbor’s and called 911.

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Wyckoff says the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the garage by a malfunctioning battery charger on an ATV.

Wyckoff estimated the fire caused about $300,000 in damage.

Fox’s husband interested in open Senate seat

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The husband of late Vermont state Sen. Sally Fox is interested in serving out the rest of her term.

Michael Sirotkin notified the Chittenden County Democratic Committee chairman Tuesday night, prompting two other contestants to withdraw.

Fox died Jan. 10 at age 62. She had served in both the House and Senate and was known for helping the most vulnerable.

Sirotkin says his wife had expressed an interest months ago in him being appointed to her seat.

Sirotkin is a lawyer and lobbyist.