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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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By October 1st every year, colleges and universities around the country are required to report statistics about crime on their campuses, including sexual offenses. We're taking a look at those numbers, and talking about sexual assault at our local colleges - and how some of those schools are taking on the issue.

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If you want to know how often Rutland City Police officers use force in a given month; or how often they attend community meetings, that information is now just a mouse click away.

A new data portal the department has been preparing is now open to the public. It’s part of a nationwide effort to help police departments across the country boost transparency.

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Officials in Rutland say Schenectady Police Chief Brian Kilcullen is their top choice to head the Rutland City Police Department. 

The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. In a report to the federal government, Vermont disclosed that 17 inmates were sexually victimized in state-run prisons last year.
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Corrections officials say the number of mentally ill inmates housed in Vermont prisons has increased in recent years, but critics say correctional facilities aren’t equipped to provide the kind of care this population requires.

Lawmakers are now contemplating whether the state needs alternative facilities for its sickest criminal offenders.

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Tension between the Rutland City board of Aldermen and the City’s Police Commission is not new.  But a 2012 internal affairs investigation into alleged racial profiling and officer misconduct by two former Rutland city police officers have caused some city leaders to question the role of Rutland’s Police Commission.

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Police are reminding people that ATM machines can be targeted by thieves who install fake card readers to steal information. The latest hit was on a machine at Mascoma Savings Bank, near Route 4 in Hartford.

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A charity event on Saturday will mark a grim anniversary in Burlington.

Ten years ago, 31-year-old Laura Winterbottom was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in Burlington. Winterbottom, an bright young artist and teacher, was approached walking from a Church Street bar to her car on College street.

The senseless crime rattled the community. For some, it was an eye-opening reminder of the widespread cultural problem of sexual violence.

State Police are looking into why a Rutland Town officer was not able to reach the emergency dispatch center in Rockingham last week while responding to an incident reportedly involving a firearm. 

Some have pointed to the incident as proof that the local Rutland Dispatch center should not have been closed. 

Last Thursday afternoon, Rutland Town Police Captain Ted Washburn responded to a 911 call from a man who said two men in a red sedan were pointing a handgun at him in the General Electric parking lot.

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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras has called for a special joint meeting Thursday to bring local leaders up to speed on a 2013 civil suit involving the city that alleges racial profiling and cover-ups among former and current members of the Rutland City Police Department.

The mayor called together the Rutland Board of Aldermen, the city’s attorney and police commission, the panel that oversees the city's police department.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, Vermont's largest city has a new top cop. Brandon del Pozo was sworn in as Burlington's police chief earlier today.

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The woman who allegedly shot and killed four people earlier this month has now been charged with the most serious offense in Vermont’s criminal code. But defense attorneys say police violated Jody Herring’s constitutional rights in the hours after she was arrested.

Jody Herring, seen here in court in August 2015, took a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder.
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The attorney general’s office has filed new charges against Jody Herring, who was charged last week with first-degree murder for the August 7 shooting death of a Department for Children and Families social worker.

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After a Department for Children and Families social worker was shot dead outside the office earlier this month, state officials condemned online comments critical of DCF workers.

Those comments are often just one side of a very complicated story, and that can make it hard to separate fact from fiction.

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A man identified as a former boyfriend of Barre Town murder suspect Jody Herring has been arrested after an armed standoff with police at Rickie’s Indian Restaurant and Shell station in South Barre Wednesday afternoon. 

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A 40-year-old woman from Barre Town has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing a social worker with the Department for Children and Families on Friday. Jody Herring was arraigned in Washington County Court on Monday afternoon. She faces a single first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Lara Sobel, who was part of a custody case involving Herring's daughter.

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As Jody Herring sat shackled and silent in the Washington County Superior Court Monday afternoon, her lawyer entered a not guilty plea for her in response to the charge of the first-degree murder of Department for Children and Families Social Worker Lara Sobel.

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