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Ash-tree killing pest detected in Chittenden County

Oct. 23, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A pest that has killed millions of the country's ash trees is spreading in Vermont and has been detected for the first time in Chittenden County, state officials said Friday. The emerald ash borer was detected in Richmond. The beetle was first found in Vermont in 2018 and has spread...

Developers present new plan for stalled city redevelopment

Oct. 20, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The legal team for Vermont’s largest city says a stalled redevelopment project in Burlington is now expected to be completed in six years. Developers presented new plans for the project earlier this month, attorney Jeffrey Glassberg said during Monday’s Burlington City...

Police: Off-duty officer trespassed into woman's home

Oct. 20, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) — A Burlington police officer has been cited to appear in court on suspicion of trespassing into a woman's home while off-duty, Vermont State Police said Tuesday. On July 7, William Drinkwine, 33, unlawfully entered the Swanton home of a woman with whom he had previously had a...

Record 19-pound lake trout caught in Lake Champlain

Oct. 18, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A South Burlington fisherman caught a record 19.36-pound (8.78-kilogram) lake trout in Lake Champlain this summer, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The department said this week that it had recently certified the record fish entry. Jeffery Sanford caught the...

Wife accused of killing husband takes plea citing COVID

Oct. 16, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman who was indicted in 2017 on charges of fatally shooting her husband has pleaded no contest to take a sentencing deal offered by prosecutors. Peggy Lee Shores, 55, appeared by video link from a South Burlington jail on Thursday to plead no contest to a charge of...

82 face charges after 18-month drug, guns investigation

Oct. 16, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Up to 82 people are facing charges related to drug trafficking, unlawful gun possession and other federal violations after an 18-month multi-agency investigation targeting illegal trafficking of guns and drugs between Vermont and western Massachusetts, federal prosecutors said. Law...

Sites found for technical students after high school closes

Oct. 15, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington Technical Center students are returning to in-person learning at various sites around the city after the public high school was shut down last month because high levels of PCBs were found in one of the buildings. Seven technical center programs were back to in-person...

Airport testing site opens; utility shut-off ban to end

Oct. 14, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — AIRPORT TESTING A testing site for the coronavirus opened Wednesday at the Burlington International Airport. Garnet Health opened the new site that provides PCR and rapid antigen testing for the coronavirus as well as rapid flu tests. Results of the PCR tests are available in 36 to...

Lewd conduct with child charge dismissed against ex-officer

Oct. 12, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a sex crimes charge against a former Burlington police officer. The office of the Addison County states attorney on Friday filed a notice to dismiss charge of the lewd and lascivious conduct with a child against Arthur Cyr. Prosecutors would not provide...

Outbreak among apple pickers increases by 1 to 28

Oct. 8, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

An outbreak of the coronavirus among migrant apple pickers at an orchard in Addison County has grown by one case to 28, Champlain Orchards said Thursday. The worker tested positive on Wednesday evening and was already in isolation housing, the orchard said in statement. “We are checking in with the...