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]

Three men indicted on bath salts conspiracy

Three men are facing charges in U.S. District Court in Burlington for allegedly conspiring to distribute a synthetic designer drug commonly known as bath salts. Louis Turcio, 51, of Springfield faces the conspiracy charge along with Michael DePalma, 56, of Plainfield, New Hampshire, and Andrew Darling, 52, of North Walpole, New Hampshire. If convicted, the […]

Burlington man arrested in connection with burglary at Speeder and Earl’s south end cafe

BURLINGTON — Police arrested city resident Zachary Senna in connection with a Sept. 26 burglary at Speeder and Earl’s Pine Street cafe. Officers stopped Senna’s car after a Williston police officer observed it in the area of “a series of commercial burglaries in their community,” according to a Burlington Police Department news release. The car […]

Rutland man convicted on child pornography charges

A Rutland man was convicted on three counts of possession of child pornography Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release. Matthew Russell pleaded guilty to the charges in the Rutland Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court this week. Russell was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison, with all but 90 […]

SCOV Law Blog: Sex offender challenges probation violation, and wins

In this probation violation case, the SCOV continues to search for that elusive perfect condition of probation that will stand up to legal challenges and be clear to judges, defendants and probationers alike.

Vermont man sentenced on heroin and cocaine charges

A Bennington man was sentenced to 41 months in prison last week on charges related to possessing and distributing heroin and cocaine. Thomas Keith, 42, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Rutland on Thursday, following his conviction on two counts related to possessing and distributing cocaine and heroin, according to the U.S. Department of […]

State police report details trooper’s death during training

A three-page report released Tuesday by Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says that Trooper Kyle Young received CPR after his collapse and a defibrillator was unable to deliver a shock.

Class action suit against Volkswagen filed in Bennington

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon of the Berkshire Eagle, in which a longer version was first published. BENNINGTON — A class-action lawsuit filed by two local owners of “clean diesel” Volkswagens alleges the German automaker violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and deceived consumers by rigging cars to meet pollution standards. The […]

State police land $1.4 million federal grant to fight opiates

A new federal grant will help the Vermont State Police in efforts to confront Vermont’s opiate addiction crisis. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Monday that the Vermont State Police is one of six recipients nationwide of a grant administered through a new Anti-Heroin Task Force program. Under the program, the Vermont Drug Task Force will […]

Burlington police pull out of military surplus program

The Burlington Police Department says it will no longer participate in a controversial Department of Defense program that allows local police acquire surplus military equipment. The Pentagon’s 1033 program has been used by the Vermont State Police to acquire 65 military rifles and an 18-ton armored vehicle. Local police departments have used the program to […]

In wake of tragedy, Barre community seeks healing

Faith leaders, law enforcement, mental health specialists and other service providers are joining together to process the August shootings and set community goals.

Vermonter files class-action lawsuit over alleged Volkswagen fraud

The lawsuit claims the German automaker intentionally deceived Vermonters who thought they were buying a vehicle with lower nitrogen oxide emissions.

Eleven inmates released as Corrections recalculates sentences

A decision in a civil case earlier this year has changed the way the department does “prison math.”

Public Safety Department to review procedures following trooper’s death

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn has ordered a full review of the application and testing process for special teams within the Vermont State Police following the death of a trooper last week. Trooper Kyle Young, 28, collapsed Thursday during a tryout for the Tactical Support Unit, which functions like a SWAT team, at the Ethan […]

Colchester suspect hospitalized after being shot by police

A Colchester man is being treated in the hospital after being shot by two Burlington police officers. Colchester police responded to a call at the Woodland Shores mobile home park in Colchester early Monday morning after receiving a call from a woman who said her nephew, James Hemingway, was threatening suicide. Upon arriving at Hemingway’s […]

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