Vermont State Police

The Vermont State Police's top criminal investigator says the man in a New Mexico prison for killing a Vermont girl in 2000 has a history of making wild claims as part of a long-running goal of being incarcerated in the federal prison system.

Major Ed Ledo is the investigator who arrested Dana Martin in 2000 on charges Martin had killed a 15-year-old girl in Barre.

Ledo says he doesn't know what allegedly motivated Martin to send two New Mexico men to kill two Vermonters by strangling them with neck ties and then mutilating their bodies.

Vermont State Police investigators say two New Mexico men traveled to Vermont as part of a conspiracy to murder two people in the state, but only one of those two has been charged as part of the conspiracy.

Twenty-three-year-old Tanner Ruane is being held in New York state on conspiracy to commit murder charges issued in New Mexico.

The second man, 41-year-old Mark Staake, is being held in Vermont as a fugitive from justice on a charge that he violated his probation in his home state.

Vermont State Police say they're just learning the details of what's being called a murder for hire plot involving two New Mexico men, one of whom had befriended a Vermont man serving a life sentence in a New Mexico prison for killing a Barre, Vt., girl in 2000.

Detective Matthew Hill says that 41-year-old Mark Staake was arrested by Vermont police on probation violation charges Nov. 19 at the Highgate Springs border crossing.

Vermont State Police will participate in the national Click It or Ticket Campaign during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Vermont’s seat belt usage is estimated to be just over 84-percent.  

There have been 70 traffic fatalities this year and state police say about 69-percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

Police agencies across New England are participating in the Click It or Ticket program and Operation Care - Combined Accident Reduction Effort with patrols and checkpoints through the holiday weekend.

Vermont State Police are holding forums to get public feedback as they do a review of their facilities.

The state police and Vermont Building and General Services have started a comprehensive review of facilities statewide as part of a legislative mandate.

Each study will look at the program needs, deficiencies, potential land sites and estimated program costs.

The goal is to come up with a long-term plan to determine the best way for the state to support the Vermont State Police in providing services to Vermonters.

Vermont State Police say two men killed in unrelated car crashes last weekend brings the total number of motor vehicle fatalities across the state this year to 57 — two more than last year's total.

Police said the 55 people killed on Vermont's roads last year was the lowest recorded number since 1944.

They said a record high of 161 deaths was reported in 1979.

Monday marked the end of the state police's Operation H.E.A.T., or High Enforcement Area Team, an initiative aimed at cracking down on dangerous driving. The effort started July 4.

Vermont State Police

A 22-year veteran of the Vermont State Police who resigned after possible time-sheet fraud is facing charges.

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