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Police look for dog, owner after biting incident

Essex police are asking for help locating two dogs and their owner after a biting incident last weekend at the dog park on West Street. Police say the incident occurred around noon last Saturday, Jan. 12, and involved two dogs of unknown breeds. The bite victim was treated for puncture wounds to the


High speed chase ends in arrest

Essex police arrested 23-year-old Benzel Hampton of Burlington on a warrant for illegal weapons charges out of New York, but not before a high speed vehicle chase spanned several towns Monday afternoon, a Vermont State Police press release said.


Shot Bystander Sues Historic Vermont Bar, Where Phish Started, for Fueling "Wild West" Melee

Felled by a slug from a fired Ruger .380 pistol into a crowd outside a Burlington, Vermont bar, Chelsi Parker almost bled to death mere paces from the courthouse where she’s suing.


No charges filed in VUHS case; threat still under investigation

VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School student who on Jan. 8 allegedly told another student he might bring a gun to school and shoot it there while other people were present had not as of this week been charged with a crime, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.


Police: Man ran from police from Middlesex to Essex Junction

ESSEX JUNCTION – Vermont State Police say a Burlington man led them on a chase from Middlesex to Essex Junction. Police said Benzel Hampton, 23, was pulled over on Interstate 89 northbound for a motor vehicle violation. When police ran Hampton's information, they said they discovered he had an activ


Vermont State Police, Jan. 17

••• In other Vermont State Police activity:. Jan. 13 at 2:02 a.m., police charged Benjamin Isham, 31, of Duxbury with driving under the influence of alcohol. Police encountered Isham after his car went off River Road in Duxbury.


Vergennes Police Log: State safety program nets DUI citation in Vergennes

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 13 cited a Bristol man for driving under the influence of alcohol during a special DUI patrol that began late on Saturday, Jan. 12, and was funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.


Gov. Cuomo sets most aggressive clean energy goal in the country for New York State

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the most aggressive clean energy goal of any state under a plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.


What's coming up on 'You Can Quote Me'

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Watch "You Can Quote Me" Sundays at 7:30 a.m. What's coming up on "You Can Quote Me" Topic: Racial harassment & former Rep. Kiah Morris. Topic: Changes to car inspections. Cat Viglienzoni expands on her special report.


Local reps learn committee placements

Local legislators learned their committee assignments last week during the kick off to the 2019 legislative session in Montpelier. Rep. Dylan Giambatista (D) retained his spot on the Education Committee and was named one of three assistant majority leaders, a leadership role carrying a variety of ne


Plageman & Houghton won’t seek re-election

Longtime selectwoman Irene Wrenner has filed a petition to seek re-election this Town Meeting Day while two other officials – selectman Michael Plageman and trustee Lori Houghton – confirmed they will step down at the end of their terms.


'Green' Graveyard Aims To Preserve Lake Champlain/ Adirondacks Animal Corridor

To preserve a wildlife corridor between Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks that could help animals survive a changing climate, a new organization is taking a unique approach: the Spirit Sanctuary in Essex, New York is buying up land for people who want to be buried there.


Supreme Court halts military burn pit appeals

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has halted lawsuits against a military contractor accused of using open air burn pits that many veterans have blamed for illnesses.


New Year's resolution check-up

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) We are 17 days into the new year. We wanted to check in to see how people are doing on keeping their New Year's Resolutions. Saturday was 'Quitters Day' and Thursday is 'Ditch your Resolution Day.'


Kick those winter blues away

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Are you feeling the winter blues? Many do when the cold hits and the sun hides. There are some ways you can get a little pep back in your step. The University of Vermont is currently holding a five-year study on seasonal affective disorder.


Vermont tax examiner denies embezzling more than $15,000

MONTPELIER, Vt. - A Vermont Tax Department employee could spend as many as 52 years in prison if she's found guilty of stealing money from the state. Chelsea Hoadley, 26, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County Criminal Court to four counts of embezzlement and four counts of identity theft.


'Dine United' campaign hopes to spread awareness

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — North Country restaurants are partnering up with the United Way for their annual ‘Dine United’ campaign. Thirteen restaurants across Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties will be giving a portion of their proceeds to the organization.


Vermont State Police: Troopers: Drunk man drives 100 mph

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police alleged that a South Burlington man was drunk when he was caught driving 100 mph in Addison County last week. At a little after 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, troopers stopped a red Chevy Cruz on Route 7 in New Haven after clocking it at 100 mph in a posted 50 mph zone.


Burlington police report confirms driver not responsible in pedestrian death

BURLINGTON — The Burlington Police Department has officially concluded that the driver in the fatal December crash on North Avenue that killed a pedestrian was not at fault, according to a report the department filed Thursday with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.


Stuck in Vermont: Remembering Josh Bridgman

Josh Bridgman was a writer, poet, actor, playwright and beloved Burlington icon. Josh died at age 51 of a heart attack in December of 2018. Friends gathered at Radio Bean on December 27th for an unofficial memorial, sharing stories about his memorable laugh, his signature trench coat and his creativ