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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A suspect in a Burlington shooting over the weekend pleaded not guilty in court Monday to charges of second-degree attempted murder.

The Burlington Police say the shooting happened Sunday evening at the Salmon Run apartments. A woman reportedly called police and said her husband had been shot.

The man was taken to the hospital with a bullet wound in the chest. Police say he’s in stable condition.

Police say the victim and witness statements allowed officers to identify the suspect as Tovi Mesick, 40, of Cambridge.

Sunday night, an Essex Police K9 tracked Mesick from the Burlington scene to a location in Winooski where Mesick was arrested.

Police say Mesick has a long rap sheet including other incidents with guns.

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ALBURGH, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont State Police are investigating after a man died following a fight at a boys basketball game.

It happened Tuesday at the Alburgh Community Education Center around 7 p.m.

Police say it was a seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball game between Alburgh and St. Albans.

A viewer sent us a phone recording of the alleged incident, which shows several people on a basketball court. People were tackled and shoved and punches were thrown in the video.

Officers say Russell Giroux, 60, of Alburgh, asked to be taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead there.

Giroux’s body is being taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause and manner of death.

In a statement to the community, Grand Isle Supervisory Union officials say the district has arranged for additional support for students and staff and resources will also be shared that can be used to talk with students about violence and how to answer questions that may arise during these traumatic events.

“...Our immediate goal is to remind and educate our students and families that our school culture is one of family, community, and kindness. We need our students and community to commit to the positive culture that our school community expects and deserves...”

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the fight to contact them. Call Det. Tpr. Michael Mattuchio at the St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993 or leave an anonymous tip online.

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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - A Rutland man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a local man Saturday.

According to court documents, the alleged murder was over $100 worth of cocaine. “The two individuals did know each other. They had agreed to meet to exchange money for drugs,” said Rutland Police Chief Brian Kilcullen.

Rutland Police responded to a 911 call reporting the stabbing Saturday evening. The victim, Trevor Vandenburgh, 32, had just walked to a nearby house and was bleeding badly. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“The incident occurred on Water Street. The Individual left Water Street and went to a residence on State Street,” Kilcullen said. Vandenburgh and another person, Raven Blanchard, went to Water Street to buy cocaine from Brandon McRae, 36. But, according to court documents, McRae pursued the pair after the deal, telling another witness that they robbed him. Then, authorities say, a fight ensued. Blanchard was hit in the face with a wrench-like object and Vandenburgh was stabbed multiple times.

“Through our investigation, we were able to piece together the events that transpired that night,” said Kilcullen.

McRae was arrested Sunday. He told police that he acted in self-defense, though, according to court documents, he told a roommate after the incident, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes” and “that he did not mean to hurt him that bad.”

Chief Kilcullen credits his officers for making the quick arrest and offered this message to anyone who may be concerned about the violent crime: “Whenever anything doesn’t look right, our request is that they call us.”

McRae is being held without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

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