Crime

Burlington Police are searching for suspects in the beating of a transgender man who was found unconscious near a homeless encampment on Sunday.

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A five-and-a-half year study of Vermont State Police has found disparities in traffic stops that officials say point to racial bias.

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When you think of drug use in Vermont, you probably think about the opioid epidemic. Back in 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin dedicated his entire State of the State address to it. And the problem become a top priority for treatment professionals and law enforcement.

But sometimes, a crackdown on one drug makes the illegal drug market shift toward another, and Vermont authorities have noticed a surge in crack cocaine use and related violence.

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You might have noticed a few more police officers out patrolling Burlington streets this month. While foot patrols aren't new, Burlington's police Chief Brandon del Pozo increased the number of them at the beginning of May.

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Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan announced Tuesday that prosecutors will not file charges against the Burlington police officer who shot and killed a man with a history of mental health issues.

Burlington police have charged a man with a hate crime after what they said was a racially motivated incident in the city’s North End.

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A new analysis by the University of Vermont and Cornell University faculty shows a pattern of racial disparities in the discretionary actions of Burlington police officers conducting traffic stops.

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One of the women accusing Franklin County State Sen. Norman McAllister of sexual assault now claims he shut off her water and cut her utilities in order to evict her from a dilapidated trailer in which she’d been living on his property, according to court documents made public on Monday.

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The Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether a prison inmate who helped other prisoners with their court cases was practicing law without a license. The state thinks so and is pursuing criminal charges against the inmate.

A 76-year-old Burlington man is dead after police shot him at the conclusion of an hours-long standoff in downtown Burlington Monday evening, according to Vermont State Police.

According to a release from Major Glenn Hall of the Vermont State Police Major Crimes Unit, the deceased is Ralph “Phil” Grenon. Police say Grenon, armed with “two large knives,” charged at officers inside his apartment before one officer shot him.

Legislation that would have made it easier for the state to decertify police offers for crimes and misconduct died in the Vermont Senate's Government Operations Committee earlier this week. 

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You may have heard about the nearly $1 million lawsuit the city of Rutland settled in December with a former police officer.

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Winooski Police say the so-called “clandestine lab” authorities discovered Tuesday in the city’s downtown was being used to make a marijuana derivative called Butane Hash Oil, or BHO.

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Traffic in downtown Winooski ground to a halt Tuesday afternoon after police and emergency workers evacuated buildings and blocked traffic to Burlington while investigating a clandestine lab in a building on Main Street. 

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The Montpelier Police Department will work more closely with local agencies to get people it apprehends for drug offenses directly into treatment.

On Tuesday afternoon, Colchester police were still searching for a suspect charged with shooting another man Monday morning.

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Franklin County State Sen. Norman McAllister says he's now trying to evict one of the women who is accusing him of sexual assault.

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At Town Meeting Tuesday, Londonderry voted to sign an $86,000 contract with the State Police. Supporters of the measure say the police protection will help combat drug activity and a rise in property crimes pegged to the state's heroin crisis.

The Vermont State Police say a woman was shot and killed in Shrewsbury Monday night after a “caller reported being in a dispute with his girlfriend and that she had been shot.”

Police in Newport, Vt. briefly placed a state office building  on lockdown Friday morning after an unidentified caller made a threat to the Department for Children and Families, authorities said. By about 10:30 a.m. police called off the lockdown and deemed the area safe.

According to a Facebook post from the Newport Police Department, the caller made demands and threatened violence at the DCF office if the demands were not met.

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