Lawsuit reveals intricacies of GAW Miners bitcoin scheme

Investors who had been suing Joshua Garza and Stuart Fraser in what has been called a bitcoin Ponzi scheme have dismissed Garza from their suit after “conversations” with him. A flurry of motions has ensured and a federal SEC case is pending.

Putney man held in N.H. homicide, charged with manslaughter

(This article by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 13, 2017.) KEENE, N.H. — Saying he was troubled by some of the facts presented in the affidavit, Cheshire County Superior Court Judge David W. Ruoff bumped the bail of a man charged with manslaughter up to $50,000 cash. “While not referring […]

Brattleboro settles solar suit, joins net-metering project at closed landfill

Editor’s note: This article by Chris Mays was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 12, 2017. BRATTLEBORO — Ending its legal battle with NextSun Energy, the town is now entering into a net-metering agreement with a different solar company. Brattleboro will join other local municipalities and school districts in purchasing net-metering credits from […]

Runamok Maple buys Bascom Maple Farms’ candy and cream plant

The Cambridge-based buyer produces speciality maple products. Bascom Maple, in Brattleboro, will continue to operate the rest of its vast maple business.

Weston doctor pleads guilty to drug charges

(Editor’s note: This article by Chris Mays was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 3, 2017.) BRATTLEBORO — A local doctor is looking to put the past behind her. There will be no trial for Melanie Canon, 49, of Weston, after she pleaded guilty to two prescription-fraud charges and one count of narcotics possession […]

Brattleboro’s Retreat Farm responds to concerns about animals

Carlos, a Brahma-Red Holstein steer, and other petting farm animals have been moved to a pole shed while renovations are made. The animals are protected from the weather, well-fed, well-loved and have several visitors a day, says the director.

Windham County NAACP chapter in the works

SIT Graduate Institute students Steffen Gillom and Jesse Roaza have started an organizing committee.

Wardsboro man indicted on second-degree murder charge in death of neighbor

(This story by Bob Audette was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Dec. 13, 2016.) BRATTLEBORO — A Wardsboro man could spend at least 20 years in jail after a grand jury returned a second-degree murder indictment for “unlawfully causing the death” of his neighbor. On the evening of Oct. 18, the Vermont State […]

Windham Solid Waste Management District to end recycling services

With Brattleboro choosing a different waste hauler that would not use the WSWMD materials recovery facility, the district was looking at a 20 percent drop in tonnage collected. Its board chair says it’s time to re-assess the WSWMD’s direction.

Garza accused of being ‘mastermind’ in bitcoin fraud scheme

According to a motion to dismiss filed Dec. 6, Joshua Garza and Stuart Fraser collected roughly $19 million in revenue from investors. In effect, noted the plaintiffs, the two companies — GAW Miners and ZenMiner — were nothing more than components of a Ponzi scheme.

VTrans shows ‘resilience’ app in development

Computer simulations using maps and data determine potential problems for different communities. The hope is to improve flood-hazard mitigation.

Budgeting and funding changes after Act 46

Simpler school governance will produce myriad benefits, says Brad James, the state’s education finance manager.

New publisher named for Bennington, Brattleboro papers

Alan English most recently served as president and publisher of The Shreveport Times in Louisiana, following a stint as its general manager and executive editor.

Balint hopes to be Senate majority leader

The one-term senator from Brattleboro says she is intrigued by the role, having had experience facilitating as a teacher, and she’s been approached by some colleagues in the Senate, “some longtime politicians in Vermont” who told her she should consider it.