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Vermont State Police are updating search and rescue policy

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Addison Independent Staff



WATERBURY — Vermont State Police issued a statement today saying they are revising their search and rescue policy.

The move comes after VSP received public criticism for their slow response last month to the report of a hiker missing in the Green Mountains — 19-year-old Levi Duclos — who subsequently died on the trail.

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Lawmakers call for new search rules: Backlash continues after Duclos Death

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONPTELIER — House and Senate lawmakers on Monday are drafting legislation that would clearly define search-and-rescue protocols for Vermont emergency responders in connection with lost or injured hikers, this in the wake of the tragic death of 19-year-old Levi Duclos on a Ripton trail last month.

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Editorial: A tragedy of misplaced priorities

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the Vermont State Police failed to adequately respond in a search for 19-year-old Levi Duclos, who was reported to state police as an overdue hiker in Ripton on Jan. 9, has been acknowledged by most, outraged first responders and rescue volunteers across the state, distressed friends and local residents, and shaken the public’s confidence in the state police force.

It is clear to almost everyone that this is a tragedy that might have been prevented had a better system been in place.

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Approach to lost hikers different in other states

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Cindy Ellen Hill



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police have primary responsibility for finding lost hikers and other missing people in all areas of the state that are not covered by municipal police departments.

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19-year-old Levi Duclos dies while hiking in Ripton

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — The five-town community is mourning the death of Levi Duclos, 19, of New Haven, who died during a hiking trip that began Monday afternoon on the Emily Proctor Trail in Ripton.

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Vermont State Police Log: Man cited for stealing, wrecking cars

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police this week cited a Barton man into court for stealing and wrecking two vehicles from Hancock.

On this past Nov. 5, troopers from the Royalton VSP barracks responded to a Route 125 home in Hancock for reports of two stolen vehicles. Trooper Slusser reported that investigation revealed that Tyler Norris, 20, of Barton in the Northeast Kingdom took a vehicle owned by Ashley Brown of Hancock and crashed it nearby.

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Vermont State Police Log: DNA leads police to Salisbury man

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Jan. 2 cited Justin R. Schroeder, 30, of Salisbury for burglary of a recreational vehicle parked off Woodpecker Lane at Kampersville in Salisbury last May 20. The arrest came after months of investigation in a case that police said was sealed by DNA evidence found at the crime scene.

As reported by the victims last May, the break-in at the R.V., which served as a seasonal residence, caused approximately $3,035 in damages. Personal property was also stolen from the seasonal home.

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State rules Woodburn death a suicide

Posted on December 22, 2011 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — The Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has officially ruled the Nov. 17 death of Gerald “Dusty” Woodburn, 52, of Salisbury, to have been a suicide, from a single gunshot to the head.

It was on Nov. 17 that Troopers Second Class Lewis Hatch and Kaitlyn Armstrong responded to Woodburn’s apartment on Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury after receiving a 911 call from his girlfriend alleging a domestic disturbance.

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VSP releases names of troopers in Salisbury shooting incident

Posted on November 18, 2011 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — Vermont State Police late Friday released the names of the two troopers who were first to arrive on the scene at an incident early Thursday morning that ended in the death of 52-year-old Gerald “Dusty” Woodburn. State police said Woodburn took his own life following his involvement in a domestic dispute at his home off Lake Dunmore Road during the early morning of Nov. 17.

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Update: Salisbury man dies in shooting incident with VSP

Posted on November 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



Updated 11/17/11 4:15 p.m.

SALISBURY — Vermont State Police reported that a Salisbury man apparently shot and killed himself early this morning after troopers were called to his home for a domestic dispute, and the man pointed a gun at them.

VSP this afternoon said that Gerald “Dusty” Woodburn, 52, died in the incident, but no one else was injured.

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