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Montpelier night drone looking in windows?

“Drone flying late at night – if you are flying your drone right now in the First Avenue/Hubbard Street area- knock it off. It’s 10:40 pm and completely disrespectful to be hovering drones outside people’s bedroom windows. This was not a mere flyby, but extended hovering.”
• Stephen, Montpelier Front Porch Forum

“This post was disturbing. I didn’t realize it was legal for people to fly drones around other peoples’ property, let along hovering near windows. Can the City comment on this re regulation or someone from the state comment if there is state legislation? Thanks.”
• Kathy, Montpelier FPF

“It’s legal to use a shotgun here in Montpelier to hunt.Pretty easy to blast it ! lol”
• John, Montpelier FPF

“It may be legal to shoot a shotgun in Montpelier, but downright stupid to fire into the air. What goes up also comes down with the possibility of injury to property or people.”
• Ken, Montpelier FPF

“We’ve been following the report of drone use in the city and have received a few direct calls about nuisance or inappropriate use. We’re compiling information from the Federal Aviation Administration and Vermont Agency of Transportation regarding the regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) to shared at a later date. Please see the FAA website on drones below: https://www.faa.gov/uas/ Please contact the Montpelier Police Department if you have a concern about drone use within the city limits so we may respond and investigate. The municipal ordinance regarding the use of firearms in the City of Montpelier is included below and does not permit the use of firearms against drones. ARTICLE V. USE OF FIREARMS, BB GUNS, BOW AND ARROWS, AND SIMILAR WEAPONS. Sec. 11-500. USE OF ARMS. No person shall discharge or fire or cause to be discharged, or fired, any revolver, pistol, rifle, shotgun, air rifle, BB gun, or other similar firearm or weapon within the limits of the city of Montpelier. This prohibition shall not apply to the use of firearms or weapons by any duly constituted police officer or other public official when such use is reasonably necessary in the performance of his duties as such officer or official; nor shall it apply to the use of shotgun, air rifle, or BB gun, by a hunter in the active pursuit of game, except that such shotgun shall not be used with ammunition containing a single slug, pellet or missile in any one cartridge or shell, nor shall either shotgun or air rifle be discharged within a distance of 200 yards from any building and shooting within 100 yards of an accepted street or highway, and provided further that this ordinance shall not prevent the discharge of firearms on any properly constructed firing range or in the conduct of a contest, shoot, meet, or game when reasonable precautions are taken for the protection of the public safety; nor shall it prevent the use of firearms for the disposal of vermin when permission for such use has been first obtained from the Chief of Police of the City of Montpelier. If you have any questions please contact me…”
• Officer Philbrick, Montpelier Police Dept., Montpelier FPF

“There is no city ordinance that addresses drones per se, but there is one that addresses the use of firearms. Sec. 11-500 of the Montpelier Ordinance Code states: ‘No person shall discharge or fire or cause to be discharged, or fired, any revolver, pistol, rifle, shotgun, air rifle, BB gun, or other similar firearm or weapon within the limits of the city of Montpelier. This prohibition shall not apply to … the use of shotgun, air rifle, or BB gun, by a hunter in the active pursuit of game, except that such shotgun shall not be used with ammunition containing a single slug, pellet or missile in any one cartridge or shell, nor shall either shotgun or air rifle be discharged within a distance of 200 yards from any building and shooting within 100 yards of an accepted street or highway,…nor shall it prevent the use of firearms for the disposal of vermin when permission for such use has been first obtained from the Chief of Police of the City of Montpelier.’ So it appears that since Montpelier is so densely populated, there are very few places that a firearm can be legally discharged, even in the pursuit of game, because of the compact spacing of homes and streets.”
• Ken, Montpelier FPF

“In lieu of a shotgun maybe get out the hose, press your thumb against the nozzle, and wash it away.”
• Ivan, Montpelier FPF

“DO NOT ATTACK DRONES (unless you are at immediate risk of harm from the device). Unmanned Arial Aircraft is the formal designation for what we commonly call ‘drones’ by the FAA. These drones have specific restrictions on their use, such as line-of-sight operation, service ceiling restrictions, and certain limitations on where they can be operated. They are fully allowed to fly in unrestricted airspace, which generally includes all property over the tips of the grass. The owner who is flying line-of-sight cannot trespass however. They are however FAA protected aircraft with some of the same rights as a small Cessna or Bell helicopter flying over your house. They are federally protected, and damaging, destroying, or attempting to cause harm to any aircraft is a FEDERAL CRIME, the same as shooting at an airplane. Do NOT attempt to damage a Drone when in flight. There are numerous examples of folks attacking drones and, at the very least, having to pay out of pocket for possibly very expensive (>$1000) drones. 15 seconds of spraying water, shooting with a BB Gun, tossing rocks etc at a drone could cost you $1000. Your only recourse is call the police or address the operator/owner. Montpelier has ordinances for disturbing the peace and generating disturbances, and the State has laws against voyeurism.”
• Stan, Montpelier FPF


Not smart to steal in view of Calais game camera

“To the persons that stole my tree stand and ladder located high in a tree behind John’s house but on Rick’s property (thank you both): I am a nice person and believe those who steal are clearly idiots or just having an idiotic moment. Either way, when in woods near a tree stand, tagged multiple times with owner’s name and address, one should smile more, you know, for the game camera set up near the stand.  I want to believe you were doing me a favor in taking down my stand to deliver to my address.  I am even willing to give you until Monday before I report you and your photos to the state police.  See, I really am a nice person, but I want my tree stand back.  Bring it back to where you found it, put it the near the tree, or bring to my house and I will not file charges. I will pray for you though, either way… You need that more than my tree stand.”
• Candi, Calais Front Porch Forum


Guitar thefts spread from Marlboro to Newfane

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-5-57-25-pm“The guitar/stringed instrument thefts that have been hitting Marlboro have now come to Newfane. They seem to be targeted to out-of-the-way places and, somehow, the thieves know where to find the good instruments.”
• Dan, Newfane Townshend Front Porch Forum


Richmond good neighbors recover forgotten bike

“Reason #57 why we love Richmond: You can forget your unlocked bike at the park and find it again four days later! So grateful to the friend who called after finding the helmet with our name on it, and to the observant villager who got the mountain bike back to us after reading my Front Porch Forum post. He actually joined FPF to figure out how to get the bike back to its owner! Love this town and the people in it, as well as FPF.”
• Kathryn, Richmond FPF


Colchester daytime break-in – Two locked doors kicked in

“We came home yesterday to find that someone had jumped out 6-ft fence, kicked in two locked doors and stolen jewelry and watches. We are devastated, especially as one of the pieces was a family heirloom. Be safe and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood!”
• Christie, Colchester neighborhood Front Porch Forum



Hate crime in Craftsbury

Posted on the Craftsbury FPF by Sterling College President, Matthew Derr:

The outpouring of support for Sterling and its students, following a number of incidents on campus this summer, that included vandalism and the theft of Black Lives Matters signs, has been appreciated.

Unfortunately, I write to report another serious incident that took place on the evening of Saturday, August 19 near the Common. A Sterling student was accosted with racial and homophobic slurs by passengers in a car who also threw an object at the student before speeding away. This incident was witnessed by a faculty member.

Faculty, staff, and students are supporting this student and Sterling is once again working closely with the Vermont State Police, who have determined that this incident qualifies as a hate crime.

To take a public stand against racism and injustice in our community, Sterling is organizing a solidarity vigil for Wednesday, September 14. Craftsbury residents are invited to join the Sterling community for dinner at 6:00 p.m., with the vigil to follow on Craftsbury Common.

Sterling will also offer a series of educational programs this fall on issues of inclusion, in collaboration with other community organizations. More details will follow on Front Porch Forum.


Duxbury Great Dane and Vizsla home!

“So our Great Dane & Vizsla are found. Thank you all for your help and action They were spotted by a FPF member in N Fayston on Sunday at 9 AM (4.5 miles from our house). We looked for them all day Monday to no avail – thanks to those who I bothered by knocking on their door in earnest. Got a call today from very nice folks who had them walk up and plop on their front lawn 2 miles from where they were sighted Sunday. Both are skeletal looking and the Vizsla needed help from Roy to remove quills (thanks Roy and team – you’re the best!) Back home and soundly sleeping on their couch. Thank you all – we are so relieved and Front Porch Forum is the best – this is where all the info flowed.”
• Patrick, Duxbury FPF



Karma: Lost bankroll returned to generous owner in South Hero

“On Sunday morning some money was dropped on my front lawn. I have a table with Yard Sale Items with a sign that reads FREE OR DONATE TO THE FRANKLIN HUMANE SOCIETY. There was some money left in the donation tub. I would guess that the money I found fell out of your pocket when/if you made a donation. Thank you, by the way. The found money was an amount that I could not afford to lose. If you are this person or know who it may be please call me or stop by. By the way, NO SCAMMERS!. I have no tolerance for thieves and if you cannot satisfy me that you are indeed the person who lost this money I will report your license plate number to the Sheriff’s Dept. Hope to hear from you. If this money is not claimed it will, in fact, be a donation the Franklin Count Humane Society. Thank you.”
• Thom, South Hero FPF

“I posted a found money notice yesterday on FPF. Update: the individual and the money have been happily re-united. The end-all to this situation is that it happened so quickly and that it happened at all only because of Front Porch Forum. Thanks.”
• Thom, South Hero FPF, next day