Crime

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has been in office for nearly a year.
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Vermont’s first new attorney general since 1997, TJ Dovovan, was sworn into office last week.

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A new University of Vermont study shows disparities in how police officers around the state treat drivers of different races. 

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Officials at the Burlington Electric Department spent much of their holiday weekend cleaning up someone else’s mess.

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Officials at the Burlington Electric Department discovered malware on a Burlington Electric laptop Friday that was identified as part of the Russian hacking offensive, utility officials confirmed Friday evening.

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A Monkton resident who has had multiple Black Lives Matter signs stolen from his front yard is appealing to the community for support. 

The second trial for a man convicted of abducting and killing a North Clarendon woman 16 years ago is going forward without delay. Donald Fell was originally convicted for the kidnapping and murder of Terry King in 2005, but his death sentence was overturned due to juror misconduct, and a new trial was ordered.

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Police arrested one man and are still investigating after a string of four robberies in Burlington over the weekend.

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With less than a month remaining in office, Gov. Peter Shumlin is offering pardons to the thousands of people convicted of low-level marijuana offenses in Vermont.

The Springfield Police Department and the U.S. Attorney's office convened a meeting in Springfield Tuesday to try to get landlords to play a greater role in fighting the opioid epidemic.

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President-elect Donald Trump caused a stir on social media Tuesday morning when he Tweeted that burning the American flag should be punishable by a year in prison or a loss of United States citizenship. Vermonters may be surprised to find out that part of Trump’s proposal is already enshrined in state law.

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Vermont is taking a hard look at how it treats people with mental illness in its prisons.

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The town of Chester is contemplating a child safety ordinance that would limit where registered sex offenders could live.

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Students and staff at Champlain College's Emergent Media Center have collaborated on an online game that tackles sexual harassment and assault on campus.

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Officials in Burlington announced a new program Thursday with the goal of ending the opiate crisis in the city.

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Norman Boyden’s extra-large yard sign supporting Donald Trump for president is still standing outside of the clock shop he runs out of his home in Williston, despite the efforts of one or more vandals. 

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The case of a journalist being spied on by police in Montreal has raised questions about the ease with which law enforcement can get warrants to track the phones of reporters.

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Patrick Liebrecht, a Republican running to represent Colchester in the Vermont House of Representatives, is facing charges for allegedly posting “revenge porn” of his ex-girlfriend. Liebrecht says he will not drop out of the race. He plead not guilty to the charges and says the accusations are “absolutely” politically motivated.

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Thanks to an innovative collaboration, three rundown houses in Rutland known for heavy drug trafficking will be renovated to create more affordable owner-occupied housing.

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The Vermont Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the Vermont Supreme Court to overturn the conviction of a man who posted Ku Klux Klan flyers on the homes of two women of color in Burlington.

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Lawyers for 36-year-old Steven Bourgoin of Williston entered not guilty pleas on his behalf in response to all seven charges Bourgoin faces for allegedly causing a series of crashes on Interstate 89 Sunday morning, killing five teenagers and injuring a number of other people.

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