Bath salts confiscated from Barre tobacco shop
BARRE (AP) -- Police in Barre say they've seized hundreds of packets of banned and soon-to-be-banned substances from a local tobacco shop.
Most of the substances became illegal on Friday when an emergency state rule went into effect banning dozens of synthetic drugs commonly known as bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
Barre police Sgt. Wiliam Dodge told the Times Argus (http://bit.ly/OoW5pa ) that the owner of the Fired Up smoke shop had been told to remove the items from the store. But when he and Police Chief Tim Bombardier arrived there Wednesday, the items were piled in the store office.
Police said they seized the substances but wouldn't be issuing citations.
A representative of the store declined comment.
Cattle rustled from Vermont farm
MORGAN (AP) -- Police are investigating the second case of cattle rustling in two weeks in northern Vermont.
The latest case involves three calves that were stolen between 11 p.m. Tuesday and roughly 4 a.m. Wednesday from a farm in Morgan.
State police say the calves were a 2 1/2-month-old Hereford heifer, a 2 1/2-month-old Hereford bull and a 3-week-old Holstein bull.
This is the second time this month that calves have been stolen. A theft was reported two weeks ago from a farm in nearby Charleston.
Hospital gets $1 million for heart research
BURLINGTON (AP) -- A Vermont couple has donated $1 million to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for heart research.
The grant from Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe will go toward research into improving treatment for atrial fibrillation, a common type of rapid heartbeat.
About 5.5 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, which raises the risk for stroke and death.
The hospital says medication often doesn't provide a cure. An alternative is catheter ablation which uses heat to change how electricity flows through the heart.
The research project aims to design individual ablation therapy for specific patients.
The Evslins became aware of the research while they were heart patients at Fletcher Allen.
Fletcher Allen also announced on Thursday the creation of the Cardiovascular Angel Club to encourage similar giving.