News Briefs: Friday, June 20

S. Royalton Man Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement

White River Junction — A South Royalton man pleaded not guilty to embezzling from the Corner Stop Mini Mart in Royalton, where he worked as a night shift manager.

Police allege that 55-year-old Gregory Manning stole more than $10,000 from the mini mart between October 2013 through January. Manning, who was employed as the night shift manager, shelf stocker and responsible for building maintenance, was also responsible for dropping off deposit slips and deposit bags full of cash and checks to Lake Sunapee Bank.

On four occasions, police allege Manning did not take the deposit bags to the bank, according to a police affidavit. On three occasions, police obtained video footage of Manning driving to the bank, but not placing the deposit bag in the drop box.

Embezzlement of more than $100 is a felony and comes with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

When reached by phone, Manning declined to comment.

Police: No Sign Of Bear Attack at Vt. Camp

Milton, Vt. — Police say they have concluded that there was no bear attack in Milton and say drugs may have been involved in the incident where a couple claimed they wre rescued by a fire that frightened the bears away.

Police say 44-year-old Ladonna Merriman and 28-year-old Lucas Gingras were taken to the hospital Wednesday, Merriman with serious injuries and Gingras with minor injuries.

Police say Gingras told them that a bear and two cubs had attacked them at the camp where they were staying. He says the bear tried to get into the cabin and somehow a camp stove got knocked and set the cabin on fire.

Police said Thursday they found no evidence of a bear but found that someone went over a steep ledge and landed on trees and rocks below.

Fletcher Allen Health Care To Change Name

Burlington — Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont’s largest hospital, is planning to change its name to The University of Vermont Medical Center this fall, officials announced Thursday.

The new name is a brand strategy intended to reflect the tie with UVM and collaboration among hospitals, officials said.

“The new name reflects our teamwork — today and for the months and years to come,” said Fletcher Allen President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Brumsted.

Fletcher Allen Partners, which is made up of four hospitals in Vermont and northern New York, will change its name to The University of Vermont Health Network.

As part of the name change, CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, New York, will become Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and will use the name together with The University of Vermont Health Network.

Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin and Elizabethtown Community Hospital in New York will also use their names in conjunction with The University of Vermont Health Network.

Prosecution Rests At UNH Murder Trial

Dover, n.h. — The prosecution has rested in the trial of a man charged with raping and killing a University of New Hampshire college student.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia choked 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts, on Oct. 9, 2012, after she twice rejected his sexual advances.

His ex-girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, testified that Mazzaglia wanted her to recruit a woman into their sex life, which included bondage and discipline. She brought Marriott over and said a game of strip poker led to Mazzaglia’s advances and ultimately, Marriott’s death.

Mazzaglia is charged with first-degree murder. McDonough has pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and is serving 1½ to three years in prison. Mazzaglia’s lawyers say McDonough is lying and that Marriott died while the two women were engaged in rough sex involving restraints.

The trial will resume Monday.

— Staff and wire reports