Radio Free Vermont: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Vermont man arrested on fugitive charges

Police arrested a Vermont man Sunday on a charge of fugitive from justice after getting a tip that he was residing at a city residence.

Watchdog group: NRC inspection not good enough

"The state Public Service Board is being asked to reject a recent inspection of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant."

Vermont State Police warn of phone scams

The Vermont State Police have received numerous calls involving various forms of telemarketing fraud."

Former chief executive to enter plea

"The former chief executive of Vermont's largest hospital has reached a plea agreement with state and federal officials. William Boettcher resigned more than two years ago after details emerged of a financial scandal at Fletcher Allen Health Care."

Cow Power Is 'Moo-sic' To Dairy Farmers' Ears

You may have heard about "cow power" -- a way for dairy farms to turn waste into a new source of energy for homes.

A system has been up and running for a few days in Bridgport, television station WPTZ reported. The system not only produces electricity, but also keeps toxic run-off out of Lake Champlain.

(Editor's Note: Believe the town should be Bridport in Addison County)

RFV EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Bellows Falls Derailment Cleared Up

Scott Whitney from the Green Mountain Railroad reports that the New England Central Railroad derailment Sunday in Bellows Falls has been cleared. The northbound Amtrak Vermonter has passed over the fixed track, as did a five-diesel NECR freight consist, the likes of which has not been seen in quite some time on that stretch of railroad. According to reports, the NECR accident involved 6 freight cars with one on its side, the others piled up. One loaded car derailed on the curve just south of the Bellows Falls tunnel. The derailed car was pulled south, resulting in bolts being cut for about 2000 feet. It then went over the Hall's siding main line switch, uncoupled from the locomotive and laid over on its side. The corner of one loaded boxcar hit a box car on Hall's siding, derailing the car and a tank car coupled to it. Approximately 500 feet of main line track was severely damaged and about 100 feet of Hall's siding was also damaged.

Killington Select Board Kills Local Option Tax

"Facing strong opposition from the business community, the Select Board voted not to discuss local taxes on purchases, rooms, meals and alcohol at town meeting."

Brandon residents face illegal drip

It is now illegal for municipal water users in Brandon to let tapwater run to prevent pipes from freezing.

(editor's note: Hope the Town of Brandon is prepared to pay for all the freezing pipes and subsequent damage)

New Hampshire lawmakers eye expansion into Vermont, Maine

Not content to Live Free or Die within current state borders, some lawmakers are looking to spread the New Hampshire advantage to neighbors in the east and west.

Clarendon man held on $250,000 bail on rape charge

A Clarendon man is being held on charges of raping a woman he met in a Rutland bar. Judge Patricia Zimmerman ordered 23-year-old Robert Fitzgerald Junior held for lack of 250-thousand dollars bail after he appeared on the charge of aggravated sexual assault.

'Self-Defense' Bill Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

A Maryland Republican has introduced a bill protecting the right of law-abiding Americans to use guns in self-defense.

The proposed Citizens' Self-Defense Act of 2005, introduced last week by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, would specifically protect the right of law-abiding citizens to use handguns, rifles and shotguns in defending themselves, their families or their homes.

State Education Board Meeting Today

"At the State Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 18, a number of reports will be presented, each of which could have implications for important education policies. The Board will hear reports on a public school choice proposal, early education rules, and will receive the annual Act 150 School Choice report."

Vt. to put brakes on skiers off trails

Vermont State Police say they are looking to crack down on skiers who recklessly go off resort trails and become lost, prompting full-scale searches. Four Pennsylvania men who skied out of bounds last month at Killington and spent a cold night in the woods may be the first this season to get a bill.

Dean among candidates who visit Missouri seeking to head DNC

"Former presidential candidate Howard Dean says he will not run for the White House in the next campaign cycle if he is elected to head the Democratic National Committee."

Train derailment disrupts service in southern Vermont

"A nine-car derailment damaged track severely enough that freight and passenger traffic in southern Vermont has been halted until repairs can be made."

Florida Democrats Back Dean as Leader

The Florida delegation to the Democratic National Committee has voted unanimously to endorse Howard Dean to be the party's next chairman, bucking an effort to orchestrate an endorsement of one candidate by all 50 state party leaders at the same time later this month."

Bennington area State Police officer becomes one of state's top cops

"Maj. James Baker is three weeks into his new job - watching over more than 300 employees and all 12 barracks of the Vermont State Police."

National Guard's C Company will use tanks in Iraq

No one at the local armory knows who picked them to be the only Vermont Army National Guard unit to go to Iraq to fight in tanks. And it doesn't matter: The soldiers are thrilled.