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


    Mother’s boyfriend pleads not guity in death of third child with ties to DCF

    Joshua M. Blow, 26, pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the death of Aiden Haskins, who turned 2 on Feb. 15. He is also ordered not to contact Ashley Stewart, Aiden’s mother. Pool photo by Ryan Mercer/Burlington Free Press

    Joshua M. Blow is accused of second-degree murder in the death of two-year-old Aiden Haskins. Blow lived with Aiden’s mother, Ashley Stewart.

    New social workers merely a ‘tourniquet,’ DCF says

    DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone addresses advocates at a meeting at the Agency of Human Services Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner Richard Giddings is sitting behind him. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

    Hiring more caseworkers is the most expensive way to fight child abuse, Commissioner Dave Yacovone says, but right now he needs the help. He says early intervention is long-term solution.

    Lawmakers hear conflicting testimony on primacy of reunification policy at DCF

    Lynne Klamm, interim director of the Department for Children and Families Rutland office, testifies alongside  DCF Commissioner Dave Yacavone before a joint legislative committee investigating child protection in Vermont on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Statehouse. Photo by Laura Krantz/

    At legislative hearing on child protection, DCF officials, police and state’s attorneys testify.

    Lawmakers not ready to post sex offenders’ addresses online

    Sex Offender Registry

    At issue is whether an audit of the registry release by Auditor Doug Hoffer is “favorable.” Hoffer says lawmakers must decide and they aren’t ready to make that call.

    Vermont’s high ranking in child welfare survey masks reality, advocates say

    A woman and child play at the COTS family shelter

    Many Vermont children still suffering from the effects of the recession, despite high overall marks in the annual Kids Count survey

    Special Report: Does pressure to reunify families lead to tragedy?

    Sandra Eastman and her newborn daughter, Dezirae Sheldon. Courtesy photo

    DCF officials say no, but in the case of slain toddler Dezirae Sheldon the rush to put a family back together ended horribly wrong.

    Story and video: DCF worker cleared in death of Winooski toddler

    Cindy Walcott, deputy commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, answers questions on the death of Winooski toddler Peighton Geraw at a news conference Thursday in Burlington. Photo by Laur Krantz/VTDigger

    A DCF case worker who saw 14-month Peighton Geraw minutes before his mother called 911 to report him not breathing followed state protocol, prosecutor and DCF officials say.

    Story and video: Corren rallies against big money in politics

    Progressive Party candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren held a news conference Thursday to talk about campaign finance reform. Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

    Progressive Party candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren says all Vermont elections should be publicly funded. Incumbent Republican Phil Scott says tax money is best spent elsewhere.

    Number of Hepatitis C cases second only to Lyme disease in 2013

    Blood drawn for testing . U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller

    Medicaid covering new $84,000 drug for 12-week treatment.

    Fatalities mar otherwise calm Fourth, police say

    Police encountered less unsafe driving this Fourth of July weekend but did respond to two fatal crashes, including one involving a lawn mower operator, according to state police. The Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest of the year because of drunken driving, police said. Officers responded to 61 car crashes this year, up […]

    Shelburne developer poised to sell assisted living homes

    The Lodge at Shelburne Bay is one of four assisted living homes up for sale by owner Bullrock Corp. Courtesy photo

    Mass. firm close to acquiring Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community; The Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury; the Lodge at Shelburne Bay; the Lodge at Quarry Hill; and Enhanced Services Program, a home health care business.

    Video + Story: Grant will help Rutland rebuild blighted properties

    Rutland City Hall. Photo by Anne Galloway

    A former drug house is torn down as effort to eradicate blight begins with $1.25 million grant.

    More than 200 inmates in prison because of lack of housing

    Creative Commons photo

    Sex offenders and those convicted of violent crimes face housing restrictions; community stigma, addiction are challenges for released inmates.

    St. Johnsbury baby died of natural causes, police close case

    The Vermont State Police have concluded an investigation into the May 31 death of St. Johnsbury 22-month-old Mason Keithan, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Keithan died of natural causes as the result of bronchial asthma, a preexisting condition, according to the state medical examiner. Results of a toxicology test showed nothing unusual, police said. Police do […]

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