Vermont Briefs

Saturday September 29, 2012

Police: Stun gun victim died
from heart attack

THETFORD (AP) -- Vermont State Police say a Thetford man who was shot with a stun gun by police died of a heart attack caused by the shock.

Police said Friday that the death of 39-year-old Macadam Mason is being investigated as a homicide.

Police said other factors in the death include heart disease and excited delirium syndrome, according to the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s office.

Police said the 39-year-old Mason of Thetford called a crisis line, indicating he might harm himself or others. State troopers went to his home and tried to settle him down, but police say Mason moved aggressively, with his fist raised, toward a trooper. Mason was shot in the chest by the stun gun. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Obama signs important investor visa bill

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy is hailing legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama that is expected to be key to a series of big economic investments in northern Vermont.

Leahy has been a key backer of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center program, and Obama on Friday signed a three-year extension of the program.

Leahy says it will enable foreign investors to bring some $500 million in capital to help expansions at the Jay Peak and Burk Mountain ski areas, new manufacturing and commercial development in downtown Newport and improvements to the state airport in Coventry.

State denies Vt. medic license following fatal

BENNINGTON (AP) -- The state has rejected a license renewal for a Vermont paramedic for actions he took during a fatal motorcycle crash.

Vermont Emergency Services says Gillvray Hall of the Bennington Rescue Squad knowingly preformed a heart procedure prohibited by the state and was slow in taking the motorcyclist to a local hospital.

William Hathaway, executive director of Bennington Rescue, told the Bennington Banner that Hall is planning to appeal the decision.

He said Hall continues to serve as operations manager.


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