Vermont in Brief

Wednesday November 21, 2012

Vt. police to enforce seatbelt law

MONTPELIER (AP) -- People across Vermont should be seeing more law enforcement officers on the roads over the holiday weekend checking to make sure motorists are wearing their seatbelts.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is sponsoring a holiday Click-It-or-Ticket enforcement campaign from Wednesday through Sunday.

People on Vermont roads should expect to see more state, county and local law enforcement officers.

Statistics show that of the 70 people killed on Vermont roads so far this year 40 were not properly restrained.

Vermont’s statewide seatbelt usage is just over 84 percent, below the national average of 85 percent.

The state has run click-it-or-ticket campaigns since 2002.

Jailhouse calls: Man wanted to take over

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION (AP) -- Jailhouse calls from a Vermont man charged with attempted murder suggest he was planning on "taking over" a town.

Terrick Craft is accused of firing shots at Nicholas Brown last summer in Springfield. Police thought they were responding to a complaint about fireworks.

Brown was not hurt, but Craft was arrested. The recordings played in court suggest that he was threatening violence against anyone who stood in his way of taking over Springfield. They were played during a hearing this week in which Craft’s attorney asked a judge to lower his bail and release him from prison.

Defense lawyer Karen DeWolfe contested a prosecutor’s efforts to have the recordings admitted as evidence.

Judge Robert Gerety declined to rule on the bail issue, saying he would soon issue a written decision.

Berlin: More questions on Vt. state hospital

MONTPELIER (AP) -- It looks like the state of Vermont will not meet its goal of starting construction on a new psychiatric hospital in Berlin before the end of this month.

But acting Mental Health Commissioner Mary Moulton and local officials in Berlin say they think the project is still on track.

The town Development Review Board put off a decision on the project for at least two more weeks at a meeting Tuesday night.

Officials say questions remain about whether the state should contribute more toward redesigning an intersection and what trees and shrubs will be used on the grounds of the new hospital.

The facility is to help replace the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, which was closed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.


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