WVTK Local & State News – August 9, 2017

The Shelburne Police Chief is resigning.  Chief James Warden, who has been the Shelburne Police Chief since 1987, was suspended for 3 days last month.  Officials have not said what led to that suspension.  The selectboard chair says Warden has been out on sick leave and is retiring for medical reasons.  The agreement between the town and Warden rescinded the three day suspension.  It also said the chief resigned as of August 4 and will remain a consultant to the department until the end of January 2018.


Vermont State Police are increasing their patrols following a recent spike of deadly crashes.  Seven people died in crashes across the state late Sunday and Monday, including four in a Bridport crash.  All four of those who died were not wearing seat belts, and police say six of those seven deaths involved people not wearing their belts.  Police are urging people to always wear their seat belts, never drink and drive and properly maintain their vehicles.


Vermont State Police are searching for a hit and run driver they say crashed into a West Rutland home.  Troopers said it happened last night just before midnight on Pleasant Street.  They said the driver veered off the road striking and damaging the front of the home, before leaving the scene.  State Police are looking for a gray or silver truck with a ladder in the back. It may have minor front end damage to the headlight.  If you have any information, you are asked to contact state police at 802-773-9101.


The Green Mountain Care Board has decided that MVP can only raise their premiums for 2018 by 3.5-percent.   MVP Health Care has requested a 6.7-percent increase.  MVP covers about 10-percent of the people who use Vermont Health Connect.  The rest use Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, which has requested to increase premiums by more than 12 percent.


U.S. News & World Report has named Rutland Regional Medical Center a “Best Regional Hospital” for 2017-2018.  Out of 4500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, only 545 achieved “Best Regional Hospital” status, and Rutland Regional was the only “Best Regional” in the state of Vermont. Additionally, Rutland Regional was the only hospital in the state to achieve “high performing” status in four procedures and conditions which include: Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement, and Knee Replacement.