Croydon School Board Seeks Donations for Private School Tuition
croydon village schoolThe Croydon School Board announced last week that they received their first donation to keep Croydon Students at the Newport Montessori School until the end of this school year. The school board and the State Department of Education have been at odds over whether it is legal to send students to a private school with tax payer dollars, despite Montessori having a lower tuition and saving taxpayer dollars. For the five students to finish the school year at the Montessori school the board is having a fund raiser for $24,000 remaining tuition.
A generous donor will match up to $5,000 for all donations received before the end of December. Anyone wishing to make the tax-deductible donation can go to the Newport Montessori School’s web site at http://www.newportmontessori.org/donate.html to donate and make a note that it is for Tuition for Croydon students. Interested parties can also call the school to donate with a credit card or check.

VSP Investigating Untimely Death at Killington
Vermont State Police are investigating a premature death at Killington Resort. Police say William Cusano 65, was found collapsed on an intermediate ski trail just after 2:30 pm on Saturday. Cusano was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead an hour later. Cusano was noted to be an experienced skier and there was no indication that he was involved in a crash while skiing. His death appears to have been a natural event. The VT Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death though an autopsy.
Vermont State Police Seek Mascoma Bank Robber
Vermont State Police are looking for a lone male who robbed the Mascoma Savings Bank in Hartland on Saturday. Police say the man entered the bank just at about 10:15 am and demanded money from a teller. The suspect is about 5’6”-5’8”, 150-160 lbs. with a brown mustache and facial hair. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a dark blue or black cap with ear flaps down, a hooded black and gray zip up jacket with a hood that was orange in its interior, tan pants, and black shoes. The man did not display a weapon and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with any information regarding this robbery or who can identify the suspect in the photos is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Det./Sgt. Eric Albright-Bureau of Criminal Investigation-Troop D-Westminster-802-722-4600.

Fairfield VT Man Charged with Four Counts of Poaching
A Fairfield VT Man has been charged with multiple counts of deer poaching. Vermont State Game Wardens arrested 29-year-old Nicholas Robert last week after they received tips of several suspected illegal deer hanging on tree in the woods of Fairfield. An investigation located three illegally taken antlerless deer killed with a small caliber rifle. A fourth dear had been killed near a bait pile by a shooting shack. Game officers interviewed Nicholas Robert, owner of the shack and he confessed to killing the deer using bait.
Robert will appear in Franklin Superior Criminal Court in late January to answer the charges. If convicted, he will be fined up to $1,000 and he could be imprisoned for 60 days for each charge. He also could be ordered pay up to $2,000 in restitution for each deer taken illegally, forfeit his rifles, and lose his privilege to hunt, fish, and trap in Vermont for three years.