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News and events in and around Rutland City and Rutland Town, Vermont.

No charges yet in hit-and-run

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By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer

No criminal charges were filed Monday as police and state prosecutors continue to investigate a hit-and run-crash that killed a 71-year-old Mendon woman.

Monday marked the fifth day since Jane Outslay was killed after she was struck by a car while crossing Strongs Avenue on Wednesday night. At 1 p.m. Thursday, 53-year-old Christopher Sullivan, a former city attorney, identified himself as the driver and surrendered the 2004 Lexus sedan he said he was driving that night to police. Rutland Police Chief James Baker said Friday that the damage to the vehicle’s hood and windshield was consistent with an impact with a pedestrian.

Baker said Friday that the Rutland City and Vermont State Police detectives investigating the incident planned to meet early this week with prosecutors from the Vermont attorney general’s office, which is handling the case, to discuss possible charges.

No arrests yet in hit-and-run that killed woman

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Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo

An ambulance at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run Wednesday night on Strongs Avenue.

By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer

Rutland Police have made no arrests in the hit-and-run killing of an elderly Mendon woman Wednesday night.

But an investigator in the case said Thursday afternoon that police are sorting through surveillance camera videos from a number of businesses on Strongs Avenue in a search for the vehicle that struck and killed 71-year-old Mary Jane Outslay.

“We’re following leads and working like hell on this case,” City police Detective Robert Gorruso said. “We’re still reviewing the videos.”

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Casella to offer up to $20M in VEDA, New Hampshire bonds

Casella Waste Systems will sell up to $16 million in Vermont Economic Development Authority long-term solid waste disposal revenue bonds, the company announced late Monday.

The Rutland-based solid waste company said proceeds from the bond sales will be used to repay loans under its revolving credit facility for assets purchased in Vermont since Oct. 5, 2011.

Casella said it will guarantee the bonds with certain company assets.

In connection with the VEDA bonds, Casella also announced its intention to offer up to $5.5 million of Business Finance Authority of the State of New Hampshire solid waste disposal revenue bonds.

The company also said it may offer an additional $5.5 million in BFA Bonds.

Casella said proceeds from the sale of the New Hampshire bonds will be used to repay borrowings under its revolving credit facility for assets purchased in New Hampshire since Oct. 5, 2011.

The exact terms and timing of the bond offerings will depend upon market conditions and other factors.

The bonds are being offered only to qualified institutional buyers.

Salt River Revue comes to Unitarian Universalist in Rutland

This Saturday, March 9, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland will host a coffeehouse concert featuring The Salt River Revue, an acoustic group presenting folk, Celtic, Americana, traditional & contemporary music. Some table seating, refreshments available. Show at 7:30 p.m., 117 West St.

Tickets: $12 advance at Tattersalls, Merchants Row downtown Rutland, $15 at the door, $8 Sr. and $5 Children.

Chris Bohjalian to speak at Rutland Free Library

RUTLAND — Award-winning author Chris Bohjalian will discuss the writing of his latest novel in a talk at Rutland Free Library on Wednesday, March 6. His talk, “Fiction’s Getting to the Truth: Chris Bohjalian’s ‘The Sandcastle Girls,’ Family History, and Armenian Genocide” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.
A story of genocide in Armenia, “The Sandcastle Girls” was published in 2012 to great acclaim, making several national bestseller lists.  Bohjalian has called it the most important book he will ever write.
All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Rutland Free Library, 773-1860, or email: [email protected]

Steve Earle & The Dukes coming to the Paramount

RUTLAND — Rutland’s Paramount Theatre has added Steve Earle and The Dukes to its lineup at the historic stage for an 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, concert.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.
Tickets are $39.75 (plus tax); call 775-0903, or go online to www.paramountlive.org. More information about Earle is available online at www.steveearle.com

Water talk at Rutland Free Library tonight

The Rutland Free Library will host a forum on Rutland’s water at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
The discussion, titled “Rutland Water — Future Options” is sponsored by Rutland Citizens for Clean and Safe Water.
A nonbinding resolution on the town meeting ballot asks Rutland voters if they approve of the use of chloramine in the water system. In November, voters rejected a $5.5 million bond for a new filter system that would have eliminated the potential need to switch from chlorine to chloramine as a disinfectant.

Gun shop fire on Elm Street

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo  Rutland City firefighters prepare to battle a fire in a garage that houses a gun shop behind a home on Elm Street in Rutland on Tuesday. Smoke could be seen and throughout the downtown area.

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Rutland City firefighters prepare to battle a fire in a garage that houses a gun shop behind a home on Elm Street in Rutland on Tuesday. Smoke could be seen and throughout the downtown area.

Fire crews are responding to a 3-alarm fire at a gun shop on Elm Street, and are using precautions because of the likelihood of ammunition stored in the shop.

Donna LaRose, who lives across the street, was alarmed to see the fire in the shed behind King’s house a little before 8 a.m.

“I see smoke, flames, shooting out over there,” she said. “I came out and screamed, ‘somebody call 9-1-1!’”

Other neighbors knocked on the door to the Kings to warn them, and multiple fire engines responded to the street and began to set up hoses with precautions taken because of the threat of ammo in the building.

According to Mayor Christopher Louras, who walked down to check on the fire, the precautions were part of a protocol followed by the fire department in these cases.

According to neighbors, King’s gun shop has been in business around 40 years; the owner, Gerald King, lives in the house adjacent to the shop, which is housed in a shed to the rear of the house. King is retired, but still does some work on guns.

McKibben speaks in Rutland: “It seems to be common sense…”

Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, top right, spoke to an overflow crowd on Climate Change Wednesday evening in the Nellie Grimm Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library.

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Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, top right, spoke to an overflow crowd on Climate Change Wednesday evening in the Nellie Grimm Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library.

By Lucia Suarez | STAFF WRITER
Vermont environmentalist Bill McKibben used a talk Wednesday night in Rutland as a way to motivate local Vermonters to join his cause against fast-working climate change.
The founder of the grassroots organization 350.org spoke to more than 130 people overflowing the Fox Room at the Rutland Free Public Library about the basic science and policies behind climate change and why more needs to be done — and quickly.
“To me none of it seems controversial,” said McKibben as he started speaking. ”It seems to be common sense. … It’s almost like they are daring me to say something controversial.”
McKibben said over the past 25 years or so, fossil fuel consumption has helped warm the planet by one degree Celsius — enough to melt the arctic and break the old records in temperature as well as the frequency and severity of natural storms.
“(Last year) in Vermont we watched with trepidation that hurricane that went through New York,” McKibben said. “It slammed into one of the biggest, most diverse cities in the world. It gave you a different sense about the fragility of the society we have created. … In the old world you could not have a Hurricane Irene in Vermont.” Continue reading

Police make arrests in vandalism case

Vyto Starinskas / Staff PhotoOne of the many car windows that were smashed or broken last night in Rutland.

Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
One of the many car windows that were smashed or broken in Rutland.

Rutland Police have announced three arrests in the case of multiple broken windows and acts of vandalism around Rutland in the last few days.

Jacob Eells, 18, of West Rutland, Cade Bowen, 17, or Castleton, and Cody Vanguilder, 17, were arrested on Jan. 24, and charged with multiple counts of unlawful mischief according to Det. Sergeant Kevin Stevens of the Rutland Police Department. The investigators found BB guns which were used during the vandalism.

Police say that around 100 vehicles, residences and businesses were vandalized in Rutland City, Rutland Town and West Rutland over the course of about two days. The suspects fired BB guns at vehicles, residences and businesses, police said, resulting in broken windows and thousands of dollars worth of damage.

All three teens have been cited to appear in Rutland Superior Court on Feb. 4 to answer the charges of multiple counts of unlawful mischief.