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State intends to build new secure juvenile facility in Vergennes
05-20-2024 4:06 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

The Vermont Department for Children and Families formally announced Thursday it intends to build a secure youth facility in Vergennes, a project that would replace the state’s juvenile detention center shuttered in 2020.The proposed facility, named...

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State parks celebrate 100th anniversary while rebuilding from historic July floods
05-11-2024 5:58 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

JAMAICA — Vermont state parks are marking their centennial this year, a season-long celebration that park officials are hoping will bring a record number of visitors after the disruptions from last summer’s statewide flooding.Officials are hoping to...


Owner of Friesian horse facility ordered to pay care costs for seized animals
04-23-2024 4:31 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

A southern Vermont resident is on the hook for $38,600 that an animal rescue organization spent to care for numerous horses that the state seized from him last year.At an April 18 hearing, Vermont Superior Court Judge John Treadwell ordered Robert...


Feds to reimburse Vermont $22M for cleanup costs following July floods
04-22-2024 3:53 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending Vermont $22 million to cover its costs of cleaning up debris and stabilizing state buildings in Montpelier following last summer’s historic flooding.The bulk of the federal reimbursement to the...


6 months later, still no suspect in Honoree Fleming shooting
04-09-2024 3:50 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

Why would someone kill a retired academic in broad daylight on a popular walking trail in the town of Castleton, Vt.? Six months after Honoree Fleming was shot in the head along the D&H Rail Trail on Oct. 5, police are still trying to answer that...


Binge drinking, alcohol use disorder in Vermont ranked among the highest in the nation
04-03-2024 3:26 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

Journey to Recovery, an addiction recovery center in the Northeast Kingdom, refers two people a week to inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder.At the other end of the state, 2 out of 3 patients that Bennington Turning Point recovery coaches see...


Bennington College recognizes new labor union of faculty, staff, campus safety workers
02-20-2024 5:41 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

Bennington College has voluntarily recognized a new labor union comprised of the college’s faculty, staff and campus safety workers after a third party confirmed its legitimacy.The American Arbitration Association completed the card-check process and...


Judge sentences ‘professional con artist’ for hay, syrup frauds
01-18-2024 8:42 AM

By TIFFANY TAN

BENNINGTON — A New York man who admitted to scamming multiple people around the country in deals involving hay and maple syrup was sentenced Friday to five to 10 years in Vermont prison.The court judgment came a decade after Vermont’s earliest...


Rutland jury finds former child care provider guilty of fatally medicating infant
12-06-2023 10:51 AM

By TIFFANY TAN

A former child care provider in Rutland was found guilty Friday of causing a child’s death by giving the infant a sedative, which the defendant denied doing when she took the stand earlier that day.A Rutland County jury found Stacey Vaillancourt...


More young Vermonters at ER for drug overdoses since the pandemic
11-21-2023 2:56 AM

By TIFFANY TAN

The number of young Vermonters who visited an emergency room due to an accidental drug overdose has been rising since the coronavirus pandemic, with older teens involved in most of these nonfatal cases, according to a new state report.The report...


Xylazine strips will be added to state’s toolkit for opioid overdose prevention
09-05-2023 6:54 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

Strips that check for the presence of the animal tranquilizer xylazine in street drugs could soon become more available in Vermont. The state Department of Health is in the process of ordering the test strips for public distribution, as...


Vermont’s 2022 opioid deaths set a record for the 3rd straight year
03-27-2023 3:40 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

State officials recently flagged the presence of an anti-seizure medication in some opioid deaths in 2022, a year when a record-breaking 237 Vermonters died from accidental opioid overdoses.Thirty-one of the fatalities, or 13% of the total, had taken...


Lawmakers propose reforms at Vermont sheriffs’ departments
01-19-2023 1:32 AM

By TIFFANY TAN

Vermont sheriffs’ departments have drawn scrutiny recently after a few in their ranks were charged with criminal offenses yet remained on the job. That scrutiny is expected to grow more intense after a group of key state senators introduced...


Vermont city seeks new residents to reverse a population decline
12-31-2021 7:49 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

RUTLAND — Since 2018, Kaifa Dennis had been wanting to move out of the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area where he grew up and went to college. He was seeking a slower-paced, small-town life.Rutland made it to the top of Dennis’ short list this year...

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