Courts & Corrections

Melee breaks out at Keene pumpkin fest

Local police, firefighters and ambulances in New Hampshire responded to large crowds of students as the annual Pumpkin Festival is underway near Keene State College Saturday, Oct. 18. Media report several people have been injured in an apparent Saturday afternoon melee. Photo by Seth Meyer

Keene police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department’s police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m.

SCOV Law Blog: Torts, threats and thuggery

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This case helps define how much responsibility a police officer has to protect a specific person when a complaint is made about a potential attacker.

Kranichfeld to return to Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office

Bram Kranichfeld will depart as executive director of the State’s Attorneys and Sheriff’s Association at the end of the year. Kranichfeld in January will return to the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office as chief administrative deputy, he said this week in an email to staff. Kranichfeld was a deputy prosecutor in Chittenden County for six […]

Supreme Court nominee earns praise

Judge Harold Eaton and Superior Court Clerk Teri Scott look over paperwork at the Orange County Court House in Chelsea. The historic courthouse retains an old-fashioned feel, and those who work there like it that way. Photo by  Jennifer Hauck/VTDigger

Judge Harold “Duke” Eaton Jr., appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday, has the ability to set politics aside in making rulings, legal community says.

Shumlin appoints Windsor judge to Supreme Court

Judge Harold Eaton Jr. will be appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court. Courtesy photo

Windsor Superior Court Judge Harold Eaton Jr. will be appointed to replace Associate Justice Geoffrey Crawford. Senate approval required.

Windham sheriff claims Vernon official tried to interfere with DUI case

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Selectboard Chairwoman Patty O’Donnell vehemently denies that she wanted the sheriff’s department to not arrest Lisa M. McKenney, 47, after a Sept. 20 traffic stop.

Williams challenges Kelly in Washington state’s attorney race

Republican Tom Kelly (left) and Democrat Scott Williams. Stowe Reporter composite photo

Republican Tom Kelly, 60, of Barre City is seeking re-election to the job he’s held since 2007; he’s being challenged by Democrat Scott Williams, 49, of Berlin.

Nonprofit director accused of mismanagement fires back

Emerge Family Advocates

Raymona Russell of Emerge Family Advocates says she was unfairly targeted by two board members and Vermont’s Attorney General. She explained her actions in a lengthy email to VTDigger.

SCOV Law Blog: Complying with Rule 11

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A trial court found merit in the State’s violation of probation complaint and revoked petitioner’s probation, sentencing him to the underlying sentence denoted in the plea agreement.

Leahy announces federal grants to support crime victims

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT, Thursday announced that five Vermont organizations have been awarded more than $5 million total in federal grants to support victims of crime. The money from the U.S. Department of Justice includes seven grants from the Office of Violence Against Women totaling $3.6 million plus another $1.6 million in grants from the […]

Red flags existed for years at nonprofit charged with mismanagement

Emerge Family Advocates

Emerge Family Advocates, a nonprofit cited by the Attorney General’s office, had been mismanaged for years, according to two board members. State agencies had performed little or no oversight on Emerge, which received over $50,000 from Vermont last year.

Couple pleads not guilty in disabled teenager’s IV alcohol death

Melissa Robitille

Editor’s note: This article is by The Caledonian-Record, in which it was first published Oct. 8, 2014. A Hardwick woman and her boyfriend pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second degree murder charges for allegedly causing the death of the woman’s teenage son by injecting alcohol into the boy intravenously. Melissa Robitille and Walter Richter III, […]

AG accuses Upper Valley nonprofit of failing to oversee finances

Emerge Family Advocates

Court filing alleges the director of Emerge Family Advocates in White River Junction wrote checks to herself and its board failed to inspect finances.

Study finds improvement in handling of young offenders

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The study’s conclusion was that some obstacles that discourage prosecutors from charging 16- and 17-year-olds in juvenile court persist, but they arise primarily from lack of resources, rather than a need to change the law.

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