Items Taken From Cavendish VT Cemeteries

hillcresst cemeterySometime between Saturday night May 23 and Monday evening, May 25, the Cavendish Village and Hillcrest Cemeteries were burglarized. Taken off the premises were gas cans and a John Deere LT 150 Riding mower. Anyone having information, or who saw anything suspicious, please contact the Vermont State Police-875-2112 or the Cavendish Town Office 226-7291.


Middletown CT Arrested for Suspicion of DUI – Drugs
A Middletown CT man was arrested on suspicion of DUI drugs after Vt. State Police stopped him on I-9I in Fairlee on Tuesday. Police say they stopped Jesse Botti 28, just before 1 am for multiple violations. After an investigation, police had strong indicators of criminal activities as well as driving under the influence of drugs. Botti was lodged for lack of $2,500 bail and his 1995 Honda Civic was seized for search pending a search warrant.

Two Finalists Named for Newport Town Manager
Newport is moving closer to having a new Town Manger. Newport Selectboard announced on Tuesday that they have narrowed the 41 applications down to two finalists, Angus Jennings and Shane O’Keefe.
Jennings is the Principal of A.G. Jennings planning and consulting firm. He also previously served as Director of Land Management for the Town of Westford, Massachusetts and Town Planner of Marshfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Jennings has a Master of Regional Planning Degree from Cornell University
O’Keefe is the Town Administrator of Swanzey, NH. And served as Planning Director of Hillsborough, NH; Municipal Manager of the Town of Rockingham and the Village of Bellows Falls, VT. O’Keefe also served as Director of Planning of the Town of Brattleboro, Vermont and Town Manager of Putney, Vermont. Mr. O’Keefe has a Master of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.
The search for a new Town Manager began after Paul Brown announced last November that he would not be seeking to renew his contract as Town Manager. Brown will stay on as Finance Director.

Vermont Receives $179,000 Settlement
Vermont will receive over $179,000 as its share of an $8 million consumer protection settlement. The settlement was reached between 22 States and Classmates Inc, and Florists Transworld Delivery Inc., and Inc. The multistate investigation focused on the companies’ relationship with third parties who used negative options. Negative options is where consumers are charged unless they tell the business they do not want the goods or services..
In addition to the $8 million payment to the States, Classmates and FTD are required to make substantial changes to their marketing practices

Dummerston Crash Sends 4 To Hospital
Four Vermont residents were taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital after a two car collision in Dummerston on Tuesday. Police say William Finkel of Wardsboro exited the stop sign on Rt. 30 and Williamsville Road in his Silver 2006 Subaru and drove in the path of a 2013 Dodge Ram driven by Kate Hart of Townshend Vt. After contact, both vehicles struck the guardrail on the east side of Rt. 30 causing occupants of both vehicles injuries. Taken to the hospital were: William Finkel 22 with a head injury, Naami Wagner 23 of Brattleboro with an injured right shoulder, Kate Hart 40, with an injury to the left knee and five year old Wayde Hart with a seatbelt abrasions. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.