Thursday, June 20 2013 12:19 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:19:09 GMT
In 2012 more than 125 local businesses partnered with the HowardCenter to provide jobs for more than 400 people Thursday over 200 community members will gather for their annual "Big Night" fundraiser.More >>
HowardCenter "Big Night" fundraiser set for Thursday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:27 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:27:28 GMT
A major drug sweep is currently underway in Springfield, Vt. Vermont State Police say the operation is one of the largest arrest sweeps in Vermont with 100 officers trying to take multiple people intoMore >>
Dozens of Vermonters and New Jersey residents are facing drug charges after a sweeping drug bust in Windsor County Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:25 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:25:30 GMT
At a quiet Peacham, Vermont home Vermont State Police say tragedy struck Wednesday. They believe an angry ex-husband showed up, shot and killed the current husband, before killing himself. News thatMore >>
Police are looking for clues as to how a possible murder-suicide could have happened. And for people who knew the family, Wednesday's news wasn't easy to hear.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:57:41 GMT
Wednesday morning police say a tractor trailer made it about halfway up Smugglers Notch before the driver realized he couldn't maneuver some of the tight turns. He decided his only option was to backMore >>
Wednesday morning police say a tractor trailer made it about halfway up Smugglers Notch before the driver realized he couldn't maneuver some of the tight turns.
He decided his only option was to back the big rig out; which took about an hour.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:28:51 GMT
Michael Hastings, a distinguished and fearless investigative journalist known throughout the world died in a single car accident in California yesterday. He was just 33 years old. Hastings went to highMore >>
Michael Hastings, a distinguished and fearless investigative journalist known throughout the world died in a single car accident in California yesterday. He was just 33 years old. Hastings went to high school right here in South Burlington and recently wrote about his favorite teacher. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:19:11 GMT
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was named a Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency on Wednesday, thanks in large part to its new eco-friendly Essex facility. Huge fans, spanning 24-feet, swirlMore >>
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was named a Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency on Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:57 GMT
Vermont State Police found two deceased bodies in the suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt. Wednesday afternoon.Police say after initiating the search for the white van, they located the van at a residence.More >>
Vermont State Police found two deceased bodies in the suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt. Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:58 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:58:42 GMT
Vermont State Police are investigating a suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt.Police say they received a 911 call that shots were fired on Slack Street. The female caller told police that an unknown whiteMore >>
Vermont State Police are investigating a suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:42 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:42:31 GMT
If you live in Vermont, you might not be happy with your job.A recent Gallup poll revealed Vermont is among the top ten states in the country where employees are actively disengaged from their jobs.TheMore >>
If you live in Vermont, you might not be happy with your job.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
A cross-country murder-for-hire plot is becoming downright bizarre as more details emerge. Last month, we first told you about a foiled murder scheme in Vermont.
Tonight, more on the latest twist... Another hit, against pop star Justin Bieber!
This is definitely a strange one, and it all starts with a man who's already behind bars for killing a Barre, Vermont teen back in 2000. Well police say, that man, Dana Martin hired Staake and Ruane to kill Justin Bieber, but put a stop to his own plan.
If you have Justin Bieber fever, brace yourself.
We've known Mark Staake and Tanner Ruane had plans to commit the crime, but today we've learned it was Justin Bieber whom they planned to attack.
"I have such Bieber fever," University of Vermont freshman Jessica Okrant screamed!
Apparently so did Dana Martin, the mastermind behind the murder-for-hire plot to kill singing sensation Justin Bieber, his body guard, and two others. Police say Martin even has a tattoo of the teen on his leg. But when letters to the star went unanswered, Martin's obsession turned into rage.
"It's like impossible with security; it's just a ridiculous idea," Okrant said.
In jail, Martin met Mark Staake. Police say he convinced Staake and Staake's nephew Tanner Ruane to kidnap, strangle and castrate the Biebs.
The plan was set for just a few weeks ago at one of Bieber's sold out concerts in New York City. But Martin ended up confessing to the very plot he'd concocted. Staake was arrested at the Highgate border, Ruane in Rotterdam, New York. In their car, police found pruning shears, supposedly the same ones that were going to be used to castrate Bieber. The plan was to sell each testicle for $2,500.
"I would cry," Okrant said.
Even non "Beliebers" are appalled by the grizzly plot.
"I'm actually a big non fan of Justin Bieber, but I don't think the guy deserves to be castrated," UVM sophomore's Jordan Goldstein and Dan Elliott said.
Martin is the same man that was convicted of strangling barre teen Deandra Florucci with a paisley neck tie, police say Martin ordered Staake to use the same type of tie on Bieber.
Martin told Staake he could hide out at the Lottery Hill Farm in Woodstock, VT that he lied about owning after committing the crime.
Dana Martin told police he was seeking notoriety, so that people outside of prison would know who he was.
Both Mark Staake and Tanner Ruane are in custody, and are waiting to be sent back to New Mexico.
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