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Published: 8/22/2019 10:04:52 PM
Modified: 8/22/2019 10:04:40 PM
Man pleads not guilty to killing couple, setting cabin on fire

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A man accused of shooting and killing a couple in a Vermont cabin likely won’t face trial until next year.

Justin Orwat has pleaded not guilty to killing the couple and then setting the cabin on fire.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that Orwat and his wife, Tami, were staying at the Townshend house with Steven Lovely, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Amanda Sanderson, of Brattleboro.

The 44-year-old Orwat, of Springfield, Massachusetts, allegedly shot the couple after arguing with Lovely about drugs. Lovely and Sanderson were squatting at the cabin.

Orwat was charged with aggravated murder and felony arson.

Cocaine-dealing suspect says he found drugs in drive-thru

WORCESTER — A man facing drug charges told police the cocaine that officers say they found in his vehicle had been dropped from another vehicle and he had just picked it up.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that 28-year-old Luis Vega, of Southbridge, was freed on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to trafficking in more than 200 grams of cocaine.

Officers say they found more than 240 grams of cocaine in the car, with an estimated street value of about $7,500.

Police say Vega told them the powdery substance was dropped from the car in front of him at a Burger King drive-thru lane, so he picked it up.

Coast Guard proposes fines for ferry jumpers

BOSTON — The Coast Guard in Boston is warning about the dangers and potential penalties of jumping off ferries.

The Coast Guard in a statement Wednesday said it has proposed fines of up $2,500 each to two teenagers who they said jumped over ferry railings in New England this summer.

They say 18-year-old Luke Garrity jumped off the Island Queen in Falmouth, Massachusetts on June 23.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Myers is accused of jumping off the Anna C in Block Island, Rhode Island on July 28. No home towns were provided.

From Associated Press


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