Crime

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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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The state has filed five counts of second-degree murder against Steven Bourgoin, the driver police say was responsible for killing five teenagers after going the wrong way on Interstate 89 last weekend.

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Hundreds of people gathered at Harwood Union High School in Moretown Monday evening to remember five students killed in a weekend car crash caused by a wrong-way driver.

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Prosecutors have an arrest warrant for Steven Bourgoin and plan to charge him with a felony and misdemeanor in connection with the series of crashes on Interstate 89 in the early hours of Sunday morning that injured 10 people and left five teens dead.

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Prosecutors announced Thursday that a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy will face no charges over the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jesse Beshaw of Winooski last month.

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New campus safety data released Oct. 1 shows that the number of reported sexual assaults at Middlebury more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, while the University of Vermont and Dartmouth College both saw decreases in reported sexual assaults.

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A transparency group is calling on authorities to release body camera footage from a fatal police shooting last week amid questions and controversy about the death of 29-year-old Winooski resident Jesse Beshaw.

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This month on Brave Little State, VPR’s people-powered journalism podcast, a question about embezzlement in Vermont — and a myth about stone walls and woodland fairies.

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