Around 70 people attended the “Hate-Free Vermont Forum” in Bennington this week, designed to inform officials how they can better respond to such incidents.
Police said a 30-year-old Bennington woman was held against her will and taken out of state until her boyfriend could pay $1,500 that he allegedly owed drug suppliers.
The event, which will take place in Bennington on Wednesday, Sept. 28, encourages members of the public to talk about how they think officials can improve the existing system.
Mike Doenges, 42, wants to lead in revitalizing the city after decades of population decline. His priorities include creating more housing and attracting new businesses.
Bennington police accuse Max Misch of violating the court’s house arrest order, which permitted him to leave home for only two hours a day during an eight-month period.
Richard Blackmer Jr., a former Shaftsbury resident, was charged with 75 felony and misdemeanor counts in what police described as a multistate scheme that spanned years.
The county is now home to over two dozen Afghans, who are adapting to the U.S. with the assistance of volunteers who teach them English, help set up doctor’s appointments and give driving lessons.
Matt Prouty, 50, retired from the police force in 2021 but was interested in the newly created position to help come up with solutions to local problems.
Bennington County sheriff’s deputy Joel Howard said he was glad the criminal justice system held his son, Zachary Howard, accountable for domestic assault.
The state and resettlement agencies are preparing to welcome up to 500 more refugees from various countries in the coming year.