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Courts & Corrections
Inmate Matthew Hinton allegedly used a three-foot-long broken section of a broom handle to take another prisoner hostage.
Experts say it is very unusual for someone to come to Vermont with the explicit intention of taking their own life.
A lower court grants summary judgement to a solar company in a suit brought by landowners over the installation of solar arrays near their homes. The landowners appeal, arguing the solar arrays took away from the local rural aesthetic, thus lowering their property values.
Sen. Dick Sears said he found it alarming that teachers charged with sexual misconduct could move from school to another.
Police tried to allay fears but also stressed that they could not release many details of the active investigation.
Dezirae Sheldon died in 2014 shortly after the Department for Children and Families returned the girl to her mother’s custody. Dezirae’s stepfather is accused of second-degree murder.
Sarah George, a deputy state’s attorney since 2011, will take over for TJ Donovan, who was elected attorney general in November.
Police will be available to give advice, but will not be taking questions about the ongoing homicide investigation.
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.
The Senate president said it made more sense to set up a smaller system than what Secretary of State Jim Condos proposed, then expand its scope if needed.
Gov. Phil Scott’s counsel said Scott hasn’t looked at the list of finalists the board had prepared for his predecessor but wanted to start the process again because of the unusual circumstances.
They include improving police training, increasing funding for mental health services providers and establishing a commission to review police use of force. The goal is to avoid another death like Ralph “Phil” Grenon’s.
The move could enable about 35 investors to look for another EB-5 project in hopes of still getting a green card, the motion says. More than 100 other investors wouldn’t be affected.
The Attorney General’s Office says there is probable cause for them to believe that Maj. Leonard Roberts physically assaulted his estranged wife, but not enough evidence for a jury conviction. The officer remains on administrative leave while the Hartford Police Department completes its investigation.