Vermont town on edge after acts of vandalism

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) — Police in a Vermont town say someone shot pellets from a BB gun at local businesses, cars and residences.

Swanton police officer David Kachajian says there is “no particular individual” being targeted. He said the vandalism occurred north of Route 78. reports that an employee of Swanton Lumber said the damage to the business’s front door window will cost $600 to repair.

Foreign investors in Jay Peak sue over residency petitions

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Foreigners who invested in northern Vermont ski area developments that are now linked to alleged fraud say the federal government is declining to act on their petitions for U.S. residency.

The 74 investors bankrolled $500,000 each in projects at Jay Peak and Burke Mountain through a visa program with hopes of getting permanent residency if the developments created jobs.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Florida accuses U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of leaving their residency petitions in limbo. The agency declined comment.

The former Jay Peak and Burke Mountain owner and the Jay Peak president are accused of misusing more than $200 million raised from foreign investors.

They have reached settlements. They’ve also have pleaded not guilty to federal charges in a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using foreigners’ money.

Vermont seeks storm damage assessment of private property

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess damage to private property from a storm beginning on Halloween to determine if the state qualifies for federal aid for homeowners and renters.

The state says 323 Vermont homeowners and renters reported damage as of the end of the day on Monday. It included floodwater and debris in the home and basement; washed out driveways; and damage to heating systems.

Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann said Tuesday that Vermont has not received an individual assistance damage declaration since Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott is expected to request a disaster declaration for public infrastructure such as roads and utilities in the coming weeks.

WCAX-TV: fire at transmission tower interrupts signal

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — WCAX-TV reports that a fire at its transmission tower on Mount Mansfield in Stowe has interrupted its broadcast signal.

The television station says the fire was discovered around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday. It says fire crews as well as WCAX crews are on the scene.

It said that no injuries were reported.

The station said while the problem is being fixed viewers can watch the WCAX live streaming on its website,

Connecticut man dies in Vermont crash

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a car crash in the Vermont town of Stockbridge.

Vermont State Police say 69-year-old Philip Russell of Niantic, Connecticut, was driving on Route 107 Tuesday morning when he lost control of his car, crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming box truck.

Russell was taken to the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not injured.

Police say it was snowing and sleeting at the time.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Vermont State Police in Royalton.

Man accused of murder found not competent to stand trial

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A doctor has determined that a Vermont man who allegedly killed his wife with a meat cleaver in 2017 is not competent to stand trial.

Aita Gurung was initially charged with killing his wife in 2017, but Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George dropped the charges against him because the state did not have evidence to show he was sane.

First-degree murder charges were re-filed against Gurung in September after Republican Gov. Phil Scott asked the attorney general’s office to review the case.

Attorney General TJ Donovan tells that he plans to challenge the doctor’s findings because Gurung was found competent to stand trial in December 2017.

A phone message was left with Gurung’s lawyer on Tuesday.

Gurung is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 20.

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