Vermont News Briefs

VTDigger’s beat reporters cover health care, politics, education, energy, the environment, business and state finances. We offer brief Vermont news stories on issues are are keeping tabs on.

Senate panel to hold hearing on Labor-Commerce merger

The Senate Committee on Economic Development will take public testimony on a major element of Gov. Phil Scott’s government restructuring plan. The committee will hold a hearing on whether the Department of Labor and Agency of Commerce and Community Development should be merged into a new Agency of Economic Opportunity. Scott issued an executive order […]

Bennington official named deputy labor commissioner

(This story is by Derek Carson, of the Bennington Banner, in which it first appeared.) BENNINGTON — Bennington’s economic and community development director has been chosen for a position in Gov. Phil Scott’s administration. Michael Harrington, who has been the head of Bennington’s economic and community development office since 2012, was named deputy commissioner of […]

Landlord: Quiros owes $86,721 in back rent for Florida eatery

A Florida shopping center that says Ariel Quiros owes $86,721 in back rent for his now-shuttered Key Biscayne restaurant has received approval to throw him out. Quiros, facing state and federal investor fraud lawsuits stemming from developments at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, did not contest the move to clear out his leased space in […]

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 […]

Burlington police say thief stealing catalytic converters

BURLINGTON — City police are warning residents that catalytic converters are being stolen off cars, primarily Toyotas and Hondas, sometimes from crowded parking lots and during daylight. The Police Department said Thursday that it’s investigating a series of catalytic converter thefts between Jan. 2 and Monday from multiple cars in Burlington and the surrounding areas. […]

Burlington mayor appoints new library director

BURLINGTON — Mayor Miro Weinberger announced his pick for director of the Fletcher Free Library on Thursday. Mary Danko brings 14 years of library experience, most recently with the Abbott Library in Sunapee, New Hampshire. “The Fletcher Free Library is experiencing an exciting period of capital investment, programmatic expansion, and growing public use and enjoyment,” […]

Hazmat team helps police search home

(This story is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it first appeared online Jan. 11.) ARLINGTON — A hazardous materials team was at a home Wednesday for what Vermont State Police say is an ongoing criminal investigation. Authorities did not say what the investigation was related to, but did say there is […]

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 […]

Essex police trying to find missing teen and her mother

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing teenager and her mother. The Essex Police Department said it was notified Friday that Trinity Welkar, 15, had left her grandparents’ residence on Park Street in Essex. The teen is believed to be with her mother, Rebecca Phipps. Attempts to contact Phipps have been […]

Killington employee dies in accident

A gondola mechanic died on Saturday afternoon at the Killington Ski Resort, according to police. Jeffrey K. Chalk, 53, who was working alone, fell 13 feet from a catwalk to a cement floor below and sustained a serious head injury, according to a press release from the Vermont State Police. Chalk was found by a […]

Police: Missing 23-year-old found dead in Northeast Kingdom

Police say the body of a 23-year-old man who went missing last weekend has been found. Searchers found Quincy O’Gorman’s remains in a brook about a quarter mile from where he was last seen in Island Pond five days ago. Shortly before midnight Dec. 31, a state trooper stopped a vehicle in Island Pond village […]

Weston doctor pleads guilty to drug charges

(Editor’s note: This article by Chris Mays was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 3, 2017.) BRATTLEBORO — A local doctor is looking to put the past behind her. There will be no trial for Melanie Canon, 49, of Weston, after she pleaded guilty to two prescription-fraud charges and one count of narcotics possession […]

Police: Dead man’s injuries consistent with fall from bridge

BURLINGTON — An autopsy has confirmed that 22-year-old Nicholas Cusson-Ducharme, who died Saturday, was killed by injuries consistent with falling from the Blue Bridge, which connects Burlington and Winooski, police say. Cusson-Ducharme’s body was discovered at the bridge by a “concerned acquaintance,” according to police. He was out with friends in downtown Burlington on Saturday […]

VA nurse from Quechee killed in I-91 crash

(Editor’s note: This article by Tim Camerato was first published in the Valley News on Jan. 4, 2017.) BARTON — Upper Valley nurses are mourning the loss of one of their own after a Quechee surgical nurse was killed in a car crash on Monday. Stacy Bissell, 45, began working in November at the Veterans […]