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Cops Nab 2 DUIs in 1 Traffic Stop

Speeding, drugs, and idiocy are a potent combination

(Newser) - One traffic stop netted two drunk-driving arrests in Vermont after police say a backseat passenger jumped in the driver's seat. State police say they stopped a car early today on Interstate 91 in Rockingham after it was clocked doing 106mph. Authorities say they got driver Erik Polite out of... More »

Teen Driver Who Killed Bicyclist Was Very High

John Marshall was 7 times over the legal limit in 2 states that let people smoke it

(Newser) - A car crash in Hinesburg, Vt., in April left the teen driver of the car, as well as the 47-year-old bicyclist he hit, dead. Now, a police report indicates that 17-year-old Joseph Marshall had marijuana in his system, and apparently a lot of it, reports the Burlington Free Press . The... More »

Hunt for NY Escapees Switches to New State

Gov. says he has info pointing to Vermont

(Newser) - "Vermont is cooler" isn't the state's new motto, it's the reason why Gov. Peter Shumlin thinks prison escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat may have made their way across the border to the Green Mountain State. Shumlin says he has information that suggests the convicts thought... More »

Here's One (Risky) Way to Get Out of Jury Duty

James Lowe could have spent some time in the real deal for his jail jumpsuit

(Newser) - A Vermont man has escaped jury duty—by getting dismissed for wearing a prisoner costume. James Lowe of Barnet says he was released from jury duty yesterday when he showed up to court wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit with a matching beanie. The Caledonian Record reports that Lowe showed up on... More »

How You Could Win Your Very Own Bakery

Submit essay, $75—and cupcake recipe

(Newser) - With just $75, an essay, and a cupcake recipe, you could win a Vermont bakery. Vermont Public Radio reports that those interested in owning the Mix Cupcakerie and Kitchen in Waitsfield have to write about why they want it and submit the essay along with an idea for a cupcake... More »

Vermont Lawmakers: Make Pot Legal or We Ban Booze

Pair introduces bill to reinstate Prohibition in the state

(Newser) - Two Vermont lawmakers fed up with delays to legalize marijuana in the state introduced a headline-grabbing measure this week designed to move things along: one that would outlaw alcohol. Legislators Chris Pearson and Jean O'Sullivan admit they have no interest in reinstating Prohibition, but they want to make a... More »

Woman Channels Inner 5-Year-Old for Mugshot

Linda MacDonald shows how she feels after being arrested for DUI in Vermont

(Newser) - Linda MacDonald was sent to adult timeout (the Vermont State Police's Brattleboro barracks) after she crashed her car into a fence Monday night and was subsequently arrested for drunk driving, CBS Boston reports. And, like a sullen toddler receiving a consequence, the 55-year-old Massachusetts woman posed for her mugshot... More »

Vermont Legislature Might Have to Pick Governor

Neither candidate got threshold of 50%

(Newser) - It's one of the stranger outcomes of election night: The race for Vermont governor is so close that the state legislature might have to decide the winner, reports AP . More precisely, the state constitution stipulates that if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, lawmakers must pick... More »

Pair Put Booze in Disabled Boy's IV, Killed Him: Cops

Vermont mom, boyfriend charged in Isaac Robitille's death

(Newser) - Thirteen-year-old Isaac Robitille was born with disabilities so severe he depended on feeding tubes and IVs to keep him alive. When he died in August, an autopsy found that his blood-alcohol content was 0.146—nearly twice the legal limit for adult drivers, reports the AP . Today, Isaac's mother,... More »

Outrage as College Picks Cop-Killer as Grad Speaker

Mumia Abu-Jamal to give prerecorded speech at Goddard College

(Newser) - A small Vermont college has chosen a highly controversial commencement speaker: Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia cop in 1981. Officer Daniel Faulkner's widow calls the move "despicable," Fox News reports: "It seems like our justice system allows murderers to continue to have... More »

Man Breaks Into Police Station— Accidentally

John Dettor thought he was breaking into a school, cops say

(Newser) - Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station. Police say the man, identified as 59-year-old John Dettor, used a traffic cone to break the glass to get into the police station in Shelburne just before midnight on Thursday,... More »

Cops: Drunk Vermont Woman Made Kid Drive

Child endangerment charges ensue

(Newser) - A Vermont woman has been arrested after police say she had a child drive her car while she was drunk. Forty-two-year-old Jessica Mathiau of Brattleboro was arrested last night and charged with child endangerment. State police say a trooper noticed a car parked in the middle of the road, and... More »

Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Injured in Car Crash

Freeh has a broken leg and underwent surgery, officials say

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Louis Freeh suffered injuries including a broken leg and cuts to his head in a single-car accident today. Law enforcement sources tell NBC News and CNN that he drove his GMC Yukon SUV off a road in Vermont into a mailbox. Now he's in stable condition... More »

Jim Jeffords, Who Flipped Senate Control, Dead at 80

Vermont independent praised for work ethic, patriotism

(Newser) - Former Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died today in Washington, the AP reports. He was 80. Jeffords served more than 30 years in Washington, having won election to the House in 1974 as... More »

WWII Medal Found Stashed in Maple Tree

Charity to return medal to veteran's son

(Newser) - A Nebraska man is getting a memento of his late father from an odd place: A maple tree in Vermont. Robert G. Woody's 1945 Good Conduct Medal, awarded after he served in the Pacific theater throughout World War II, was found stashed in the tree along with assorted other... More »

Vermont Poised to Roll Out US' Toughest GMO Rules

Governor expects battle over 'common-sense legislation'

(Newser) - Vermont's governor is set to sign a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, a move that sets it apart from other states, the New York Times reports. While Connecticut and Maine have instituted similar requirements, their versions depend on state legislatures to take action first, the Wall ... More »

Last Surviving von Trapp Singer Dies at 99

Maria was second-oldest daughter of original 7 children in 'Sound of Music'

(Newser) - The final surviving member of the singing von Trapp family that fled the Nazis in World War II and inspired The Sound of Music has died at the age of 99 in Stowe, Vt. Maria von Trapp was the third of seven children of Georg von Trapp and his first... More »

The Most Religious State Is Once Again...

...Mississippi, while Vermont holds on to its title, too

(Newser) - A new Gallup survey looking at religiousness in the US could have essentially just rerun its previous findings on the subject. Mississippi is once again the most religious state in the union, with 61% of residents falling into the "very religious" category—defined by Gallup as those who say... More »

Woman Held Against Will in Psych Ward Is Freed

Christina Schumacher was there 5 weeks after husband murdered their son

(Newser) - A judge in Vermont has ordered that a grieving mother held against her will in a psychiatric hospital for more than five weeks can go free, reports the Burlington Free Press . The case of Christina Schumacher, 48, made national headlines given the circumstances: Her estranged husband committed suicide after killing... More »

2 States Stop Paying Builder of Bungled Health Care Sites

Vermont is asking for a refund, and Massachusetts is considering it

(Newser) - The federal health care exchange isn't the only one that CGI Federal screwed up. The much-maligned contractor also built seven exchanges for individual states, and now two of those states—Massachusetts and Vermont—have stopped payment, with Vermont even requesting a refund, thanks to the company's failure to... More »

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