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State police suspect dumped buffalo trophy was stolen

The lost-and-found inventory of the Vermont State Police just got quite a large addition — a mounted African Cape buffalo head.

State police say they received a suspicious complaint around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, directing them to a pull off along Route 103 in Clarendon, just south of Rutland, where the mount was located.

Police say they believe the mount was dropped off during the night and suspect it was stolen.

No other information is known about the mount.

The Cape buffalo is the largest of Africa's wild bovines. It can range from 900 to 1,900 pounds. The buffalo is sought-after in big game hunting.

Police say the trophy is worth thousands of dollars.

Anyone with information about the unusual find is asked to call state police.

Grants offered to New Hampshire, Vermont rural libraries

The Children's Literacy Foundation is inviting rural libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire to apply for grants to increase their children's book collections.

The foundation is also offering grants for summer reading and fall programs that serve children up to age 12 who are at risk of growing up with low literacy skills.

The rural libraries grants provide qualifying libraries with $2,000 to buy children's books and $500 to the library's local elementary school to buy new books as well.

Summer Readers grants are available to community organizations, summer schools, camps and other programs that support at-risk children during school vacation. The grants are designed to help sustain children's literacy skill levels during the summer months and encourage reading for fun.

"We are seeking to partner with rural libraries, as well as a broad spectrum of community organizations who serve at-risk children both during the summer and throughout the school year," said the foundation's program manager, Jana Brown. "Strengthening the relationship between families and their local library and other community programs, and providing access to new, high quality books in the home helps families and communities make literacy a priority."

The Vermont-based Children's Literacy Foundation was founded in 1998 with the goal to instill a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Grant applications are being accepted through May 4, 2016.

3 fishermen rescue selves after ice breaks free from shore

Three ice fishermen on Vermont's Lake Champlain had to make their way back to shore after the ice they were on broke free from the shore in Isle La Motte.

Rescuers confirm the three made it back to shore on their own Saturday morning. They say the fishermen had been stranded for about 10-15 minutes.

The three received medical evaluations at the scene.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials this week implored people to stay off frozen waterways following the death of an ice fisherman in Shelburne on Wednesday.

The department says the ice may appear thick but is structurally weak and melting from underneath.

Police: Vermont flagger dead in Middlebury worksite accident

Police in Vermont say a 75-year-old traffic flagger was struck and killed at worksite in Middlebury.

Lawrence Kaminski, of Wallingford, was pronounced dead the scene of the Friday morning accident on Route 7.

Middlebury Police Sgt. Michael Christopher says a Eustis Cable truck backed over Kaminski in the southbound breakdown lane of the highway at about 8:30 a.m. The cable company was stringing cable along Route 7.

Kaminski was employed by Green Mountain Flagging. Police say 50-year-old Tommy Carrier, of Jericho, was driving the utility truck.

Christopher says the police investigation into the accident is ongoing.

4 health centers get $1.2M for drug treatment programs

Four Vermont health centers will be getting more than $1.2 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to help treat heroin and prescription drug abuse.

The money will be used to support the health centers in Burlington, Rutland, Randolph and St. Johnsbury improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today.

She says expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers will help about 124,000 new patients get substance abuse treatment.

– The Associated Press


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