Vermont News in Brief

Monday November 19, 2012

Vermont police seek suspect after high-speed chase

BELVIDERE, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont police are looking for a 32-year-old man who fled on foot after leading troopers on a high-speed chase.

Police attempted to stop a vehicle in Berkshire around 1 a.m. Sunday, but the driver sped off and attempted to strike the trooper’s cruiser.

Officials say the driver, Shane Phillips of Johnson, drove up to 90 mph during the 15-mile chase that ended in Belvidere.

Police say Phillips and his passenger, 37-year-old Raymond Earle of Wolcott, took off on foot. Earle was caught after being tracked over rugged terrain by police dogs, but Phillips remained at large Sunday morning.

Both men were wanted on active warrants and now face multiple felony charges stemming from the chase.

Police say Phillips has been wanted for 10 years on multiple aggravated assault charges. People flying out of Burlington down in October

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Passengers flying out of Vermont’s largest airport were down in October by more than 10 percent from the same month a year earlier.

That’s according to statistics released by Burlington International Airport, which says 54,916 people boarded planes there in October. That was down from 61,092 in October of 2011.

Outgoing traffic was up slightly for the first five months of this year over the same period of 2011, but has been down in June, July, August, September and October. October saw the biggest drop over the same month a year earlier.

The number of passengers flying out of Burlington has been in decline since peaking at more than 708,000 in 2009, with about 648,000 boarding planes at the airport last year.

Copper thefts reported in northern Vermont

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) -- Police are seeking the public’s help in their investigation of multiple copper thefts from seasonal cabins in northern Vermont.

State police said camps in Swanton had copper stolen from underneath them, and in one case somebody broke into a cabin to steal copper from inside. Police say a number of detached sheds and garages at the properties were also vandalized.

Authorities say the two main areas that have been hit are on Fairfield Pond and on a dead-end road near the Swanton-Alburg Bridge that crosses Lake Champlain.

Vt. Corrections Dept. holds town meetings

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Corrections is holding quarterly town meetings to gather input from the public on the department’s policies.

The meetings will held on interactive television.

Commissioner Andrew Pallito says the department hopes citizens, stakeholders and community partners will take part and provide the department with constructive and open input.

The first meeting will held on Dec. 4 from 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

The other Corrections Town Meetings will be held in 2013 on Feb. 12, May 15 and Aug. 14.

For a list of Vermont Interactive Technology sites and dates, times and locations of the meetings, visit the department’s website at .

Rutland, Vt., blood drive tries to break record

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Police and fire chiefs in the Vermont city of Rutland are challenging their departments and emergency and public safety personnel to give blood.

Rutland Police Chief James Baker and Fire Chief Robert Schlachter are encouraging their colleagues in Rutland County to sign up for the Dec. 18 Gift-of-Life-Marathon.

Baker says police deal with life’s emergencies every day and understand the importance of a safe and stable blood supply.

The blood drive is trying to break the one-day national blood drive record of 1,968 pints.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS or visiting the event’s web site


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