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Vermont police officer who was focus of protests is leaving

Sep. 22, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

A Vermont police officer who has been the focus of protests over the use of excessive force is leaving the Burlington Police Department. At a Monday night meeting, the Burlington City Council voted 11-1 to authorize Mayor Miro Weinberger to enter into a separation agreement with Sgt. Jason Bellavance. “We...

Man sentenced to prison for drug, sex trafficking operation

Sep. 22, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man was sentenced Monday to 22 1/2 years in prison for charges stemming from what prosecutors described as a violent sex and drug trafficking operation in the Burlington area. Brian Folks was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. During the trial,...

Vermont gets $6 million to reduce domestic violence

Sep. 20, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — More than $6 million in federal grant funding will go to Vermont organizations that help victims of domestic violence, officials said. The grant awards are part of a new series of grants intended to assist law enforcement, victim service providers and prosecutors in identifying and...

Vermont high school closed -- for air woes, not coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The high school campus that serves Vermont’s largest city is going to remain closed to in-person learning for at least the fall semester — and it has nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic. In a Wednesday message, Burlington School District Superintendent Tom...

2 men charged with murder for hire in 'apparent' killing

Sep. 15, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Two people are facing federal charges stemming from the “apparent” torture and killing of a victim outside the United States, the Vermont office of the United States Attorney announced Tuesday. Sean Fiore, 36, of Burlington, was indicted Tuesday on a charge of paying...

Vermont city takes step toward supervised injection site

Sep. 15, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Leaders of Vermont's largest city have voted to consider creating a supervised injection site for people who use heroin and other illicit drugs to reduce overdoses and get more people into treatment. The city council in Burlington voted unanimously Monday night in favor of a...

Driver dies after getting pinned between vehicle and pole

Sep. 14, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The driver of a Special Services Transportation Agency vehicle died Monday after becoming pinned between the vehicle and a telephone pole, Burlington police said. Police said they were called to the report of a crash on Monday and helped the Fire Department stabilize the vehicle to...

Markers in Burlington honor slaves of Ethan Allen's daughter

Sep. 14, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Markers have been set up in Burlington in memory of a mother and son who were enslaved by the daughter of Ethan Allen nearly 200 years ago. Ethan Allen helped found Vermont in the late 1700s. Lavinia and Francis Parker were enslaved by Allen's daughter, Lucy Caroline Hitchcock, from...

Four rivers to be treated for sea lamprey control

Sep. 13, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Four tributaries of Lake Champlain will be treated with a pesticide this fall to control sea lamprey that prey on wild trout, salmon and other species, federal and state wildlife officials say. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will...

Vermont Air National Guard to do night training with F-35s

Sep. 12, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Air National Guard will be doing night-time training with F-35 fighter jets this month. The trainings will take place between Tuesday and Thursday next week and Sept. 22 and Sept. 24. They are scheduled to be completed by 10 p.m. each night, the Guard said. ...