Courts & Corrections

Lawsuit against Brattleboro Retreat, mental health agency dismissed

Brattleboro Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. Creative Commons photo/Flickr user pag2525

A Windham Superior Court judge rules that neither the Retreat nor Northeast Kingdom Human Services are liable for an assault committed by a former patient.

Suspect shot by police charged as habitual offender

Editor’ note: This article is by Jennifer Hersey Cleveland of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published Sept. 30, 2014. NEWPORT CITY — A man who allegedly stole three vehicles, led police on a 13-mile high-speed chase from West Burke to Barton, and rammed two cruisers before being shot repeatedly by police in […]

SCOV Law Blog: Can the long-arm statute reach across the Connecticut River?

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Eugene, who is in his 60s, lives in New Hampshire, and Neal lives in Vermont. The two men attended a probate court hearing in Manchester, New Hampshire, where, apparently, things did not go well.

Child protection services neither consistent nor cohesive, lawmakers told

The committee on Child Protection listens to legislative attorney Brynn Hare on Thursday in the Statehouse. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Legislative attorneys say the handling of child abuse and neglect cases is different in different parts of the state, and are not always in accordance with the law. The attorneys spoke to a Legislative panel reviewing the Department of Children and Families.

Suspect arrested in Morrisville shooting

Editor’s note: This article is by Tommy Gardner of The Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Sept. 25, 2014. Police have apprehended a Waterville man wanted in connection with a Wednesday afternoon shooting outside the Cumberland Farms convenience store in Morrisville. Christopher Burnor, 39, of Waterville is suspected of shooting Thomas Zapantis, 32, […]

Homelessness among youths on the rise, lawmakers told

Data from the KIDS COUNT Data Book project lists Vermont fourth in a nationwide ranking of the well-being and health of children. VTD/Josh Larkin

Housing is a major issue for many young people leaving foster care or being evicted by parents, advocates say.

DOC receives $1 million to reduce recidivism

The Department of Corrections on Wednesday received a $1 million federal grant to help reduce the number of offenders who commit new crimes. Vermont was one of five states to receive the recidivism reduction grant, along with Georgia, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. Each state will be eligible for an additional $2 million over the next […]

Rutland mayor endorses challenger in state’s attorney race

Rutland Mayor Chris Louras (center) endorsed Democrat Rose Kennedy in her race against Republican incumbent Marc Brierre. Photo by Wade Goodenough.

Chris Louras says Democratic challenger Rose Kennedy would work more closely with law enforcement than incumbent Marc Brierre.

Advocates pitch plan to bring prisoners home

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Justice reform group wants to end Vermont’s use of for-profit prisons in other states. The corrections commissioner says he agrees in principle, but has yet to see a concrete plan.

SCOV Law Blog: Separation anxiety

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The SCOV gives summary-judgment decisions a complete review. If there are no material factual disputes and the law is on a party’s side, then that party wins.

New DCF commissioner wants to focus on homelessness, substance abuse

Ken Schatz is the state's new commissioner of the Department for Children and Families. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Ken Schatz also says Department for Children and Families “can’t put too much emphasis on reunification.”

State recovers $73,500 in Medicaid charges from Michigan drug-testing company

A Michigan drug-testing company will pay Vermont $73,500 to settle claims that it over-billed Medicaid for its services, the Attorney General’s Office said Thursday. A state investigation found five categories of billing errors that led to Medicaid overpayments to Physicians Toxicology LLC, the AG said in a news release. The company, which performed laboratory urinalysis […]

ACLU-VT accuses State Police of improper search and seizure

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The Vermont State Police allegedly seized a Rutland man’s car over a suspicion that he had smoked marijuana. The ACLU of Vermont says the seizure was improper because possession of small quantities of marijuana is no longer a crime.

Milton couple convicted for submitting false Medicaid timesheets

A Milton couple were convicted of false pretenses this week for submitting false timesheets to obtain Medicaid payments, the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release. Clayton LaFond, 61, and Kim LaFond, 54, of Milton were found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of false pretenses in Windsor Superior Court. The couple were caring for […]

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