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Local and Regional Briefs: Police: Quechee Woman Found Dead in Home on Tuesday Morning

  • FILE- This Oct. 11, 2007, file photo shows Robert Gensburg standing in his office at Gensburg, Atwell & Broderick in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Gensburg, who successfully challenged the way schools are funded in Vermont and brought about sweeping reform has died. He was 78. The Guibord Funeral Home says Gensburg died of natural causes at his Lyndon home on Nov. 9. Gensburg was the lead attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union as it argued children in poor towns were at a disadvantage because lower property values meant less tax revenue for schools. (AP Photo/Alden Pellett, File)

  • A Vermont State Police trooper sits in his car at the bottom of a driveway on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at a house on Tichenor Road near the intersection of Quechee Main Street and Hard Road in Quechee, Vt. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Thursday, November 16, 2017
Police: Quechee Woman Found Dead In Home on Tuesday Morning

Quechee — Vermont State Police say a 40-year-old Quechee woman was found dead in her home on Tichenor Road early Tuesday morning.

Preliminary findings from an autopsy showed Brandi Wilson died by suicide, according to a Vermont State Police news release from Capt. Dan Trudeau.

The Hartford Police Department called Vermont State Police around 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday for assistance in investigating Wilson’s death at 72 Tichenor Road.

Several State Police detectives with the Major Crime Unit and Bureau of the Criminal Investigation responded and were at the home all day on Tuesday.

Police obtained a search warrant to investigate the incident and “evidence recovered at the scene was found to be consistent with that of a suicide,” the release states. Hartford assessing records show the home belongs to Kevin and Brandi Wilson and that they purchased it in 2015.

N.H. Man Killed in Single-Car CrashOn I-91 in Ascutney on Tuesday

Weathersfield — A New Hampshire man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 91 in Ascutney.

Matthew J. Calder, 31, of Winchester, N.H., died when his southbound Nissan Altima left the travel lane, struck a guardrail near mile marker 47 and came to rest in the median among some trees around 3 p.m., according to Vermont State Police.

Calder, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was transported to Mt. Ascutney Hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to police.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 802-722-4600.

Lawyer Who Challenged Vermont School Funding Dies

Montpelier — Robert Gensburg, a lawyer who successfully challenged the way schools are funded in Vermont and brought about sweeping reform, has died. He was 78.

The Guibord Funeral Home said Gensburg died of natural causes at his Lyndon home on Nov. 9.

Gensburg was the lead attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union as they argued that children in poor towns were at a disadvantage because lower property values meant less tax revenue for schools.

In 1997, the Vermont Supreme Court agreed, forcing lawmakers to establish a new system to ensure more equitable funding.

Carol Brigham, whose young daughter was the lead plaintiff in the case, tells the Burlington Free Press it was miraculous that Gensburg put as much time into the case as he did, considering he wasn’t being paid.

Video of 4 Bobcats in Suburban Area Shows Healthy Population

Williston, Vt. — The head of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife said an amateur video of four bobcats frolicking in a suburban neighborhood shows that the state’s population of the normally elusive animals is healthy.

John Roberts of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture said he spotted the four bobcats from the window of his office on Harvest Lane in Williston, just outside Burlington, mid-morning on Tuesday. His agency tweeted the video.

The area is a mix of homes, small businesses and small industrial buildings.

Roberts said the area has a lot of rabbits and squirrels, traditional prey for the bobcats.

Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said bobcats are rarely seen, but their presence in Williston shows they can live among people.

Biologists estimate there are between 2,500 and 3,000 bobcats in Vermont.

Community Nonprofits Celebrate Finalized Removal of Dam

East Burke, Vt. — An old dam in Vermont has finally been removed after years of preparation, and residents of East Burke plan to celebrate the occasion.

Officials say the project was 17 years in the making, with the nonprofit Connecticut River Conservancy receiving a state grant recently to help finance the Passumpsic River East Branch dam’s removal.

— Staff and wire reports