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Vermont News: Attorney General TJ Donovan Warns Vermonters to Beware of Tech Support Scam

Montpelier, VT (STL.News) – Attorney General T.J. Donovan is alerting Vermonters about a tech support scam as part of a nationwide crackdown on fraudsters who try to trick consumers into buying fake tech support and repair services.  The tech support scam is the third most common scam reported to the AG’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP).  … Continue reading Vermont News: Attorney General TJ Donovan Warns Vermonters to Beware of Tech Support Scam

Vermont News: New Hampshire Man, Ira Flowers Arrested for Possessing Firearm During Attempted Robbery of THC Products in Springfield, Vermont

Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Ira Flowers, 36, of Claremont, New Hampshire was arrested yesterday after having been indicted by a Vermont grand jury for possessing a 9mm semi-automatic pistol after having been convicted of multiple felonies. Flowers appeared before United States Magistrate Judge … Continue reading Vermont News: New Hampshire Man, Ira Flowers Arrested for Possessing Firearm During Attempted Robbery of THC Products in Springfield, Vermont

Vermont News: Four Charged in Connection with Drug Activity at 33 Oak Street, Apt. #4, Brattleboro, Vermont

Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on February 28, 2019, Francis Macie, Linda Wainwright, Desiree Wells-Cooper, and Juan A. Sanchez, Jr., all of Brattleboro, were arrested and charged with violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act in connection with drug activity at 33 Oak Street, … Continue reading Vermont News: Four Charged in Connection with Drug Activity at 33 Oak Street, Apt. #4, Brattleboro, Vermont

Vermont News: Attorney General Releases Findings of Investigation of Reported Crimes Committed Against Former Vermont State Representative Kiah Morris and Her Family

AG Donovan launches statewide reporting system to identify and address bias incidents and announces series of community forums BENNINGTON, VT – Jan. 15, 2019 – Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced in Bennington yesterday that the Vermont Attorney General’s Office finished its independent investigation and review of the reported crimes committed against former Vermont State … Continue reading Vermont News: Attorney General Releases Findings of Investigation of Reported Crimes Committed Against Former Vermont State Representative Kiah Morris and Her Family

Vermont News: Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sold to Northstar; environmental clean-up to commence pursuant to agreement with state regulators

Montpelier, VT – Jan. 13, 2019 – Friday, the NorthStar Group Services (NorthStar) became the new owner of the Vermont Yankee  Nuclear Power Station (VYNPS). Under its ownership, NorthStar will commence decommissioning and environmental clean-up work at the facility on an expedited timeline, which will allow the site to become available for reuse decades earlier … Continue reading Vermont News: Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sold to Northstar; environmental clean-up to commence pursuant to agreement with state regulators

Vermont News: Vermont State Police Trooper Will Not Be Prosecuted for October 18, 2018 Non-Fatal Shooting in Pownal

Montpelier, VT – Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan announced yesterday that his Office has reviewed the officer involved shooting incident that occurred on October 18, 2018 in Pownal, Vermont.  The Office is declining to prosecute Vermont State Police Trooper Thomas Sandberg for charges related to the non-fatal shooting of Bernard D. Rougeau, Jr.  In reaching … Continue reading Vermont News: Vermont State Police Trooper Will Not Be Prosecuted for October 18, 2018 Non-Fatal Shooting in Pownal

Vermont News: Vermont Attorney General, State Agencies Launch Working Group to Study Blockchain Technology

MONTPELIER, VT – Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that four State agencies established a working group to study the opportunities and challenges presented by Blockchain technology.  In addition to the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), the Secretary of State, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will make up … Continue reading Vermont News: Vermont Attorney General, State Agencies Launch Working Group to Study Blockchain Technology

Vermont News: Vermont Man, Hilary Denault-Reynolds Sentenced For Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography

Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Hilary Denault-Reynolds, 53, formerly of St. Albans, Vermont, was sentenced on October 22, 2018, in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to serve seven years in prison after his guilty plea to one count each of distribution of … Continue reading Vermont News: Vermont Man, Hilary Denault-Reynolds Sentenced For Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography

U.S. Political News: Vermont Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Advisory Memorandum on Housing Discrimination

VERMONT – The Vermont Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has issued a Memorandum examining housing discrimination in the state and whether the state is meeting its fair housing obligations.  The Committee decided to study these issues after Vermont Legal Aid released a 2014 report documenting such discrimination.  In its report, Vermont Legal Aid described a large … Continue reading U.S. Political News: Vermont Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Advisory Memorandum on Housing Discrimination

Vermont News: Mexican and Honduran Men Sentenced for their Roles in Smuggling and Transporting Fourteen Illegal Aliens in Derby, Vermont

Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that two persons have been sentenced for their respective roles in the smuggling and transporting of fourteen illegal aliens who traveled on foot from Quebec to Derby, Vermont in October 2017. The two defendants are Alberto Alvarado-Castro, 30, a Mexican … Continue reading Vermont News: Mexican and Honduran Men Sentenced for their Roles in Smuggling and Transporting Fourteen Illegal Aliens in Derby, Vermont

WASHINGTON News: FEDERAL INMATE, Donald Fell PLEADS GUILTY AND RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE FOR 2000 CARJACKING, KIDNAPPING AND MURDER IN VERMONT

WASHINGTON – A federal inmate formerly residing in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty today to murder, carjacking and kidnapping, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan for the District of Vermont. Donald Fell, 38, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a federal indictment arising from … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: FEDERAL INMATE, Donald Fell PLEADS GUILTY AND RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE FOR 2000 CARJACKING, KIDNAPPING AND MURDER IN VERMONT

Vermont News: Vermont to Receive $600,000 in Settlement With Uber Over Data Breach

MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that Vermont and 49 states and the District of Columbia have reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber).  The settlement addresses the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers.  Vermont will receive $600,000 as its portion of … Continue reading Vermont News: Vermont to Receive $600,000 in Settlement With Uber Over Data Breach

VERMONT | Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting, Sept. 29-30

MONTPELIER, VERMONT– A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation.  There is no finer time to begin this journey than during Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend on September 29 and 30. “Vermont’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters … Continue reading VERMONT | Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting, Sept. 29-30

Some states place limits on secret harassment settlements

Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 states this year to restrict the use by private employers of non-disclosure agreements in sexual … Continue reading Some states place limits on secret harassment settlements

STOWE, Vt. | Northeast governors, eastern Canada premiers meet in Vermont

STOWE, Vt. — Some governors from the northeast U.S. and premiers from eastern Canada on Monday called for the end of the trade war between the U.S. and Canada and a successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement as they gathered in Vermont for an annual meeting. Despite the dispute between Washington and … Continue reading STOWE, Vt. | Northeast governors, eastern Canada premiers meet in Vermont

VERMONT | Recent Bear Incidents Highlight Need for Residents to Stay ‘Bear Smart’: One careless resident can cause problems for the entire community

MONTPELIER, Vt – As incidents of bears breaking into homes, garages, sheds and vehicles in Vermont increases, so too should efforts by residents to bear-proof their homes and secure potential outdoor food sources that can attract bears. While searching for food in early July, one bear broke into a Killington home through an open window, … Continue reading VERMONT | Recent Bear Incidents Highlight Need for Residents to Stay ‘Bear Smart’: One careless resident can cause problems for the entire community

Vermont News: Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan Touts Progress on Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives

Vermont Attorney General Donovan to testify before Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan was to  testify Thursday before the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee in support of expungements for low-level offenses, one of the signature issues of his Community Justice Division.  The Community Justice Division has made significant … Continue reading Vermont News: Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan Touts Progress on Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives

VERMONT | Peregrine Falcon Nesting Season Complete: Cliffs Clear to Hike and Climb Again August 1

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Hikers and rock climbers can return to Vermont cliffs starting August 1 now that peregrine falcon nesting season has ended.  The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has confirmed that all the young falcons have learned to fly and will not be disturbed by human presence on the cliffs. “The young peregrines have … Continue reading VERMONT | Peregrine Falcon Nesting Season Complete: Cliffs Clear to Hike and Climb Again August 1

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont | Consumer group sues Ben & Jerry’s over eco-friendly claims

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Ben & Jerry’s alleging the ice cream company misleads consumers about its environmental practices. Vermont Public Radio reports a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Organic Consumers Association claims Unilever, the parent company of Ben … Continue reading SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont | Consumer group sues Ben & Jerry’s over eco-friendly claims

VERMONT | Safe Composting in Bear Country: Even suburban residents should avoid attracting bears

VERMONT– Bears in Vermont are thinking ahead to winter and, looking to fatten up, are currently in search of easy calories. Compost can become a bear attractant as with trash bins, bird feeders, and pet food – if not properly managed.  Fortunately, Vermonters can minimize conflicts over compost by taking a few extra steps, according … Continue reading VERMONT | Safe Composting in Bear Country: Even suburban residents should avoid attracting bears

Vermont News: Harley Davidson Donated with Proceeds from Vermont Governor Scott Inaugural Gala Raises $35,000 Through Raffle

Montpelier, VT – Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced he will oversee the drawing of the winning raffle ticket for a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Saturday, June 30 at Green Mountain Harley Davidson in Essex Junction.  Scott purchased the motorcycle using funds raised at his inaugural gala through Vermonters United to Help, a 501 (c)(3) … Continue reading Vermont News: Harley Davidson Donated with Proceeds from Vermont Governor Scott Inaugural Gala Raises $35,000 Through Raffle

Report: Modest rental homes out of reach for many in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt./June 15, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — A new report says the gap between actual wages and the income needed to rent a modest apartment in Vermont is among the highest in the nation. The report released Wednesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition says the state has the fifth-highest gap in the country. The … Continue reading Report: Modest rental homes out of reach for many in Vermont

Vermont News: Majority Leadership Demonstrates Commitment to raising tax rates in year state has revenue surplus

MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s Communications Director Rebecca Kelley today issued the following statement: “The Governor is open to a newly-proposed budget if legislative leaders keep their commitment to remove all ‘major points of dispute’ related to property tax rates.  Unfortunately, they did not do what they said they would do. “Earlier this … Continue reading Vermont News: Majority Leadership Demonstrates Commitment to raising tax rates in year state has revenue surplus

VERMONT | Four Men(Shane Martensen, Lukas Vopenka, Brendan Sullivan, Suin Sun) Face Child Pornography Related Charges

VERMONT– Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan announced today that four men were arrested during the week of April 17th for possession/promotion of child pornography.  The arrests were made as result of Operation Peer Review.  Operation Peer Review, which was conducted by Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), involved undercover investigations of peer-to-peer networks.  … Continue reading VERMONT | Four Men(Shane Martensen, Lukas Vopenka, Brendan Sullivan, Suin Sun) Face Child Pornography Related Charges

VERMONT | GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT AND SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY CELEBRATE THE EXPANSION AND FUTURE HOME OF LEDDYNAMICS, IN RANDOLPH

Randolph, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and Senator Patrick Leahy were joined by local, regional, and state partners to celebrate the ground breaking of LEDdynamics’ new home.  The new 27,600 sq. ft. facility will allow the rapidly growing Randolph-based manufacturer of Light Emitting Diode (LED) products to double its workforce. The Governor and Senator announced … Continue reading VERMONT | GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT AND SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY CELEBRATE THE EXPANSION AND FUTURE HOME OF LEDDYNAMICS, IN RANDOLPH

United States News: District of Vermont, Shawn Alonso and Tamara Moody Sentenced for Selling Over 3 Kilograms of Heroin in Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Shawn Alonso, 35, of Corona, New York, was sentenced  Friday, May 25, 2018 for conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.  District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Alonso to a 120-month term of incarceration, followed by a 5-year term of … Continue reading United States News: District of Vermont, Shawn Alonso and Tamara Moody Sentenced for Selling Over 3 Kilograms of Heroin in Vermont

Vermont News: Former Senior Living Facility Resident, Betty Miller Pleads Guilty to Possession of Ricin

VERMONT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Betty Miller, 70, formerly of Shelburne, Vermont, pled guilty Friday, May 18th to a one count superseding information charging her with knowingly possessing Ricin in violation of 18 U.S.C. §175b(c).  Miller’s plea came pursuant to a plea agreement filed … Continue reading Vermont News: Former Senior Living Facility Resident, Betty Miller Pleads Guilty to Possession of Ricin

MONTPELIER, Vt. | Vermont will soon require gender neutral restrooms

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont will soon require that all single occupancy restrooms in public buildings be marked as gender neutral. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill Friday that is the most recent development in the national debate over whether transgender individuals should be required to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on … Continue reading MONTPELIER, Vt. | Vermont will soon require gender neutral restrooms

VERMONT GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT, 5-YEAR PLAN TO IMPROVE EDUCATION QUALITY & AFFORDABILITY WHILE ACHIEVING TAX RATE STABILIZATION

MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont Governor Phil Scott and his Administration today presented a five-year plan that revitalizes our education system by generating nearly $300 million in savings that can be used to provide tax relief, expand educational opportunities like early care & learning, technical education and improving overall quality – without raising tax rates.  Further, … Continue reading VERMONT GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT, 5-YEAR PLAN TO IMPROVE EDUCATION QUALITY & AFFORDABILITY WHILE ACHIEVING TAX RATE STABILIZATION

Vermont Governor Scott, officials from the Agency of Commerce & Community Development Join Vermont Companies at Aerospace Forum

Montpelier, VT – Today, Vermont Governor Scott, along with representatives from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development(ACCD), participated in the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2018, hosted by Aero Montreal.  The Governor and ACCD were joined by seven Vermont businesses in the aerospace industry: MSI, Stephens Precision, Sathorn Corporation, Microwire Transmission, Liquid Measurement Systems, SemiProbe, … Continue reading Vermont Governor Scott, officials from the Agency of Commerce & Community Development Join Vermont Companies at Aerospace Forum