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the event, said.
Simpson took over the event three
years ago and moved it to the auditorium. “Three years ago we were just
over 30 entries,” Simpson said. “This
year we broke 58 bridges.”
Students are asked to create a bridge
A suspect in the murder of Sheffield resident
Pat O’Hagan may be ready to cut a deal with
A change of plea
hearing has been
Richard Fletcher,
27, on Thursday at
10 a.m. in Caledonia
Superior Court.
Caledonia County
Lisa Warren declined to comment
Monday on the
Richard Fletcher
Fletcher’s change of
plea hearing.
Fletcher is facing charges of burglary, kidnapping and first degree murder for his alleged role
in the kidnapping and murder of O’Hagan, 78,
See Bridge, Page A6
See O’Hagan, Page A6
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Chad Simpson, host of the Bridge Building competition, instructs two LI helpers as they break a bridge titled
“The Monster” made by a team from Miller’s Run School in Sheffield, Saturday morning at the Lyndon Institute auditorium. The competition tests the strength of each group’s bridge. The Monster’s bridge withstood
966 pounds of pressure, surpassing the group’s prediction it would hold up to 904 pounds.
Staff Writer
The House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed out a
budget bill Monday afternoon that if
adopted would keep the Derby and
Rutland 911 call centers open until
September while negotiations for
their future are worked out.
The budget bill would appropriate
$425,000 in one-time funding to
stop the imminent merger of the
Derby and Rutland public safety answering points into Williston and
Rockingham, as part of a consolidation to save the state $1.7 million annually.
And it would require Vermont
Public Safety Commission Keith
Flynn to negotiate with local emergency responders, lawmakers and
assistant judges to see if there are
funding sources in each county to
pay for continuing dispatch services
from the state.
The development created a buzz
at a forum featuring Flynn at the
Gateway in Newport City Monday
evening, where emergency responders and dispatchers peppered Flynn
with questions about the pending
closure of the Derby PSAP in less
than 45 days.
Rep. Michael Marcotte, R-Orleans 2, said before the meeting that
he understood that the budget bill
contained some of the language that
See PSAP, Page A6
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morning, 62 teams composed of 163 elementary students came together at the
Lyndon Institute auditorium to destroy
the bridges the teams had built in a test
of strength.
This was the 14th year of the competition.
“The competition has always been
held at LI. It has moved from the Baker
Building, to the Town House, the Sanborn Hall, to the Auditorium three years
ago,” Chad Simpson, who coordinates
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Staff Writer
The East Burke Log
Yard owned by Timber
Resource Group is filling up with logs in advance of the mud
season closure of town
roads in the area. Manager Craig Owen said
the yard will continue to
take loads of logs for
awhile longer, but soon
the yard will begin shipping out loads of logs
and emptying the yard.
Burke area businesses will gather Wednesday for a Burke Area
Chamber of Commerce meeting and planning session to discuss a
proposed bridge reconstruction closure downtown.
The state highway bridge on Route 114 in the middle of downtown East Burke is scheduled to be closed from May 26 through
June 15.
The state will build a new bridge on Route 114 to cross the
In order to expedite the construction period and reduce construction costs, the state of Vermont wants all traffic blocked for three
weeks as the existing bridge is lifted out of position and a new
bridge is lifted in place. Trying to maintain one lane of traffic would
See Closure, Page A6
Cuts, Taxes, One-time Spending Help Close $113M Budget Gap
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—Dem. Rep. Mitzi Johnson,
House Appropriations Chairwoman
The committee’s version still must clear the full House, which is expected to vote on it later this week; then it goes to the Senate before final
details are worked out by a conference committee of three House and
three Senate members.
Democratic committee chairwoman Rep. Mitzi Johnson, whose district is in the Lake Champlain islands, said the budget “is the biggest
policy document that we put out as a Legislature.”
“It’s where we prioritize resources to things that are important for
Vermonters,” she said. “So it’s a struggle.”
The Appropriations Committee faced a tough task when lawmakers
MONTPELIER — Low-income state residents are expected to get
less help paying for heat next winter, and fewer developmentally disabled residents will be able to enroll in state programs, under a budget
approved by a House committee on Monday.
Those are among the results of what is widely regarded as a tough fiscal 2016 general fund budget that won unanimous approval from the
House Appropriations Committee. It was the first time in more than a
decade the panel decided on a spending plan by an 11-0 bipartisan vote,
said longtime committee member Rep. Robert Helm, R-Castleton.
The $1.475 billion general fund budget is just part of state spending
that totals about $5.5 billion. It doesn’t include the statewide education
fund for public schools, the transportation fund or federal funding the
state distributes through Medicaid and other programs.
But because it pays for the largest range of state programs — everything from prisons to a share of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s annual outlay — the general fund budget usually gets the most attention.
“It’s where we prioritize resources to
things that are important for Vermonters.
So it’s a struggle.”
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convened in early January: trying to close a projected $94 million budget
gap. It got tougher later that month, when two economists who forecast
state revenues downgraded those expected in fiscal 2016 by $18 million.
Overall, the committee’s version of the budget calls for the roughly
$113 million gap to be closed with $53 million in cuts, $35 million in
new taxes, $24 million in one-time expenditures and nearly $2 million
from renting state prison beds to the U.S. Marshals Service for federal
The budget gives Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin many of the cuts
he sought when he delivered his annual budget address to lawmakers in
January, but it softens some of them. For instance, Shumlin called for
reducing the number of public safety answering points that handle 911
calls from four to two, but the committee said it would fund the four for
a quarter of the year and then ask municipalities to chip in.
While the four Republicans on the committee supported the budget,
party leader Rep. Don Turner, of Milton, said there was likely to be
widespread opposition in his minority caucus.
See Budget, Page A6
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the record • tueSdAy, MArch 24, 2015
Louise R. Hale, most recently
of Lyndonville, Vt., went home
to heaven on Saturday, March
21, 2015. Louise was born in St.
Johnsbury, Vt., on May 13,
1934, to George Harvey Frye
and Ramona Hutchins Frye.
Louise graduated from
Danville High School in 1952
and attended Champlain Business College in Burlington, Vt.
On Sept. 4, 1954, she married
Donald L. Hale who predeceased her in 2007. Louise and
Don had four children: Linda McGregor Essaff (Paul), St. Johnsbury,Vt., Keith Hale, who predeceased her in 1986, Timothy Hale
(Lisa), Waterford, Vt., and Bonny Paradis (Carlos Carrero), Rutland,
Vt. She is the grandmother of Robert McGregor (Tracey), Milton,
Vt., Tennille McGregor, Milton, Vt., Justin Hale (Sabrina Pych) and
Corey Hale, Brattleboro, Vt., Zachary Hale, who predeceased her in
1984, Emily Hale, Boston, Mass., Katie Carpenter (Ryan), Lunenburg, Vt., Rebecca Hale, Lyndonville, Vt., and Jessica Paradis
(Daniel Villarreal), Stephanie Paradis (Nick Blair) and Samantha
Paradis (Emil Schumann), all of Rutland, Vt. She is the great-grandmother of 16, including two babies who will be born in 2015.
As she was growing up on the family farm in Danville, Louise
decided that she wanted to leave the farm when she grew up. She
got her wish. Following her wedding, she and Don moved to Connecticut. This was just one of the many places she lived. While in
Connecticut, Don enlisted in the Army and as an Army wife, Louise
lived in Newfoundland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Munich (Germany), Arkansas, Arizona, Vermont, Virginia, Frankfurt (Germany),
and Florida. For two years of her marriage, she was virtually a single
mother as Don was deployed to Viet Nam during the war. Germany
was her favorite place. After Don’s death, Louise returned to Vermont and lived in Waterford and then in St. Johnsbury at the Colonial Apartments. She enjoyed her apartment for two years before
declining health made it necessary for her to move to the assisted
living facility at the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndonville.
Over the years, Louise enjoyed working as a waitress. When Don
retired from the Army, they owned and operated Montgomery Wards
in St. Johnsbury where she supported the business operations. After
many successful years of building the business, Louise and Don decided to “retire.” They spent time traveling in their motor home and
finally settled in Florida, where Louise worked in the office at Citrus
Valley Campground.
She and Don loved to camp and snowmobile in their younger
years. They were members of Kingdom Kampers and Coles Pond
Sledders. In the beginning, she rode with Don on his snowmobile,
but while on a trip to Maine she agreed to Don’s suggestion to drive
her own. She found out she really enjoyed being in the driver’s seat
and she spent countless hours traveling the trails with many friends.
She enjoyed watching TV especially soap operas, reading and eating
out. With the help of family, she learned how to use a computer to
play games and loved to scroll through Facebook.
Louise will be remembered for her sweet and gentle spirit, her
sense of humor (which she never lost even during her fight with cancer) and her amazing strength.
Louise is survived by her siblings, Marylene Sevigny (Walter),
Danville, Vt., John Frye, Lunenburg, Vt., Georgiana Page, Groton,
Vt., Berton Frye (Virginia), Danville, Vt., and William Frye (Kathy),
Passumpsic, Vt. In addition to Don, Keith, and Zachary, she was predeceased by her parents, her son-in-law Douglas McGregor, son-inlaw Richard Paradis and several other family members.
Calling hours will be at Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer Street,
St. Johnsbury, Vt., on Friday, March 27, from 6-8 p.m. A celebration
of Louise’s life will be held Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at Lyndon Bible Church, 250 Brown Farm Road, Lyndonville, VT. A committal service with the family will be held May 16.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to American Cancer
Society/ Relay for Life Caledonia ( ww.relayforlife.org/) or the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(aspca.org/donate) .
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Charlotte B. Dunbar, 82, of Barnet, Vt., died Friday, March 20, 2015,
at Our House Too Residential Care
Home in Rutland, Vt. following a period of failing health.
She was born in Williston, Vt.,
April 16, 1932, a daughter of Charles
E. and Irene E. (Austin) Miles. She
went to school in Barnet and attended
St. Johnsbury Academy. Charlotte
worked at Kimball and Miles Store
and for the Barnet School lunch program. Later, she worked for 27 years
and served as the Postmaster in Barnet, retiring in 1992.
Charlotte married Dale W. Dunbar on March 15, 1949, and together they
raised their family in Barnet. She was a member of the Lakeview Grange of
West Barnet, and enjoyed handwork such as knitting, crocheting and braiding
rugs, along with flower gardening. Music and dancing with Dale in their
youth was always a special time for Charlotte, along with spending time with
the children, grandchildren, and her pets. She was also a former member of
the Barnet Congregational Church.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dale Dunbar; a son, Charles Dale
Dunbar; a son-in-law, John H. Adams, Jr.; and two sisters, Wilma Kimball
and Lorraine Rutledge.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna L. Adams of Barnet and Debra
L. Lacroix of Ludlow, Vt.; four grandchildren, John H. Adams III, Lisa Clifford, James D. Adams, and Michelle Richling; five great grandchildren, Jack,
Emma, Ava, Luca, and Anna; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins.
There will be no calling hours.
A graveside service will be on Saturday, May 23, at 3 p.m. in the Pleasant
View Cemetery, Barnet, Vt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of
one’s choice.
For more information or to sign an online condolence please visit
Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of
Donald R. “Don” Lyon, 72, of Lyndonville, died suddenly early
Monday morning March 23, 2015 at Northeastern Vermont Regional
Hospital in St. Johnsbury.
He was born March 14, 1943, in Gilman, Vt., the son of Reynold
and Jeanette (Sylvaine) Lyon.
Don worked as a painting contractor for many years. He also
worked for several years for Ethan Allen Inc. in Orleans, Vt., building
He liked helping people and volunteered at the Burke Senior Meal
Site in West Burke and later at the Lyndon Area Meal Site at the Darling Inn for many years. Favorite pastimes included playing cribbage,
fishing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Karen Lyon of Lyndonville, Vt. (P.O.
Box 1065, 05851); two children, Gidget Lyon of Lyndonville and
Yancy Lyon of Tennessee; two step-children, Mollie Smith of Utica,
N.Y., and Samantha Badger of Williamstown, Vt.; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; four brothers: Rodger Lyon and his
wife of Texas, Al Lyon of Connecticut, Ray Lyon and his wife of
Florida and Ron Lyon of New Hampshire; a sister, Shirley Spencer
and her husband Richard of East Concord; several nieces and
nephews; and many friends.
Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, May 8, 2015, at 2
p.m. at Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke.
Donations made in his memory may be directed to the Burke Senior Meal Site, P.O. Box 100, West Burke, VT 05871 or to the Lyndon
Area Meal Site, 76 Depot Street, Lyndonville, VT 05851.
Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com. Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home of Lyndonville.
Gloria Mae (Lontine) Reynolds
passed away peacefully on March
22, 2015, in Newport, after several
months of courageous battle with a
rare form of disease affecting the
kidneys and blood. Due to a recent
fall other complications set in.
Gloria was born in Newport on
Aug. 10, 1940, to Floyd and Laura
(Barber) Lontine. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister
Anita Rivard, and grandson Charlie
Buckland Jr. She was also predeceased by her former husband, due
to a tragic accident, Irwin Piper, the father of their three children: Julie
Dupree of South Carolina, Shari McAllister of Newport and Jon Piper of
North Carolina as well as grandson Joshua McAllister of Barton.
Gloria leaves her husband Brad Reynolds of Derby and four step-children, Mary Beth Belmore and husband Rick of Island Pond, Kim Reynolds
of Waterbury, Conn., Michael Reynolds and wife Germane of Mulberry,
Florida and Jacquelyn LaCasse of Hooksett, N.H. And sister-in law Janice
Fournier and her husband Joseph. Between them they have nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She also leaves one niece and
two nephews.
Gloria attended Sacred Heart High School then transferred to Newport
High School where she graduated from. She then attended Champlain College where she obtained an associate’s degree in math. Gloria loved to
work with numbers.
Gloria worked for Community National Bank, the Ames Department
Store as assistant manager, then as executive director for City Manager of
Newport until she retired.
Gloria’s passion was her love of golf until she suffered from a back injury. She especially liked Tiger Woods. She loved to play at Orleans Country Club with Pat Hunt and other ladies. She then turned and devoted the
rest of her life to helping Veterans. She became a life member and got really
involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She
served as President and Secretary of Post 798 her in Newport. She then
went through the chairs in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary
and became State President in 1994-1995. Then in 1998-2000 she became
National Councilwoman covering District 2 Massachusetts and Vermont.
She traveled extensively through the U.S. and Gloria was then approached
by the Eastern States Conference to go through the chairs for National
President of the Ladies auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, but decided not to go any farther. She has received numerous awards on the state
and national levels. She later transferred her membership to the VFW Post
10038 Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans in Lyndonville. She is also a life
member of Brighton post 80 Auxiliary in Island Pond, and a member of
the Eagles Auxiliary 4329 in Newport. Gloria was proud to watch her
daughter Shari follow in her footsteps as she went through the chairs to
become State President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars department of Vermont in 2012-2013. Gloria installed Shari as President and became Shari’s Chief of Staff during her term of office. They
were the only mother and daughter to become State President in the Department of Vermont.
Gloria was always the life of the party and loved to sing and play her
guitar. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She especially loved Brad who was always with her and they always strove to make
each other proud and happy. She also enjoyed her German Shepard “Chermack” who was always by her side.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at
the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill
Road, Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, March
26, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the
American Legion Brighton Post 80 Auxiliary, 60 Railroad Street, Island
Pond, VT 05846 or to the Lyndonville VFW Auxiliary Post # 10038, in
care of Bonita Before, P.O. Box 356, Lyndonville, VT 05851 or to the
Charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family
owned and operated.
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Local Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny and not as
cold. Highs from the upper 20s to
lower 30s. Light north to northwest
Tonight: Mainly clear. Lows zero to
ten above. Light and variable winds.
Tomorrow: Any early sun giving
way to increasing clouds. A rising
chance of rain or snow showers in
the afternoon. Highs in upper 30s to
lower 40s. Winds becoming south to
southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast:
Wednesday Night: Periods of
mixed precipitation likely, before
changing to light rain or rain showers. Lows in the low to mid 30s.
Thursday: Rain likely. Highs in the
mid 40s.
Thursday Night: Evening rain
showers likely, then changing to
snow showers. Lows around 30.
Friday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered
snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s.
Friday Night: Cloudy with a chance
of snow showers. Much colder, with
lows in the lower teens.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Slight
chance of snow showers. Highs in
the mid to upper 20s.
Daily Weather Highlights
A warming trend will get under way
tomorrow, but by Friday it will have
shown itself to be somewhat reversible.
High pressure is edging in from the west
at present. In the absence of strong
winds today, sunshine will have more of
a noticeable effect that it has had the
past couple of days, but temperatures
will remain will below average. By tomorrow, low pressure to our west will bring
southerly winds as it approaches, but
also a rising chance of precipitation. It
looks like the bulk of the precipitation will
occur on Thursday, accompanied by
highs mainly in the 40s, as low pressure
moves overhead. A cold front will move
through on Thursday night. That will
keep temperatures from rising too dramatically on Friday, amidst scattered
showers of rain or snow. Well below-average temperatures will return for Saturday, says Lawrence Hayes of the
Fairbanks Museum weather station.
Partly Cloudy
Temp. at 4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Maximum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . .23
Minimum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . . .3
Yesterday’s average . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Normal average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Maximum this month . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Minimum this month . . . . . . . . . . .-18
Maximum this date (1938) . . . . . . .70
Minimum this date (1906) . . . . . . .-12
11 mph, 20 max . . . . . . . . . . . . . .NW
30.17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rising
New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.00 in.
Total for Month . . . . . . . . . . . .0.85 in.
Normal Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.86 in.
Past 24 Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.0 in.
Monthly Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.9 in.
Season Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92.8 in.
Season Norm To Date . . . . . . .78.7 in.
Snowpack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.4 in.
Sunrise today . . . . . . . . . . . .6:44 a.m.
Sunset today . . . . . . . . . . . .7:05 p.m.
Length of day . . . . . . .12 hrs. 20 min.
Average temp. difference below 65°
Yesterday* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
To date since July 1 . . . . . . . . . .7169
To date last year . . . . . . . . . . . . .7184
* calculated for the day before yesterday
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the record • tueSdAy, MArch 24, 2015
Photo By JAMeS JArdine
Danville firefighters and towing personnel work to right an overturned car on Route 15 in
West Danville Sunday. Cecile Olney, 76, of St. Johnsbury, was traveling west shortly after
11 a.m. when she experienced high crosswinds and a brief moment of whiteout conditions.
She was unable to maintain control, due to a patch of slushy mix on the roadway, and the
vehicle rolled over. Danville Fire Department removed Olney and her passenger, Everett
Carbee, 75, of St. Johnsbury, from the vehicle. Olney was transported to NVRH for precautions only. Both were wearing their seatbelts. State police and Danville Rescue also responded to the scene.
Staff Writer
The Lyndon Board of Selectmen
have set March 26 as the deadline
to submit letters of interest as the
Board prepares to appoint a selectman to fill the unexpired term of
David Dill.
Dill died on Feb. 26. The former
Lyndon Municipal Administrator
and long time selectman was serving a term as selectman set to expire in 2017.
According to Lyndon Town
Clerk Dawn Dwyer, the Board of
Selectmen will receive letters of
interest for the position until the
March 26 deadline. The Board will
then review the list of interested
individuals at the next Selectman’s
meeting scheduled for April 6.
Dwyer said she anticipates the
Board will choose someone to fill
the position on April 6. The person
chosen will fill out the position
until March 2016, when the position will be up for election.
NEWBURY — Newbury and
Wells River residents and business
owners are encouraged to attend a
town-wide celebration and planning
forum, titled ReNewbury, on March
27 and 28.
The idea is to join with neighbors
to enjoy good food, good fun, and
plan for projects to improve the town
in the next 10 to 20 years. How
about a train station? Decent cell
phone service? A grocery store in
Wells River? A bike path along
Route 5? Should locals organize energy-saving projects like a community solar farm? How can the town
make best use of the Connecticut
Organizers expect plenty of creative ideas to flow from a mix of
long-time residents and newcomers,
old and young people, renters and
homesteaders, business owners and
entrepreneurs, and people of all income levels.
There’s no cost to participants. All
three meals and childcare on both
days will be free, courtesy of the
sponsors. A magician will be on
hand to entertain the kids Friday
evening. Free transportation to the
event can be arranged by calling
Connie Philleo at 866-9008 by Tuesday, March 24.
ReNewbury will begin Friday
night, March 27, at 5:30 at Blue
Mountain Union School. Volunteers
will serve dinner, a song specially
written for the occasion will follow,
and then “favorite son” Frank Bryan
will entertain with humorous stories
of growing up in Newbury. Delia
Clark, a facilitator specializing in engaging citizens in their communities,
will guide participants in a discussion about successful communities;
participants will then break into
smaller groups to generate ideas for
improving the town.
Vermont state police conducting
traffic safety survey
Underage drinkers pretend they’re
not home when police arrive
In an effort to understand the effectiveness of traffic safety efforts, the
Vermont State Police is looking for public feedback. A new survey has just
been posted on the Vermont State Police website at vsp.vermont.gov.
People are invited to share their observations on certain topics like seatbelt and cellphone use. This survey provides the public an opportunity to
have input into an important statewide safety campaign.
Vermont has made positive strides saving lives through enforcement,
education, engineering safer roads and an improved ability to render medical aid immediately following a crash, but the public’s assistance is needed
to keep the roads safe for everyone. 2014 saw the lowest number of fatalities since 1944 and the lowest number of alcohol impaired related fatalities
(6) in decades. But even one fatality is an enormous loss to the state.
To help us evaluate and build a stronger traffic safety program, visit the
Vermont State Police survey at http://vsp.vermont.gov/trafficsurvey, or
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VermontStatePolice .
About 30 partying people inside a residence on Center Street in
Lyndonville early Sunday shut the lights off and refused to answer
the door when state police arrived.
Undeterred from addressing the noise complaint that got them to
88 Center St., state police got a search warrant and made their way
into the residence. They found 30 people inside. Fifteen of them
were under age 21 and had consumed alcohol.
Trooper Seth Loomis reported that Victor Romero, 20, was in the
residence and lied to police about who he was. Romero was cited
for a charge of false information to a police officer.
Members from the St. Johnsbury Police Department assisted with
the execution of the search warrant. The investigation is ongoing
and more criminal charges may be pending, stated Loomis.
Upper Wells River assessment project
receives state funding
In celebration of World Water Day the Connecticut River Watershed
Council (CRWC) announced Sunday a new river assessment project that
will take place this summer on the upper Wells River.
CRWC recently was awarded an Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP)
grant from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. The nearly $68,000
grant will pay for a Phase 2 Stream Geomorphic Assessment, writing a
River Corridor Plan, and developing potential restoration projects in the
Wells River watershed, serving the dual purpose of protecting the State’s
water quality and supporting the goal to protect and restore the Wells River
and its tributaries.
CRWC is working with the Caledonia County Natural Resource Conservation District and Redstart Inc. to complete the work during the summer of 2015.
“Staff will be walking the upper Wells River watershed in the towns of
Newbury, Ryegate and Groton in order to assess stream bank erosion,
streamside vegetation, culverts and more. The end result will help us identify problem areas where river restoration projects can be pursued in 2016
and beyond,” said Ron Rhodes, North Country River Steward for CRWC.
Notices about the staff doing fieldwork will be posted in town offices,
shared via email and Listservs, and posted at numerous public locations in
an effort to make local landowners aware of the project. Once the fieldwork
is done, public information meetings will be held so landowners and others
can see the assessment information and ask questions.
“The upper Wells geomorphic assessment will assist the Agency of Natural Resources and our project partners in providing a better understanding
of stream process, streambank erosion, and flooding potential. The river
corridor plan and project development will identify and prioritize water
quality and aquatic habitat restoration and protection areas and recommend
specific flood resiliency actions for watershed towns and residents alike,”
said Jim Ryan, VT ANR Watershed Coordinator. To learn more about
CRWC visit www.ctriver.org.
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Experienced skier crashes into
trees at Vermont resort, dies
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A 23-year-old skier has died after
losing control and crashing into multiple trees at the Killington Resort in Vermont.
State police said 23-year-old Terence Scott of Nashua, New
Hampshire, was skiing down the mountain with family and friends
on Saturday afternoon when the crash happened. His helmet came
off during the crash.
Police said Scott was immediately attended to by an EMT, doctor
and nurse. He was unconscious throughout treatment and was pronounced dead at the mountain a short time later.
Scott was described as an expert skier. The crash happened on an
intermediate trail. Police said just before the crash, Scott was described as moving at a fast speed and had attempted to turn onto a
connector trail while avoiding another skier.
Police: Man fixes woman’s car,
demands money, assaults her
CAVENDISH, Vt. (AP) — Police say a man who came to the aid
of a stranded driver and repaired her car on a Vermont road assaulted her after he asked for money and she said she wasn’t able
to give him any.
Police said the driver was able to get away in her car and call police on Sunday night.
Her car had broken down on Route 103 in the Proctorsville Gulf,
in the town of Cavendish. While she was attempting to get help, the
man stopped by to assist her.
The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5-foot10 with a slender build. He had shoulder length dirty blond hair
with a blaze orange winter hat and blue/gray winter coat. The suspect’s face had acne scars.
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Dana Gray, Executive Editor
Editorial Comment …
Failure Bonuses
Last week the United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
told Colorado’s congressional delegation that construction of a new
veterans’ hospital in Denver will be at least $1 billion over budget.
It’s one of four grossly mismanaged construction projects the VA
is overseeing nationwide.
The original $328 million price tag on the Colorado facility is
now $1.73 billion. Similar debacles in Orlando, New Orleans and
Las Vegas are expected to push the “over budget” line item over
$3 billion.
For their inadequacy, the two agency execs in charge (Glenn
Haggstrom and Stella Fiotes), have received hundreds of thousands
of dollars of bonuses over the lifetime of the projects.
Remember that this is the “new and improved” Veterans Administration… The replacement for the scandal-ridden department that
paid bureaucrats fat bonuses to falsify documents while veterans
died waiting in line to receive health care.
Only in government can you be so richly rewarded for such Herculean and devastating failures.
In My Opinion…
Vermont’s scenic beauty has
always been highly valued both
by Vermonters and by visitors to
our lovely state.
In 1968 Vermont banned billboards to prevent the despoiling
of Vermont’s landscape. And
when Act 250 was enacted a few
years after that, it included Criterion 8, which prohibits commercial
development that would create
an “undue adverse impact” on
the scenic or natural beauty, aesthetics, historic sites, or natural
In 1986, the Environmental
Board convened a group of people with expertise on aesthetics
to develop an objective way of
evaluating what is an “undue adverse” impact on aesthetics and
scenic and natural beauty.
The result is the “Quechee
Analysis.” It has been used to
evaluate aesthetic impacts in
dozens of cases by the Environmental Board (EB), Environmental Court (EC), and Public
Service Board (PSB) and upheld
by the Vermont Supreme Court
(VSC) over the last three
The Quechee Analysis has
two steps. The first is to determine if a project will cause an
adverse effect on aesthetics. If
the impact will be adverse, then
the second step involves addressing three questions. The
impact will be undue if any one
of the questions is answered in
the affirmative.
One of the questions is
whether a project would offend
the sensibilities of the average
person. If it is so out of character
with its surroundings or significantly diminishes the scenic
qualities of the area so as to be
shocking or offensive to the average person, the adverse impact
is considered undue and a project is denied. The EB explained
the purpose of this provision:
Criterion 8 was intended to
ensure that as development does
occur, reasonable consideration
will be given to the visual impacts on neighboring landowners, the local community, and on
the special scenic resources of
The VSC has consistently upheld the EB and EC decisions on
aesthetics that applied the
Quechee Analysis.
When the review of telecommunications towers and largescale solar and wind installations
was transferred from Act 250 to
the PSB, the law required the
PSB to give due consideration to
some of Act 250’s criteria, including criterion 8 on aesthetics.
In the past, the PSB’s interpretation of the Quechee Analysis
was consistent with that of the
EB in ensuring that development
did not degrade Vermont’s scenic views, including those enjoyed by neighbors.
For example, in a 2001 case,
the PSB denied a wind tower,
ruling that “because … the Project will be in the direct view of
the [neighbors] from their home
and will significantly diminish
their enjoyment of the scenic
view from their home, … the
Project will be offensive and
shocking to them and to the average person in a similar situation.” In denying the project, the
PSB accurately applied the
Quechee Analysis as established
in legal precedent. The decision
was upheld in 2002 by the Vermont Supreme Court.
But, the PSB no longer considers the interests of neighboring landowners. Every decision
issued by the PSB on solar and
wind projects has dismissed the
interests of the neighbors, ruling
that because they are most likely
to be affected by the project,
they cannot be considered the
“average person.”
The PSB’s finding is especially nonsensical because in
order to participate at all, neighbors must show that they have a
particularized interest that is
greater than the interests of the
public at large. But then the PSB
uses that particularized interest
to ignore the neighbors entirely.
Thus in order to be able to
participate in the proceeding,
neighbors must prove that their
interests (e.g. views) will be affected, but then because their
views are affected, the PSB says
that their interests (e.g. views)
should not be taken into account.
They base this absurd reasoning
on their made up notion that a
person who is directly affected
cannot be the “average person”
that the Quechee Analysis considers.
Although the PSB says that it
applies the Quechee Analysis, in
fact the PSB is completely ignoring long-standing legal precedent.
The PSB is also contradicting
the EB and its own precedent by
ruling that municipal zoning ordinances do not constitute clear
written community standards for
purposes of the Quechee Analysis.
In its zeal to approve every
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In My Opinion…
In my few minutes today I’d
like to share with you some concise thoughts for mending health
care in Vermont.
First, the overarching policy
framework: For the past four years
we have labored under an absurd
and indeed destructive vision for
Vermont health care. Gov. Shumlin and his political allies have
constantly sung the praises of a
government-managed, price-controlled, mandate-intense, taxpayerfinanced monopoly health system
that gives everybody their human
right to “appropriate care at the appropriate time in the appropriate
setting,” at least until the money
runs out. That vision will assuredly
result in long waiting lines, maddening bureaucracies, demoralized
doctors and nurses, shabby facilities, obsolete technology, declining
quality of care, and of course much
higher taxes.
When Act 48’s Green Mountain
Care vision foundered on its $2
billion dollar a year price tag, the
adherents to that foolish idea came
up with new variations on the
same, tired theme, such as “all
payer” and “public utility.” The
Progs pushed a section into the
current health care bill to create an
insider task force to design a new
state mandate on individuals,
along with the penalties needed to
enforce it, and of course a new taxpayer-financed uncompensated
care pool to pay for care of those
who refuse to obey the mandate, or
can’t afford to pay its costs.
It’s overdue for Vermonters to
say “out with all that,” and start advancing a new and completely different 21st Century vision:
Vermont should adopt and pro-
third-party payments, the
mote a Consumer
Driven Health Care
• Encourage direct pay
model based on perto “focused factories”,
sonal responsibility, not
personalized health praccoercive mandates. Intices, urgent care clinics
in workplaces, malls, and
would choose among a
pharmacies, and indelarge array of innovative
pendent physician and surhealth care and health insurance options, and use mCCLAugHRY gery practices.
• End the notorious
pre-tax dollars to pay for
them. A consumer driven govern- practice of the state declaring more
ment will oversee the suppliers, and more people eligible for free
protect the consumers, and where health care, then failing to pay the
necessary subsidize people and full costs of that care, thus forcing
the providers to shift those costs
families of modest means.
Now, here are some specific onto private insurance premiums.
• Offer the acute care Medicaid
ways to move away from the abyss
of costly, coercive government population a Healthy Indiana plan,
where patients purchase care with
health care.
• Strongly reinforce the princi- their contributions to their own
ple that the primary responsibility POWER accounts, supplemented
for maintaining wellness and pay- with matching Medicaid dollars,
ing for health services rests with with performance incentives and
the informed individual and fam- state-provided catastrophic coverage.
ily, not with the government.
• Start paying attention to the lit• Spend public dollars to educate citizens – and especially erature on the business organizayoung people - in the conse- tion and financial incentives
quences of healthy and unhealthy underlying the health care system.
We need to allow disruptive entrelifestyle choices.
• Stimulate, support and recog- preneurial change in hospital and
nize a wide range of citizen-led associated enterprises, which do
initiatives for maintaining health some things well but many things
and managing chronic illness, such inefficiently, and are of necessity
as Operation Access (North Car- focused on extracting the maxiolina), health care cooperatives, mum amount of revenues from
free clinics, Remote Area Medical third party payers. Give attention clinics, friendly societies, church- including transitional support - to
based clinics, lodge practice, adaptive reuse of stranded cost fahealth sharing ministries, and fa- cilities.
• Repeal Certificate of Need recilitated networks.
• Promote expanded Health view, a process that strengthens
Savings Accounts, HRAs, and monopoly power at higher patient
FSAs coupled with catastrophic costs.
• Repeal age-based community
major medical coverage. The more
that first party payments replace rating that forces young healthy
people to cross subsidize premiums for their older, sicker, but
richer grandparents.
• Replace guaranteed issue with
a state high risk pool to pay the exceptional costs of the one percent
of the population that is uninsurable.
• Reduce insurance coverage
mandates especially for pregnancy,
substance abuse, and ill-defined
mental health conditions, especially those that consumers don’t
want or will likely never use.
• Allow premium discounts for
healthy lifestyles. This is prohibited by HIPAA, but the state
should do it and let Washington try
to stop it.
• Install an income tax based recovery requirement for persons
who get medical care, are able to
pay for it, but won’t.
• Encourage use of modern technology, including remote health
monitoring devices.
• Enact medical malpractice reforms, such as a pre-trial medical
review board, creating a patient
negligence formulary, and imposing fines for bringing frivolous
• Devise a legal workaround to
allow means-tested Obamacare
premium credits to flow to consumers purchasing care or coverage in a competitive, dynamic
health care marketplace.
When you’ve digested these
seventeen points, let me know – I
have more.
John McClaughry, vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute,
delivered these remarks to the Vermont Health Care Freedom Conference, held Saturday in South
Letters to the Editor…
Why not protect
the innocent?
To the Editor:
I am writing in disbelief how the
Orleans Record would publish the
name of an individual that recently
reported an individual for possessing
child pornography. How would the
employee that published the name,
found out the individual was now
being harassed and their life has been
threatened? Does the Orleans Record
report the victims of sex crimes? If
not then why isn’t a person that reports a sex crime not kept confidential? I want everyone to know I am
extremely proud of the individual for
reporting a sexual predator to authorities. Anyone that finds child pornography and does not report it, in my
eyes is as guilty as the individual possessing it. I want everyone to know
that in my opinion the Orleans
Record will put a life in jeopardy to
sell a story. Never will I in any way
support the paper. In the future keep
people that report crimes confidential, that is not news just a way to put
lives in jeopardy!
Todd Abel
Newport, Vt.
Carbon taxes
To the Editor:
The truth there are flocks of really tiny, invisible fairies who personally beam even tinier and also
invisible very special molecules up
from the ground to the atmosphere,
which Secretary of State John
Kerry explains is “maybe half an
inch thick,” and their fairy buddies
spread those molecules precisely
focusing them down upon our icy
poles. If we let the fairies flip the
teensy on switches, then presto the
poles will be zapped, New York
will be under water, Dodos will become extinct, children won’t know
snow, NASCAR will grind to a
halt, and worse.
There is only one thing we ignorant humans can do to prevent
Thermageddon. We can pay carbon taxes and, if we pay enough,
our heroes Bernie and Peter, who
are in close personal contact with
the leaders of the fairy hoard, will
give the secret hand signal NOT to
flip the switches. Not yet.
97% of all new age scientists
say this is so. It’s settled. Just think
of VPIRG as our life savings ac-
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Jim Sawhill
Kirby, Vt.
An excellent
To the Editor:
In the Caledonian editorial on
March 16, “Let the Light Shine,”
readers were given some disturbing information on freedom of the
press in the US. “Freedom of the
press in the United States decreased profoundly in 2014, according to a new report from
‘Reporters without Borders.’”
Even worse, “The US fell three
spots from last year, and is down
32 spots from its ranking of 17 in
Of course, the editor cherrypicked this data in order to criticize
the Obama Administration and
complain about its lack of transparency. Had the editor taken an
honest approach and presented all
the data available on the Reporters
without Borders’ website, he
would have ended up criticizing
President Bush.
Their Press Freedom Index for
the US for the last 14 years is provided below. A rating of “1” indicates the most freedom of the
2002 (17); 2003 (32); 2004 (46):
2005 (49); 2006 (56): 2007 (48);
2008 (41); 2009 (22); 2010 (20);
2011/12 (47); 2013 (32); 2014
(46); 2015 (49).
Our worst rating ever was 56
and occurred during the Bush Administration. I’m curious to know
why the editor failed to mention
that detail. In 2006, our rating was
down 39 spots from its ranking of
17 in 2002. Again, the editor failed
to mention that detail. If you average the numbers for the Bush Administration and the Obama
Administration, you come up with
overall ratings of 41 and 37, respectively.
I look forward to reading an editorial in the Caledonian that looks
at all the data from Reporters without Borders and acknowledges
that, according to Reporters without Borders, freedom of the press
suffered more under President
Bush than under President Obama.
Marion Mohri
Wheelock, Vt.
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Vermont medical center working
on a new nursing home
RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — The Gifford Medical Center in
Randolph, Vermont, is working on opening a new nursing home.
CEO Joe Woodin tells the Valley News (http://bit.ly/1xcMj4y)
the medical center now occupies about 15 aging buildings with
construction in some cases dating back to the late 19th century.
He said the nursing home and plans to move 25 patient beds from
shared to private rooms are the first step of a campus-wide potential community integrated into Randolph Center.
Hospital administrators said the projects will allow seniors at
the nursing home to live within walking distance of Randolph
Center, while providing privacy and extra space for hospital patients.
Woodin said in the next few months, administrators will begin
“firming up” plans for a 49-unit independent living building.
Temporary insanity defense
to be used in father-son killings
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman who
pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting her ex-boyfriend and his
son plans to use a temporary insanity and diminished capacity
Troopers were called to a Townshend home in November for
reports of a shooting. Police say Steve Lott and Robin O’Neill
had recently ended their relationship of a year and had been living
together at the time of the shooting. The 60-year-old Lott was
found dead, as well as 28-year-old Jamis Lott, who had been visiting.
The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1FtyAJi) O’Neill’s
lawyer says she lacked the ability to form the specific intent for
the charges due to consumption of alcohol and medications.
Windham County State’s Attorney Tracy Kelly Shriver declined to comment. O’Neill is being held without bail at the
woman’s prison in Burlington.
Eight people escape from
house fire, no one hurt
LEMPSTER, N.H. (AP) — Eight people, including five children, have escaped from a house fire in Lempster, New Hampshire.
WMUR-TV reports crews were called to the home at about
10:30 p.m. Sunday. The home collapsed during the fire. No injuries were reported.
The Red Cross assisted the residents, who stayed at a hotel
overnight. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Fishery disaster funds sought
by congressional delegation
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire’s
congressional delegation are requesting an update on the status
of federal disaster relief funds for fishermen in an industry harmed
by rigorous catch limits and economic losses.
U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Congressman
Frank Guinta sent a letter to the Office of Management and
Budget. New Hampshire applied in December for its state-specific grant portion of $1.1 million in funds, but they say they
haven’t heard anything more on it yet.
New Hampshire was allotted a total of about $2 million funds.
The 2014 appropriations bill included $75 million, to be administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce, for disaster relief to
help alleviate the economic impacts associated with fishery failures throughout the country.
N.H. Fish and Game offering
free turkey hunting workshop
HOLDERNESS, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and
Game officials are offering a free turkey hunting workshop this
The workshop will cover the basics of turkey hunting, turkey
calling and safe hunting practices. It will be held April 18 from 9
a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center
in Holderness.
Officials say space is limited and those interested should sign
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single telecommunications tower
and renewable energy project in the
state, the PSB is fabricating its own
interpretations of the law regardless of the standards of the local
community and it is allowing the
scenic beauty of Vermont – that
was so carefully protected over so
many years – to become degraded.
Vermonters can speak to the
House and Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committees at
David Priebe, a hunter education instructor, will discuss aspects
of turkey hunting. Wildlife biologist Andrew Timmins will take
about the history and behavior of wild turkeys.
New Hampshire’s spring gobbler season runs from May 3
through May 31. The state’s youth turkey hunting weekend will
take place April 25-26, 2015. Hunting licenses and turkey permits
can be purchased online at http://www.huntnh.com.
Fishing rule changes could
affect cod, haddock, lobsters
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and
Game Department is holding a public hearing in Portsmouth on
proposed fishing rules on April 7. The proposed rule changes include requiring any Atlantic cod taken from tidal waters to be immediately released; changing size and possession limits for
haddock; and requiring new buoy line requirements for lobster
traps and hauling times. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at
the Urban Forestry Center.
Man accused of drunken driving
near police fuel pump area
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police have
accused a man of drunken driving after a trooper saw his pickup
truck travel through a special fuel pump area used by state, county
and municipal vehicles, then drift from side to side.
Police say Trooper Irwin Malilay had just completed fueling
his cruiser at the pumps on Sunday night when he saw the truck,
which went back onto the road and crossed the center line.
Malilay stopped the truck. A breath test indicated the driver,
identified as 26-year-old Henry McPherson of Old Orchard
Beach, Maine, had a blood-alcohol level of over three times the
limit of .08 percent.
McPherson was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. He’s scheduled to be in court on April 10. It couldn’t be
verified whether he had a lawyer.
N.H. bobhouses have to be removed
from the ice by April 1
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It may still feel cold enough to go
ice fishing, but an April 1 deadline is approaching for all bobhouses to be removed from the ice in New Hampshire.
State law requires their removal, to make sure that bobhouses
and their contents do not fall through the ice and become a hazard
to boaters.
Failure to remove a bobhouse from public waters, public property or private property by the deadline is a violation that can result in a fine of $124 per day and a one-year loss of the owner’s
fishing license. The department can seize a bobhouse that hasn’t
been removed in cases where it can’t identify the owner.
Leaving a bobhouse on public or private property without written permission also is a violation.
The Fish and Game Department says on Sunday, a man’s Jeep
fell into soft ice at the end of Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee as he was trying to remove a bobhouse. The vehicle
had to be towed off the lake. There were no reports of injuries.
Lt. Heidi Murphy of the department’s law enforcement division said Monday she’s not aware of any other bobhouse removal-related problems.
“In the past, usually, when it starts to warm up, it warms up
pretty fast and so the ice goes out pretty fast in general, especially
around those areas where people have fished before,” Murphy
said. “It’s easier to do it the sooner the better, before it gets too
Man says shooting of 16-year-old
girl was an accident
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a
16-year-old girl in Manchester, New Hampshire, says it was an
Damian Walsh has been charged with reckless conduct and
falsifying physical evidence. Police said the girl was shot in the
abdomen on Saturday. Her dad says she’s in critical condition.
WMUR-TV reports the 18-year-old Walsh said in court Monday he didn’t do it on purpose.
Walsh is accused of throwing the gun into the Merrimack
River. His bail was set at $50,000 cash. He’s scheduled back in
court on April 2.
a public hearing on renewable energy siting on March 24, 2015 from
6 to 8 pm in the Statehouse in
Montpelier. Please come and let
legislators know that protecting
Vermont’s scenic beauty is important and that communities and
neighbors must be a respected part
of the process in the development
of new utility infrastructure.
Stephanie Kaplan is former
counsel for the Environmental
Board. She lives in Calais. Annette
Smith, of Danby, is executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment.
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State Police Link 1971 Student
Disappearance To Durst Heir
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Police said
Monday they’ve been investigating a link between the 1971 disappearance of a Middlebury College student and millionaire murder
suspect Robert Durst.
Investigators have been aware for several
years of a link between 18-year-old Lynne
Schulze and Durst, who operated the All Good
Things health food store in the town, the Middlebury Police Department said in a statement.
Schulze, a native of Simsbury, Connecticut,
who entered Middlebury College as a freshman in September 1971, was last seen that
December. Her missing-person flyer shows
her peering serenely through a loosely parted
mane of light-brown hair.
The Schulze case was reopened in 1992
and has continuously generated leads, police
Middlebury police call it an ongoing criminal investigation and say they aren’t releasing
any other details.
The 71-year-old Durst is a member of a
wealthy New York real estate family that runs
1 World Trade Center. He’s charged with
killing a woman 15 years ago in Los Angeles.
He’s been ordered held on weapons charges
in Louisiana, where a judge decided he’s a
flight risk and a danger to others after considering what FBI agents found in his hotel room
— an elaborate disguise and other escape tools
fit for a spy movie.
Durst was arrested at a hotel in New Orleans, where he had registered under a fake
name and was lying low while HBO aired the
final chapters of his life story, a documentary
series called “The Jinx.”
Authorities said FBI agents found Durst’s
passport and birth certificate, stacks of $100
bills, bags of marijuana, a gun, a map folded
to show Louisiana and Cuba and a flesh-toned
latex mask with salt-and-pepper hair.
“This was not a mask for Halloween,” Assistant District Attorney Mark Burton said.
Durst’s lawyers say his arrest was illegal.
They say the timing of an agent’s inventory
proves the search was illegal.
“That’s an improper search,” defense attorney Dick DeGuerin told the judge.
Durst, who previously was acquitted of
murder after a neighbor’s dismembered body
was found in a Texas bay in 2001, appeared
in court Monday with his hands shackled to
his sides in padded cuffs. He has been in a
prison’s mental health unit for nearly a week.
Prison officials have called him a suicide risk.
Authorities have said they believe Schulze,
at the time of her disappearance, may have
been a little depressed and self-conscious because of an acne condition but appeared to be
well-adjusted. In 2005 they called her “a typical, wholesome, all-American kid off at college” who “wasn’t into the counterculture
scene of that time.”
On Dec. 10, 1971, Schulze was with some
friends heading to a final exam when she told
them she had to go back to her room to get a
pencil, police said in 2005.
“She didn’t show up for the exam,” Officer
Vegar Boe said then. “Later, her friends went
back to her room. All her stuff was there, but
she was gone.”
US And Canadian Officials Cite
Regional Energy Collaboration
Associated Press
BURLINGTON, Vt. — There is an abundance of clean electricity in eastern Canada
waiting to be sent to the energy-hungry states of
New England, officials said Monday at an international energy conference at the University of
A number of projects are underway to help
move that power south, but officials from both
the United States and Canada said there is still a
need to reduce energy consumption through efficiency programs as well as expand ways to
produce clean power locally across the region.
“There is a real opportunity here between
these six New England states and the four eastern Canadian provinces to work together,” said
Aaron Annable, the acting consul general at the
Canadian Consulate in Boston.
Annable spoke at the conference at the University of Vermont entitled “Power from the
“Quebec and New England are pursuing the
same objective and facing the same challenges
raised by changes in the world’s energy market,”
said Pierre Arcand, the Quebec minister of Energy and Natural Resources. “We have geographic proximity and the values we share make
us natural partners.”
New England energy planners are looking at
ways to take advantage of the abundant supplies
of hydro-electric power available in Quebec and
other parts of Canada to help the region meet its
power needs.
David Cash, the former commissioner of the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental
Protection and Department of Public Utilities,
said the current energy thinking doesn’t go far
enough to bring in new ideas as well as new
sources of electricity, ensuring electric sources
are reliable and finding more ways of bringing
that electricity to the people and businesses that
would use it.
He said the number of transmission lines in
the planning stages should be expanded and the
region should take advantage of offshore wind
projects and the number of solar power installations should also be increased. And it should be
done in a way that allows utilities to make
money and customers to be happy as well, he
“The mix is not going to be the mix we’re
looking at here of natural gas and coal and
maybe some oil in the winter,” Cash said. “It’s
going to be hydro from Canada, it’s going to be
offshore wind from one of the best resources in
the entire world off the coast of New England
and the Canadian provinces.”
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in September 2010. Fletcher, along
with Keith Baird, 33, and Michael
“Mouse Boy” Norrie, 23, are accused of entering O’Hagan’s
Sheffield Village home at 3064
Route 122 on Sept. 10, 2010, with
the intention of committing a burglary.
According to court documents
O’Hagan was then forced into her
kitchen at gun point and shot in the
Her body was found nearly four
weeks later approximately 10
miles away on Horn Road in
Wheelock on Oct. 3, 2010.
State police said an autopsy
showed a single gunshot wound to
the back of O’Hagan’s head. A
fragmented .22 caliber bullet was
recovered from her skull. All three
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Hobo’s Mansion, a team from Waterford Elementary composed of seventh graders Wilder Hud- suspects were charged in March
son and Kyle Johnson, presents a covered bridge it made to immitate other covered bridges 2014 with kidnapping and murderthroughout Vermont. Hobo’s Mansion viewed covered bridges from around the state to get in- ing O’Hagan and have pleaded not
guilty to the charges. All three are
spiration for their own design.
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made out of popsicle sticks for the
event. “The Monster” a team from
Miller’s Run, made a bridge they
expected to withstand 904 pounds
of pressure, but it in fact held
nearly 1,000 pounds as it broke at
966 pounds.
Wilder Hudson and Kyle Johnson, from Waterford School, made
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he had drafted to save the Derby and
Rutland PSAPs.
The budget bill with the compromise came out of committee Monday with multi-party approval, said
Rep. Catherine “Kitty” Toll, D-Caledonia-Washington, a member of the
House Appropriations Committee.
“It was a unanimous vote, that’s
just outstanding,” Toll said in a voice
mail message to The Record.
Also voting for the budget bill and
to give more time for PSAP discussions was Rep. Martha “Marty” Feltus, R-Caledonia-4.
Feltus said the bill encourages regional groups to decide how best to
provide 911 needs.
“But importantly, local/regional
groups have to decide how to pay for
the dispatch services,” Feltus said in
a covered bridge which they modeled after other covered bridges
throughout Vermont.
“This year there were a few
teams that found a couple of loop
holes in the rules, so kids are always trying to push the boundaries,” Simpson said. “Bridges are
becoming more complex. Workmanship is getting much better.”
“The bridge that held the most
weight was from Waterford, Yo
Mama’s Kids, and it held 2,541
an email message to The Record.
The language on the PSAPs
would provide a funding bridge for
a quarter of a year of $425,000 from
the Universal Services Fund on
everyone’s phone bill to keep the
PSAPs in Derby and Rutland open
until Sept. 15.
By May 15, Flynn would be required under the bill to review the
number of PSAPs needed in Vermont, the number of dispatching positions needed, the cost per position
and ways to improve the services.
And the E911 Board would have
to look at the E911 call taking system and make a recommendation as
Any agreements about the funding and future of the Derby and Rutland PSAPs would have to be in
place by Sept. 15, when extra funding runs out.
The budget bill language would
give Flynn the authority to make
pounds,” Simpson said.
The event kicks off the tech department’s spring, which involves
several different SkillsUSA competitions, according to Simpson.
“This year we have kids competing from the end of March until
the second of April, when the closStaff Writer
ing ceremonies occur,” Simpson
said. “We fund-raise to offset the
costs of competitions and will be
having a benefit breakfast at Hoa- council has joined Coventry in
supporting a new name for the
gies from 8-10 on April 12.”
Newport State Airport.
The new name, Northeast Kingdom International Airport, has also
contracts with counties which want won the support in an online surto pay for services.
vey and from the airport’s new opMarcotte has envisioned that erating committee. It now requires
counties which want supplemental legislative approval.
911 services would pay through
Other names were NEK Retown-by-town fees.
gional Airport and Vermont’s
Toll said the language and the ex- North Country Regional Airport.
tension gives all the parties time to
The select board in Coventry,
hammer out the most efficient way where the airport is located, alto operate and fund the PSAPs.
ready approved the new name for
“All voices will be heard,” she the expanding airport.
Last week, the city council
“This is good news for those who voted in favor of the new name
support keeping four state PSAPs with no opposition. One alderman,
open,” said former Sen. Vincent Il- Jacques “Jack” Roberge, said he
luzzi of Derby, who represents state preferred the “regional” designaemployees. “It’s not a done deal, but tion, and abstained from the vote.
gives life to the movement to keep
the Derby and Rutland PSAPs/dispatch centers open.”
At the meeting in Newport, Flynn
was asked about the budget bill language to save the PSAPs. He said he
had heard there was a development,
but he said he had not seen it.
Michael Norrie
Keith Baird
facing possible life prison sentences if convicted.
Both Baird and Norrie also have
court hearings this week. Both are
scheduled for status conferences
on their O’Hagan charges today at
9 a.m.
On Friday, Baird is scheduled to
be sentenced on 30 counts of violating an abuse prevention order at
1:30 p.m. in unrelated cases.
Baird was convicted by a jury in
August 2014 of 30 counts of violating an abuse prevention order
(VAPO) by contacting Sheila Conley, 31, from a prison telephone in
the fall of 2012.
Norrie was sent to federal prison
in November 2013 after being convicted of stealing his father’s .22
caliber Rough Rider revolver and
selling it for marijuana and money.
He was sentenced to a prison term
of four years and eight months
with credit for time served.
Patricia Sears of Lowell, chairman of the airport committee, said
the airport committee wanted a
new name, in part to recognize the
expansion and opportunities that
will be created at the growing airport.
As well, the committee made up
of airport users like pilots, hangar
owners, the company managing
the airport and the state Agency of
Transportation, wanted to differentiate the airport from the other
“Newport” airports in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
Sears said 68 percent of those
who responded to the online survey liked the NEK International
Airport name.
The airport will be international,
she said, because of its proximity
to the U.S.-Canadian border and its
designation by U.S. Customs and
Border Protection that it will serve
international flights.
It is already designated as a hub
in the area’s foreign trade zone.
The name has a green light from
the Shumlin administration.
A bill, H. 303, is sponsored by
Rep. Michael Marcotte of Coventry and has bi-partisan support
from lawmakers across Orleans
County. It is being considered now
in the House in Montpelier. If approved by the Legislature, the bill
would take effect on passage.
The name change could come as
construction begins in earnest on
the first phase of a multi-year expansion of the airport.
Mayor Paul Monette and Alderman Steve Vincent, in a meeting
last week, said they liked the
Improvements are being made
to the airport by VTrans, using
funds approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, to build a
5,300-foot-long runway that would
allow private jets and larger planes
to land under all weather conditions and at night.
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cost more and take longer to complete the project.
Jessica Sechler, marketing director for Q Burke Mountain Resort, says Q Burke is anticipating
the bridge closure and planning
shipments of hotel construction
materials in advance of the bridge
closure. Sechler said Peak CM
Construction Company will attempt to stockpile needed materials as much as possible to carry the
company through the closed
bridge period.
Sechler said the anticipated
bridge closure completion date is
cutting it a bit close as Burke area
businesses prepare for the national
mountain bike manufacturers trade
show and exhibition in East Burke
beginning June 19.
At the entrance to East Burke
Village, Craig Owen, who has
managed the Burke Log Yard for
Timber Resource Group for the
last 12 years, had a full yard Monday as area loggers were harvesting wood before town highways
are closed for mud season. Owen
says the log yard’s “slow season”
runs from the middle of April into
the first weeks of June. He is hopeful that there will be no delays and
the bridge closure will not last
longer than the scheduled three
Owen noted that the Burke Log
Yard is south of the bridge on
Route 114 and most of the loads of
logs leaving the yard are headed
north on Route 114 toward the
Canadian border.
The bridge closure is not the entirety of the project, as the con-
struction will include replacing
sidewalks alongside Route 114.
Sechler said one of the most important details will be for Burke
area businesses to all stay on the
same page. She said the area businesses will work to present a single
message, with signage, directions
and exits all agreed upon in advance.
Burke Selectman Ken Sanderson, in the meantime, says the
town still must have a final meeting with state engineers to agree on
schedules and detours.
Sanderson had remarked earlier
that the town of Lyndon boundary
extends closer to downtown East
Burke than most would think. To
plan detours off of Route 114 at the
Mount Hunger turn or up Darling
Hill Road will require working
with Lyndon officials, Sanderson
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and a sense it could have been
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BURLINGTON — A federal
court judge found in favor of a Newport City Police officer in a lawsuit
where the plaintiff alleged the officer
used excessive force in subduing
U.S. District Court Chief Judge
Christina Reiss granted summary
judgment to officer Richard Wells in
the suit filed against him by Fabian
Prive, effectively settling the case unless Prive decides to appeal the decision.
“Obviously we are disappointed,”
wrote Prive’s attorney David Sleigh
by e-mail. “We believed the evidence
of excessive force was overwhelming.”
Sleigh didn’t say whether Prive
would appeal, but wrote, “We are
considering our options.”
Wells declined to comment on the
suit’s outcome.
Prive filed the suit alleging false
arrest, excessive force, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault
and battery, false imprisonment, and
malicious prosecution, stemming
from a drunken driving investigation
Aug. 14 and 15, 2012.
In the most basic terms, Reiss
found that because Wells had either
probable cause or arguable probable
cause to believe that a crime had
been committed and the defendant
committed the crime, he is entitled to
qualified immunity.
After a Border Patrol agent
claimed he saw Prive’s wife, Laura,
operating their vehicle erratically,
Newport police and the agent investigated both Laura and Fabian Prive
for drunken driving, although Fabian
Prive admitted he’d been driving the
whole night and was found to not be
driving drunk.
While versions of the events that
took place that night differ widely,
which normally would prevent a
court from granting a motion for
summary judgment, Reiss found that
the facts in dispute were irrelevant
and immaterial to the outcome of the
What is clear is that when police
began investigating Laura Prive for
driving drunk, Fabian Prive – who
Reiss described as loud and confrontational – exited the vehicle and
walked up to the officers, insisting
that they stop their investigation
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since he’d been the only one driving.
Wells lightly shoved Fabian Prive,
the judge found after viewing the
video of the event, and Prive still refused to comply with Wells’ order to
hit the ground, within the 12 seconds
between the first order and Wells tasing him and forcing him to the
ground with the help of the other
three officers.
Reiss found – in a section entitled
“Undisputed Facts” – that Prive appears to have attempted to push
Wells back, but Prive testified that his
arms raised in reflexively in response
to being shoved backward.
Because the court found that Wells
had probable cause or arguable probable cause, that created a “complete
defense” to the counts of false arrest,
false imprisonment and malicious
In evaluating claims of excessive
force, courts must consider the severity of the crime, whether the suspect
poses an immediate risk of harm to
others, and when the suspect is actively resisting.
Drunken driving is a serious crime
that poses danger to the public, Reiss
wrote. Because of Fabian Prive’s actions – his proximity to the officers,
his agitated and confrontational tone,
and his refusal to return to his vehicle
– the officers were forced to focus
their attention on him rather than
Laura Prive, Reiss wrote.
“In such circumstances, it was objectively reasonable for Defendant to
believe that probable cause existed
regarding an additional, and not trivial crime – hindering a law enforcement officer,” Reiss wrote.
During the confrontation, Laura
Prive was “admittedly intoxicated,
confrontational, and ultimately physically assaultive,” Reiss wrote. Their
refusal to obey police commands is
enough by itself to justify a use of
force, Reiss wrote, and in this case,
Fabian’s noncompliance coupled
with Laura’s “screaming and cursing
at the officers and attempting to push
and strike them” escalated the level
of aggression in the encounter.
Reiss wrote that Fabian Prive was
warned he’d be tased if he continued
to fail to comply with orders, and the
use of the Taser was a reasonable response to “the rapidly escalating confrontation.”
Where there is no excessive force,
there is also no valid claim of assault
and battery, Reiss found.
To get a ruling that an officer intentionally inflicted emotional distress, the plaintiff must show that the
defendant’s conduct was outrageous,
done with reckless disregard to the
probability of inflicting emotional
distress, and actually resulted in such.
“The conduct must be so outrageous in character, and so extreme in
degree, as to go beyond all possible
bounds of decency, and be regarded
as atrocious, and utterly intolerable
in a civilized community,” Reiss
wrote, quoting a 1994 Vermont case.
Since Wells’ use of force was
deemed reasonable, Prive’s claim of
emotional distress fails as well, Reiss
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Police chief: No evidence of gang rape doesn’t
mean something terrible didn’t happen at UVa
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A four-month police investigation
into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone
magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and
was stymied by the accuser’s unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said
The article, titled “A rape on campus,” focused on a student identified only
as “Jackie” who said she was raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity more than
two years earlier.
It described a hidden culture of sexual violence fueled by binge drinking
at the college. Police said they found no evidence of that either.
There were numerous discrepancies between the article, published in November 2014, and what investigators found, said Charlottesville Police Chief
Timothy Longo, who took care not to accuse Jackie of lying.
The case is suspended, not closed, and the fact that investigators could not
find evidence years later “doesn’t mean that something terrible didn’t happen
to Jackie,” Longo said.
Israel’s Netanyahu apologizes for offending Arab
citizens with his comments during election
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized
to Israel’s Arab citizens on Monday for remarks he made during last week’s
parliament election that offended members of the community.
The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at
home and in the United States. Netanyahu drew accusations of racism in Israel, especially from its Arab minority, and a White House rebuke when, just
a few hours before polling stations were to close across the country, he
warned that Arab citizens were voting “in droves.”
But President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, rejected
Netanyahu’s attempt to distance himself from his comments, telling an Israel
advocacy group Monday that the U.S. can’t just overlook what Netanyahu
said on the eve of his re-election.
Netanyahu, whose Likud Party won re-election in the vote, met with members of the Arab community at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem
on Monday and apologized.
He said he knows his “comments last week offended some Israeli citizens
and offended members of the Israeli-Arab community.”
Cruz goes all-in on conservatives, starting White
House bid with scant attention to moderates
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative
voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion
rights – and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.
His aspirational appeal on Monday, aimed at America’s most conservative
voters, could quickly run into challenges in winning over moderate voters –
and eventually deep difficulties in governing should Cruz win the White
But it’s a message that Cruz, the first major 2016 contender to declare himself a candidate, is expected to forcefully emphasize in the coming year before voters start to pick nominees.
“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe that God isn’t done with Americans,” Cruz declared at
Liberty University, a Christian school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
“I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America. And that is that is why,
today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States
of America.”
3 dead in scaffolding collapse at 11-story highrise under construction in downtown Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a highrise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in
downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital.
All four men were involved in the construction of Charter Square, a glass
and steel building in downtown Raleigh, said Jeffrey Hammerstein, community outreach chief for Wake County EMS.
A 911 caller told the operator that men were working on the scaffold when
it fell about 11 a.m. The equipment, known as a mast climber scaffold, moves
up and down a building’s facade to take workers to different floors.
“We just had a mast climber fall off. There were men on it,” the caller said,
estimating the men fell 200 feet.
The operator asked if the victims were awake, to which the caller responded: “No, they’re dead.”
Governor signs law making Utah only state to
use firing squads if lethal drugs are unavailable
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah became the only state to allow firing
squads for executions Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method’s use when no lethal-injection drugs are available.
Herbert has said he finds the firing squad “a little bit gruesome,” but Utah
is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a
shortage of the drugs persists.
“We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder
to merit the death penalty, and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal
injection when such a sentence is issued,” Herbert spokesman Marty Carpenter said. “However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a
death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the executive
The measure’s approval is the latest illustration of some states’ frustration
over bungled executions and difficulty obtaining the drugs. Utah is one of
several states seeking new forms of capital punishment after a botched Oklahoma lethal injection last year.
States have struggled to keep up their drug inventories as European manufacturers opposed to capital punishment refuse to sell the components of
lethal injections to U.S. prisons.
WHO spokeswoman: Politics played no role in
the declaration of an
Ebola emergency
LONDON (AP) — The World
Health Organization denied Monday
that politics swayed the decision to
declare an international emergency
over the spread of the Ebola virus last
year, despite evidence senior staffers
repeatedly discussed the diplomatic
and economic fallout of such a move.
A year after WHO declared that
Ebola had been found in Guinea, the
agency is on the defensive over reports that it dragged its feet when
raising the international alarm over
the disease. Internal communications
published by The Associated Press
last week documented senior agency
Terrorism Expert: Tsarnaev Note In Boat Used Jihadi Themes
AP legal Affairs Writer
BOSTON (AP) — A note written
by Boston Marathon bomber
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he hid inside
a boat contained themes of global
jihad similar to those found in extremist materials on his computer, a
terrorism expert testified Monday at
his federal death penalty trial.
In the note, scrawled in pencil and
carved in wood on the inside walls
of the boat, Tsarnaev condemned
U.S. actions in Muslim countries and
asked Allah to make him a “shaheed,” a martyr, said Matthew Levitt,
a terrorism expert at The Washington
Institute, a think tank that focuses on
U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Levitt said many of the ideas included in Tsarnaev’s note are contained in lectures by Anwar
al-Awlaki — an America-born Muslim cleric suspected of being a terrorist and killed in a U.S. drone strike
in Yemen in 2011 — and writings in
the al-Qaida publication Inspire
magazine, both of which were found
on Tsarnaev’s computer. In one Inspire article shown to the jury, titled
“Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of
Your Mom,” the instructions say a
pressure cooker “should be placed in
crowded areas and left to blow up”
and “More than one of these could
be planted to explode at the same
Two pressure-cooker bombs were
planted by Tsarnaev and his older
brother, Tamerlan, near the finish line
of the 2013 marathon, killing three
people and injuring more than 260.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev made it
clear in the note he wrote in the boat
that the brothers saw the attack as retaliation for U.S. wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Tamerlan Tsarnaev
died three days after the bombings
following a shootout with police and
being run over by Dzhokhar during
an escape. Dzhokhar was found
more than 18 hours later hiding in a
boat parked in a yard in Watertown.
During opening statements, Tsarnaev’s lawyer acknowledged that he
participated in the bombings but por-
trayed Tamerlan, 26, as the mastermind who recruited his younger
brother, then 19, to help him.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers have made it
clear they are using both the guilt and
penalty phases of the trial to try to
save him from the death penalty.
Prosecutors are expected to rest their
case in the guilt phase this week. The
same jury will then decide whether
he spends the rest of his life in prison
or receives the death penalty.
Levitt, testifying for prosecutors,
said the themes in Tsarnaev’s note
are common in the global jihadi
movement. In one part of the note,
Tsarnaev wrote, “We Muslims are
one body, you hurt one you hurt us
“It’s the idea that if you hurt one
Muslim in any part of the world, it’s
incumbent upon a Muslim … to do
something about it,” Levitt said.
Levitt was expected to be crossexamined Tuesday by Tsarnaev’s
Earlier Monday, one of Tsarnaev’s
lawyers aggressively questioned an
FBI agent about extremist materials
found on Tsarnaev’s computer as the
defense attempted to portray Tamerlan as more radicalized and primarily
responsible for the 2013 attack.
Kevin Swindon, a supervisory
agent in charge of the Boston FBI’s
cybersquad, last week described a
variety of extremist content found on
Tsarnaev’s computer.
During cross-examination Monday by defense attorney William
Fick, Swindon acknowledged that
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s computer had
encryption software on it, but
Dzhokhar’s computer did not, an apparent attempt by the defense to suggest that Tamerlan had something to
While questioning Swindon, Fick
also suggested that much of the activity on Dzhokhar’s computer centered on Facebook and other subjects
of interest to teenage boys, including
popular music and homework. As
part of one of his questions, Fick said
there was nothing about “jihad” or
“Islam” among the top search terms
on Dzhokhar’s computer.
Clashes Rage In Ukrainian Town, Making Mockery Of Truce
Associated Press
SHYROKYNE, Ukraine — To
reach rear-guard government positions in the seaside town of Shyrokyne, Ukrainian soldiers gingerly
wind their off-roaders through private gardens hugging a precipice
along the Azov Sea.
The truce announced in mid-February has never taken here, so traveling by the main roads is too
Government and Russian-backed
separatist forces face off in daily gun
and artillery battles across an unseen
line cutting through the town. The
skirmishes are fierce, but contained
— for now. Still, the enduring unrest
arouses deep anxieties that a conflict
which has already claimed more than
6,000 lives in eastern Ukraine could
flare up again across the entire 450kilometer (280-mile) front line.
Shyrokyne itself is not much of a
prize. It is the industrial port city of
Mariupol, 10 kilometers (6 miles)
further west, that Ukrainian forces
want to defend from the rebels at all
Residents and government troops
alike believe the separatists’ ultimate
aim is to take Mariupol — and eventually create a land bridge between
Russia and Crimea, which Russia annexed last March. Crimea has no
physical link to Russian territory now
and a bridge being discussed is years
away from completion.
Government forces in Shyrokyne
are only truly at ease behind three defensive lines separating them from
the heat of fighting in the center. At a
makeshift garrison installed there, on
the grounds of a restaurant near the
shore, two tanks stood parked Sunday under a striped awning.
Several hundred meters away,
mortar shells landing in the sea
sprayed up columns of water.
“They are hurling anti-tank shells
at the lighthouse. Another one just
came this way,” said a bearded, barrel-chested fighter with the government’s Azov Battalion who gave
only his nom de guerre, Al.
As reports came that two enemy
tanks had been spotted, Al’s thoughts
turned to the combat ahead. “It is all
about to start,” he said.
To proceed closer to the area
where the battle is fiercest, soldiers
abandon their cars and race on foot
toward a school, climbing through a
hole in the fence. The asphalt on the
road had been torn up by explosives,
so only armored vehicles could get
through with ease.
The responsibility for defending
Shyrokyne is shared between the
Azov and Donbass battalions, who
take weekly turns to serve in the
town. Coordination is sometimes
poor, however.
As Azov troops jogged for cover
behind the school Sunday, one soldier shouted: “What are you doing?
Are you crazy running like that?
There are booby traps there.”
Another soldier corrected him.
“Nah, the booby traps are over
there,” he said, waving his hand
vaguely to the left. “The Donbass
guys put them there.”
Inside the school, children’s drawings still decorated the walls. One
man fried sausages and another
chowed down on boiled oats as a
mobile phone blared out music by a
Russian death metal band. Underfoot, amid the spent bullet cartridges
and shrapnel, students’ art collages
lay covered in fallen plaster.
As the sound of mortars grew
more intense, all the men ducked inside for cover.
A cease-fire between Ukrainian
and rebel forces was forged after
marathon negotiations between the
leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany
and France on Feb. 12. Under the
truce, fighting was supposed to stop
and heavy weapons were to be pulled
back from the front line. Responsibility for verifying the cease-fire lies
with monitors from the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mathematician said the rebels always wait for the OSCE teams to
leave before resuming their attacks.
“As soon as the OSCE leaves, the
firing starts,” he said. Separatists accuse Ukrainian forces of similar deviousness, and it’s hard to know
definitely even at the front line who
started any specific round of firing.
The head of the OSCE monitoring
mission on Monday demanded that
his teams be granted secure access to
“Both sides in this area continue
to violate numerous provisions of the
(cease-fire) agreements, including
those related to cessation of fire, prohibition of attacking moves, withdrawal of heavy weapons, and
deployment of (airborne drones),”
said Ertugrul Apakan.
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said
the disparity between what Russia
and the separatists say and what they
do threatens stability in the region.
“Russia and the separatists claim
to be honoring the ceasefire, but in
reality, they are violating it on a regular basis, and are encroaching further beyond the ceasefire line,” she
said, and reiterated a call for unfettered access for OSCE monitors.
Later on Sunday afternoon,
sounds resembling outgoing mortars
could be heard from a field near Shyrokyne. Soldiers refused to give an
AP reporter access to the area.
“We don’t have any mortars,”
Mathematician said, smiling. “They
only allow us to have small arms. But
when they (rebels) get really brazen,
we call in support and flatten them.”
Many in the Azov Battalion have
unabashed Ukrainian nationalist
sympathies, prompting rebels to label
them neo-fascists.
From time to time, Azov fighters
in Shyrokyne greeted one another
with ironic Roman salutes and then
grinned at their own humor. That
kind of idle larking and the battalion’s flirtation with neo-Nazi symbolism is seized upon as
confirmation of their critics’ worst
The infamy appears only partly
deserved, however.
Some embrace fervent Ukrainian
nationalism as a repudiation of the
heavily Russian-dominated Soviet
legacy, all while serving with fighters
from a wide array of political and
ethnic backgrounds. Chit-chat
switches casually from Ukrainian to
Russian and back again.
The best view of the skirmishes
raging inside the village is from the
House of Culture, a stolid building of
a style popular across the Soviet
Union during Josef Stalin’s rule.
From there, fighters unleashed
salvoes from an automatic grenade
launcher and 73 mm caliber anti-tank
Ukrainian forces hold the elevated
sections of Shyrokyne, giving them
a tactical advantage. Smoke could be
seen billowing from houses in the
lower-lying buffer zone. One shell
apparently flying in from rebel positions landed by a church.
All at once, the men on the House
of Culture roof cried out in a jubilant
chorus, pointing toward the village.
“Did you see those flames? We hit
a tank. Two direct hits,” one government fighter said.
By the day’s end, the final Ukrainian tally was at least one enemy tank
destroyed and two relatively light injuries among their ranks.
Almost every day brings new casualties — on occasion, some fatal
— but their determination to stop the
rebel advance along the Azov Sea
coast is intense.
One Azov fighter calling himself
Tantsor — Russian for dancer —
said the rebels were clearly hoping to
take Mariupol by stealth.
“They are violating the cease-fire
everywhere and using any chance
they get to advance even by one centimeter toward peaceful Ukrainian
towns,” he said.
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Descendants of Richard III, nephew 16 times removed Michael Ibsen, left, and his brother Jeff Ibsen, right, and niece 18 times
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LONDON (AP) — Richard III
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Hundreds of people, including
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