The measure is lawmakers’ attempt to reform the centuries-old office of county sheriff, from which multiple scandals emerged over the past year.
Author: Tiffany Tan
Judge finds no probable cause for assault charges against troopers in beanbag case
Trooper Zachary Trocki and Sgt. Ryan Wood had been cited to appear in court on misdemeanor charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment, stemming from an incident in which a 61-year-old man was seriously injured last year.
After court dismisses state trooper assault charge, prosecutors and police exchange blame
Trooper Robert Zink was accused of using excessive force against a person being arrested in February 2021. A judge threw out the case Tuesday morning as jurors were preparing to assemble.
‘They’re helping me save the rest of my life’: Rutland organization helps incarcerated people find sobriety and rebuild their lives
For years, the Turning Point Center of Rutland has offered recovery group meetings and individualized coaching at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility, the only community-based recovery coaching program within Vermont’s correctional facilities.
Franklin County sheriff loses access to national, state police databases due to assault charge
Law enforcement officers in Vermont routinely use the National Crime Information Center database and the state’s Valcour dispatch and records management system in the course of their police work.
Vermont’s first naloxone vending machine is coming to the Johnson Health Center
The machine, which could hold around 300 single-dose nasal sprays of the opioid overdose antidote, is part of a project by the University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction to distribute five naloxone vending machines in northern New England.
Sheriff reform bill clears House with changes related to compensation, transparency
The legislation, which was passed by the Senate in March, aims to promote oversight and accountability in an elected law enforcement office that has recently been embroiled in scandals.
Defendant in 1989 Danby double-murder case allowed to leave jail on $200,000 bail
The Rutland Superior criminal court ruled that the state didn’t have enough evidence to merit withholding bail from 80-year-old Michael Louise, a decision that the state Supreme Court has upheld.
Court dismisses challenge to Phil Scott's appointment of Orleans County state’s attorney
The Orleans Superior civil court upheld Gov. Phil Scott’s decision to appoint Farzana Leyva as the county’s top prosecutor for a four-year term.
Bennington murder prosecution to resume after defendant’s release from psychiatric hospital
The Vermont Department of Mental Health, which took custody of Darren Pronto in December, said he no longer needs acute mental health treatment and that a correctional facility is equipped to take over his care.