Vermont News in Brief


Man to be arraigned in death of 2-year-old

RUTLAND (AP) -- A Vermont man police say beat to death his 2-year-old stepdaughter will appear in court on a charge of second-degree murder.

Authorities say 31-year-old Dennis Duby of Poultney is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond after being charged Saturday in the death of toddler Dezirae Sheldon. The child died Friday at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover -- two days after she was rushed to the emergency room with head injuries.

An autopsy by the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Dezirae died of blunt trauma injuries to the head.

Duby is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Rutland Superior Court. It was not immediately known whether he has a lawyer.

Vt. utility seeks nominees for environmental award

RUTLAND (AP) -- Vermont’s largest electric utility is seeking nominees for the 2014 GMP Zetterstrom Environmental Award.

The award is given by Green Mountain Power to one person, business, group or non-profit to honor a significant contribution to Vermont’s environment.

The award will be accompanied by a $2,500 donation to the winner’s environmental cause.

GMP President Mary Powell says the award is meant to honor a special Vermonter or organization to highlight the legacy of Meeri Zetterstrom, who helped protect and restore the state’s osprey population.

Zetterstrom worked with utilities to assist the ospreys by creating artificial nesting platforms and buffer zones. She also helped educate the public about the birds.

Nominations will be accepted through March 31.

Norwich University elects 2 new trustees

NORTHFIELD (AP) -- Vermont’s Norwich University has two new trustees.

The Northfield-based university says Maxine Jo Grad of Moretown and John C. Koziol of Rockwall, Texas, are the school’s newest trustees.

Grad is a state representative and an attorney and educator who is vice chair of the Vermont House Judiciary Committee.

Grad represents Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Warren and Waitsfield. She has been recognized for her work on public safety, children’s issues, women’s health and highway safety.

In 2001, Grad was elected to her first term as state representative for Vermont.

Lt. Gen. John Koziol is a 1976 Norwich graduate. He retired in 2012 after a 36-year career in the U.S. Air Forces.

He is the vice president of Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems.


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