Court news service sues Vermont over access to court records

The California-based news service is suing to gain access to newly filed civil suits that under state statute are not made public until weeks or sometimes months after they have been filed.

Vernon Selectboard chair rebukes residents for complaint to AG

(This article by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on March 23, 2017.) VERNON — The chairman of the Vernon Selectboard rebuked the members of the Vernon Voters Alliance for creating a “public spectacle,” by submitting a letter of complaint “of misconduct/corruption” to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. “Our complaint concerns the misuse […]

N.H. sheriff will not assist Homeland Security in absence of suspected criminal activity

(This article by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on March 22, 2017.) KEENE, N.H. — The sheriff of Cheshire County will not help agents from the Department of Homeland Security conduct “raids, stings or operations that are solely intended at locating an undocumented person or persons.” In a press release to the […]

Vermont State Police investigators visit Vernon Town Hall

A detective asked the town clerk for accounts payable warrants presented to the Vernon Select Board in December 2015.

Eight arrested in drug arrests in Brattleboro

Editor’s note: This article by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on March 6, 2017. BRATTLEBORO — Five Brattleboro residents and one Bellows Falls resident were among nine people named on March 3 after a multi-month investigation into the distribution of heroin and cocaine in Windham County. Reginald Derisme, 26, Delmas Ortiz, 23, […]

These statistics don’t lie: Windham, Windsor have longest wait for Act 250 permits

Processing for applications in Windham and Windsor counties took an average of 50 days last year, the longest of all nine districts in the state.

Whitingham Select Board urges residents to reject school budget

In attempt to send a message to the state, the Select Board said in a letter to residents that it is time to take a stand against the way education is funded in the state of Vermont.

Hermitage Club celebrates Act 250 master plan approval

(Editor’s note: This article by Chris Mays was published by the Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 18, 2017.) WILMINGTON — While several other approvals will need to be in place for different projects proposed by the Hermitage Club to proceed, the company is celebrating its biggest hurdle: the Act 250 master plan permit. “The Hermitage Club is […]

Drugs suspected as three die in Brattleboro

In two separate incidents Monday, emergency crews found two men dead and one woman who would later die. The deaths are under investigation.

Defendant calls for dismissal in GAW Miners bitcoin lawsuit

(This article by Bob Audette was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 2, 2017.) BRATTLEBORO — The remaining defendant in a bitcoin scheme that allegedly defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors is once again asking a federal judge to dismiss the case. According to documents filed on Jan. 23 in the […]

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 ensued 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.