BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The trial for a man charged with committing the first murder in the Vermont capital in nearly a century will likely take place early this fall.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Libraries says it is changing the name of a children's book award that honors a prominent author and activist accused of once being connected to a...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The former boyfriend of a woman who was found dead on a roadside embankment in Vermont nearly two years ago is scheduled to go on trial this summer.
Vermont man placed on probation for hate crime
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing a hate crime against a transgender resident.
Study: traffic circles would improve Montpelier traffic
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A traffic study of Vermont's capital city is suggesting that more traffic circles could improve vehicle flow and make the area safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
World Trade Center granite monoliths are in place
NEW YORK (AP) — A 600-ton crane has delivered six granite monoliths to the World Trade Center — stone sculptures honoring those who were sickened or died from toxins while cleaning up the site of...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Senate members are hearing testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate any mention of slavery in the state constitution.
Group prepares to unveil large mural
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Morgan horse-meets-mausoleum mural is coming soon to Summer Street, and the colorful collage that screams both "Barre" and "Vermont" is already getting rave reviews even though...
Report calls for more recovery housing in Vermont
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say there is a need for more recovery housing in the state.
A recently released report commissioned by Downstreet Housing and Community Development found...
Officials consider revising vacant building ordinance
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Barre, Vermont, city councilors are considering revisions to a decade-old ordinance on vacant and blighted buildings that officials say hasn't worked.
Trial in capital killing case set to begin in late summer
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont prosecutors say a murder case against a man charged with shooting another man to death in Montpelier is heading toward a late summer trial date.
Vermont Transportation Agency to move to Barre after fire
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont's top administrative official says about 300 employees of the state Agency of Transportation are going to be moving from Montpelier to Barre.
Administration Secretary Susanne Young said Thursday the state had signed a lease of DEW Construction for Barre City Place on North Main Street in Barre.
Young says the move will save the state an estimated $5.9 million over the 15 years of the lease.
New commuter bus service proposed for Barre and Burlington
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Transit is launching a new bus service for commuters between Burlington and Barre with help from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
The Times Argus reports the proposed Barre LINK Express would travel between the two cities twice a day on weekdays with stops in Richmond and Waterbury.
Vermont Creamery to expand Barre facility
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Creamery officials say the company is planning to expand its facility in the town of Barre.
Creamery spokeswoman Kara Young tells The Times Argus the first phase of the expansion project will begin this spring.
Community internet service provider plans 2019 rollout
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A new Vermont internet service provider says it plans to have customers by the end of the year.
Flood mitigation project breaks up ice jam in river
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont city say a flood mitigation project helped break up a potential ice jam that could have clogged up a flood-prone river.
Barre City Manager Steve Mackenzie says the grant-funded flood mitigation project on Gunners Brook prevented several large chunks of ice from clogging up a narrow city channel and potentially causing some flooding.
Local officials don’t plan warming shelters for cold snap
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Local officials in Vermont say an intense cold snap is expected to follow the weekend snowstorm, but they don't expect a need to open warming shelters at this time.
Barre city officials eye bond to help upgrade utilities
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — City councilors in Barre, Vermont, say they are eyeing a bond issue to help finance expensive upgrades for public works.
Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A tribute to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial.
The new area with a path flanked by stone monoliths will also honor those sickened or who died from exposure to toxins after the towers fell.
Vermont interstate ledge removal will close exit for 6 weeks
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Agency of Transportation officials are spreading the early word about a summer ledge-removal project that will close the Interstate 89 northbound off ramp at exit 6 in Barre.
The Times Argus reports construction is expected to begin around June 1 and state officials are trying to prepare people who use the exit and the communities that will be affected by the six-week closure.
City councilors ratify new contract with unionized police
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Barre, Vermont, have ratified a new contract with the city police department's unionized members.
Plan to overturn forced school district merger fails
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — An attempt to overturn a Vermont school district merger that officials say is happening one way or the other has failed.
Trooper accused of stalking wife pleads not guilty
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state police trooper accused of stalking and harassing his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty.
Forty-nine-year-old Raymond LeBlanc, a sergeant and patrol commander assigned to the Middlesex barracks, was in court Thursday in Barre.
Court documents say LeBlanc verbally abused his wife through texts and used GPS information to show up where she was.
Barre to hold meeting ahead of final school merger vote
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the Vermont town of Barre are going to be going to the polls for the fourth time on a proposal to merge voluntarily the school district with the city of the same name.
The merger of the two-town, three-school Barre Supervisory Union was approved overwhelmingly in the city, but it was rejected last month overwhelmingly in the town.
Former custodian pleads not guilty to making school threat
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A former school custodian accused of writing a threat on a bathroom mirror has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Vermont.
WCAX-TV reports that 51-year-old Richard Peck appeared in a Barre courtroom on Friday after being released from a hospital for mental health treatment.
Gas station in Vermont capital demolished for new building
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A gas station in downtown Montpelier has been demolished as part of a plan to construct a new three-story building on State Street, not far from the Vermont Statehouse.
The former gas station that was next door to the Pavilion office building was demolished on Sunday.
Vermont State Police sergeant suspended over stalking charge
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont State Police sergeant has been suspended from duty while he faces a misdemeanor stalking charge.
Police say 49-year-old Raymond LeBlanc, of Barre, was taken into custody Friday night and later released on a citation. He's due in court Jan. 3.
LeBlanc is a sergeant and patrol commander with the state police barracks in Middlesex.
Teens charged after attempted sex assault at school
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Police have charged two teens in connection to an attempted sexual assault at a Vermont high school.
Both 17-year-old Ethan Burachowski and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Grace Pierce, entered not guilty pleas during their arraignment Thursday.
Authorities say Burachowski assaulted a fellow 17-year-old student at Spaulding High School in November while Pierce recorded video.
Sanders’ office holds free holiday meal for seniors in Barre
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a free holiday meal for seniors in Barre.
The event is happening at noon Monday at the Canadian Club.
The independent senator says the meal is a chance for seniors in central Vermont to come together, enjoy some food and hear some holiday music performed by local students.
Police: Woman harassed paralyzed woman through Facebook
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a woman who's on probation for assaulting a group of people is accused of a hate crime for harassing a paralyzed woman.
Trial date set for man accused in girlfriend’s death
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for the former boyfriend of a woman who was found dead on a roadside embankment in Vermont.
The Times Argus reports Judge Mary Morrissey said Monday Randal Gebo's trial will start in mid-June. His attorney says it will last at least a week.
Human bone found by Vermont hunter identified as missing man
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Authorities have identified the human remains found by a hunter in Williamstown.
The Vermont Chief Medical Examiner's Office said Saturday that dental records show the remains are that of 29-year-old Michael Webber.
Webber was reported missing to the Barre City Police Department after he was last seen March 16.
Barre councilors to seek solutions to run-down buildings
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two city councilors in the city of Barre are hoping to find a solution to a long-running problem of what can be done about vacant, abandoned and blighted buildings in the community.
Officials say an ordinance to address the issue that has been on the books for nine years hasn't worked.
Shelters, warming centers open as thousands without power
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Warming centers and shelters are open in a number of Vermont communities for residents who are still without power following a storm that dumped heavy, wet snow across the state.
Police K-9 dies unexpectedly
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town police department is mourning the loss of a K-9 that died unexpectedly.
The Times Argus reports the 6-year-old German Shepherd named Huey that served for the Barre Town Police Department suffered a back injury Nov. 13 and had to be put down.
State board votes to merge districts despite opposition
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Board of Education has voted to make the Arlington and Sandgate school districts join the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.
Arlington and Sandgate now make up one of Vermont's smallest supervisory unions.
The SUs had opposed the plan and sought a six-month delay to study the idea.
Police continue to investigate double homicide in Woodbury
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Police are continuing to investigate the homicides of two people found dead in burnt buildings.
Firefighters were called to Woodbury last week and found two people dead after separate fires at adjoining homes.
An autopsy determined 48-year-old David Thompson was shot to death. A second victim was found in the adjacent home, identified as 29-year-old Carol Fradette, whose cause of death was of blunt impact and a gunshot wound.
Montpelier approves non-citizen voting in local elections
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Vermont's capital city have approved seeking a charter change to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in municipal elections.
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports Montpelier is the first Vermont city or town to pass the measure.
Voters approve bond for Montpelier parking garage
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the city of Montpelier have approved a $10.5 million bond for a public parking garage downtown.
City Manager Bill Fraser tells the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus that the garage passed by a good margin.
Police: Student shocked fellow cadet with stun gun
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont cadet who police say used a stun gun on another cadet as part of a hazing ritual has pleaded not guilty to a simple assault charge.
The Times Argus reports 20-year-old Michael Anastasio pleaded not guilty in Barre on Tuesday to the misdemeanor. Anastasio also faces a hazing complaint in civil court.
Man commemorates flu that swept Vermont, killed grandfather
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — There is a new granite monument at Barre's Hope Cemetery not far from a string of headstones dating to October 1918 when what became known as the Spanish flu swept Vermont, killing about 1,700 people in the state in a matter of weeks and 50 million to 100 million worldwide over its nearly three-year pandemic.
Convict seeking to again represent himself in trial
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont convict who is facing kidnapping and domestic assault charges for the second time is again seeking to represent himself in trial.
The Times Argus reports a hearing on 49-year-old Harley Breer Jr.'s motion to represent himself is scheduled for Friday.
Barre needle disposal program helps clean up city streets
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Barre, Vermont, say a needle disposal program has helped to clean up city streets.
City officials tell WCAX-TV the Greater Barre Safe Sharps Alliance's pilot program has collected over 100,000 needles over the past six months. There are 17 disposal containers placed throughout the city.
Barre officials vote to remove deed restrictions on building
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Barre officials have decided to eliminate deed restrictions on a 140-year-old building that was previously owned by the city.
Federal money approved to help repair 3 aging Vermont dams
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three Vermont flood control dams built in the 1930s are going to be receiving a total of about $40 million in federal funds to help make safety improvements for the structures.
Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch say the money will be used for the study, design and construction of control gates, spillways and other dam safety improvements for the three dams.
Vermont’s new statue for top of Statehouse is taking shape
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A new sculpture of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is taking shape and is expected to be installed on top of the Vermont Statehouse next month.
It will be the third Ceres statue to grace the top of the state capitol building. The last one, there for 80 years, was removed this spring over concerns that it was rotting and as part of a nearly $2 million project to renovate the Statehouse dome.
Officials: Vermont’s drug problem bigger than opiates
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say the state's drug problems extend beyond opiates.
Driver in gas station fatality pleads not guilty
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A year after a man doing maintenance at a gas station was struck and killed by a pickup truck, the driver has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
WCAX-TV reports 34-year-old David Gilbo is charged with gross negligent operation with death resulting in the crash last September at the P&H Truck Stop in Wells River.
Convict accused of repeating previous crimes
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Authorities say a Vermont man who was convicted of kidnapping and domestic assault committed the same crimes again.
Vermont State Police say a woman reported 49-year-old Harley Breer Jr. slammed her head into the center console of his truck Sept. 3. The woman told police he took her to a home in Marshfield, and she hid and called for help when he went to sleep.
Breer has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and unlawful restraint.
Mayor advocates for new teen center in old city building
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The mayor of Barre is advocating for an old vacant building to become a new teen center.
The downtown building had functioned as a senior center for decades. Mayor Lucas Herring is proposing the city-owned building be repurposed as a teen center. The Times Argus reports the building has been empty since its incarnation as an antique shop in April.