MONTPELIER — The Vermont attorney general’s office says it has settled complaints that a Los Angeles company sent mailings to Vermont companies that appeared to be bills.
The state says Trademark Monitoring Services, Inc., mailed solicitations to Vermont businesses that misrepresented that the businesses owed it money for trademark-related services.
Attorney General William Sorrell says billing people for things they didn’t agree to buy is a violation of state law.
Under the settlement, the company must comply with Vermont and federal law regulating through-the mail offers and pay full refunds and $10,000 to the state of Vermont in penalties and costs.
Sorrell’s office says it received a number of complaints from individuals and businesses concerning unauthorized billings by out-of-state companies.
HARTFORD — A retired Vermont teacher has offered a spot in his family’s cemetery plot to the family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died following a shootout with police.
Paul Keane made the offer Monday on his blog.
He says the only condition he would attach to allowing the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be interred in the plot in the Mount Carmel Burying Ground in Hamden, Conn., is that it be done in the memory of his mother.
The Valley News of Lebanon, N.H., (http://bit.ly/13hJiOo ) report’s Keane says his mother taught him to “love thine enemy.”
The Massachusetts funeral director handling Tsarnaev’s remains has been unable to find a cemetery where he could be buried. Tsarnaev’s family has received a number of offers of cemetery plots.
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BRATTLEBORO — Federal prosecutors in Vermont say a 43-year-old Bennington man has pleaded guilty to charges he embezzled $171,000 from a woman’s estate that he had been managing.
Robert Baker pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Brattleboro to a wire fraud charge.
Prosecutors say that between September 2011 and January 2012, Baker misappropriated about $171,000 from the estate of Nada Ledinko, who died in July 2011.
As part of a plea agreement, Baker agreed to liquidate his personal brokerage account and turn all of the proceeds over to the administrator who has been appointed for the estate.
He was released on conditions. Sentencing is set for September.
BURLINGTON— The Vermont Foodbank is holding an annual conference to discuss hunger in Vermont.
The daylong event takes place Tuesday in Burlington.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, Mayor Miro Weinberger and Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayes are expected to speak.
Organizers say this year’s hunger action conference will explore the best ways to create positive change in any organization, while coming together to address the complex social issue of hunger.
The event takes place from 8:30 to 4 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center.
Average gasoline prices in Vermont rose 2.3 cents a gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 626 gas outlets in the state.
The national average increased 1 cent a gallon in the last week to $3.51 a gallon.
Prices were 38.2 cents a gallon lower than the same day a year ago and 13.1 cents a gallon lower than a month ago.
The national average price has fallen 7.8 cents a gallon during the last month and is 26.8 cents a gallon lower than a year ago.
“The national average has begun to tip-toe higher in the last week, led by states in the Great Lakes and West Coast, where gasoline prices have crept up considerably in some areas over the last week,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. “Oil prices have rebounded, and with the recent strength in stocks trickling over to commodities, I do expect retail gasoline prices to inch up in the weeks ahead.”
GasBuddy operates VermontGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada.
Rutland City firefighters have knocked down a structure fire on Maple Street.
The fire was reported around 10:20 a.m. Heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the porch of the apartment building.
Three families lived in the building at 115 Maple St and everyone living in the building made it out safely, residents said.
Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras said police told him that one guest in the house went to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
By 11 a.m. fire officials reported that the blaze was under control. Firefighters could be seen cutting holes into the walls to vent smoke from the structure.
The fire department struck a third alarm to get more firefighters to the scene. Several streets in the area are blocked to traffic.
The Red Cross has been called to the scene to assist those who had been living in the apartment building.
HARTLAND — Vermont State Police say an arrest has been made in a five-month-old hit and run that seriously injured a man who was struck while putting gas in his truck on U.S. Route 5 in Hartland.
Police say that after months of investigation 25-year-old David Hook, of Hartland, admitted driving the vehicle that hit 56-year-old Dean Mason, of Meredith, N.H.
Hook was arrested Thursday.
At the time of the crash, police said Mason suffered significant injuries, including a compound leg fracture and head injuries. Police did not update Mason’s condition following Hook’s arrest.
Hook was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation. He’s due in court in July.
DUXBURY — Students at Vermont’s Harwood Union High School are back in school after someone broke in and damaged the plumbing, causing some flooding.
It took school officials two days to reopen the building to students after the vandalism was discovered early Wednesday.
WFFF-TV (http://bit.ly/ZrZKaH ) reports the school’s 12,000 gallon well was drained, so at least 8,000 gallons of water flooded the classrooms, bathrooms, and halls.
The water has been cleaned up.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about who is responsible for the vandalism.
Police are investigating a report of a suspicious package left on Langdon Street this afternoon. Main Street has been closed off from State to School streets. Police are believed to be waiting for a K-9 unit to examine the package, which is described as a box. The incident was called into police around 4 p.m.
Eyewitnesses report a two-foot by two-foot box on the sidewalk by TD Bank. A bomb-sniffing dog/team is on the way to the scene. Rush-hour traffic is being tied up around the city as a result of the incident. Bystanders are being kept from the scene, which has been blocked by police. If you are in the city, you are asked to please stay away from the scene at this time.