Chittenden County

Suspect in South Burlington threats is released

Josiah Leach will have to wear a GPS monitor, stay away from the South Burlington schools, have no contact with the people he allegedly threatened, and undergo any recommended counseling.

South Burlington residents call for end to racism

Vicki Garrison, organizer of the event, told the crowd “even people who are causing a lot of pain in the community deserve our forgiveness.”

Burlington fights ‘zombie cars’ with 48-hour limit in its garages

BURLINGTON — The city is taking steps to prevent unauthorized long-term parking, or what officials call “zombie cars,” in downtown garages. People leave cars in the Marketplace Garage on South Winooski Avenue for “extended periods, in some cases years, without any intention of moving them,” according to a news release from An amendment to […]

Prosecutors: South Burlington student admitted sending threat

The government argues Josiah Leach should be kept in jail because, if released, “it is reasonable to believe that, based on his prior behavior, (Leach) would again resort to threats.”

Bolton Valley resort back in hands of original owner

Ralph DesLauriers and two of his children, along with local investors, have purchased the ski area. “I was worried about the future of Bolton,” he said, promising to continue “fun, affordable skiing.”

No deal in latest Burlington school talks, but new round set

“I’m optimistic that the parties can reach an agreement,” said a mediator who presided over a negotiating session last week.

Police: Essex school threats were likely ‘swatting’ hoax

olice say the credibility of threats to Essex High School, which resulted in lockdowns at area schools Wednesday, has “greatly diminished” after their initial investigation. The Essex Police Department said in a statement Thursday that its “investigative efforts and analysis of the (threatening) call have found many consistencies with ‘swatting.’” Swatting is the practice of […]

UPDATED: No trespass order on South Burlington man lifted

Dan Emmons’ attorney: “He is the wrong ideological persuasion for the South Burlington School District. You can’t throw someone out of the local school district because you don’t like them.”

Michael Monte: The housing crunch in Chittenden County

Although the trend line is improving, more needs to be done – especially for low wage earners priced out of the market, and certainly for the 350 people on any given night in the county who have no home at all.

Chittenden County talks about regional dispatch get serious

A regional dispatch system would make it easier for neighboring towns to come to each other’s aid, and provide redundancy in dispatch staffing.

Shelburne wetland proposed for strictest protections

An environmental group is seeking the state’s highest classification for the LaPlatte River Marsh, which would slow or prevent development in the immediate area.

Family confronts woman as she admits role in Burlington killing

“We hope you never, ever have to go through the pain we go through — ever,” said a sister of the victim, Amos Beede. The defendant offered a tearful apology.

State’s attorney creates panel to study ‘safe injection’ facilities

Such sites allow people to use drugs under medical supervision without fear of prosecution. Typically they are coupled with avenues to drug treatment and other social services.

Public defender suggests probe of ex-officer taking too long

The lawyer, whose client was arrested by the officer, says any special treatment would erode faith in the system. State police say the timing isn’t unusual for a thorough investigation.