• Police: Crash in Highgate kills 1
    December 03,2012
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    Police: Crash in Highgate kills 1

    HIGHGATE — Vermont State Police say a two-car crash in Highgate has left one woman dead and another with serious injuries.

    The collision happened Saturday evening on Route 207 near the intersection of Cook Road. Roads were wet at the time.

    State police say 35-year-old Marissa Knight of St. Albans died at the scene. The driver of the other car, 23-year-old Nicole Greene of Highgate, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, including possible head trauma and multiple broken bones.

    State police say an initial investigation shows that Greene had been traveling south in the northbound lane at the time of impact, but it’s not clear why. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

    Route 207 was closed for several hours while police investigated the accident.

    Tires, rims stolen in Middlesex

    MIDDLESEX — State police say two sets of tires and rims were stolen from a residence on Ryan Road this weekend.

    Between the hours of 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, state police in Middlesex were informed that a set of Nokia Hakkapeliitta studded snow tires (size: 265/70 16”) along with six lug alloy rims with center caps were stolen. A second set of Cooper Weathermaster tires (size: 205/70 15”) along with five lug steel rims also were stolen from the home.

    Police are asking for anybody with further information about this incident to contact the Vermont State Police in Middlesex at (802)-229-9191 or the Central Vermont Crime Stoppers Tipline at (800)-529-9998.

    Capital police: Stay off bridge

    MONTPELIER — Police in Vermont’s capital city are warning pedestrians to stay off a railroad bridge that has become a popular short-cut downtown.

    The Rail Program at the Vermont State Agency of Transportation has recently posted “No Trespassing” on the bridge behind the Shaw’s supermarket and removed a wooden walkway that was on one side of the tracks.

    Police say they are concerned that people might not know the walkway is no longer in place and fall, especially at night.

    Agriculture, forest grants available

    MIDDLEBURY — The Working Lands Enterprise Board will make available grants of $986,500 for agricultural, forestry and forest product enterprises and organizations.

    “Vermont’s working landscape captures Vermont’s heritage, its culture, and its people,” according to board chairman, Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross. “It provides tens of thousands of jobs and contributes greater than 15 percent to Vermont’s Gross Domestic Product.”

    The 2012 legislative session brought with it a renewed commitment to Vermonters’ values by passing the Working Lands Enterprise initiative for the management and investment of $1 million into agricultural and forestry based businesses. Over 97 percent of Vermonters value the working landscape. Approximately 20 percent of Vermont’s land is used for agricultural purposes and 75 percent as forestry.

    — Staff, wire reports

    Social Security offices change hours

    MONTPELIER — Social Security offices in Vermont have cut back their hours a half hour each weekday.

    Offices are now open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The offices had been open until 3:30 p.m. Beginning Jan. 2,, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

    While agency employees will continue to work regular hours, the Social Security Administration said the shorter public window allows employees to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims without incurring the cost of overtime.

    In addition, the significantly reduced funding provided by Congress under the continuing resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for the agency to provide the overtime needed to handle service to the public as it has done in the past.

    Most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing them of a change of address or telephone number are available at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling (800)-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the TTY number, (800)-325-0778. Many of the online services also are available in Spanish at www.segurosocial.gov.

    — Staff, wire reports
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