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Icy roads lead to White River Junction crashes
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Posted in Crash, Windsor County
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Intoxicated woman crashes car on I-91 with two kids inside, police say
A New Hampshire woman is facing multiple charges after police say she drove her car off Interstate 91 in Springfield Sunday night while intoxicated, with two young children in the car.
Katie E. Schulenberger, 26, of Langdon, N.H., was charged with DUI-accident resulting, child endangerment, careless and negligent operation with serious injury, and criminal driving on a suspended license, after, police say, the car she was driving went off the Interstate into the median at about 9:45 p.m., went partially airborne and hit a tree roof first.
Schulenberger was partially ejected through the sun roof. A four year old boy was partially ejected out the rear window; a five year old girl was pinned under the roof in the back seat, police said.
Neither of the children were wearing seatbelts, and rescue crews from the Springfield and Ascutney Fire Departments, along with Golden Cross Ambulance spent roughly 45 minutes extracting the three people in the car, all of whom are expected to live.
All three were taken to Darmouth Hitchock Medical Center, Schulenberger by helicopter; one child sustained a compound fracture to the foot, police said.
State troopers went to Dartmouth Hitchock to continue investigating the crash and there found Schulenberger to be intoxicated, and cited her to appear in Windsor County criminal court.
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Posted in Crash, Springfield
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Vermont seeking applicants for $4M in bike, pedestrian grants
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is seeking proposals from across the state to promote access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The agency’s Bicycle and Pedestrian program will distribute $4 million in federal funds for infrastructure work that could range from bike lanes, shared-use paths and sidewalks to pedestrian signals and crossing improvements.
The funds are available for planning and construction.
Program Manager Jon Kaplan says the grants provide critical resources that communities need to build facilities that enhance mobility, promote public health and improve connections to other modes of transportation modes.
Program applicants are required to attend one of two workshops scheduled at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites across Vermont. The first workshop is May 15, the second is May 20.
Details are available on the agency website.
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Posted in Rutland, Transportation
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Woman rescued from floodwater in northern Vermont
A woman is safe after she was rescued from a truck stuck in rising Northern Vermont floodwaters by a Franklin County Sheriff’s corporal and a neighbor.
Cpl. McKenney was the first to respond to a distress call at about 5:30 on Tuesday, reporting a truck stuck on Longley Bridge Road in Montgomery, in far northern Vermont. State Police and Enosburg Rescue workers were also responding, among others, but flood waters and heavy mud made many roads to the scene impassible.
McKenney and a neighbor, Stanley Longley, saw a woman stuck in the truck, and became very worried she would be swept away by the flood.
The pair jumped into action: Longley brought his farm tractor to the edge of the water, and McKenney climbed on. Longley backed the tractor into the water to the truck, and McKenney was able to break a window and pull the woman out. With the help of Enosburg Rescue member Dean Scott, McKenney and the woman got onto the tractor and all were driven to safety by Longley.
The woman was not seriously injured and was transported to Northwest Medical Center for precautionary purposes.
Vermont State Police would like to remind the public the importance of not driving on submerged roadways. The National Weather Service reports each year more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
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Posted in Flooding, Northern Vermont, Weather
Mark LeGrand brings the honky tonk life to Sweet Melissa’s
By Art Edelstein | Arts Correspondent
It’s become something of a Friday early evening tradition that the place to be at week’s end is Sweet Melissa’s on Langdon Street in Montpelier. Part of the reason so many people stop in for a drink or some food is the live music. Holding down the happy hour slot is singer Mark LeGrand and his honky tonk band.
LeGrand is a mainstay here, as he has been at a variety of venues around town for a decade or more with his country infused vocals, mellow acoustic guitar and a variety of musicians who have been members of his backing band.
LeGrand recently released his third solo album, albeit a seven song EP CD, “Burn It Down,” and it continues the growth of this durable local performer’s songwriting career.
Singer-songwriter Mark LeGrand will introduce his new EP album, “Burn It Down,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Sweet Melissa’s, 4 Langdon St. in Montpelier. For information, call 802-225-6012.
What we get on “Burn It Down” is LeGrand’s view of the world, one that was born and nurtured in New England, primarily in Vermont. Although a native of Connecticut, he has lived here since 1967. His early music career found him playing roadhouse dives along Route 22 in New York State. “Into The Night,” track one on the CD, describes that early musical lifestyle. Continue reading
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Posted in Arts, Music, Entertaiment, Central Vermont, Montpelier
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Danby man charged with stealing from fire vehicles
The U.S. Forest Service has arrested Kyle M. Hoffman, 27, of Danby, and charged him with the federal felony of theft within the “Special Maritime and Territorial Jurisdiction of the United States,” the Forest Service said in a release Thursday.
The warrant for his arrest stemmed from several thefts reported in September of 2013, where federal wildland fire vehicles, Student Conservation Association vehicles and other vehicles were broken into at a Forest Service work center in Mount Tabor.
The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney in Burlington.
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Posted in Court, Crime, Forests & Woodlands, Rutland County
Tagged Danby, forest service, Mount Holly
Slippery roads cause crashes; Route 4 in Castleton closed but reopens
Slippery roads have caused crashes around the state this morning, as an accident closed Route 4 West in Castleton, and a Red Cross Bloodmobile went off the road on I-89 in Royalton when a car merged in front of it and slowed down too quickly, state police said.
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Posted in Castleton, Crash, Traffic, Transportation, Weather
Truck crash closes I-91 Northbound at exit 6 - Photos
State police have closed I-91 north due to a tractor trailer accident involving several vehicles, sending at least two people to the hospital. Fire crews scrambled to extricate the car’s occupant.
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Posted in News, Southern Vermont, Traffic
Snowfall beginning in southern Vermont
State emergency services are warning Vermonters to check their heating vents and drive safe, as the National Weather Service is predicting up to 18 inches of snow for southern parts of the state tonight and into Friday. The weather service also expects gusty winds that could create snow drifts and driving challenges.
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Posted in Transportation, Weather
Slick roads cause crashes around Rutland
Slick roads caused several slide offs and crashes this morning around Rutland and along Route 4 towards Castleton. State police also warned of slick roads and some accidents in both Chittenden and Franklin counties. About 3 inches of light snow fell overnight.
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Posted in Castleton, Rutland County, Traffic