Friday October 5, 2012

Men admit committing multiple burglaries

CHARLOTTE (AP) -- A homeowner's tip has helped Vermont State Police apprehend two men who admit committing multiple burglaries.

A homeowner in Charlotte told troopers Wednesday that two suspicious men knocked on her door looking for someone. She provided information about their vehicle.

State police located the vehicle and its driver, 26-year-old Joshua P. Greenough. Minutes later they found 27-year-old Thomas F. Savard walking out of some woods nearby.

Savard admitted being involved in burglaries in Underhill, Westford and Jericho and Greenough says he took Savard to the locations. Investigations also linked them to burglaries in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Homeowners had reported some of the burglaries.

The two Milton men are being held at Chittenden County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. It wasn't immediately known if they're represented by lawyers.

2 men charged with graffiti in train yard

HARTFORD (AP) -- Two Vermont men are facing felony charges that they caused more than $100,000 damage by spray painting elaborate images on railroad cars and concrete overpasses in the White River Junction area.

Police say 23-year-old Brian Dow and 24-year-old Daniel Barmore, both of Hartford, were arrested Tuesday after police conducted an undercover operation.

Police say they began their operation after railroad employees reported extensive vandalism in the rail yards.


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They said someone was spray painting large murals on boxcars.

Railroad officials say the cars must be repainted so automated tracking systems on the cars will work.

Police say Dow took advanced painting three times while a student at Johnson State College. They say they "applaud Dow's artistic talent, but his choice of canvas was illegal."

Rutland votes to ban marijuana dispensaries

RUTLAND (AP) -- Officials in Rutland have unanimously approved a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The state has approved four medical marijuana dispensaries around Vermont, but also allows towns to opt out.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/QJrHGr) Police Chief James Baker told aldermen last week that such dispensaries had become crime magnets in other states. There was no debate on the measure during Monday's vote.

Registered medical marijuana patients can still grow their own plants and become members at other dispensaries. Two dispensaries have been licensed so far in Burlington and Waterbury.

Vermont has 411 patients and 68 caregivers on its medical marijuana registry, which allows them permission to grow enough for their own use. The dispensaries would give patients who can't grow marijuana another means of getting it.