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Local News Briefs: Thursday, July 24

Former Vermont Law School Dean Jeff Shields and wife Genie Shields have made a gift to the school of their Tunbridge home. The funds from any future sale of the home will be considered an unrestricted gift to VLS, as per the Shields wish. (Courtesy photograph)

Former Vermont Law School Dean Jeff Shields and wife Genie Shields have made a gift to the school of their Tunbridge home. The funds from any future sale of the home will be considered an unrestricted gift to VLS, as per the Shields wish. (Courtesy photograph)

Former VLS President Donates Home to School

South Royalton — A former Vermont Law School president and dean and his wife have donated their former home in Tunbridge to the school, officials announced in a news release Wednesday.

The 78 Spring Road home owned by Jeff and Genie Shields had been listed on the market earlier this year for $575,000 and is currently being rented out by VLS students. The old farmhouse was built in 1810 and has about 3,400 square feet of living space.

According to the release, school officials will continue searching for a buyer and have students remain in the house until their leases are up. Nonetheless, the funds from the sale will be a gift to the school.

Jeff Shields started as the school’s seventh dean in August 2004 and retired in 2012.

Police Identify 2-Year-Old Who Died

Shelburne, Vt. — Police are awaiting autopsy results in the death of a toddler who was found unresponsive in a Shelburne home.

Police say 2-year-old Aiden Haskins was being cared for by his mother’s boyfriend.

Shelburne police were called to the home early Tuesday morning. The 2-year-child was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead. The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations is investigating.

Police: Vt. Infant Hospitalized In Coma

Burlington — A special police unit is investigating the circumstances that led to an infant being hospitalized in a coma.

Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling says the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations began working on the case early Tuesday.

The name of the 20-day-old boy has not been released.

— Staff and wire reports