Crime

Police have identified a human skeleton found near the side of a road in Goshen as the remains of Denise Hart, a 25-year-old woman who went missing in January.

“Evidence was located and collected at the scene and the death of Denise Hart has been ruled a homicide,” Vermont State Police Captain J.P. Sinclair said in a release about the case.

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Burlington police have identified the man shot and killed early Sunday on Church Street as Odafemi Adedapo, 28, of New York City.  Police say Adedapo is known to the New York City Police Department as a member of the Cashford Crips, a criminal gang operating out of East New York, Brooklyn.

Burlington Mayor Miro  Weinberger says he has concerns about a drug raid on Tuesday that sent bullets flying into a neighboring home.

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Vermont State Police identified the man killed in a Tuesday evening drug raid in Burlington as 56-year-old Kenneth Stephens, who police say was pointing a rifle at them when they entered the apartment.

Documents unsealed in federal court show DEA agents were conducting the raid on Elmwood Avenue in hopes of finding evidence to build their case against a man named Kenneth Stephens. The DEA has been investigating Stephens since at least November.

Vermont State Police announced Wednesday that investigators are processing a scene in Goshen where a human skeleton was found by the side of a road Tuesday afternoon.

A statement from Vermont State Police Captain J.P. Sinclair said “citizens who were in the area” discovered the skeleton just before 1 p.m. Tuesday at the side of Gap Road in Goshen.

Sinclair’s statement provided no other details about the case.

Police shot and killed a man as they were searching a Burlington residence Tuesday evening, according to a statement from Vermont State Police.

The Drug Enforcement Agency was the lead agency in the operation that led to the shooting; officials were at the residence on Elmwood Avenue in Burlington's Old North End with a federal search warrant.

Federal authorities released information this week that shows that – contrary to an Associated Press report on Dec. 11 – a pistol imported to the U.S. by Century International Arms was not, in fact, involved in November’s terror attacks in Paris.

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Prosecutors have ordered three Vermont journalists to hand over material they say is related to the sexual assault case against Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister.

Officials closed Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg and sent students home after a bomb threat Tuesday, Hinesburg police say.

According to a police dispatcher, CVU was evacuated Tuesday in response to a bomb threat. Police say classes have stopped for the day and students are being taken home by bus.

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Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with Vermont State Police searched an apartment in Northfield Thursday morning after an explosion inside caused by a “homemade pipebomb,” police say.

According to a police press release, the Northfield Police Department got a report of an explosion at a residence on the corner of North Street and Maple Avenue in Northfield.

Hunger Free Vermont is in dire need of donations as federal authorities investigate a long-term embezzlement that sapped its cash reserves, according to Executive Director Marissa Parisi.

The theft was discovered about a month ago by the group’s local bank branch after irregularities in a checking account were spotted, according to Parisi. The extent of the theft is still being determined, she said.

After a caller threatened a shooting Wednesday, causing the evacuation of Northeast Kingdom Human Services in St. Johnsbury, police say they’ve determined there’s no ongoing threat to the social services office.

In a news release, Vermont State Police spokesman Scott Waterman said troopers responded to the office after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services “received a threat of gun violence against the facility through its answering service,” the release said.

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An employee of the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) remains on the job despite allegations that she embezzled more than $2,000 from the state employees’ union.

Julie A. McDonald, 51, of Georgia, Vt. was arrested Thursday afternoon. She is suspected of embezzling more than $2,000 from the Chittenden chapter of the Vermont State Employees Association.

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Thursday, police arrested a man on charges of disorderly conduct after he allegedly posted Ku Klux Klan flyers on the front doors of two women of color in Burlington. The appearance of the flyers led to a community outcry in Burlington.

Even though the suspect admitted to posting the flyers, the prosecutor doesn't expect an easy case.

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The Brattleboro Fire Department is now saying that the fire that displaced 45 people last weekend is suspicious, and the department is asking the public's help in tracking down who might have started it.

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In 2014, Governor Shumlin devoted his State of the State speech to what he called "a full-blown heroin crisis" in Vermont. Nearly two years later, heroin is still a massive problem in the state. We're looking at the latest on the state's battle against heroin, and at the dangerous links between the drug trade and sex trafficking.

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The Londonderry Selectboard will ask voters to consider supporting a heightened police presence in town.

Following a growing concern about drug activity in Londonderry the board asked an ad hoc committee this summer to investigate the possibility of contracting with a local law enforcement agency.

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Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan announced Monday morning that two police officers have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of a Colchester man in September. He said at the announcement that the officers were cleared without any body camera video of the incident.

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Last week, two Burlington residents found what appears to be a recruitment poster for the Ku Klux Klan at their homes.

On Saturday, a group called Rights and Democracy held a press conference where Burlington officials, the Burlington police and a woman who received the flyer spoke to the public about the incidents.

The man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a Burlington courthouse was arrested Wednesday in the Bronx, authorities announced.

According to a release from the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, police had investigative leads suggesting Robert Rosario could be in the Bronx or in Milton or Burlington, Vermont. Ultimately, the New York Police Department (NYPD) found Rosario in an apartment in the Bronx.

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