Vermont News in Brief

Thursday November 15, 2012

U.S. Marshals arrest man for Fla. killing

HARDWICK (AP) -- A suspect in a 2001 killing in Florida is being held without bail after his arrest in Vermont.

The Vermont State Police says Philip Barr was arrested Wednesday without incident in Hardwick by troopers and U.S. Marshals.

Barr is being held in Vermont on a fugitive from justice charge. He's facing a first degree murder charge in Charlotte County, Fla., for the killing of 19-year-old Tara Sidarovich of Punta Gorda. She disappeared on Oct. 1, 2001 Her body was found the next July.

Barr is one of two people charged with murder in the case. On Oct. 26, 39-year-old David Ray McMannis was arrested in Cumberland, Md., also on a first-degree murder charge. A third suspect is facing perjury charges.

No date has been set for Barr's next court appearance.

Investigators say man burned ex-wife's house

VERSHIRE (AP) -- Investigators believe a man lit his ex-wife's house on fire in Vershire and then shot himself.

Police found 53-year-old Collin Barry collapsed outside the home Wednesday morning with a gunshot wound to the head and burns on parts of his body.

No one else was injured.

WCAX-TV ( reports that Barry is being treated at a Boston-area hospital.

Investigators expect criminal charges to be filed against him.

Charges in connection with fatal overdose

BRATTLEBORO (AP) -- Police in Brattleboro, Vt., have charged a man with manslaughter and selling heroin that led to the fatal overdose of a woman in September.

Police said they arrested 30-year-old Christopher Akey at his home on Wednesday.

He's been charged in connection with the death of 48-year-old Lisa Johnson. An autopsy determined she died of a heroin overdose.

Akey is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. He was ordered held on $250,000 bail. 2 teenagers arrested on deer poaching charges

SPRINGFIELD -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says a teenager is facing deer poaching charges that he and a juvenile shot a 4-point buck at night.

Game Warden Stephen Majeski says he received a report Sunday night from a landowner on Missing Link Road in Springfield that he'd seen a vehicle back into his driveway, illuminating a field on the other side of the road and then heard a gunshot.

Majeski found the dead buck and waited nearby in the woods.

About 20 minutes later he arrested 18-year-old Bruce Wells and the juvenile, both of Rockingham. A deer rifle was seized during the investigation.

If convicted, Wells will be subject to fines and restitution of up to $3,000. He could also lose his hunting license for up to three years.


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