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Home 'total loss' after fire

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — A fire destroyed a Williamstown home Sunday night. "On arrival the home was half involved in fire, [it] spread quickly to the whole house," said fire Chief William Graham.


Work on retaining wall requires Summer Street lane shift

BARRE — Two-way traffic will be retained, but for the next four weeks, motorists on Summer Street will be diverted around a city-owned retaining wall that should be sporting a colorful new mural this time next month.


Drug charges dropped after allegations the investigating officer lied

BARRE – A prosecutor has thrown out drug charges against a Massachusetts man after the man’s attorney alleged the officer who arrested his client lied in a sworn statement.


Police ID toddler who drowned in White River

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont authorities have released the name and cause of death of the toddler who died after being swept into the White River Friday. It happened around 1 p.m. off Route 110 in Chelsea. Police say Paislee Champney, 2, wandered away from an adult, getting too close to the river


Williamstown home destroyed by fire

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. (WCAX) A Williamstown home was destroyed by fire Sunday night. Authorities say they responded to the home on Hebert Road around 9:30 p.m. to find the home engulfed in flames.


Three Vermont towns hit in string of early-morning burglaries

Vermont State Police are investigating a half-dozen early-morning burglaries in three Vermont towns that troopers say are likely related. Four businesses along Route 100 in Pittsfield -- the Swiss Farm Market, the Original General Store, the CV Oil Company and Colton Enterprises -- were broken into


Breaking down the numbers on opioid overdoses in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Despite the many initiatives the state has implemented to fight the opioid epidemic, overdose deaths continue to rise in Vermont. Preliminary data from the Vermont Health Department shows opioid overdose deaths generally did not change from 2017 to 2018.


Burlington police arrest 2 more suspects in deadly shootout

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Police have arrested two more suspects in connection with a deadly Burlington shootout. Burlington Police say Angelina Pearson-Fitzpatrick, 54, of Burlington, and Takesha Thomas, 26, of Orlando, Florida, both face charges for trying to help two murder suspects escape capture.


Fire levels Hebert Road home

WILLIAMSTOWN — An extended family is homeless after a Sunday night fire gutted their Hebert Road farmhouse and an excavator was used to level what little was left. The home was owned by Edward and Ruby Fullard, and occupied by the Fullards, two of their middle-aged children and three grandchildren.


Roundup: U-32 softball tops Peoples, 29-21

MORRISVILLE — U-32 and Peoples Academy ventured onto a field for the first time this season Monday and the defensive inexperience was evident during the Raiders’ 29-21 victory.


College wrestles with how to handle right-wing speaker

MIDDLEBURY — Just hours before Polish right-wing politician and philosopher Ryszard Legutko was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Middlebury College last Wednesday, college officials canceled the event, citing safety concerns.


Is Vermont falling short when it comes to mental health care?

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A new report says mental health is the biggest health challenge facing Vermonters. Our Cat Viglienzoni explains what's being done to tackle the problem. The Community Health Needs Assessment is done every three years and data from this influences where money is invested to fix


Bears Are On The Prowl In Vermont

MONTPELIER — Black bears have awakened from their winter slumber and are once again roaming the landscape looking for food. Vermont Fish & Wildlife is asking the public to help keep Vermont’s bears wild by removing any potential food sources that would cause them to associate people with food.


Time to Green Up Vermont

WHITINGHAM- Spring has arrived and with it, Vermont’s annual Green-Up Day. On the first Saturday in May many towns throughout Vermont will receive a spring cleaning. Jacksonville and Whitingham volunteers should meet at the Town Hill playground Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 am, to select an area to green


Bears hungrier than normal this spring, officials warn

Black bears are coming out of their dens hungrier than normal this spring, which may lead to increased human-bear conflicts. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife wants Vermonters to take extra precautions — like putting away bird feeders and securing garbage — to keep bears away from property.


49th Annual Earth Day celebrated in Vermont

From planting trees to pulling invasive plants, Vermont celebrates Earth Day. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Over the first twenty years, Earth Day was celebrated only in the United States, becoming an international holiday in 1990. As


Organ museum celebrates legacy of one of Vermont’s most significant products

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — In our age of earbuds and all the music of the world at our fingertips, it can be hard to imagine. But it was only a century or so ago, before radio broadcasting and record collections in every home: If you wanted to hear music, you had to play it yourself, or have someone play it


New York, Vermont colleges get financial boost from U.S. Department of Agriculture

Poultney, Vt. — When the president of Green Mountain College in January said the school was closing this spring due to declining enrollment and insufficient funds, one of their creditors was a name that would be more familiar to nearby dairy farmers than to those in academia. The school in 2017 had


Capital City stands by sanctuary city status

MONTPELIER — Capital City leaders are standing firm in the face of the threat by President Trump to dump undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities. The threat came from Trump in recent days in the ongoing crisis of immigrants surging across the southern border. Democratic leaders have countered th


State grant provides boost for Randolph goatskin glove company

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, business was brisk at Green Mountain Glove. At its peak, the company was one of the larger employers in Randolph, with 30 workers, and was selling work gloves to electric utilities in more than 40 states.