Vt. hospital sees 8 heroin overdoses Tuesday

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Fletcher Allen Health Care says eight people have come to the emergency room in one day for heroin overdoses.

The number of overdoses on Tuesday was typical of what the Burlington hospital might see in several months.

Fletcher Allen officials say the eight patients were from Winooski, Colchester, Williston and South Burlington but say they believe the drug is likely spread throughout Chittenden County. Dr. Stephen Leffler tells WCAX-TV that they are concerned that if users don't know that what they are using is stronger than they are accustomed to, they could die.

Police: Veteran shot by relative after threat

ESSEX (AP) -- A Vermont National Guard member threatened family members with a gun before one of them shot and killed him, police said.

Kryn Miner died of multiple gunshot wounds to his head, neck and torso early Saturday, the state medical examiner's office said.

Miner, 44, had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, police said.

No arrests have been made, and the people involved in the shooting have been cooperative with law enforcement, Essex Police Chief Bradley LaRose said.

"The surviving members of the Miner family are victims of an unimaginable set of circumstances," he said.


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The police investigation's findings will be presented to the Chittenden County state's attorney for review, police said.

Miner was with the Vermont National Guard during its 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. Guard spokesman Maj. Christopher Gookin said Miner held the position of chief warrant officer 2 and was assigned to the headquarters company of the Guard's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The Guard's adjutant general, Major Gen. Steve Cray, offered condolences to the Miner family on Tuesday.

"On behalf of the men and women of the Vermont National Guard our thoughts and prayers are with the Miner family," he said.

Miner's funeral is scheduled for Friday at St. Lawrence Church in Essex Junction.

House approves bill to protect kids from toxics

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont House has given initial approval to a bill that seeks to protect kids 12 and under from exposure to toxic chemicals.

The House voted 114 to 13 Tuesday to advance a measure listing 66 chemicals of concern, which the health commissioner can ban from children's products or require labeling.

The 66 chemicals on the list now are included on a list set up previously in the state of Washington.

New chemicals could be added to the list if doing so is recommended by an advisory board and then approved by the health commissioner. Those decisions would get further review by the Legislature's Administrative Rules Committee.

Backers said states are stepping up because the federal government hasn't done enough to regulate chemicals in the environment.