Saturday November 10, 2012

Man gets 18 years for killing wife in mall parking lot

ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) -- A 51-year-old Vermont man is going to prison for 18 years for killing his wife in the parking lot of a St. Johnsbury mall after she threatened to leave him.

Benjamin Berwick, of Lyndon, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder in the December 2009 stabbing death of his estranged wife Anna outside the Green Mountain Mall.

WCAX-TV reports that at Friday's sentencing hearing in St. Johnsbury, Anna Berwick's relatives called Benjamin Berwick a "monster" and an "evil man." They said they did not believe the sentence was harsh enough.

Benjamin Berwick was taken into custody shortly after his wife's killing. He was suffering from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Four cited for costly power line vandalism

CONCORD (AP) -- Two adults and two juveniles from New Hampshire have been charged with gunshot damage to Vermont insulators on a major electric transmission line that runs from Quebec to Massachusetts.

Vermont Electric Power company, which owns the state's transmission grid, said it cost New England ratepayers about $1 million for replacement power. The company said it cost about $250,000 to replace the shot-out insulators.

A police investigation led to Littleton, N.H., where a search warrant at a residence turned up evidence.

The four were charged with felony unlawful mischief and reckless endangerment. The adults are 19-year-old Patrick Bummer of Bethlehem, N.H., and 18-year-old Jordan Hamel of Littleton. All are scheduled to be in Caledonia Superior Court on Dec. 13.

The damage was discovered last week.