WATERBURY â€“ A state of emergency remained in affected Monday as Vermonters hunkered down and waited for the arrival of hybrid storm Sandy.
The state emergency operations center started opening around 7 a.m. Monday and was fully opened by noon. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) held a telephone conference with the mayors throughout the state to get ideas on their communityâ€™s preparations and what, if anything, the DPS could do to assist them. DPS also held a telephone conference with various legislators to obtain input on any identifiable needs in their communities.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Twenty-four-year-old Lee Sykes of Island Pond appeared in court Monday sporting a shiner as he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of assault with a weapon, specifically a 40 caliber pistol. Sykes is charged with shooting Eric Baker, 35, at a party held in Charleston.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen ordered Sykes held on $25,000 bail.
Around 1 AM Sunday, state police responded to a shooting at a residence on VT RT 105 in Charleston. When police arrived, a group of people pushed Skyes against the cruiser and said he had shot Eric Baker.
BURLINGTON, VT â€“ A Florida woman was indicted Friday on charges of smuggling firearms into Canada from Vermont. The woman, Annette Wexler, 46, allegedly used the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line for the operation.
The Haskell Library straddles the international border and can be accessed by both U.S. and Canadian residents without going through customs.