Monday November 26, 2012

Vermont police say housekeeper sorry in jewel thefts

BENNINGTON (AP) -- Court documents say a 30-year-old Vermont housekeeper told police she was sorry for stealing at least $10,000 worth of jewelry from a Winhall woman for whom she had worked for five years.

On Monday, January Nelson, of Chester, pleaded not guilty to one count of grand larceny.

Court documents allege Nelson took the jewelry to help her pay her bills.

A Winhall police officer went to the home where Nelson had worked and Nelson began to cry when she saw the officer.

Winhall Police Sgt. Thomas Crowe wrote that Nelson turned over some of the jewelry. More was recovered from a jewelry store.

It’s unclear if all the jewelry was recovered because some had been scheduled to be melted down.

Missing 6-year-old boy found in Vermont

SUNDERLAND (AP) -- A 6-year-old Vermont boy is safe and sound following a night in the woods after going missing during a family hunting outing.

Joseph "Jo Jo" McCray, of Arlington, was able to walk out on his own after being located by a search team around 9:30 a.m. Sunday in a wooded area of Sunderland.

Officials say the boy was reported missing Saturday afternoon after failing to show up at a prearranged place after his family spread out while entering the woods.

State police say about 120 volunteers and searchers with state police, the Fish and Game Department and local fire departments assisted in the search that lasted through the night.

Officials say the boy will be evaluated as a medical precaution.

Springfield police chief seeks more officers

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- The Springfield police chief says he needs at least two more officers to help patrol the southern Vermont community that has seen a spike in crime in recent years.

Chief Douglas Johnston says the town is seeing an influx of out-of-state drug dealers and more and more serious crimes. He says heroin is currently the illegal drug of choice in the region.

Johnston has asked for extra officers every year in recent years, but the weak economy has made that impossible. He says he’s hoping the Select Board will agree to his request this year.

The Springfield police department currently has 16 officers.

Killington ski resort touts lift run with manure power

KILLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont’s Killington ski resort and Green Mountain Power are highlighting a project that is using cow manure to power one of the resort’s lifts.

There will be cows at the resort all day Saturday as part of the celebration of the resort’s participating in GMP’s Cow Power program.

The Cow Power program enables customers to purchase all or part of their electricity at a premium and support Vermont’s dairy farms.

The program works by collecting cow manure, mixing it with wash water from the milking equipment and then pumping that slurry into a digester where it is heated for three weeks. The process converts the manure into biogas that is 60 percent methane.

The methane then powers a generator.

Killington will run its K-1 Express Gondola with cow power.

Vt. police, firefighters collecting toys for kids

MORRISVILLE (AP) -- Some of the state’s police officers and firefighters are teaming up to collect toys for patients the Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington.

The event called "Operation Fire Cuff" is in its second year.

Operation Fire Cuff is being run by the Vermont State Police, the Morristown Police Department and the Burlington Fire Department.

On Dec. 14 the items that have been collected will be delivered to the hospital by Santa and representatives of the three public safety agencies.

The hospital says the most-needed toys include rattles and mobiles for infants; musical and pop-up toys for toddlers, and building blocks and art kits for elementary school-age children.

For older children, they are seeking nail polish, body lotion or gift cards.

Vt homeless shelter raising money after flood loss

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A homeless shelter in Burlington is raising money to help rebuild what it calls its day station, temporarily moved to the parsonage of a Burlington church after its original location was damaged by a summer flood.

Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter raised more than $70,000 throughout the summer and fall to replace the computers, appliances and furniture destroyed in the July 4 flood.

During the time between the storm and the move to the parsonage of the Methodist Church, COTS provided reduced day station services in the flooded building’s second story and at the overnight shelter on lower Church Street.

COTS spokeswoman Becky Holt says they’re now working on raising money to rebuild the day station.

She says they also need volunteers.

Vt. woman killed after hit by car on street

BRISTOL (AP) -- An 85-year-old Bristol woman has died after being struck by a vehicle on a downtown street in Bristol.

Police say the woman was hit by a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old woman as she was crossing the street shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. The elderly woman was taken to Fletcher Allen hospital in Burlington, where she died.

Officials say the crash is under investigation, but that alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The names of the victim and the driver have not been released.