Category Archives: Southern Vermont

News and events in Southern Vermont, loosely defined as all of Vermont south of Rte. 4.

Irene victim has all copper pipe stripped from her home

READSBORO - All the copper piping was stolen from the home of an 87-year-old Irene victim who had not been living in the home because of storm damage, State Police said. They received a call Tuesday from a family member of the woman, whose home on School Street in Readsboro was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The woman had been checking on the property regularly.

The Vermont State Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at or text “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS”.

Woman survives car crash, and tree falling on car

A Readsboro woman sustained only minor injuries after her car hit a patch of ice, spun off Rte. 100 in Whitingham, hit two trees - one of which broke off and fell on her car - and finally hit a large rock next to a stream, police said.

Kathleen Quinn, 40, was driving south on Rte. 100 near Corse road in Whitingham when she drove onto an icy part of the road and went off the west side of the road. She was taken to Southern Vermont Medical Center by Whitingham Ambulance. The relatively minor extent of her injuries, according to police, can be attributed to her wearing a seatbelt and the airbag deployment.

Man fires gun during argument over who would cook dinner

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A lifelong resident of the Ascutney area fired several shots into the floor of his home Saturday night during an argument with his wife and adult daughter over whether or not he was going to cook his own dinner, according to witnesses and police.

After spending the previous two nights in jail, a subdued Charlie Johnson, 59, sat in the courtroom in White River Junction Monday afternoon and pleaded innocent to two felony counts of first degree aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon and two accompanying misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.

Several state troopers, game wardens and police officers from Weathersfield and surrounding towns responded to Gird Lot Road at 7:20 p.m. Saturday following a 911 call from Johnson’s adult daughter saying that at least four rounds had been fired inside the residence while she and her mother had been standing nearby.

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Interstate 91 in Rockingham reopened after crash

Interstate 91 Northbound in Rockingham has re-opened to traffic near Exit 6, after a tractor trailer and car crash forced police to shut down the road in the early morning hours.

Police say that Shawn Robison, 39, of Wilmington, Del., was driving north on I-91 around 4:30 a.m. when he entered a thick bank of fog. Up ahead of him, John Gibbons, 66, of Highland, Ill., had parked his tractor trailer truck in what he believed was the breakdown lane, as he was unable to see well enough in the fog to drive safely.

Robison hit the driver’s side of the truck and his Ford Explorer was totaled on impact. He was taken to the Springfield Emergency Room for unspecified injuries; the northbound highway was closed for several hours as a result, and reopened around 6 a.m.

Middle school renovations nearly complete in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS — Renovations at a Vermont middle school are nearly done.
Officials say the work should be done at the Bellows Falls Middle School by the time students return from the Thanksgiving holiday.
Christopher Kibbe, superintendent for the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, said nearly 75 percent of the $10 million rehabilitation project is finished.
He told the Eagle-Times ( some of the priority classrooms and administrative offices should be open soon.
Much of the first floor is done, including the gymnasium and the reception area. There’s also a new security system.
Work was ahead of schedule through the summer, but construction fell two weeks behind in August and caused an extended delay in the opening of school.
Administrators say they have adjusted the calendar so the students do not miss any time.

West Dover to look at reviving defunct airport

WEST DOVER — An entrepreneur is interested in renovating and expanding a defunct airport in Vermont.
Jim Barnes, owner of the Hermitage Club and Inn, has the option to buy the land in West Dover, where the defunct Mount Snow Airport is. He would like to expand it and make it accessible to private jets.
But the Brattleboro Reformer reports ( some residents are concerned about noise and traffic.
An advisory committee has been formed to discuss short-term and long-term impacts of the airport.

Driver killed in Wilmington crash; mom trapped in car with kids

WILMINGTON — Police are investigating a car crash in Wilmington, that killed the driver.
Police said 82-year-old Rocco Corsaro of Wilmington was driving northbound on Route 100 when his car crossed the center line. He was killed when his car struck a southbound delivery truck about 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The truck driver lost control and struck another car. The Brattleboro Reformer reports ( the woman driving the car was trapped inside and had two small children in the back seat. The children were not hurt.

Solar project lining up investors

PUTNEY — Leaders of a solar project in Vermont are hoping to attract investors.
The SunFarm Community Solar project has leased a vacant field in rural Putney to construct 624 fixed solar panels over an acre. That would produce as much as 150 kilowatts of power.
The Eagle Times reports ( project leaders are offering 1,500 shares for purchase to Green Mountain Power customers in order to receive credit on their utility bills over an extended period of time.
SunFarm founder Nick Ziter comes from a line of entrepreneurs in Windham County, with ties to the Putney Inn and A Vermont Table in Putney, and the old Ziter’s Market in West Brattleboro.
SunFarm hopes to start construction before the end of the year.

Underage party bust results in 23 court diversion referrals

STAMFORD — Vermont State Police broke up an underage drinking party in Stamford Friday night.
Police said a total of 23 people people the age of 21 were given referrals to court diversion for first-time violations of the legal legal age.
Police said the party was hosted by Laura Kirby, 18, whose parents were out of state at the time.
Police said that approximately 40 youths were in the home, some hiding, and of those, 20 were under the age of 21 and had been consuming alcoholic beverages.
As state police were leaving, three more youths were encountered driving up Nichols Roads, and were found to be in possession or had consumed alcohol.
Kirby was cited by state police for enabling alcohol consumption by minors.
The investigation is continuing, police said, and anyone with information is asked to call the Shaftsbury barracks at 802 442-5421.

Turkeys cause Interstate crash; woman trapped in car

WESTMINSTER — A flock of wild turkeys crossing caused a two-car crash on Interstate 91 on Saturday.
Diane McIntyre, 48, of Windham, Conn. was traveling north when a large flock wild turkeys went across the highway. McIntyre slowed down to avoid the birds but the driver behind her got distracted, police said.
Elizabeth Libbey, 65, of Charlemont, Mass., struck the rear end of McIntyre’s vehicle when she noticed a turkey in front of her car flying at eye level. As Libbey tried to avoid it, she struck McIntyre, police said.
Police said Libbey’s car ran off the road while McIntyre’s car spun into the breakdown lane. The Westminster Fire Department extricate McIntyre from her car because the door was jammed shut.
McIntyre and Libbey’s passenger William MacLeisch, 84 of Charlemont, were transported to the Springfield Hospital by Golden Cross Ambulance. Both sustained minor injuries.