WVTK Local & State News – February 14, 2017

Crews are on the New York side of Lake Champlain resuming their search for two missing snowmobilers.  Vermont State Police and New York State Police both have dive teams searching the water.  Police say 32-year-old Jonathan Ryan of Shoreham and 23-year-old Brandon Barrett of Benson, were reported missing on Thursday night.  Police had been searching on Lake Champlain in the area of Chipman Point in Orwell and Putnam Station but had to suspend the search due to Sunday’s snowstorm.  Authorities believe the pair went through the ice on the New York side of the lake.  Snowmobiles and articles of clothing belonging to the pair were located.  Searchers have used sonar equipment and scuba divers.


State Police are investigating an incident in Ferrisburgh when a man allegedly threw a sledgehammer at a car.  Police say the incident happened last week, when Matthew Redmond of Panton threw the sledgehammer at the windshield of a vehicle on Jockey Road.  The vehicle was damaged in the attack, but police are not reporting any injuries.  Redmond is facing charges that include aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful mischief.


Vermont’s treasurer says the state will soon launch a tax-free savings program for residents with disabilities. State Treasurer Beth Pearce tells The Times Argus the disabled have been precluded from effectively saving in the past because asset limits cause them to lose access to much-needed assistance.


Governor Phil Scott is reappointing Rebecca Holcombe as Vermont’s education secretary.  Holcombe has been head of the Agency of Education since 2014, when she was appointed by former Governor Peter Shumlin.  Her appointment last night marks the filling of the final open cabinet position in Governor Scott’s administration.  Holcombe says she looks forward to working with the governor on strong, high quality education.