Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:52:16 GMT
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket. Frederick Randall matched 4 out of 5 numbers plus the power ball for the April 5th drawing.He would have won $10,000, but he played an extra buckMore >>
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:01:42 GMT
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY. New York State Office of General Services CommissionerMore >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:18 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:18:04 GMT
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday. The 1,400 member national council voted to change its current policy to allow openly gay youth. TheMore >>
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:01:37 GMT
If you're approached by a Vermont State Trooper, there's one thing you may not see, a tattoo. That's because for six years the department hasn't allowed visible ink.But VSP Captain David Notte saysMore >>
Vermont State Police say it's considering changing its tattoo policy, to get more recruits. Right now you can't have any visible tattoos, but that could soon change.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:54:33 GMT
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses. So much so it has the Department of Public Works looking closely at making some major repairs to the entire system. TheMore >>
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
A Vermont State Police sergeant pleaded not guilty in a Burlington court Friday to defrauding the state of thousands of dollars.
James Deeghan had already resigned from his position on Monday.
Prosecutors say Deeghan created time sheets based on fantasy. In reality, he's looking at ten years in prison if convicted.
The 49-year-old walked briskly into a Chittenden County courtroom to face two felony charges for lying on his time sheet and collecting overtime pay while on the job as Vermont State Police sergeant.
He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
But with just one month of evidence already collected, prosecutors say Deeghan is guilty of collecting more than three thousand dollars worth of bogus OT.
"In the past 25 years, this is certainly the worst event that I can recall," says Colonel Tom L'Esperance, Vermont State Police.
How could this happen? Well, prosecutors say the former sergeant gained trust with more than 20-years on the job and was given oversight responsibilities, looking over time sheets no less. They say this was a crime of opportunity.
"Because of that trust, because of his reputation, there was no oversight on James Deeghan," says T.J. Donovan, Chittenden County State's Attorney.
Prosecutors say Deeghan often put down ten hours of overtime on days he never even went into work. The time reports were submitted electronically to payroll, so it remains to be seen how long this has been going on.
"We will continue to dig hard to find out exactly how every dollar was taken," says L'Esperance.
Just in the last month, prosecutors say Deeghan reported that he responded to two car accidents and one alarm at the Mountain Warfare Training Center. They say none of those actually happened.
"He also said he provided police coverage to the town of Jericho in the last month, when in fact, he did not," says Donovan.
Once the investigation is complete, the colonel says Deeghan will receive his pension, but not for more than he actually earned.
"We will go back to ensure that his pension reflects the actual hours that he worked," says L'Esperance.
Prosecutors have looked at just one month of evidence, but they plan to look even farther back.
Deeghan is due back in court on August 30th.
State Police leaders say they have already started looking at the whole payroll system and the time sheets of all 400 troopers.
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