• Vermont June 25, 2021 10:04 am

    Judge Orders Vt. Shop Owner to Pay $850 for Violating Mask Rule

    A Vermont judge upheld an $850 fine for a businessman who violated the state’s emergency mask mandate when he refused to wear a mask in his former Newport print shop during the peak of the pandemic. In a Thursday order, Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout upheld the fine against Andre Desautels that was sought by Vermont Attorney General...

  • robocalls April 28, 2021 6:12 pm

    Vt. Attorney General Launches Push to Disconnect Robocall Scammers

    Vermont’s attorney general is pointing to a landmark settlement which he says could provide a pathway to future enforcement actions against robocall scammers. T.J. Donovan, a Democrat, said Vermonters received roughly 5 million robocalls in March 2021 alone. Many calls impersonate real government agencies and make threats trying to get victims to cough up cash. “Through this settlement, I believe…

  • Vermont April 28, 2021 6:04 pm

    Vt. Seeks to Disconnect Robocall Scammers

    Last month alone, Vermont residents received about 5 million unwanted robocalls.

  • Vermont January 6, 2020 5:24 pm

    ‘These Promises Were a Lie:' Vt. AG Settles With Former Senior Care Center

    A Maryland-based business will never operate in Vermont again and will pay $120,000 under a settlement with the state over what Attorney General T.J. Donovan called “deplorable” conduct and violations of state consumer protection laws. The managers of what was known from December 2014 to April 2018 as Spring Village in Essex Junction advertised they could take care of people…

  • Boston November 18, 2019 5:29 pm

    Ex-Vt. Officer Denies Assaulting Cuffed Woman

    A former Vermont police officer was in a St. Albans courtroom Monday, pleading not guilty to an assault charge stemming from the way he handled a handcuffed suspect in March. Defense attorney Rebecca Otey entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client, Jason Lawton, 31, of Cambridge.

  • White House September 11, 2019 6:58 pm

    ‘This Is Hurting Kids:' Vt. AG Urges Comments on Proposed Changes to Nutrition Benefits

    Vermont’s attorney general Wednesday urged people across his state to speak out against a proposal by the White House and USDA to change rules around eligibility for nutrition benefits—once known as food stamps, now called 3SquaresVT in Vermont.

  • Attorney August 22, 2019 5:43 pm

    Vt. Diocese Releases List of 40 Priests Credibly Accused of Sex Abuse

    Vermont’s statewide Catholic diocese Thursday released a list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing young parishioners who trusted them. There are 40 names on the list, but the number could grow, should more survivors of abuse come forward.

  • Attorney May 29, 2019 9:57 pm

    Federal and Vermont Prosecutors Fighting Child Porn Users

    State and federal prosecutors say they are cracking down on child pornography in Vermont. Officials announced Wednesday that charges have been filed against eight individuals for the possession and promotion of child pornography.

  • Governor April 10, 2019 10:46 am

    Vermont Officials to Talk Settlement in Water Contamination

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Attorney General T.J. Donovan are going to be providing an update on the settlement in the chemical contamination of more than 150 private wells in Bennington. Scott and Donovan are scheduled to provide the update Wednesday, along with legislative leaders from Bennington.

  • Vermont March 13, 2019 2:44 pm

    Vermont Reminding Volkswagen Owners to Make Claims by March 14

    Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is reminding Vermonters eligible for payment as part of the VW diesel emissions case that their claims must be postmarked no later than Thursday. Last spring the state reached a settlement with Volkswagen to resolve violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act. VW agreed to pay Vermont consumers $2.9 million, up to $1,000 for every...

  • Vermont March 13, 2019 2:44 pm

    Vermont Reminding Volkswagen Owners to Make Claims by March 14

    Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is reminding Vermonters eligible for payment as part of the VW diesel emissions case that their claims must be postmarked no later than Thursday. Last spring the state reached a settlement with Volkswagen to resolve violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act. VW agreed to pay Vermont consumers $2.9 million, up to $1,000 for every...

  • Vermont February 7, 2019 11:25 am

    Self-Described White Nationalist Who Threatened Black Lawmaker Facing Gun Charge

    A self-described white nationalist who prompted Vermont’s only female black legislator to resign is facing a charge he possessed illegal, large capacity gun magazines. State Police say 36-year-old Max Misch, of Bennington, was arrested Wednesday after troopers searched his home and found evidence he had purchased large capacity ammunition feeding devices. He’s due in court Thursday.

  • Massachusetts January 31, 2019 6:05 pm

    Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan Comes Out in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    After several years of starts and stops on legislative discussions of marijuana legalization in Vermont, there’s a new push in the Vermont Senate to regulate the legal sales of cannabis and cannabis products to any adult. The move would be on top of sales to people already approved to buy cannabis specifically for medical use—from dispensaries that are currently in...

  • Governor January 23, 2019 5:26 pm

    New Vermont Lawmaker Makes History

    A new lawmaker took his seat Wednesday in the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier, after Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, appointed him to fill a vacancy serving the city of Winooski. In an interview with necn, Rep. Hal Colston, D-Winooski, called it an honor to become the House’s first African-American man from Chittenden County—Vermont’s population center.

  • Vermont January 17, 2019 2:06 pm

    Vermont Tax Examiner Accused of Stealing Public Money

    A tax examiner for the state of Vermont is accused of stealing public money to pay her own bills.

  • Vermont January 15, 2019 6:41 pm

    New Calls for Respect, After Vt. Investigation into Racist Language

    Vermont’s governor and attorney general have called on residents to commit themselves to treating others better and more respectfully, and to do more to support people of color.

  • Vermont January 14, 2019 1:38 pm

    Vermont Attorney General Announces New Reporting System After Threats Against Black Legislator

    The Vermont attorney general’s office is announcing a new statewide system for reporting bias after finding a former state representative was racially harassed until she quit her job last year. Attorney General T.J. Donovan said the new reporting system will push prosecutors and law enforcement to share reports of bias incients with the state attorney general’s civil rights unit. He...

  • Attorney November 13, 2018 8:48 pm

    Vermont's Attorney General Warns of Student Loan Scams

    Vermont’s attorney general is warning consumers of an apparent uptick in scams targeting people who have student loans. T.J. Donovan said Tuesday that his office, and colleagues around the country, have been hearing from borrowers who thought they were dealing with debt relief companies or paperwork completion providers that turned out to be fraudulent.

  • NBC October 10, 2018 4:54 pm

    Panel Will Guide Release of Vermont Priest Abuse Information

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is planning to make information public about priests accused long ago of sexually abusing their parishioners. Bishop Christopher Coyne said Wednesday it is part of an effort to restore trust and transparency in the church.

  • Facebook September 18, 2018 8:43 pm

    Restrictions Coming Soon for Vermont Gun Owners

    With two new restrictions on Vermont gun owners taking effect soon, some sportsmen are stocking up on gear and Vermont State Police are readying for an equipment take-back effort, statewide. For R&L Archery in Barre, and other gun dealers across Vermont, the clock is ticking.

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