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]

Family sues UVM Medical Center for malpractice

The suit says the hospital “deviated from the required standard of care in failing to properly diagnose and treat” a New York man who died Feb. 18.

Family shocked by overdose deaths of two brothers

“The picture of their blue, lifeless bodies, playing over and over again in my head, will never leave me peace,” Penny Thibault wrote to reporters.

Four women plead guilty to bilking Medicaid of more than $100,000

Four northwestern Vermont women were convicted last week of defrauding Medicaid out of $100,000 over a five-year period, according to the attorney general’s office. The four women perpetrated a scheme wherein they submitted false timesheets to ARIS Solutions, the payroll company for the Vermont Children’s Personal Care Program, a Medicaid program that provides caregivers to […]

Drug task force expands with help of federal money

The addition of five detectives comes as synthetic opiates are being blamed for a spike in overdoses.

Putney grapples with policing decisions

The Windham County town begins discussing law enforcement options including coverage from county sherrif’s office, state police or its own department.

Democrats to push for universal background checks this legislative session

Following the Orlando nightclub shooting in June, the Vermont Democratic Party vowed to fight harder for gun control measures and added the topic to its official party platform.

SCOV Law Blog: Despite objection to zoning implementation, land subdivision must follow new rules

Months after Monkton implemented new zoning rules, a landowner seeks a permit to subdivide his land under the old rules. After the Town rejected the permit, the landowner appealed.

Jay Peak CEO asks for court filing extension

Bill Stenger is in ongoing negotiations with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Vermont State Police open barracks in Westminster

The new, 16,000-square-foot Westminster barracks replaces small, aging barracks in Rockingham and Brattleboro. Police say they’ll be able to provide the same patrol coverage from a more secure, more modern headquarters that also includes regional dispatch services.

New superintendents at two Vermont prisons

Two Vermont correctional facilities will have new leadership in place as of next week. Mark Potanas, the superintendent of Southern State Correctional Facility, is currently on paid administrative leave, according to director of facility operations Mike Touchette. Ed Adams, the current superintendent of Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, will leave his post to serve as interim […]

State employee pleads not guilty to sexual assault charge

A former high school para-educator and current Corrections Department teacher denied claims that he raped a 19-year-old woman.

State Supreme Court clears way for gas price-fixing suit

The lawsuit asserts that four wholesalers realized more than $100 million in illegal profits by conspiring to keep gas prices artificially high in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

Barre courthouse evacuated due to suspicious substance

An envelope containing a suspicious substance prompted an evacuation of the courthouse in downtown Barre on Wednesday afternoon. The envelope was delivered to the Washington County family and criminal court Wednesday, according to Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams. The building was evacuated shortly after 4 p.m. and remained under an evacuation order while a […]

Electronic monitoring program gets more time, broader reach

Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark’s pilot program for keeping track of suspects can operate for two more years and expand to other counties and circumstances, a new state law says. Officials say it has saved money.