The Plattsburgh Police department has announced that it wants folks to have a safe place to exchange goods that are sold on social media and classified ads, for example buying something on Craigslist.
According to a media release, the department is offering the use of its parking lot as a place to meet someone when exchanging goods.
Officials say the Plattsburgh Police Department's parking lot is monitored 24 hours a day and is has good lighting at night.
"We have all read about innocent people becoming victims of scams related to buying and selling over the internet, a recommended safeguard is to conduct the transaction in a safe location," Acting Police Chief Mike Branch.
"Inviting unknown persons into your home or dealing with a group of people alone could result in unintended or harmful consequences. Although items cannot be stored at the police department or in the parking lot, if the item can be safely transported, such as a vehicle or lawn mower, people should consider conducting the transaction at our facility," added Branch.
Officials say two parking spaces will have signs that say the spots are designated exchanged areas.
According to the media release, the department offers the follow tips on how to safely exchange goods with someone you don't know. Use a phone or camera to take a picture of the other vehicle's license plate, accept only cash or a cashier's check, make the exchange during the week so banks can be contacted if there is an issue, and try to avoid making an exchange at night.
The Plattsburgh Police Department's parking lot is located at 45 Pine Street.
On Monday New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to invest $32 million dollars to turn the former Frontier Town into to the Gateway to the Adirondacks.
According to a media release, the Master Plan is to turn the unoccupied theme park by exit 29 on the Northway into a tourist destination.
A media release says the state and the Open Space Institute are working with five neighboring towns to create a blueprint for a new recreation hub.
Officials say the new space will also allow for Paradox Brewery to expand operations there by investing 2.8 million dollars that will create 22 new jobs in the North Hudson area.
"The Gateway to the Adirondacks will be a world-class tourism hub at a strategic location to attract new visitors to the Adirondack Park and drive economic growth in the North Country," Governor Cuomo said.
"The Master Plan, developed with key community partners, builds on our comprehensive efforts to protect the Adirondack Park while attracting tourists to experience the wide array of outstanding recreation options this region has to offer," added Cuomo.
According to a media release, the master plan will include a DEC campground and day use along the Schroon River, an equestrian camping a trail riding area, a visitor center, event center, and interactive exhibits.
Vermont State Police is looking for a suspect in a homicide investigation. Police say on Sunday a Vermont State worker was found dead outside of his Montpelier apartment building.
Police are looking for Jayveon Caballero, 29, of Barre who is accused of Second Degree Murder.
According to a media release, the victim Markus Austin, 33, of Montpelier got into a disagreement with Caballero on Sunday morning outside of Gustos bar on Prospect Street in Barre.
According to police, witnesses saw Austin assault Caballero's girlfriend Desiree Cary, 22, of Barre during the altercation.
Police say later on that morning, Caballero allegedly shot Austin outside of his apartment building on 191 Barre Street in Montpelier.
Officials say Caballero's girlfriend was taken into custody Sunday night during a traffic stop. Investigators with the Vermont Drug Task Force say she was part of an ongoing drug distribution investigation. Police say Desiree Cary was arrested and charged with the sale of crack cocaine, and 3 counts of sale of heroin. She is in jail for lack of $10,000 bail and will be arraigned in court on Monday.
The media release says police searched Caballero's home in Barre but did not find him.
Bail for Caballero has been set for $500,000 dollars. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State police.
Sierra Nevada is recalling its beer in 36 states because glass can break off and fall into the bottle.
The company said an inspection of its brewery in Mills River, North Carolina, "detected a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, creating a risk for injury."
The recall applies to beer sold from Maine to Florida and across the Midwest, as far west as Texas and South Dakota.
The brewer named eight brands at risk for chipped glass: the flagship brand Pale Ale, Beer Camp Golden IPA, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tropical Torpedo, Nooner, Hop Hunter and Otra Vez.
Sierra Nevada said anyone who has purchased it is eligible for a refund. The company is removing the beer from stores.
Mike Bennett, the chief supply chain officer, said in a statement that he believes only one in about 10,000 bottles is affected, and the company has not received reports of injuries.
Sierra Nevada is based in California, where it has a brewery in Chico. The label on the Chico-brewed beer, which is not part of the recall, is marked with a C, while the Mills River beer is marked with an M.
Monday is partly to mostly cloudy with a brief shower or two, patchy fog and mild, but steady temps in the low to mid 30s. Sound familiar? It should. Today's forecast is an almost carbon copy of this past weekend. Overall, there should be no major issues both for the morning and afternoon commutes. The only caveat would be a brief rain, sleet or snow shower and gusty winds across southern Vermont.
By now, I hope you've heard about an approaching Nor'easter that will create widespread winter weather-related problems Monday night through Tuesday. If you maybe "unplugged" over the weekend, now you know! But it's not your typical Nor'easter. Warm air over the eastern half of the United States will allow for rain as the main type of precipitation from the mid Atlantic to southern New England as the low moves up the Atlantic coast.
For northern New England, however, we're expecting primarily sleet and snow. Why? A high pressure ridge to the northwest will leak colder air in at the low levels of the atmosphere across northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Closer to the coldest air, northern New York sees mainly snow; while points farther east such as eastern Vermont and New Hampshire see more sleet, but also mixed in with snow.
Timing-wise, a wintry mix of sleet and snow will spread north, first across southern Vermont and New Hampshire after 7-8 PM Monday; then across northern New York and Vermont after midnight. The action really picks up overnight through Tuesday with a messy commute expected both ways tomorrow.
Throughout Tuesday, wet, heavy and dense snow (think mashed potatoes) mixes with sleet, accumulating to 3-8" or more across higher terrain. Some freezing rain may mix in during the afternoon on Tuesday, leaving roads not just slippery and slushy, but also potentially slick with a glaze of ice up to 0.1-0.2". Winds pick up, from the northeast, at 15-25 mph with some stronger gusts. Spotty power outages are possible throughout the day.
Tuesday night into Wednesday, a widespread wintry mix becomes scattered snow showers, before tapering off. Although, temperatures remain relatively steady throughout this event, in the low 30s, Wednesday afternoon brings a rebound to near 40 degrees in broader valleys. With another low approaching, this time from the Great Lakes, valley rain and mountain snow showers return to the forecast Wednesday night into Thursday. Then, Friday through Sunday, weaker waves ride the upper level atmospheric pattern west to east bringing scattered snow showers to the mountains and higher terrain. We head into the weekend, cooler, with highs in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees.
As always, if you have any weather-related questions, especially concerning the Nor'easter, please find Sean, Torrance or myself on Facebook, or shoot us an email!
Hello folks, hope you all had a great weekend. We are wrapping up the weekend with pretty quiet conditions, outside of a stray shower or mountain flurry. Enjoy the quiet weather because we are shifting towards an active weather pattern come Monday evening. For the rest of your Sunday night we are mainly cloudy, with a spot shower our mountain flurry to continue through the early morning hours of Monday. Overnight lows will still run on the mild side, bottoming out from the upper 20s to the low 30s. For most of the day tomorrow we are quiet and mild (high mid 30s), with periods of sunshine. But this is short lived. An area of low pressure will move off the south east coast and track towards southern New England by Monday afternoon and evening.
Monday night into we really start going down hill, rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow moves north. With that being said we have watches and advisories to talk about. The storm will move from south to north, impact out southern communities first during the early evening on Monday. Finally impacting northern Vermont during the Tuesday morning commute.
Winter Weather Advisory:
Bennington & Windham Counties: In effect from 1pm Monday to 7pm Tuesday
Rutland, Windsor, Addison, Orange, Chittenden, Washington, Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Lamoille, Franklin, & Grand Isle Counties: In Effect from 7pm Monday to 10pm Tuesday
Essex, Clinton, & Franklin Counties: In effect from 7pm Monday to 10pm Tuesday
Snow, sleet, freezing rain, & rain
Heavy wet snow & sleet, 2-6"
Ice accumulation, up to two tenths of an inch (central and eastern Vermont)
Hazardous driving conditions
Wind: East 10-20mph, Gust: 40mph
Winter Storm Watch:
Southern Grafton, Sullivan, Merrimack, & Cheshire Counties: In effect Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon
Snow, sleet, & freezing rain
Heavy wet snow, up to 6"
Hazardous driving conditions
Wind: East 10-20mph, Gust: 35mph
Any travel Monday night is not recommended, stay off the roads and let the plow trucks get a head of the storm. Models are showing that the morning drive may see close to the worst of the storm, expect many travel delays. With the potential for freezing rain and ice accumulation across eastern Vermont, be prepared for scattered power outages as well. Snow and sleet will continue to fall across the region well into Tuesday, a wide spread 2-6" of heavy wet snow is expected. Heading into Tuesday night we will have a few remaining showers left before fall into a lull on Wednesday.
Late Wednesday night into early Thursday our next system moves in out of the Great Lakes region, providing us with our next round of wintry weather. As it looks now, it will be again a mix bag of precipitation.
Montpelier Police say a Montpelier man is dead after an early morning shooting Sunday.
Police responded to the scene around 4:34 a.m. and found one adult male deceased outside of a vehicle in the parking lot behind 191 Barre St.. Police have identified him as 33 year-old Markus Austin, and add he lived in one of the apartments at the shooting location.
According to the Governor's office, Governor Phil Scott has been briefed on the status of the investigation. His office has confirmed Mr. Austin was a member of the State workforce.
In a statement, his office says, "...we will work closely with his colleagues during this time of need. Our hearts go out to the victim; his family, friends and colleagues; and the community affected by this violence."
Montpelier Police contacted the Vermont State Police for assistance. The Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit is leading this investigation and is working closely with the Montpelier Police Department and Washington County State's Attorney's Office.
State Police say they are looking for at least one male suspect, who fled the scene in a car. At this time, police believe the suspect and victim knew each other, and the shooting was not a random act of violence.
Montpelier Police Chief Anthony Facos says this is the first shooting the city has seen since 2011.
Neighbors who did not want to identify themselves tell Local 22 and Local 44 the shooting "isn't representative of our daily lives," and have "never seen anything like this."
Once the crime scene is processed, the deceased will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy to confirm identity and determine cause and manner of death.
Detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who witnessed this shooting or who may have information regarding people involved in this crime.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-229-9191 or the Montpelier Police Department at 802-223-3445.
Local 22 and Local 44's Alexandra Leslie is at the scene and is gathering more information.
The steps of the Vermont Statehouse were filled with people who were fighting for a different cause ahead of the Women's March.
Several hundred people took to the streets of Montpelier in the Rally for Life, an annual march to end abortion.
Demonstrators say they're commemorating those who lost their lives since abortion was legalized by the Super Court's ruling in Roe verses Wade. The 44th anniversary of the landmark case is on January 22.
Folks at the rally say abortion impacts many.
"It's not just the mother and the baby, a lot of people are harmed every time there's an abortion. They saw this as an easy fix, and it's certainly anything but an easy fix," Agnes Clift, a demonstrator from South Burlington, Vt., said.
The yearly event is sponsored by the Vermont Right to Life Committee.
Up to 20,000 people in Montpelier joined in the Women's March on Saturday, according to Montpelier City Police.
It was one of dozens of marches coinciding with the Women's March on Washington that attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the nation's capital the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Thousands marched down Montpelier's State Street hoisting signs that read messages including "We're all in this together."
"I want all the people that can't be marching with us all today to know they are not forgotten that we are out here marching for them and for all the women and minorities who have been marching for all these years that we are still fighting the good fight," said Heather Kantor of South Burlington.
Participants were hoping the Trump administration hears the message.
"He does not have a mandate to carry out his reckless, racist, sexist agenda," said a protester.
"He is not our president... Donald no!" cheered another.
"I think the fact that there are women's marches and rallies happening around the world sends a pretty strong message to the incoming administration that we care about each other and we care about women's rights because women's rights are human rights," said Katie McCarty, Women's March on Montpelier organizer.
The march ended on the steps of the statehouse where a number of speakers addressed the crowd including Vermont's first and only female governor Madeleine Kunin.
"Why are we here, what are we marching for? We march for respect, we march for respect," she said to the crowd.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I - Vermont) made a surprise appearance as well.
Some other Vermont's political leaders were there including Lt. Governor David Zuckerman (P/D - Vermont) and former democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter.
"We are coming together in unity, we are not going to let our state be divided and that it is upon all of us to be the leaders of that change in whatever way we can," said Minter. "We are very proud of everyone here and in every state that is having a march today. Our state is a state that loves to act and step forward and people are scared and concerned."
"I think it's great for people to get out and show their support in favor of women's rights which I have done consistently over my years of public service. I think it'd be great to see them in action," said Governor Phil Scott (R - Vermont) who did not attend the march.
Local22/Local44 News met up with the Governor at an event in Berlin Saturday.
"I think there's a lot of apprehension about what this is going to mean, and I want to make sure Vermonters know that we'll do everything we can to protect them. Vermont is different, we treat our citizens with respect and dignity and that's what we'll continue to do under my administration," Gov. Scott about the new Trump administration.
About 200 people also gathered in Plattsburgh, New York, according to Plattsburgh police.
In New Hampshire, Senators Maggie Hassan (D - New Hampshire) and Jeanne Shaheen (D - New Hampshire) spoke outside the state house in Concord to a crowd of thousands.
Groups of Vermonters also made the trip to D.C. for the Women's March on Washington, including Rep. Peter Welch (D - Vermont).
Senator Patrick Leahy (D - Vermont) and his wife, Marcelle, hosted Vermonters and friends at the Mott House on Capitol hill for a "Warm Up for the March," giving coffee and refreshments to folks before they headed out to the march.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D - New York) attended the DC protest and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D - New York) protested in New York City.
Hello folks, hope you are all having a great weekend. The mild weather is sticking around, if you are looking for more winter weather you will have to wait another week or so. Saturday night plans really go off with out any worries, a few areas of fog or a spot drizzle is possible. Mountain tops stand to see a flurry or two as well with minimal accumulations. Overnight lows fall to the mid and low 30s across the area. This is very mild for middle January, average morning low is 10°. Wind will remain light for most of the overnight hours that will help to create areas of patchy fog as well.
Clouds are still stuck in place during the day on Sunday. While it will be mostly dry, we can't rule out an isolated sprinkle or mountain snow shower. Yes, it will be another mild afternoon with highs from the upper 30s to the low 40s. When you compare this to seasonable average high temperatures (27°), we are 10 to 15 degrees above that average.
Early start to next week we start with some peaks of sun, but we are going down hill Monday afternoon. Models are indicating a nor'easter will move up the Atlantic coast, and for now providing interior New England with rain, sleet, and isolated snow. This forecast is heavily dependent on it's track, if it moves to the west (closer) we could be talking about snow versus wintry mix. But for now the key point to take away is that Monday night into Tuesday will be messy. Daytime highs will flirt near 40°, with overnight lows dropping to low 30s.
Rest of next week stays active, with our next area of low pressure moving in from the Great Lakes region mid week. The mild weather looks to stick with us through the work week. By next weekend a hint of some seasonable air returns.
UVM Head Coach Kevin Sneddon stayed home with the flu Friday night. That didn't stop Matt Alvaro from scoring two goals including the game winner to help 12th ranked UVM Men's Hockey defeat UConn 5-4 at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Vermont held a three-goal lead in the second period and a two-goal lead in the third, but the Huskies hung around just enough to keep things interesting.
The victory is Vermont's 16th on the season and 7th in Hockey East play. Already one game better than last season in each category.
The Catamounts have a full week off before concluding a home and home with UConn. They'll play in Hartford next Friday at 7:00.
Dozens of Vermonters rallied against the Inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday.
While millions celebrated the inauguration of our 45th President, some Vermonters lined the statehouse steps rallying against newly-sworn in President Donald Trump. "What few proposals he did put forward were a direct assault on what many of us spent our lives fighting for," said Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director, Conor Casey. He said those issues include attacks on universal healthcare and women's rights.
The Vermont Democratic Party hosted what it called an "Un-auguration" event in Montpelier.
Casey says there's no shortage of work ahead. "The Democratic Party nationally will need to redefine itself, but here in Vermont we don't need to wait for that to happen. We need to do better as Democrats, get back to our roots, roll up our sleeves and become an activists party again."
Many also worried about issues being undermined with the new administration, including LGBT rights and the environment.
"Climate change and action on that and I'm concerned about the quality of education for all our children," said Charlotte Kastner of Stowe. Jeff Bartley, Executive Director of the Vermont Republican Party, responded to the event: "Today is about unity and bringing the country together. Today is a celebration of a Democracy and our Constitution, which even President Obama himself participated in and swore to protect. This is not the Vermont way."
Some people at the rally said they'll remain positive hopeful that with some organizing locally, the country can come together.
"I think the community level is where we have the most chance to make a difference," said Tom Kastner.
Fundraising is underway to pay for a bronze sculpture of Rally, the University of Vermont Catamounts mascot, to be located on Church Street in Burlington.
"I feel like it doesn't matter where people are or what they're doing, if Rally's there everyone's in a good mood," said Alison Brown.
Alison Brown is an Oregon sculptor who has been tapped to transform the mascot into art.
She owns a company called Campus Sculptures and says she's made five or six similar mascot sculptures.
"From the time I get my hands in clay to finish the cast bronze piece it will be about a year," said Brown.
The $100,000 sculpture will be located outside the Catamount Store on Church Street.
It's a partnership between UVM and the Church Street Marketplace.
The Marketplace is financing the artwork by raising private donations.
"We began early this morning with conversations with partners of ours, corporate partners as well as UVM grads. We're looking to the community to join with us in making the sculpture a reality," said Becky Cassidy, with the Church Street Marketplace.
"It will definitely be an opportunity for not only our loyal fans to come and check him out and take photos but also our many recruits and visitors to campus and our greater Burlington community," said Krista Balogh, UVM Associate Athletic Director for External Relations & Communications.
Organizers hope to have the statue completed by next year.
Friday night, a weak system scoots across the northeast. It may be enough to spark a shower or two but nothing that should get in the way of your Friday night plans. Most of what gets here will arrive after midnight. That said, what does fall may be a little freezing rain or drizzle, enough to lightly ice up some untreated surfaces. Isolated light rain/snow showers continue through the day on Saturday. The best chance at seeing snow or sleet in valleys will be in the morning. Afternoon highs will climb near 40°, anything that falls after lunch down low will be plain rain. Mountain tops may still see a few spots of snow or sleet but don't expect much accumulation.
Sunday, the rain/snow chance is lower but not 0%. Skies stay mostly cloudy through the afternoon with highs right back into the low 40s. Melting will continue from mountain top to valley floor. Some slightly good news is that snow in the mountains, while melting slowly, will be soft. You'll still have to watch out for bare spots but given the choice between soft snow & bare spots or ice, i'll take bare spots.
Early next week we're watching our next Nor'Easter ride up the coast. At this point we're looking at a windy & messy set up late Monday & Tuesday but what kind of precipitation we get will be determined by the track of the storm. Friday's model trends have come back to the mild side. At this point we're looking at widespread rain, sleet & snow as things get going late Monday & early Tuesday. This means a slow and messy Tuesday morning commute. As Tuesday goes on and temperatures warm, a transition back to rain & freezing rain will occur through the afternoon. It's still too early to speculate snow amounts.
Plan on heading to Montpelier on Saturday? There are some street closures to be aware of.
On Saturday the Women's March of Montpelier will be starting at 1:00 p.m. The march starts at the Montpelier High School and then will head to the Statehouse Lawn.
Officials say during the march there will be street closures from 1:15 p.m. through 2:00 p.m.
Bailey Avenue from US Route 2 (Memorial Drive) to State Street will be closed.
The left hand turning lane from US Route 2 (as traffic travels east) onto Bailey Avenue will be closed.
The right hand turning lane from US Route 2 (as traffic travels west) onto Bailey Avenue will be closed.
Traffic heading south on Bailey Avenue from the Terrace Street neighborhood will be required to make a right-hand turn.
State Street between Bailey Avenue and Governor Davis Avenue/Taylor Street will be closed. State Street may remain closed throughout the Rally to provide for the public's safety.
Officials say there will be a rally on the Statehouse Law from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. following the march. For more information about the march, click here.
There's a new resident with a special purpose at the house on South Winooski Ave.
A therapy dog named Mike moved into the house earlier this week. He's named after Father Mike Cronogue, a volunteer with RMHC who worked at St. Michael's College. Father Mike died last October from a sudden heart attack.
Seeing the dog's white spots, Executive Director Kristine Bickford says, made her think of Father Mike's white reverend collar and volunteer name tag, which he was very proud of.
For more than three decades, families have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children receive treatment at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Folks at RMHC say the therapy dog will help families staying in the house feel more comfortable at their home away from home.
"I think he's going to be a great source of joy, and hope and love for these kids and their families. And the staff too. It's sometimes difficult to hear all of the things going on so sometimes even the staff needs a little care from Mike," Jessica Benz , a trainer with Ultimate Canine, said.
The 6-month-old Labor Doodle will be aiding families, like the Browne's from Hubbardton, Vermont. Tomás and Danielle have been staying at the house since early November, after their daughter Adalyn Rose was born prematurely.
The couple says the house has given them much comfort during their stay, so they can focus on getting their first child healthy and back home.
The charity is also trying something new to raise funds for the house.
Next Tuesday, RMHC will be holding its first charity benefit concert at Higher Ground in South Burlington. The headliner is country singer Ty Herndon. He'll be appearing on Local 44's the Morning Brew January 24th, along with representatives from Ronald McDonald House Charities to talk about the benefit.
Correction: During the broadcast, the name for the Browne family was spelt incorrectly. It was updated later in the story online.