Courts & Corrections

VTDigger covers criminal justice issues including Vermont legal issues, Vermont courts and the Vermont Department of Corrections. Elizabeth Hewitt covers the criminal justice system for VTDigger. She can be reached at [email protected]

Three-year-old found in frozen stream in critical condition

A three-year-old was missing at a daycare in Waterbury Center on Thursday when family members arrived to pick up the child at Elephant in the Field, according to a report from the Vermont State Police. Staff found the child floating in a partially frozen stream behind the daycare, police said. They removed the child from […]

SCOV Law Blog: Unreasonable search and seizure?

The defendent argued that he was illegally seized when a trooper woke him a second time, asked pointed questions about his drug history, and threatened a dog search.

Double homicide suspect faces new charge

Editor’s note: This article is by Chris Mays, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Feb. 12, 2012. BRATTLEBORO — A Townshend woman accused of killing two men in November 2014 is facing a new charge of aggravated murder. “We amended the information to add a count three,” said Windham County Deputy […]

Landlord faces criminal charges over code violations

He pleaded not guilty to 88 criminal counts stemming from violations of Burlington’s minimum housing standards at three rental properties.

Vermont group starts push for alimony changes

Vermont Alimony Reform, headed by a Brattleboro businessman, is calling for creation of a legislative task force to revamp the state’s statute regulating post-divorce payments between former spouses.

McAllister defense wants separate trials for sex assault cases

The suspended Franklin County senator’s lawyer says jurors hearing both sets of charges would respond to the “multiplicity” of allegations instead of weighing the evidence in each case.

Alleged drug dealer charged with murder in overdose death

Bennington Police responding to several overdoses break up alleged heroin ring.

Sen. McAllister’s sex assault trial postponed until May

Both the defense and the prosecution said they need more time to depose witnesses and consider pretrial motions in the case. Now they’ll have until April to complete those steps.

State talks to Veterans’ Home about housing elderly inmates

In trying to serve niche populations, the Agency of Human Services looks to the home in Bennington for possible help. But the discussions are very preliminary, officials say.

Newport state offices locked down after threat

A state office building in Newport went on lockdown Friday morning after a threat was phoned in. The Emory Hebard State Office Building houses branches of numerous state departments, including the Department for Children and Families and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Newport Police Department notified that a threat was phoned into the DCF office […]

Two Mass. men plead not guilty to felony charges in Bennington’s largest herion seizure

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published Feb. 5, 2016. BENNINGTON — Two Springfield, Mass., men face multiple felony charges for their connection to what Bennington police say is the town’s largest heroin seizure to date. Juan R. Martori, 24, and Robert Morales, 25, […]

SCOV Law Blog: An appeal of summary judgement in a malpractice case

A man lost vision in one eye from an infection following surgery. After summary judgement is granted to the doctor, the patient appeals.

Rutland man sentenced on heroin and cocaine charges

A Rutland man was sentenced Tuesday to 6½ years in prison for dealing heroin and cocaine base. Valentino Anderson, 50, received the sentence in federal court on charges that he conspired to distribute heroin and cocaine base, a category of the drug that includes several forms of cocaine, including crack. The charges stem from an […]

Man faces charges he sexually assaulted daughter for years

A Bennington man is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting his daughter over the course of more than a decade. Vermont State Police arrested Warren Lake, 59, in his home Wednesday after investigating a report of possible sexual abuse. An 18-year-old woman told detectives that her biological father had sexually assaulted her numerous times through her […]

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