Bobcat’s release is a wildlife rehabilitation success story

A bobcat that was struck by a vehicle was released back into the wild after recuperating at the Winchester Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire.

Brattleboro Retreat seeks dismissal of siblings as claimants in wrongful death lawsuit

(This story by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on April 26, 2017.) RATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat is asking a federal judge to dismiss from a wrongful death lawsuit two siblings of a teenager who died from injuries she sustained following a suicide attempt while at the mental health facility. The Retreat’s […]

Former assistant judge suspended, publicly reprimanded

Former Windham County assistant judge Paul Kane is prohibited from judicial office for violation of professional codes of conduct over actions he took when he had power of attorney for Katherine Tolaro.

Former assistant Windham County judge loses appeal of probate decision

(This article by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on April 4, 2017.) BELLOWS FALLS — A former assistant judge awaiting a decision from the Judicial Conduct Board was served with a setback last week when a Windsor Superior Court judge dismissed his appeal of a Windsor Probate Court decision. According to court […]

Vermont Supreme Court nominee reflects on her career in law

Judge Karen Carroll, a native of the Northeast Kingdom who grew up in Proctor and now lives in Vernon, worked for more than a dozen years as a prosecutor and another 17 as a Superior Court judge.

After Supreme Court nomination, Carroll reflects on her career

“I so loved working on (the DUI Treatment court in Windsor) because it was the only real chance I’d had in my career as a judge to work with people on such an intimate level,” she says.

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 […]