Thursday January 24, 2013

Police say man holds up Newport clinic

NEWPORT (AP) -- Newport police say a man with a handgun tried to rob a northern Vermont methadone clinic, prompting officials to lock down two local schools and the hospital.

Police say the robbery at the BAART methadone clinic on Union Street was reported just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect was displayed a handgun during the incident and demanded methadone. The suspect fled without obtaining any drugs.

The man was tracked by a police dog and local, state and federal agents, but searchers lost the trail a short distance from the clinic.

The robbery prompted police to lock down the Newport City Elementary School, North Country Union High School and the North Country Hospital.

Car windows shattered in Rutland

RUTLAND (AP) -- Police in the Vermont city of Rutland say a vandal using a pellet gun shattered windows in more than 50 cars and two businesses overnight.

Police estimate that the damage will cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/WVpZUp) that dozens of people called police on Wednesday after finding their car windows shattered.

Police are asking anyone with window damage or who may have seen anything suspicious Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning to call them at 802-773-1820.