Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
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 >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. -
A vacant home intentionally set on fire this past July is still in the exact same condition today. And now, neighbors and the city are fed up.
After the city's code enforcement issued numerous citations, the man who owns the torched home could face criminal charges.
Chris Khamnei is the landlord of several properties in Burlington, and is the only person in the city who has a vacant property that's not secured.
He isn't a suspect in the house fire, but he is accused of violating city codes. The city has already given him months to clean up the property, but Khamnei claims financial hardship.
A vacant home nearly burned to the ground this past July on Manhattan Drive in Burlington. It hasn't been touched since then.
"It's unacceptable," the Code Enforcement Director Bill Ward said.
And that's why the property owner, Chris Khamnei has been issued numerous violations from the city's code enforcement department.
"The two main requirements are that the property be secured and that the premises be kept generally clean and sanitary," Ward said.
But Khamnei is claiming he doesn't have enough money to clean it up. The city says he canceled insurance on that property just a month before it burnt down. I stopped by his home to ask a few questions, but he didn't want to talk.
Neighbors on the other hand have plenty to say. "Mr. Khamnei has no respect for us," Michael Kuk said.
Especially Kuk, who lost the side of his home in the fire.
"The entire neighborhood is getting fed up with him. I worry about property value, but more than that I worry about just the blight it has on the neighborhood," Kuk said.
Every window is open, the doors are unlocked, there's not even a roof so the city fears that this could be a place where homeless are sleeping, illegal activity is taking place and is just simply dangerous.
At this point, the city plans to give Khamnei a shorter window to become compliant before it seeks criminal charges. If it's still not resolved, they'll take it one step further.
"What the building inspector would be saying is it's just so dangerous that the city would then be forced to take action," Ward said.
Khamnei says he doesn't have the finances to fix the home, but he does own at least seven other rental properties in Burlington. Those properties also had numerous code violations.
I reached out to the Vermont state police fire investigator, he told me the arson is still an active and open case.
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