WINOOSKI — A Vermont man who was shot in the thigh by a Winooski police officer after a confrontation has pleaded not guilty to related charges.
A judge on Friday said 35-year-old Isaac Sage of Winooski should undergo a mental health evaluation to determine his sanity at the time of the incident and whether he is mentally competent for court proceedings.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/11o257L) police said Sage has been treated and released from the hospital.
Vermont state police say two officers were responding to a trespassing complaint Thursday afternoon when Sage resisted arrest and punched an officer in the face, causing a concussion and broken nose. State police say an officer used a stun gun but when it failed to subdue Sage, one of the officers fired his gun.
WINOOSKI — Police in Winooski, Vt., say a domestic abuse complaint triggered the evacuation of some tenants in an apartment complex after officers suspected there was a drug lab in a bedroom.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/103lChy) Sunday’s lab scare brought about 50 safety personnel, including firefighters and teams trained to handle clandestine labs and hazardous materials.
When police arrived, they said 20-year-old Pan Costa-Mangina of Winooski told them were no problems. But then his mother approached officers and told them he allegedly threatened some people.
Police said they found a gallon-sized ice tea plastic jug on a milk crate, being cooked in the bedroom. It wasn’t immediately known what it was.
Costa-Mangina was jailed on aggravated domestic assault and unlawful restraint charges.
WINOOSKI — The once-lauded roundabout that was built in downtown Winooski as part of one of Vermont’s most ambitious downtown redevelopment projects now has the distinction of being the most crash-prone intersections in the state.
Traffic planners and local officials say that among the roundabout’s challenges are that it is unusually large, has several side streets entering it and has pedestrian stop lights.
Winooski Mayor Michael O’Brien tells Burlington Free Press (bfpne.ws/PluNlf) the city is torn between trying to address the problems quickly and making sure the job is well planned and won’t require more expensive fixes in the future.
WINOOSKI — A Vermont man has been charged with selling cocaine, prescription drugs and other drugs with an estimated street value of more than $3,000.
Todd Charbonneau, 40, of Winooski, has been charged with several counts of selling and possessing cocaine.
Police said he was on parole on a burglary charge. He was returned to the Corrections Department on a parole violation warrant. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.