Hunting, fishing licenses set for sale

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the 2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are set to go on sale.

Starting on Dec. 16, people will be able to buy the licenses for the upcoming year on the Fish and Wildlife Department website.

For the first time this year, online license purchasers will be entered automatically to win an Old Town canoe and other prizes.

The winner of the canoe and a trolling motor will be drawn on May 15, while the winner of a hunting rifle and hunting jacket will be drawn at the Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic in January, 2015.

Corrections officer loses lawsuit

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected a claim by a former temporary state correctional officer that he was denied a permanent job because he was preparing to head to Afghanistan as part of the Vermont National Guard.

In a decision issued Friday, the high court upheld a lower court decision that found that Daniel Brown was not denied a permanent job because of his pending military service, but because better a better candidate was given the permanent job.

In 2009 Brown, then of Stockbridge, was working as a temporary correctional officer at the Springfield prison when he first claimed his pending military service led to his not being given the permanent job. A separate state investigation found no evidence Brown was discriminated against because of his pending military service.

Arsonist faces deportation

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A Burlington man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a church steeple but says he doesn’t remember doing it.

As part of the plea deal, 32-year-old Aliaksandr Bychkou will face deportation back to Belarus. The Oct. 23 fire caused at least $1 million in damage to the College Street Congregational Church. The mid-19th century bell tower could not be saved.

Bychkou pleaded guilty to second-degree arson and burglary charges on Friday.