Franklin County

The Deeper Dig: Inside the McAllister trial

VTDigger’s Morgan True and Seven Days’ Mark Davis take us behind the scenes at the sex assault trial of former state Sen. Norm McAllister.

UPDATED: McAllister acquitted of sexual assault, guilty of prostituting his accuser

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get all of them, but at least the jury got to hear my side, and they believed most of it,” McAllister said, “I feel pretty well vindicated.”

McAllister accuser: Plight meant ‘none of it felt consensual’

The woman he is charged with sexually assaulting took the stand Thursday. The defense plans to call its only witness Friday.

McAllister trial begins with playing of key phone call

Jurors heard a recording in which the former state senator and his accuser discussed a sex act that is the basis of the most serious charge against him.

Jury selection stretches on for McAllister’s sex assault trial

The former state senator’s defense attorney asked prospective jurors whether they believe prostitution, or sex in exchange for anything of value, could be consensual even if it’s illegal.

Judge’s ruling keeps McAllister trial on track for July

A judge has rejected a defense request for another delay, and former state Sen. Norman McAllister’s sex crimes trial is set for July.

McAllister case on track for July trial, for now

A judge is considering requests for dismissal or at least more time. He is also expected to decide whether evidence from the former state senator’s first sex assault trial can be used.

One family, two schools: Questions raised about another Sanders deal

As Burlington College president, Jane Sanders forged a financial arrangement with an off-site school run by her daughter. Was it, as a critic says, a “sweetheart deal” or an effective program?

Bomb threat clears out state office building

A state office building in St. Albans was evacuated Wednesday because of a bomb threat. About 140 employees from several state agencies work out of the Federal Street location, according to Buildings and General Services Commissioner Chris Cole. Most of them work for the Agency of Human Services, he said. Cole said the threat came […]

Franklin County Businesses Step Up to Offer Scholarships

News Release — VSAC May 3, 2017 Media Contact: Sabina Haskell 802-542-2240 [email protected] Innovative program encourages local students to continue education WINOOSKI (May 3, 2017) – Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation today announced a new scholarship for Franklin County students, funded by two local businesses. MED Associates, based […]

Franklin County Regional Chamber April Events

News Release — Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce April 4, 2017 Contact: Lisamarie Charlesworth, Director (802) 524-2444 OR [email protected] April Mixer at Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Thursday, April 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 112 North Main Street, St. Albans Join our friends at Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman for a mixer that welcomes […]

Judge lets McAllister withdraw from plea deal

McAllister, “under the intense pressure of a plea negotiation taking place in the waning hours” before trial, may not have fully understood the ramifications. A trial will now be scheduled.

19th Annual Franklin Region Career and Job Expo

News Release — Franklin Grand Isle Workforce Investment Board March 8, 2017 Contact: Kathy Lavoie – FGIWIB 802-782-1924 or [email protected] Showcasing exciting employment opportunities in Northwest Vermont St. Albans, VT – The 19th annual Franklin Region Career and Job Expo is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, from noon – 3pm at the Collins Perley Sports […]

Grants up to $500,000 Available for Economic and Infrastructure Development in Northern Vermont

News Release — Agency of Commerce and Community Development Feb. 13, 2017 Contact: Jared Duval, Economic Development Director and VT NBRC Program Manager Agency of Commerce and Community Development (802) 272-2461; [email protected] Four Information Sessions Announced MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), a federal-state partnership for economic and infrastructure development, has announced […]