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Vt trooper charged in assault over stolen canoe

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WILMINGTON, Vt. -

A fight over a stolen canoe is behind the charges against an ex-state trooper.

Friday, police released details about the simple assault case against Eric Howley, 40, of West Dover.

In April, police say Howley reported his canoe had been stolen. Later that day, he spotted two people using the canoe on Lake Raponda in Wilmington. While confronting the suspected thieves, police say Howley assaulted them.

Howley resigned from the Vermont State police this week and will be in court next month.

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