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.

Superdelegate reform expected to create new class of delegates

PHILADELPHIA — Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are expected to ratify a proposal Monday for a “unity reform commission” to change the superdelegate process. The resolution, which was passed at Saturday’s Rules Committee meeting, was the result of intense negotiations between backers of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Anthony Iarrapino, Vermont’s standing committeeman to […]

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center dedicates expanded facility

Editor’s note: This article by Makayla McGeeney first appeared in the Bennington Banner on July 25, 2016. MANCHESTER — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) staff dedicated the northshire campus on Sunday with a newly renovated facility, in an effort to spread awareness of primary care access in the area. The distinct National Committee for Quality […]

State: Shaftsbury must pay costs to provide bottled water and well tests for some

Editor’s note: This article by Edward Damon first appeared in the Bennington Banner on July 23, 2016. SHAFTSBURY — The town will pay to provide bottled water and well tests for some residents after a potentially harmful chemical was found at the old landfill. The state says the town is responsible for responding to PFOA […]

Despite talk of Democratic Party unity, some Sanders delegates feel left out

PHILADELPHIA — In a poll of nearly 300 Sanders delegates to the Democratic convention, nearly 90 percent said they are dissatisfied with Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., to be her running mate. “We’re not waiting for the elites to tell us what to do,” said Norman Solomon, executive director of the Bernie […]

Democratic Party denies Vermont man’s appeal to restore delegate status

The Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee denied a challenge to restore the delegate status of two men who were dropped from Vermont’s delegation. Ken Dean of Montpelier and Sen. Tim Ashe, D-Chittenden, were dropped from the delegation to satisfy the DNC’s charter, which requires that delegate votes be allotted to men and women equally. […]

Fairfax man sentenced for wire fraud in Agri-Mark case

A 54-year-old former Fairfax resident has been sentenced for wire fraud. Ronald Rup, Jr., was sentenced for 27 months in jail, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a court judgment. Rup owes restitution of $12,500 to Agri-Mark, which is listed as the first priority on the court documents, and more than $1.5 […]

Lawyer: Injuries from wet cement bring settlement

A Bennington man recently won a $450,000 settlement for skin injuries he suffered from coming in contact with wet cement, according to his lawyer. The lawyer, David Silver, of Bennington-based BarrSternberg Moss Silver & Munson, wouldn’t identify the client or the company allegedly involved. He said the man wanted to educate the public about the […]

PFOA found in old landfill in Shaftsbury

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 21, 2016. SHAFTSBURY — The state will provide bottled water and test private wells after the potentially harmful chemical PFOA was found at the town’s old landfill. Private well owners within a quarter-mile of the capped […]

Blueprint for Health director leaving this month

The director of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health will leave state government at the end of July. Dr. Craig Jones has served as the chief of the Blueprint for Health within the Department of Vermont Health Access since August 2007, according to the Human Resources Department. He made $154,647 in 2014. The spokesperson for the Department […]

Professional firefighters endorse candidates in Chittenden County Senate race

The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont announced on Wednesday endorsed Senate incumbents Tim Ashe, Michael Sirotkin, Phillip Baruth and Ginny Lyons, and newcomer Rep. Chris Pearson in the Chittenden County Democratic primary. The association says the five candidates have backed legislation that has boosted household incomes and public safety. The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont […]

Arraignments held for four murder suspects found in California

BURLINGTON — Four people charged with the murder of a Milton resident all pleaded not guilty at their arraignments Monday. Erik Averill, 21, Jordan Paul, 21, Myia Barber, 22, and Allison Gee, 25, face second-degree murder charges in connection with the beating of Amos Beede, 38, in May in Burlington. A fifth suspect, Amber Dennis, […]

Brooklyn man pleads guilty to drug distribution and sex trafficking

A Brooklyn man pled guilty earlier this month to five counts of sex trafficking and conspiracy to distribute drugs. Diheim Young, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7 for trafficking five women, four of whom were Vermont residents, from Rutland to New York City and distributing crack cocaine and heroin in Rutland from 2012 […]

Pharmacy robbery lands Putney man in prison

A Putney man was sentenced to prison Monday in federal court for robbing a South Burlington pharmacy. Shon Paul Shoram, 38, was accused of robbing a Kinney Drugs location in May 2015. He walked into the store and pointed a BB gun, which resembled a firearm, at two clerks and forced them to walk to […]

Firefighters union backs Dunne for governor

BURLINGTON — Democrat Matt Dunne has picked up the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters of Vermont in the race for governor. “We are standing with Matt because he has been standing with us,” said Bradley Reed, the union’s president, on Monday in front of the historic Ethan Allen Firehouse on Church Street. Dunne, who has […]