Saturday January 5, 2013

Mayor: Ban assault weapons at gun show

BARRE (AP) -- The mayor of the Vermont city of Barre wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show following the mass shooting at a school in Connecticut.

The Barre Fish and Game Gun Show will be held at the Barre Auditorium in February.

WCAX-TV reports that Mayor Thom Lauzon is asking show organizers to ban the display and sale of military-style assault firearms and high capacity magazines at this year's show.

Lauzon says he supports the gun club and responsible gun ownership but is making the request "as a father" following the Dec. 14 killings of 20 children and six educators at a grade school in Newtown, Conn.

Gun show officials say they will not comment until they meet with the mayor.

Man gets 3 years for firearms offense

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A Vermont man has been sentenced to over three years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

Craig Lindvall of Gilman had pleaded guilty to the crime.

Court records say Lindvall had been convicted of aggravated domestic assault in 2010. He was on probation in 2011 when he removed a rifle from a locked bedroom at his home, where he lives with his mother and stepfather.

The records say Lindvall used the gun to target shoot behind the home with two friends. The group then went to the Gilman water treatment plant and shot rounds into the plant's brick wall.

Shumlin sympathetic to N.J. Gov. Christie

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state's experience in getting federal assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene makes him sympathetic to efforts by people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to get help after Superstorm Sandy.

Shumlin said Friday that getting federal help to recover after the August 2011 storm was vital to the state's ongoing recovery, but "getting federal help is a long bureaucratic process."

Vermont is continuing to rebuild after Irene, which caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Shumlin said he also agreed with New Jersey Chris Christie, who criticized the last Congress for not passing Sandy aid before adjourning.

Gov. urges access to criminal case info

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's going to ask the Legislature to expand public access to information about criminal cases.

His proposal would do away with existing Vermont law that he says has been interpreted as providing "absolute and indefinite confidentiality" of records from criminal investigations.

Instead, Shumlin said he would urge lawmakers to adopt the federal standard under which records of criminal investigations can only be withheld if disclosure would result in specific harm. The list of harm includes interference with enforcement proce0edings or with a defendant's right to a fair trial.

Shumlin says that if his proposal is adopted, agencies and courts would benefit from greater clarity.

S. Burlington backs methadone clinic

SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) -- The South Burlington Development Review Board has voted to uphold a permit for a proposed methadone clinic for heroin and prescription drug addicts.

The board voted 4-2 on Friday to deny an appeal from the school district, which argued that the facility could bring crime and traffic to the proposed site near the city's high school and middle school.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the HowardCenter wants to the open the clinic as soon as possible to serve more than 650 clients.

The center would close two other smaller clinics in Burlington and South Burlington.

Man suspected of attempted kidnapping

WESTMINSTER (AP) -- Vermont State Police are looking for a man suspected of trying to kidnap a girl waiting for a school bus in Westminster.

Troopers say they received a report of a suspicious man who pulled up to the girl on Friday morning and asked where her mother was and then tried to grab the child by the hand.

The suspect is described as a tall, slender man with possibly light brown hair and dark mustache. Police say he was driving a red pickup truck.

School officials say the student is fine and was able to return to her house.

Police are encouraging parents not to leave children unsupervised at bus stops and not to have them walk alone in isolated areas.

4 arrested for Franklin County home invasions

ST. ALBANS (AP) -- Vermont police have arrested four people in connection with two armed robberies and home invasions in Franklin County. The four suspects are facing charges in two recent armed robberies at homes in St. Albans Town and Enosburg.