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Charges dropped in Vt. plot case

RUTLAND, Vt. — Prosecutors have dismissed the four most serious charges against a Vermont teen accused of plotting to shoot up his former high school and cause mass casualties. The incident led to some changes in Vermont’s gun laws.

Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy said that a ruling by the Vermont Supreme Court has made the prosecution against 18-year-old Jack Sawyer “untenable.” In a nine-page notice released Monday, Kennedy said the state is dismissing all attempted murder charges and an aggravated assault with a weapon charge. Sawyer has been held without bail since his Feb. 15 arrest.

Kennedy said she’ll proceed with two lesser charges of criminal threatening and carrying a dangerous weapon. She is asking the judge overseeing the case to keep Sawyer’s bail at $100,000.

Special elections may decide control

ALBANY — Candidates wrapped up their campaigns Monday ahead of two special legislative elections that could have big implications for all of New York state.

Tuesday’s state Senate elections could decide whether Democrats wrest control of the chamber from Republicans, who now have a one-seat majority.

In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer faces Republican Julie Killian, a former local official.

In the Bronx, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda faces Republican Patrick Delices.

Even if they win both seats, however, Democrats must also persuade one of their own to return to the party fold.

Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn now sits with Republicans, meaning the GOP could retain control even if Democrats win a numeric majority.

Democrats already control the Assembly and hold the offices of governor, attorney general and comptroller.

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