State settles suit in stun gun death
MONTPELIER — The Vermont attorney general's office has paid $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the girlfriend of an unarmed man who died after a state trooper shot him with a stun gun last year.
Police had been called to the home in Chelsea in June 2012 after Macadam Mason, 39, called a crisis line, indicating he might harm himself or others. An autopsy determined he died of a heart attack after being hit with a police stun gun.
The Valley News reported that his companion, who watched him die, filed the civil suit for the emotional distress she endured.
“The money reflects responsibility on the part of the state police for what they did,” said her attorney, Tom Costello of Brattleboro.
“It was not for the death of Macadam, but for the emotional distress that Theresa endured; $30,000 is an amount that's substantial and reflects a fair resolution in the case, particularly in light of the risk of taking it to a verdict,” he said.
Assistant Attorney General Jana Brown said the state decided to settle to avoid the expense and disruption of litigation.
“The matter was resolved with no admission of liability, and the Vermont State Police continue to support the appropriate use of TASERs as a valuable law enforcement tool,” Brown said.
seeks lethal meds
MIDDLEBURY — A local man was the first to request a lethal prescription under Vermont's new Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Law.
Jason Saltman, 47, of Middlebury died Nov. 22 before picking up the medication, according to his sister, Laura Saltman.
Laura Saltman told the Burlington Free Press her brother had stomach cancer and was suffering from increasing pain near the end.
She said he planned to pick up the medication Nov. 22, a Friday, but died early that morning before getting it.
The law, which took effect in May, allows terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to hasten their deaths.
power goes out
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Power has been restored to most of South Burlington after a brief outage Saturday affected about 3,000 customers in an area busy with holiday shoppers.
Police said Saturday afternoon that most of the city and traffic lights appeared to be working again.
The power went out shortly before noon. Green Mountain Power spokeswoman Dottie Schnure said the service was restored to all customers within 45 minutes.
She said the outage, which affected part of University Mall, was caused by a piece of equipment that cracked in the cold temperature.
MONTPELIER — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says 2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are set to go on sale.
Starting Monday, people can buy the licenses at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
For the first time, online license purchasers will be entered automatically to win an Old Town canoe and other prizes.
— The Associated Press