Vermont and Region News in Brief


J2 Vt. officers treated, released after arrest

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont police say two officers were treated for minor injuries after apprehending and charging a 21-year-old man with domestic violence.

Burlington police say a woman called police at about 7:40 Sunday morning report that her brother, Chad Brown, was attempting to stab her with a knife.

Police arrived to learn Brown had fled into nearby woods. He was soon apprehended with the assistance of a police K9.

Two officers, whose names were not released, were treated for minor injuries and released from the emergency room. The female caller was treated for multiple cuts to her torso.

Brown was charged with first degree aggravated domestic assault. He is being held at the Chittenden Correctional Facility.

Castleton holds town-wide yard sale

CASTLETON (AP) -- The Rutland County community of Castleton is holding a town-wide yard sale next weekend.

The seventh annual sale takes place Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Rutland Herald reports ( ) that maps will be available showing locations of sales around town.

There is also space available at the Castleton Community Center, for a fee of $20 outside the center and $25 inside.

People holding yard sales around town must pay $10 to be listed on the map.

For more information, visit the Castleton Community Center or call 802-468-3093.

Vermont promotes state’s Abenaki heritage

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The state of Vermont is promoting the state’s Abenaki heritage.

This summer the Department of Tourism and Marketing is working with Abenaki tribes to help people learn about the first people to live in what is now Vermont.

The information on the website serves as a hub for events, exhibits and destinations that welcome visitors to explore the 12,000-year history and culture of today’s Abenaki.

Abenaki Heritage Weekend is scheduled for June 28 -29 at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes.

The weekend will feature members of Vermont’s four Abenaki tribes and members of the Abenaki Artists Association.

There will be beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking, and demonstrations and performances of songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation, and other life skills.

Aaron Hernandez taken for brief hospital visit

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was briefly taken from a jail to a hospital this weekend for an undisclosed problem, a Massachusetts sheriff said.

Hernandez was brought to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford Saturday and was back at the Bristol County jail in Dartmouth about an hour later, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Sunday.

Hodgson said he can’t disclose what happened because of medical privacy laws.

Hernandez, a Bristol, Connecticut, native, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with the killings of two men in Boston in 2012 and the killing of another man found near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

The hospital visit, first reported by WBZ-TV in Boston, came a day after his attorneys said in a transfer request that Hernandez should be moved to a jail closer to Boston because communication with his attorneys and his personal safety are being compromised.

Boston-based attorneys Michael Fee and James Sultan complained their client has dealt with "bizarre and unprecedented" restrictions in his communications with his lawyers. Hernandez cannot always speak privately over the phone and in-person visits are limited to a specially-designated visitation room at the prison, they said.

The lawyers also suggested Hernandez’s safety is at risk now that he faces criminal charges for allegedly threatening to kill a prison guard and his family, and in an alleged jail altercation with another inmate. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Hernandez is set to appear in court in Boston this week in the 2012 drive-by shooting that killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all three killings.


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