WVTK Local & State News – April 12, 2018

The Vermont Supreme Court has sided with the teen who allegedly plotted to shoot up his former high school.  The court says Jack Sawyer plotting to attack Fair Haven Union High School does not amount to an attempt. The ruling means that Sawyer could be released on bail as he awaits trial.  Sawyer was charged with attempted first degree murder and attempted aggravated murder over the allegations. The state Supreme Court says the severe nature of the charges are not justified based on the evidence.


More sewage has leaked into the Neshobe River.  This is the second time in a month that over a million gallons of wastewater has dumped into the river, which leads into Otter Creek and ultimately into Lake Champlain.  There was two breaks last week, one at 500 Union Street, and the other was at Mill Street and Conant Square. These last two breaks took place last week. The previous break took place on March 7.  


Vermont state regulators are asking officials in Brandon to clarify how they plan to use pesticides to counter mosquitoes in the area.  The request comes after concerns from residents over possible negative impacts from spraying pesticides. Thr Department of Environmental Conservation is in the process of writing a new permit that will allow the district to discharge pesticides to the state’s surface waters.  This is being challenged by the Environmental Law Clinic, which is asking the state to deny the permit amid concerns over pesticides used against adult mosquitoes.


Canadian electric vehicle charging station installer FLO is partnering with Green Mountain Power to participate in a pilot project.  Through this project, FLO will provide GMP with 50 FLO Home EV charging stations that will be distributed to Vermont homeowners to test.  This collaboration with Green Mountain Power is just one of many projects FLO is currently running with American partners, as the company is making its first steps into the United States market.


The Addison Central School District has hired a new business manager.  Brittany Gilman has been hired for the position and will officially take over on June 1.  Gilman currently is the business manager for the Rutland Central Supervisory Union. She will be taking over for Josh Quinn, who is stepping down to become an audit manager with a Maine-based accounting firm, RHR Smith & Company.


Moses Ludington hospital is now officially integrated into University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital.  At a ceremony earlier today, the new signs at the Ticonderoga hospital were unveiled. The hospitals have been working together to align clinical and administrative processes, including computer systems and software, and the two organizations are now one legal entity.