Wednesday October 10, 2012

2 arrested in Vermont deer poaching case

ROYALTON (AP) -- Two central Vermont men are facing charges in a deer-poaching case that sprang from a decoy operation conducted by wardens.

State game wardens using a decoy in Royalton last Friday night say shots were fired at it. Wardens stopped a car but no gun was found in it.

A short time later, wardens found a firearm in a field along the side of the road where they believe it had been tossed by the suspects.

Mikel Brady of Randolph and Joshua Hill of Bethel, both 23, face charges of taking deer in closed season, taking deer by illegal means and possession of a loaded rifle in a motor vehicle. Wardens say Brady and Hill may face additional charges.

Tip line in Vermont will offer money

RUTLAND (AP) -- The Vermont Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office is launching a new crime tip line that will offer money for useful information on guns and drug activity.

The ATF is now focusing its efforts in Rutland, where it says narcotics are a big problem.

The ATF does not always deal with drug trafficking crimes, but because firearms are often related to those crimes it crosses into that area.

The tipline number is 802-865-4016.

Texting-driving trial opens in Vermont

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A jury trial for a Vermont woman who’s charged with texting while driving and injuring a pedestrian is under way.

After 19-year-old Emma Vieira’s trial opened Tuesday, lawyers arguing whether the accident was the result of inattention while Vieira was texting, or whether it was so dark she couldn’t see the pedestrian.

Fifty-two-year-old Deborah Drewniak was struck in August 2011 as she walked her dog in the roadway. The Burlington Free Press says Drewniak sustained a traumatic brain injury in the collision, and her dog was killed.

Vieira’s pleaded not guilty to one count of grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting in serious injury. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.