BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont office of the United States Attorney says more than a dozen people are facing federal and state drug charges following a three-day operation in the Brattleboro...
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials will be holding a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed addition to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the Ronald...
County sheriff announces his retirement
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont sheriff has announced he is retiring after nearly 30 years working in law enforcement.
Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says his retirement will be...
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Officials at Vermont's Brattleboro Memorial Hospital say they hope to be able to pick up some of the slack caused by the upcoming closure of the Childbirth Center at...
Town officials approve 1 percent sales tax
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Officials in the Vermont town of Brattleboro have approved a new 1 percent sales tax.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports the tax approved in a 75-62 vote Saturday is...
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Brattleboro Memorial Hospital says it plans to open a part-time obstetrics office in Springfield as the hospital there shuts down its birth center this...
Report calls for more recovery housing in Vermont
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say there is a need for more recovery housing in the state.
A recently released report commissioned by Downstreet Housing and Community Development found...
Landlord works to combat drug activity
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — For one local property owner, having to deal with the scourge of drugs in his neighborhood is just part of doing business.
Man injured in police shooting pleads not guilty
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A man who was shot by a state trooper during a manhunt in Vermont has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of aggravated assault, unlawful trespass, and...
Voters approve ‘youth vote’ initiative
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont voters have approved a new measure to allow anyone 16 or older to vote on town issues.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports the "Youth Vote" amendment passed in...
Teen works to get youth vote on the ballot
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Brattleboro voters will decide on Town Meeting Day if 16- and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in local elections. For the teenager who's been working on the ballot...
City approves program to help build secondary units
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city has approved a resolution to seek funding for a program that would help residents build secondary units in their homes.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Police have arrested four people in a drug raid in Vermont, a move that some residents hope will put an end to a drug-house problem in the community.
Nonprofit to add inpatient psychiatric beds
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A nonprofit hospital in Vermont says it is adding 16 inpatient psychiatric beds over the next year.
The Brattleboro Retreat says it has received $5.5 million from the...
Police searching for driver in hit-and-run
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Police are searching for a driver involved in a hit-and-run in Brattleboro, Vermont.
WCAX-TV reports the crash happened Wednesday around 6 p.m.
Police say a pedestrian was crossing Putney Road at an intersection when they were struck, and the driver did not stop.
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Former drug user helps police connect people to recovery
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — When Justin Johnston was selling drugs around southern Vermont the cops were not his friend.
"The only interaction we got whenever I was on the streets and actively using was when we were getting in trouble," he said recently.
And there was plenty of trouble back in the day.
Johnston was arrested in 2005 on drug charges.
He spent some time in prison, and while out on furlough he escaped and was on the run for about seven months.
Brattleboro man wins lifetime hunting fishing license
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Brattleboro resident has won a lifetime hunting and fishing license in Vermont's annual lottery.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department said this week that 34-year-old Kevin Condon was drawn as the winner.
Drug convict now works with police to help those in need
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who previously went on the run from police is now working to help the police connect with people suffering from addiction.
Police continue to seeks suspects in woman’s assault
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont police department is continuing to investigate an assault of a woman by two men wearing ski masks that left the victim with life-threatening injuries.
Brattleboro police say the assault on the 19-year-old woman was reported at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say the incident does not appear to have been a random incident and there does not appear to be an elevated risk to the public.
Crews work to break up Brattleboro ice jam
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Crews are working to break up an ice jam on a brook in Brattleboro, Vermont, that prompted some evacuations.
Some residents evacuated due to river ice jam
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some Brattleboro, Vermont, residents have been evacuated from their homes due to an ice jam on a brook that has caused flooding.
Mynbc5.com reports that Mountain Home Trailer Park, the Glen Trailer Park and a public housing facility in southern Vermont town were being evacuated Thursday afternoon.
Brattleboro has ideas for leftover money from upgrades
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Brattleboro hope to use leftover funds from bonds issued for police and fire station upgrades to help play for three final projects.
Town Manager Peter Elwell says the extra work had been deemed "highly desirable but not absolutely necessary" when completing the original project.
Vermont county grapples with helping local media outlets
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Following the cancellation of a Windham County radio program, advocates for local media are joining together to try to figure out ways to support community journalism in southeastern Vermont.
Green Mountain Mornings was a radio program that focused on local and national issues important to the people in Windham County.
Mental health worker gets 4 to 15 years in sex assault case
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont mental health worker who admitted to sexually assaulting a patient at a private psychiatric hospital has been sentenced to four to 15 years in prison.
Local group urging Vermont town to save more energy
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A community group in Brattleboro is urging the Vermont town to do more to save energy.
Dakota DesRochers, of the Brattleboro Common Sense conservation advisory group, says municipal buildings just switched to renewable energy and they want to do more.
Couple’s clothing company creates custom shapewear
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The owners of Shapeshifters have found a perfect fit here.
Eli K. Coughlin-Galbraith and Krista E.S. Coughlin-Galbraith started the company — which offers custom-sized fitted spandex shapewear to support or compress the chest — in 2014 in a Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, then moved to New Jersey. The married couple and business partners settled in Brattleboro in April 2016.
Cub Scout cabin to get more security following vandalism
GUILFORD, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Guilford, Vermont, are increasing security at a cabin used by Cub Scouts that was damaged by vandals.
Donations pour in for victims of Christmas Eve fire
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont community is rallying behind a family who lost their home in a Christmas Eve fire.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports Lisa Lofting led a donation drive Wednesday for her high school classmate, Heidi Barrows. Barrows' Marlboro home was destroyed in a fire Monday night.
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Officials: Proposed skatepark may cost additional $80K
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont municipality say a proposed skatepark could cost up to $80,000 more than expected.
Police: 15 arrested in southern Vermont
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say 15 people have been arrested in a drug investigation in southern Vermont.
Police said Friday that the investigation started this fall after Windham and Windsor counties saw an uptick in overdoses this year.
The suspects, mostly from Brattleboro, were arrested on various charges, including selling fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.
Multiple shots fired at apartments
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Police say multiple gunshots were fired toward apartments in Vermont.
WCAX-TV reports the shooting happened around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Brattleboro, and bullets entered several units.
Vermont man nominated for Cambodia ambassador
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been nominated to serve as the ambassador to Cambodia.
WCAX-TV reports W. Patrick Murphy, of Brattleboro, thanked the president and the secretary of state for the nomination during a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Tuesday morning.
Murphy is a longtime state department employee and a University of Vermont graduate.
Father and daughter seek light Hanukkah candles for equality
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Shine A Light started Sunday night with daughter-father duo Maris and Moss Linder of Townshend lighting Hanukkah candles in the name of women's equality.
That was the last social justice topic they could choose for the eight-day celebration occurring in downtown establishments this week. But "it means a lot to me," said Maris, 17, as she stood in the front area of Elliot Street Fish, Chips & More.
Group to propose town adopting plastic bag ban
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Environmental advocates are pushing for a Vermont town to join the chorus of communities across the country in banning plastic shopping bags.
The Bennington Banner reports the Climate Advocates of Bennington will formally propose a ban before the town Select Board Dec. 10.
CBD drive-thru opens in Vermont
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A drive-thru dispensary offering marijuana extract cannabidiol has opened in Vermont.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports Ceres Natural Remedies opened its drive-thru earlier this month in Brattleboro. Company officials say it's the first drive-thru of its kind in New England.
Vermont utility continues work to restore power
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest electric utility says it's restored about 90 percent of outages caused by a snowstorm.
Green Mountain Power tells New England Cable News it's making solid progress, despite poor conditions. According to GMP, around 100,000 customers lost service following Tuesday's storm.
Program helps train residents for hospital jobs
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Nine local students graduated Tuesday from a Community College of Vermont program especially designed to meet the needs of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for qualified environmental services staff.
The program was the first of its kind in the state and was designed in conjunction with BMH, CCV, the Vermont Department of Labor, Creative Workforce Solutions, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Vermont health care providers deal with nurse shortage
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Around the world, community hospitals are facing critical nursing shortages.
According to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, in the United States alone, 126,000 nursing positions remain unfilled and by 2020, there will be at least 400,000 fewer nurses available to provide care than will be needed.
There are many reasons for the shortage, but one factor stands out — age; that is, an aging population in need of services and an aging nursing workforce.
Company seeks to build solar panels on town parking garage
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont solar energy development company has announced plans to build solar panels on a Brattleboro parking garage.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports Green Lantern Solar said in a letter of intent approved by the town Select Board Tuesday it is looking to run a microgrid system, a storage battery and a means to use the power gathered from the parking garage.
6 treated for mild carbon monoxide poisoning in Brattleboro
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Fire officials in Vermont say six people have been treated for mild carbon monoxide poisoning after a boiler malfunctioned in an apartment building.
The Brattleboro Fire Department responded around midnight to the apartment building where a tenant reported that a carbon monoxide detector in the basement was going off. Firefighters found elevated levels of CO in the building and all 16 tenants were evacuated.
Brattleboro’s last barbershop faces challenges to stay open
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The last barber shop in the town of Brattleboro might have to close.
And it's not for lack of business at Mac's Barber Shop on Putney Road.
Mary Jane Giroux has been giving haircuts and shaves to Brattleboro area men for 30 years and she wants to retire.
She turns 70 next March, but she can't hire a barber to save the business she founded with her friend Christine Nadeau. Their initials make up the shop's name. Nadeau passed away in 2005.
Brattleboro retreat, union agree to 1-year contract
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Nurses at the Brattleboro Retreat have accepted a contract agreement with the psychiatric hospital.
Plant closing in southern Vermont, eliminating 100 jobs
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Brattleboro paper plant is closing and laying off about 100 workers.
WCAX-TV reports that Georgia-based Neenah, Inc. bought the plant from FiberMark in 2015.
Search crews find man’s body in Lake Champlain
CHARLOTTE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say search crews have found a body they believe is the man who went missing on Lake Champlain.
Police say in a new release that divers recovered the body about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The body was found in the vicinity of a sailboat moored in the lake at Point Bay Marina in Charlotte.
Police and the Coast Guard were searching the lake for George Ruhe, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and Brattleboro, Vermont.