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Former VTrans employees allege workplace discrimination because of their sexuality

Sue Minter

In a suit filed in Washington County Superior Court last week, the three former employees say that they were passed over for promotions and pay raises and faced harassment at work.

Inmate articulates concerns about conditions at Michigan prison

Some Vermont inmates will be moved to the North Lake Correctional Facility in Michigan under a new state contract with GEO Corp. Courtesy photo

A letter from a Vermont inmate housed at a privately run prison in northern Michigan raises concerns about the conditions at the facility.

State moves to restrict 75 synthetic drugs

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The Health Department is proposing to add 75 drugs to the list of regulated substances, including fentanyl.

Vermont businesses warned of email scam

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning about an email scam that targets Vermont businesses. The Attorney General’s Office said Thursday it has received complaints from four Vermont businesses about fraudulent emails from scammers who claim to be company representatives and request wire transfers of tens of thousands of dollars. The emails may appear legitimate […]

SCOV Law Blog: Substantiation stricken


A substantiation is a finding made by DCF upon doing an investigation and finding that a person has abused or neglected a child or placed a child at risk of harm. If a person is substantiated, his or her name gets placed on a child protection registry list.

Attorney John Valente appointed to Rutland Superior Court

overnor Peter Shumlin announced that he will appoint attorney John Valente to the superior court in a press release Thursday. Valente is a shareholder and director at the Rutland law firm of Ryan, Smith, and Carbine, Ltd., where he handles cases pertaining to workers compensation, employment and business disputes, according to the news release. He […]

State worker accused of heroin sale still employed but not being paid

Editor’s note: This article is by Keith Whitcomb Jr., of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 30, 2015. BENNINGTON — A child support specialist arrested Monday for allegedly selling heroin at the State Office Complex where she worked remains employed by the state, yet is not being paid. Kacey E. Caprari, […]

Tom Carlson tapped to become superior court judge

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that he will appoint a Burlington-based attorney to fill one of Vermont’s judicial vacancies. Tom Carlson, an attorney with the firm Langrock, Sperry and Wool, LLP, is the first name to come out of the process as the state moves to fill some superior court judge vacancies. Carlson, a Hinesburg […]

State worker arraigned on heroin charges

Bennington State Office Complex. Vermont 
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Some tell police that accused, who is a child support specialist for the state’s Office of Child Support in the Department for Children and Families, sold heroin to people on or formerly on her caseload.

Activists: Burlington’s citizen police commission should have more authority

Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall is packed Monday for a City Council meeting to confirm NYPD Inspector Brandon del Pozo as the city's next police chief. Photo by Sarah Olsen/VTDigger

Residents call for more commissioners, more community involvement after concerns over the process of hiring a new chief.

State worker accused of selling heroin, arrested at State Office Complex in Bennington

Editor’s note: This article is by Keith Whitcomb Jr., of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 28, 2015. BENNINGTON — A state employee was arrested Monday at the State Office Complex for allegedly selling heroin to people she met through her job. Kacey E. Caprari, 35, of North Adams, Massachusetts, was […]

SCOV Law Blog: Sanction starting points


After a random audit request, Attorney realized that he had been violating a rule of accounting by putting personal funds into a sub-account.

Evidence of police dishonesty leads to overturned convictions nationwide

Sean Ellis with Jillise McDonough (left) and Rosemary Scapicchio (right)

There’s no statewide protocol in Vermont to make sure all favorable, material evidence of a testifying police officer’s misconduct is disclosed to the defense. In Arizona, a convicted murderer was exonerated because the courts were misled by a cop.

Fentanyl confirmed in overdose of two brothers in Burlington

Burlington officials confirmed Thursday that the overdose deaths of two brothers in June were linked to fentanyl. Brothers Dennis and Sean Thibault, ages 34 and 32, respectively, were found dead in Dennis Thibault’s Burlington home last month. According to a news release from the Burlington Police Department, the chief medical examiner determined that both men […]

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