More gunfire on Valley Street in Springfield / Isle LaMotte drowning

The Vermont State Police and Springfield Police Department are investigating a report of shots fired at 11:57 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 on Valley Street in Springfield. 

Valley Street has been the scene of numerous gunfire incidents, many believed to be related to the town’s thriving illegal drug trade. 

Police responded to the area, conducted interviews and collected evidence. No one was found who sustained injuries in the shooting.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information that could assist police with this matter is asked to contact the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600, or submit an anonymous tip online at

Apparent drowning – The Vermont State Police is investigating an apparent drowning that occurred around 1630 hours Sunday, July 31, in Lake Champlain near house 1177 on East Shore Rd in Isle LaMotte.

VSP was notified at 1742 hours that a man, later identified as Lothar Frei, 84, of Kirkland, Quebec, CA, had been pulled unresponsive from the water by family and neighbors.

Investigators learned that Mr. Frei had been swimming to a dock a short distance from the shore when he suddenly stopped swimming and went under the water. A family member on the shore observed this and called for help. Neighbors along the roadway answered the call for help.

After several minutes, they located Mr. Frei in the water, and with the help of a kayak, they pulled him to shore. Lifesaving measures were immediately deployed, and 911 dispatched Alburgh Rescue. Despite their best efforts, Mr. Frei was ultimately pronounced deceased by Alburgh Rescue.

Along with the state police and Alburgh Rescue, an assistant state medical examiner and Grand Isle County State’s Attorney Doug DiSabito responded to the scene. The incident appears to be an accidental drowning. The victim’s body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

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    • Gunfire incidents were not suppressed in the past; they are great fodder for the anti-2A folks anytime they happen. Only now, they are making progressives look bad for it is they who had called for the hating on the police in the post-George Floyd era. Gun incidents are also making some cities and towns in Vermont look bad and for those who pay attention to the news, are making some ethnic groups look bad so we should expect some level of news suppression of selective gun incidents now and into the immediate future. We can always expect that it is the guns and not those who use them menacingly which will be blamed.

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