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Sex offenders in compliance

ROYALTON — All 79 sex offenders who live in Orange, Windham and Windsor counties are in compliance with registration laws, according to the Vermont State Police.
State police said the Royalton, Rockingham and Brattleboro barracks, or Troop D, spent seven days doing a routine check on all sex offenders in the three counties to make sure they are registered as required.
Troop D commander Capt. Ray Keefe said it was the first time he could remember that all those checked were in compliance.
Keefe said they do checks regularly on a random basis.

Public crime meeting tonight

Concerned citizens will get a chance to talk to the mayor and police chief during a forum at Howe Center tonight.
The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Franklin Conference Center, is open to the public for discussion of quality of life issues in city neighborhoods. Information gathered will be used in developing a strategic plan to address drug activity and related crime.

Tools reported taken from truck

ORANGE — State police are investigating a report of a truck that was broken into and vandalized on Bisson Road.
Police said assorted tools and an inspection sticker were reported stolen by the truck’s owner Tuesday. The owner said the truck was broken into between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Trooper Daryl Cremo at 229-9191 or Central Vermont Crime Stoppers at (800) 529-9998.

Sex offender checks complete

ROYALTON – The Vermont State Police say they have conducted a successful check of all sex offenders who live in Orange, Windham and Windsor counties.

The Royalton, Rockingham and Brattleboro state police barracks, or Troop D, checked on 79 sex offenders who reside in the three counties to make sure they were compliant with registration laws.

The check took seven days and police said all 79 were found to be complying with the law. Troop D commander Captain Ray Keefe said that it was the first time that he he could remeber where all those checked on were in compliance.

Keefe said they conduct checks regularly on a random basis to assure compliance.

Four arrested on drug charges

COLCHESTER — Four people have been arrested at a Colchester home on charges of heroin possession and conspiracy.
Colchester police say a search of the home uncovered 100 bags of heroin, crack cocaine and over $3,000.
Three of the people arrested are from Brooklyn, N.Y. They are 23-year-old Donald Freeman, 19-year-old Kareem Bennett, and 18-year-old Derrick Ravenell. Also arrested was 18-year-old Stephanie Schump, of Colchester.
State police and police in Burlington, South Burlington, Milton, Winooski and Essex took part in executing a search warrant at the home.

Woman accused of attacking sister

VERNON — A Vermont woman has been accused of attacking her sister and a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol with her 3-year-old child in the car.
Jill Morse has been charged with domestic assault, driving under the influence, assaulting a police officer, child cruelty and other charges. She had an appearance Monday in Windham County Superior Court.
Police in Vernon said an argument between Morse and her sister Friday night escalated. Morse was accused of punching and kicking her sister.

Man arrested after hours-long standoff

BURLINGTON — Police say a man was taken into custody following an hours-long standoff in Burlington. No one was hurt.
Police were pursuing the man late Monday afternoon on outstanding warrants, including aggravated domestic assault. But they said he entered an acquaintance’s apartment on Front Street. They said he was armed. No one else was believed to be inside.
Police said they caught the man after he tried to escape through a window, around 9 p.m.

Prues face new charges in teacher killing

St. JOHNSBURY — A Vermont couple accused of luring a popular St. Johnsbury teacher from her home, killing her and dumping her body in the Connecticut River in March are facing upgraded murder charges in the death of Melissa Jenkins.
Allen and Patricia Prue of Waterford are expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Allen Prue is charged with first-degree murder; Patricia Prue is now charged with aggravated murder, accusing her of murder while perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate a sexual assault.
A police affidavit say the Prues planned in advance to kill the 33-year-old single mother, buying a stun gun and prepaid cellphone before the crime, and then strangled, beat and electrocuted her.
The Prues previously pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges.

Taxi cab versus pedestrian in South Burlington

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Police in South Burlington say a taxi cab struck a pedestrian in front of the Burlington International Airport.

Police said the taxi was traveling west on Airport Drive and hit the pedestrian at about 4:10 a.m. Monday. The pedestrian was walking on the west side of the road.

The pedestrian has been hospitalized in stable condition.

Police are seeking more information about the accident.

Man dies after smashing window and suffering severe cuts

BURKE — A Sutton man was found dead in an unoccupied house in Burke on Wednesday after the Vermont State Police say he bled to death in an attempted break-in.

Duwayne Masure, 73, was found on the kitchen floor at 691 Burke Green Road  with severe cuts on his body after he climbed through a window he had broken to gain entry into the house, police said.

The residence is owned by people who do not live in the area and were not at home at the time of the alleged burglary.

Masure was found around 10 p.m. by family and friends who had been searching for him for most of the day, and saw him through a window in the house.

Detective Sgt. Kelley Clark of the Vermont State Police said Masure did not have a history of Alzheimer’s disease or other mental illness.

She did say that he was “well known” in the community, but would not elaborate.

Masure has past criminal charges of simple assault in 2007 and leaving the scene of an accident in 2010.

An autopsy and toxicology are being performed. The death remains under investigation.