Teen’s disappearance reaches 15-year anniversary
MONTGOMERY, Vt. (AP) — Tuesday marks the 15th anniversary of a Vermont teen's disappearance.
WCAX-TV reports 17-year-old Brianna Maitland vanished in March 2004 after she left her job at the...
Ex-day care worker charged in death of 6-month-old
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont daycare provider was arrested Monday on suspicion of manslaughter and child cruelty charges in the death of a 6-month-old girl she was caring for in her...
LEICESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont State Police trooper who collapsed after apparently being exposed to an opioid-like drug during a traffic stop was revived by fellow troopers who administered the...
Vermont State Police investigate death after altercation
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police detectives are investigating the death of a Burlington man who was found dead two days after he was involved in an altercation with a Burlington police...
Man charged with 2nd-degree murder in woman’s death
PROCTOR, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a woman who was found dead in a car was strangled, and they've arrested a man on a second-degree murder charge.
ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police said Saturday a man shot by a state trooper during a manhunt has been jailed without bail.
A state trooper shot John-Victor Wetherby at 12:30 a.m....
Vermont State Police ID woman found dead inside car
PROCTOR, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police have positively identified the woman whose body was found in a car in the town of Proctor.
On Thursday police said the deceased woman has been...
Police: Propane leak likely caused home explosion
WORCESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a propane leak likely caused a home explosion in Worcester that injured two people.
The explosion and house fire was reported Sunday...
2 injured in house fire in Worcester
WORCESTER, Vt. (AP) — Two people have been injured in a house fire in Worcester.
Vermont State Police say they were notified of an explosion and house fire on Sunday around 10:30 a.m....
Body recovered from Lake Champlain in fisherman search
ORWELL, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police searching for a missing ice fisherman have recovered a body from Lake Champlain.
Police say the remains were recovered from the lake near Orwell Wednesday afternoon and match the description of 61-year-old Lee Wiktorski, of Benson.
A concerned relative reported Wiktorski missing from his fishing trip late Monday.
Crews search for missing ice fisherman on Lake Champlain
ORWELL, Vermont (AP) — The Vermont State Police are searching for a missing ice fisherman who didn't return from an outing on Lake Champlain.
Police say a concerned relative reported late Monday that 61-year-old Lee Wiktorski, of Benson, hadn't returned from his fishing trip on the lake near Orwell. An overnight search included multiple first responders on the ice and support from a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew.
Skier dies of injuries at resort, strikes trees
JAY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a skier has died of injuries at the Jay Peak Ski Resort after he reportedly lost a ski and struck some trees.
Police said 68-year-old Bruce Charron, of West Montreal, Quebec, was injured Sunday afternoon. The trees were along the edge of a trail.
Police said Charron was immediately attended to by emergency responders. He later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the resort.
State police note lapse in hate crime reporting
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police says they need to do a better job of reporting hate crimes.
WCAX-TV reports Vermont law enforcement agencies voluntarily reported 34 hate crimes in 2017. Vermont State Police initially reported zero.
State police buy 2 airboats through federal grant
WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police has purchased two 20-foot (6-meter) airboats thanks to the help of a federal grant.
The boats are the first owned by state police, and Special Operations Commander Capt. Michael Manley says they will allow a more efficient response to ice-related emergencies and other calls.
The boats will be stored at the Williston Barracks, but they will be available for emergencies statewide.
Driver dies in two-car crash in Vermont
LONDONDERRY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a driver has died in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Londonderry.
Police said 58-year-old Darryl Davis, of Sunderland, Vermont, heading westbound on a snow-covered Route 11, lost control on a downhill left-hand curve and traveled into the eastbound lane on Tuesday. Her car collided with a pickup truck.
Police, state investigating death of infant at day care
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 6-month-old girl at a day care in Rutland.
Vermont State Police say rescue crews responded to a Thursday afternoon 911 call and found the girl unresponsive at a day care facility located at a home on North Street.
Vermont State Police Detective Lt. Reg Trayah said the child was brought to Rutland Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
11 arrested in Rutland County on drug charges
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Authorities say 11 people have been arrested on drug charges in Rutland County this fall and winter after multiple state and federal drug investigations.
Vermont State Police said Thursday that five people are facing federal charges and six are facing state charges.
Police say most of the charges are related to the sale of or conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl or cocaine.
Boy dies weeks after 2-car crash
JAMAICA, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a 4-year-old boy from Massachusetts who was injured in a December crash has died.
State police say they were informed Sunday that Max McCormick died from his injuries at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
Max was one of four people inside a truck driven by Michael McCormick, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, that struck another vehicle Dec. 28 after hitting a patch of ice in the town of Jamaica.
Police: Fire at summer camp was arson
DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say someone intentionally set fire to a summer camp.
Lost skier found safe in deep woods near Jay Peak
JAY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say rescue crews found a skier missing for four hours safe deep in the woods.
Officials say 69-year-old Robert Staniforth, of Newport, was found Thursday evening by members of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol. The Caledonian-Record reports medical personnel evaluated Staniforth and found him in good health.
Fire that destroyed barn considered suspicious
SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that destroyed a home and a barn in Vermont and set off a stockpile of ammunition is considered suspicious.
Fire officials have yet to determine what caused the fire in Shelburne Tuesday.
Multiple fire departments responded to the blaze, and Vermont State Police say icy conditions made it difficult to get the fire under control.
Arrest warrant issued for man wounded in gunfire with police
ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say an Arlington man who was wounded after exchanging gunfire with two troopers is facing attempted murder and aggravated assault charges.
Police said Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for 40-year-old Matt Novick, who's being treated for gunshot wounds at an Albany, New York, hospital. Authorities said he was in critical, but stable condition. He's expected to be arrested when he is discharged. It's unknown whether he has a lawyer.
Police: Arlington man shot, wounded after firing at troopers
ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An Arlington man was shot and wounded by police early Monday after he fired multiple times at state troopers, Vermont State Police said.
Matt Novick was undergoing treatment at an Albany, New York, hospital for multiple gunshot wounds, police said. His condition was unknown.
State police received a 911 call at 3:50 a.m. from a relative of Novick who lives near him, saying Novick was having a mental health crisis.
Charges filed against New England kidnapping, sex suspect
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A man who authorities said forced a woman and her child into a car in New Hampshire, drove to Vermont, and sexually assaulted the woman, was arraigned Monday in a hospital in Pennsylvania, where he was apprehended after a manhunt and car chase, police said.
Everett Simpson, 41, was held on $1 million each on charges of car theft and fleeing justice, police said. Federal prosecutors in Vermont also filed kidnapping charges Monday.
Police arrest New Hampshire mall kidnapping, assault suspect
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A suspect wanted on kidnapping and sexual assault charges in New England was arrested Sunday in Pennsylvania after a manhunt and car chase, authorities said.
Vermont State Police said in a statement that the man forced a woman and her child into their car outside the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester on Saturday and drove to Vermont. Police say he then sexually assaulted the woman. When the woman and the child reached safety, they called the police.
The Latest: Suspect arrested in NH mall kidnapping, assault
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on a manhunt for a man suspected in New Hampshire mall kidnapping and sexual assault (all times local):
A suspect wanted on kidnapping and sexual assault charges has been arrested in Pennsylvania after a manhunt and car chase.
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.
Vermont trooper won’t be charged after non-fatal shooting
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont State Police trooper involved in a non-fatal shooting in Pownal last October will not be prosecuted.
The Vermont Attorney General's office announced Thursday that Trooper Thomas Sandberg, who had been placed on administrative leave, will return to duty.
The Bennington County State's attorney's office conducted an independent review and also declined to prosecute.
Former officer charged with lewd conduct with a child
BRISTOL, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont police officer who once headed a unit responsible for investigating child abuse has been charged with felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Vermont State Police say 51-year-old Arthur Cyr, of Bristol, was charged Wednesday.
Authorities say their investigation into Cyr began Dec. 14 after a referral from the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations that he once directed.
St. Johnsbury woman dies in head-on crash
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A St. Johnsbury woman has died in a head-on crash in Burke.
Vermont State Police say 71-year-old Regina Stanzione was driving on U.S. Route 5 on Thursday evening when her vehicle crossed the center line and hit an oncoming car. She was taken to the hospital and then airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she died of her injuries.
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.
Woman dies of hypothermia after car gets stuck in Vermont
MORETOWN, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont say a woman whose body was found on a remote road in Moretown died of hypothermia in recent cold weather after her car became stuck.
Vermont State Police say 70-year-old Janet Franz of East Montpelier walked to find help on the remote, unplowed road in Moretown, but was unsuccessful. Authorities say she apparently had become lost while driving during the day on Tuesday.
Body of woman found in snow on remote road
MORETOWN, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the snow on a remote road.
Vermont State Police say the elderly woman's car became stuck and she got out to find help on the remote, unplowed road in Moretown, but was unsuccessful. WCAX-TV reports the death of the currently-unidentified woman is not considered suspicious.
Police: Woman found dead reported domestic abuse
ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a 42-year-old woman whose death is considered suspicious told police last month that her boyfriend had threatened to kill her if she reported an alleged assault.
Vermont State Police Criminal Division head to retire
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The head of the Vermont State Police's Criminal Division says he will retire this week after joining the state police force nearly three decades ago.
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.
Police: 15 arrested in southern Vermont
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say 15 people have been arrested in a drug investigation in southern Vermont.
Police said Friday that the investigation started this fall after Windham and Windsor counties saw an uptick in overdoses this year.
The suspects, mostly from Brattleboro, were arrested on various charges, including selling fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.
1 dead, 2 injured in head-on crash in Bolton
BOLTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say one person has died and two others were injured in a head-on crash in Bolton.
The crash happened on U.S. Route 2 on Friday morning.
WCAX-TV reports one person died at the scene and two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Police: Flying metal barely misses hitting child
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a 1-year-old barely missed being impaled by a flying piece of metal.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 89 in Colchester.
Police say a truck was forced to brake suddenly, and a piece of rebar that was not secured flew forward and went through the back window of the car the child was in.
Vermont State Police end helicopter-aided pot investigations
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police have ended a longstanding program that used military helicopters to search for illegal marijuana farms.
Ludlow man arrested in infant’s January death
LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say they have arrested a Ludlow man in the death of an infant last January.
Police say 23-year-old Tyler Pollender-Savery was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of 11-month-old Karsen Rickert.
Authorities say the infant died of asphyxia due to strangling and/or smothering.
Police: Day spa owners intentionally set it on fire
BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — Police say the owners of a Vermont spa intentionally set it on fire.
Vermont State Police have charged both 48-year-old Lesilee Kirby and 47-year-old Kristopher Kirby with arson of an occupied dwelling.
Fire crews responded to the blaze at the Sundara Day Spa in Berlin Sunday. A family who lived upstairs escaped unharmed.
Police: Custodian wrote threatening high school message
DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) — Police say a custodian was behind a threatening message found in a Vermont high school bathroom.
Vermont State Police have cited the 51-year-old Moretown man with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and creating a false alarm for the message found Tuesday at Harwood Union High School.
Schools Superintendent Brigid Nease says the message read "I am going to kill you," and it was written in liquid soap on the boys' bathroom mirror.
Interstate reopens amid truck center fire
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Interstate 89 has reopened as crews battle a large fire at a truck center in Colchester, Vermont, that police said was causing an environmental hazard.
The fire is at J&B International Truck Center. Police tell the Burlington Free Press that several commercial vehicles and a propane delivery truck were involved in the fire.
Tour bus end slides, overturns on snowy I-91 in Vermont
ORLEANS, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a tour bus ended up on its side on a snow-covered Interstate 91, with most of the 14 people aboard suffering minor injuries.
Police said the southbound bus was traveling too fast for the road conditions at about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. It spun around before sliding into a median and partially overturned near Orleans. Witnesses said the bus had been passing other vehicles before the crash.
None of the injured passengers required hospitalization.
Vermont State Police: No fatal crashes during holiday period
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Police say there were no traffic fatalities in Vermont during the Thanksgiving Holiday period.
State Police Lt. John Flannigan says that during the five-day Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort from Wednesday through Sunday say there were eight injury crashes across the state, 61 crashes involving property damage and nine crashes that were drug or alcohol related.
Vermont town hires veteran officer as new police chief
BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town has hired a veteran local police officer and retired Vermont State Police trooper to be its next police chief.
The Valley News reports that the Bradford selectboard offered the job of chief to Sgt. Russell Robinson, who will start on Jan. 3.
Robinson is retired from the Vermont State Police and once ran the Bradford state police barracks.
Police sort out details of wrong-way crash without injuries
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police are trying to sort out the details of a crash on Interstate 91 in Hartford that involved four vehicles, including a state police cruiser that had attempted to turn around to pursue a wrong-way driver.
There were no injuries.
Police say that at about 9 a.m. Friday, a southbound trooper on the interstate spotted another vehicle heading north in the southbound lane.
Vermont State Police plan seat belt push for holiday weekend
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Police are planning extra traffic patrols during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that will focus on ensuring motorists are wearing their seat belts.
The campaign is designed to help make Vermont roads safer during the busy travel period.