Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz is VTDigger's criminal justice and corrections reporter. She moved to VTDigger in January 2014 from MetroWest Daily, a Gatehouse Media newspaper based in Framingham, Mass. She won the 2013 Morley Piper First Amendment Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for her investigation of the Ashland Police Department. She is skilled in the use of public records to find the real story. She is a 2010 graduate of Boston University, where she studied comparative religion.

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Twitter: @laurakrantz


    Corren ramps up spending in campaign’s final days

    Dean Corren, a Progressive challenging incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, filed his paperwork for public financing Thursday morning with Secretary of State Jim Condos. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Dean Corren, Progressive/Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, has spent more money in the last two weeks than he had in the entire general election campaign before then. He has bought almost $40,000 in television ad time since Oct. 19.

    Five counties see contests for state’s attorney

    Republican Tom Kelly (left) and Democrat Scott Williams. Stowe Reporter composite photo

    Campaigns for state’s attorneys are usually low-profile affairs, but this year, there are lively campaigns in five Vermont counties. A state’s attorney is a county’s chief prosecutor, and has broad discretion in prosecutions, charges, and plea agreements.

    Nurse describes trip to intercept Peter Italia at JFK Airport

    Joanne Calvi, Rutland District director for the Vermont Health Department, accompanied Peter Italia as he was returned to Vermont after spending about a month in West Africa. Italia is in voluntary quarantine so health officials can make certain that he did not contract the Ebola virus. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Joanne Calvi, a public health nurse and state health department official, was dispatched on Monday with the Rutland County sheriff to retrieve Peter Italia upon his return from West Africa. Calvi describes how Italia was handed over to them by federal officials, and her conversation with him during the five-hour drive to Rutland.

    Rutland mayor exchanged emails with quarantine subject Italia

    Rutland Mayor Chris Louras (center) endorsed Democrat Rose Kennedy in her race against Republican incumbent Marc Brierre. Photo by Wade Goodenough.

    Chris Louras was in email contact with Peter Italia during the latter’s trip to Africa. The Mayor said he wanted to track Italia’s activities and learn when he planned to come home. The last email, from Oct. 26, indicated that Italia was returning to the U.S. He was met by state officials at the airport and put into voluntary quarantine to ensure he is not infected with the Ebola virus.

    UVM students raise awareness of sexual assault on campus

    UVM students participate in a national Carry That Weight Day march to honor victims of sexual and domestic violence. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Several dozen students marched across the UVM campus Wednesday to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. They carried mattresses, and paused for five minutes of silence in honor of assault survivors.

    Second absentee ballot flaw in Burlington

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    The city mistakenly listed 87 registered voters, including residents of the Thayer senior housing complex in the New North End, as being in state representative district 6-1 instead of district 6-2.

    In Profile: Scott Milne, a survivor who wants to win

    Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne stands at his mother's desk in the family's travel agency in Barre. Marion Milne died this summer, just weeks after her son announced his candidacy. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Despite his political bloodlines, the Republican candidate for governor never expected to make it this far. Now he looks to finish strong in his bid to upset a “vulnerable” Gov. Peter Shumlin.

    Gun rights advocate urges boycott of Brattleboro Reformer

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    An opponent of changing Vermont’s gun laws has launched an online campaign urging advertisers and readers to boycott the Brattleboro Reformer for its editorial endorsing background checks.

    Opiate treatment center to open in Bennington

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announced an opiate addiction center in Bennington on Friday. Photo courtesy of Bennington Office of Economic and Community Development

    Southwest Vermont will get a new opiate treatment center next year. A public-private partnership will provide services that are currently available an hour’s drive away. The new initiative was unveiled at a news conference Friday with Gov. Shumlin, state and local officials, and caregivers.

    Senate Democrats not rushing to back Corren

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    More Democrats in the Vermont Senate are backing Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott than are publicly supporting Progressive Dean Corren, who also appears on the Democratic ballot. One senator says concern over committee appointments may be preventing some members from choosing.

    Burlington Mayor seeks agreement with Uber

    Car-sharing company Uber is operating in violation of Burlington city ordinances but Mayor Miro Weinberger intends to work out a way for it to operate legally, the city attorney said Tuesday in a letter to the company. Uber is a car-sharing service that allows regular citizens to transport passengers in their own vehicles for a […]

    Planned Parenthood applauds new harassment ordinance

    Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Tuesday applauded the Burlington City Council for strengthening the city’s buffer zone ordinance, but said the new version “only slightly mitigates the problem.” The city had to rework the ordinance, which is meant to protect patients from harassment outside reproductive health centers, after the U.S. Supreme Court in June […]

    Washington County State’s Attorney hopeful gets high-profile support

    Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan Wednesday endorsed Scott Williams, the Democrat challenging Republican incumbent Thomas Kelly for Washington County State’s Attorney. Former State’s Attorneys Jerry Diamond, Kim Cheney and Greg McNaughton also endorsed Williams from the steps of the Washington County Courthouse. They were joined by House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, and Rep. Mary […]

    AG settles with board of Upper Valley nonprofit

    The board of Emerge Family Advocates on Monday agreed to resign as part of a settlement with Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s office after it filed suit against the board for failing to keep watch over Emerge’s finances, Sorrell’s office said. The settlement also provides for a new board to be appointed as soon as possible […]

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