Crime

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.

Last week, Burlington police said a woman had been sexually assaulted on Oct. 16 in a bathroom of the Edward J. Costello Courthouse.

When naming a suspect would reveal the identity of a victim, what responsibility do the media have? To their audience? To the community? To the individuals involved?

Costello Courthouse in Burlington. Right now people have to file petitions with the court to expunge or seal past criminal convictions. Some attorneys think that process should happen automatically once a person becomes eligible.
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Burlington authorities say a woman was raped in the bathroom of the Edward J. Costello Courthouse last week. The state Attorney General's office says a warrant was issued yesterday for 32-year-old Robert Rosario of Burlington, who's still at large. 

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's optimistic that the full Senate will soon support his legislation that eliminates many mandatory minimum jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

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The August shooting death of Lara Sobel shocked many Vermonters. For the Department for Children and Families, where Sobel worked as a social worker for many years, it was an especially difficult blow. 

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Five years ago, legislators passed a law aimed at getting nonviolent offenders out of prison, but new data suggest the effort has had some unintended consequences. Offenders who are released before they’re ready often just end up returning to jail a short time later.

Back in 2010, one of the central planks in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first gubernatorial campaign was a plan to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders in Vermont prisons.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19.

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Despite freezing temperatures, about five hundred people gathered in Rutland Sunday for a walk to benefit the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter.

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Sunday, hundreds of people, many tottering on red high heels, are expected to take part in a special fundraising walk in downtown Rutland.

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For the last five months Vermont State Sen. Norm McAllister has been awaiting trial on sexual assault charges.

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Democratic presidential contenders are not the only debaters squaring off this week.

The other debate takes place Oct. 14 in South Burlington, inside the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

Vermont’s Agency of Education is confirming that an administrative assistant to Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and to the State Board of Education was arrested on Friday, charged with child sex assault.

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