Saturday March 16, 2013

Vt. women’s commission
opposes Shumlin on welfare

MONTPELIER (AP) -- A Vermont state agency that promotes issues of importance to women has gone on record opposing a plan Gov. Peter Shumlin has to place new time limits on a welfare-to-work program. Shumlin has proposed limits of three years consecutive and five years over a life-time for people who get state assistance while they look for work or seek new job training.

The Vermont Commission on Women voted this week to urge the Legislature not to adopt the governor’s proposal.

The commission says the new time limits for what the state calls its Reach Up program would affect mostly female-headed households.

It says the families often face special challenges, including a lack of transportation, mental health issues, or the need to care for a child with a disability.

Police: Barista helps nab coffee shop robber

RUTLAND (AP) -- Police say a fast-acting barista helped nab a robber in downtown Rutland.

Authorities say a man walked behind the counter at the Coffee Exchange on Friday, snatched a bag full of cash that was intended for the bank and an employee’s purse, and left the store.

Employee Kate Barcellos followed him down the sidewalk, through a building and onto a bus terminal, while shouting for help and for the man to stop. Three bystanders then tackled the man, until police could take him into custody.


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The cash and purse were recovered. Police say a 22-year-old Nicholas Young of Rutland has been charged with felony grand larceny and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault for allegedly biting two of the bystanders who tackled him.

Vt. police officer cleared of criminal conduct

RUTLAND (AP) -- A veteran police officer in Rutland, who was suspended following an altercation at a hospital has been cleared of any criminal conduct.

Thomas Fuller, a 26-year veteran of the force, was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident at Rutland Regional Medical Center on Dec. 1. The details of the altercation have not been disclosed. Assistant Attorney General Cindy Maguire said that after a two-month investigation, the decision was made not to pursue criminal charges. She said there was insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Fuller is to remain on leave until an internal investigation is completed.

Ski resort staffers accused of taking items

BOLTON (AP) -- A staffer at the Bolton Valley Resort in Vermont has been arrested after police found stolen snowboard equipment during a search of his car. Police said burglaries at the resort were reported Thursday. Twenty-two-year-old Kyle Lesage of Waterbury is accused of possessing stolen property. Police said some of the missing items were found in his vehicle. Also arrested on the same charge was 22-year-old Joseph Woodruff of Hinesburg. Police said he moved some of the stolen items to a pickup truck that was parked in the lot and hid them in the truck bed.