Police have ruled the elder brother’s death a homicide after an autopsy determined his death was caused by gunshot wounds.
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Town asks judge to issue arrest warrant for Slate Ridge owner
After being unable to enter Daniel Banyai’s property on June 1, Pawlet town officials asked the state Environmental Court to order his arrest, while a federal judge threw out his new lawsuit.
Former assistant judge gets 3 years of probation for theft of county funds
Patricia Duff, who had been an elected judge in Windham County, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of grand larceny under an agreement with state prosecutors.
1 killed, 1 injured in a shooting in Leicester
Police found the two victims by the road while responding to a 911 call around 10 p.m. reporting a disturbance near Route 7.
Burlington to pay $750K to settle police use-of-force lawsuit
Mayor Miro Weinberger announced in a press release on Friday that three brothers who sued the city for excessive force related to a 2018 incident will drop their lawsuit in exchange for the payment.
Slate Ridge owner sues Pawlet and judge as enforcement looms
The federal lawsuit comes days after a court-issued deadline that required Banyai to move several buildings from his property, and it accuses town officials and Judge Thomas Durkin of attempting “to infringe on protected constitutional and state law activity by way of local zoning regulations.”
City of Burlington will settle police use-of-force lawsuit
The city council approved the settlement during a special meeting on Tuesday. Three brothers brought legal action against the city related to an excessive force incident involving Officer Jason Bellavance in 2018. The settlement still needs to be approved by a federal judge.
Troopers in beanbag case plead not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has asked a judge to reconsider an additional count of simple assault in a 2022 incident in which police fired a projectile at a man reportedly high on drugs, screaming and holding a bloody saw atop a Newfane homeowner’s roof.
Adult and 7-year-old child killed in head-on crash in Sheldon
The collision took place on Route 105 near Lumbra Road, according to Vermont State Police.
For now, defendant in Brattleboro ax murder found incompetent
The state can order a further competency evaluation, and if Zaaina Mahvish-Jammeh is released from Department of Mental Health custody, they will be held by the Department of Corrections, a judge wrote.