Vermont News Briefs

VTDigger’s beat reporters cover health care, politics, education, energy, the environment, business and state finances. We offer brief Vermont news stories on issues are are keeping tabs on.

Two charged with fatal Northfield arson faced with life in prison

Federal prosecutors may seek life imprisonment for two central Vermont men accused of arson resulting in death in a Northfield fire last year. A federal grand jury in Burlington handed down an indictment charging Howard Hoisington, 32, of Berlin, and Jonathan Zampieri, 34, of Montpelier, with arson with death resulting, according to an announcement Wednesday […]

Tartaglia to leave Central Vermont Medical Center

Judy Tarr Tartaglia, the president and chief executive officer of the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, is retiring on March 31. Tartaglia has managed the hospital since 2007 and led an effort to make the hospital a subsidiary of the University of Vermont Health Network, formerly Fletcher Allen Partners. Tartaglia will be the fourth […]

Harwood to hold celebration of life for five teens killed in wrong-way crash

A central Vermont community will gather Monday for a celebration of the lives of five teens killed earlier this month in a crash with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 89. Harwood Union High School will host an event to recognize the lives of the five teenagers in a ceremony in the gym. It will be […]

Windham County assistant judge spared charges of contempt

Editor’s note: This article by Robert Audette was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 19, 2016. BELLOWS FALLS — A Windham County assistant judge was spared charges of contempt but has been ordered to vacate the home of Catherine Tolaro, who died in 2014. “The motion for contempt is denied as the court […]

Gunshot death in Wardsboro investigated; one in custody

Editor’s note: This article by the Brattleboro Reformer staff was first published Oct. 19, 2016. WARDSBORO — Detectives with the Vermont State Police are investigating a gunshot death on Gilfeather Road. At just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wardsboro Rescue and Rescue Inc. were advised to set up a staging area at the Wardsboro Fire Department […]

National Sierra Club president, McKibben endorse Minter

The national Sierra Club president and climate change activist Bill McKibben endorsed Democrat Sue Minter for governor in a press conference on Sunday. Aaron Mair, the Sierra Club president, said in a press statement that if Minter is elected, Vermont will continue to lead the nation on climate change issues and environmental policies. “Sue will […]

Federal jury convicts New York man involved in oxycodone distribution ring

A federal jury in Burlington convicted a New York man for his role in a scheme to sell opiate painkillers in Vermont over the course of six years. Michael Foreste, known as “Beast,” was convicted 10 charges last week for working with a group of several others, including New York City police officer Andre Clarke, […]

Rutland Herald and Times Argus resurrects two days of print publication

The Rutland Herald is restoring two weekdays to its print publication schedule, the first of several changes under new ownership. On Saturday Editor-in Chief Rob Mitchell announced that the Herald and its sister publication the Times Argus would publish a print edition Tuesday through Saturday beginning in mid-November. The paper is currently printed Thursday through […]

14-year-old boy struck and killed while riding bike in Highgate

A 14-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car Friday afternoon while riding his bicycle on Route 7 in Highgate, police say. The Vermont State Police reported in a press release that the boy, Christian Regan, of Swanton, was killed when he collided with a car driven by Gage Bouchard, 22, of Highgate. Regan […]

Chicago-based Reinhart Foodservice to buy Black River Produce

Reinhart Foodservice, LLC, announced Friday that the firm, based in Chicago, will purchase the assets of the Black River Produce distribution business through an agreement with Earth Brothers, Ltd. Black River Produce, a wholesale distributor based in North Springfield, serves 2,000 clients in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York. The […]

National Life donates $10,000 to Five Families Fund

National Life Group and Montpelier Alive organized a walk in Montpelier Friday in memory of the five teenagers who were killed in a collision with a wrong-way driver on Oct. 8. Four of the five children, all from the Waterbury area, were students at Harwood Union School in Duxbury. Employees of the insurance company and […]

Police investigating human skull in Sheldon

Police are investigating human remains in a residence in Sheldon. The major crimes unit of the Vermont State Police responded to the property Thursday after receiving a report of human remains that could be connected to an unreported homicide from more than 50 years ago. Police found a skull at the home when executing a […]

Brumsted running for Vermont Legislature

Jessica Comai Brumsted, who is married to the chief executive officer of the University of Vermont Health Network, is running for the Vermont Legislature. Brumsted is running as a Democrat to represent the northeast section of Shelburne and the town of St. George in the Chittenden 5-2 district. Her opponent is independent Bruce Elmore. “I […]

Shumlin chief of staff going to Burlington Electric Department

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s chief of staff, Darren Springer, will work for the Burlington Electric Department when the governor’s term ends in January. The electric department, which is part of Burlington city government, announced the transition in a news release Thursday. His title will be manager of strategy and innovation. He will lead five departments within […]