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    The FBI is investigating three Vermont State Troopers for allegedly creating fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, state police said on Tuesday. All three officers have resigned.  The details of the vaccine card creation have not been released because the investigation is ongoing, but state police said that other troopers reported the card manufacturing to supervisors. Two of the officers, Shawn Sommers and...
    As the country continues to battle the novel coronavirus, fake vaccine cards continue to surface online. While one would assume they are being sold by those unfamiliar with the consequences, the latest reported incident of selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards involves state troopers. Three state troopers in Vermont resigned after allegations that they had “varying roles” in creating fraudulent COVID-19...
    Shawn Sommers, David Pfindel and Raymond WitkowskiVermont State Police The FBI is investigating three now-former Vermont State Police troopers after an internal probe by their agency found that the men were suspected of involvement in a scheme to create fake Covid-19 vaccination cards, State Police said. State Police also said the agency referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney's Office...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday he was “incredibly disappointed” by the allegations that three Vermont State Police troopers who have since resigned were involved in a scheme to create fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards. Scott said he didn’t think the resignations, which were announced late Tuesday, were reflective of the entire organization of the Vermont State...
    WATERBURY, Vt. (CBS) – Three Vermont State Police troopers recently resigned over fraudulent COVID vaccine cards. Vermont State Police said Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski resigned on August 10 after fellow troopers raised concerns about their behavior. David Pfindel added his resignation on September 3 after an investigation. READ MORE: Dr. Brenda Cassellius Says Boston Public Schools Ready To Start...
    The FBI is looking into three Vermont state troopers over allegations they created fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, though state police said Tuesday that the trio has already resigned. Vermont State Police Director Matthew Birmingham said the accusations involve "an extraordinary level of misconduct — a criminal violation of the law." Police officials have informed the U.S. Attorney's Office in Burlington...
    Three Vermont state troopers resigned after they got caught in a scheme to create fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, the Vermont State Police announced Tuesday.  Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski resigned on Aug. 10, one day after another trooper became aware of their alleged actions and reported them to supervisors. The Department of Public Safety then began an investigation, leading to...
    WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Three Vermont state troopers who are accused of being involved in a scheme to create fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards have resigned, state police said Tuesday. Troopers Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski resigned Aug. 10, a day after a fellow trooper told supervisors about the alleged scheme. Trooper David Pfindel resigned Sept. 3 following further investigation, according...
    Three Vermont state troopers have resigned amid an investigation into allegations relating to fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. The former troopers — Shawn Sommers, Raymond Witkowski, and David Pfindel — are suspected of having “varying roles” in a scheme to create fake vaccination cards that may violate federal law, the Vermont State Police said in a press release Tuesday. The agency said the allegations, which were...
    A Brooklyn woman went missing while vacationing in Vermont over the weekend — and police believe they recovered her body from a nearby river on Monday. Erika Seyfried, 36, had been staying with her husband at a vacation home in Westminster and was last seen Sunday at about 11 a.m. before she left to walk their 7-month-old golden retriever, according...
    Last plane carrying Americans from Afghanistan departs as longest U.S. war concludes Aid agencies warn Afghanistans health-care system is near collapse WESTMINSTER, Vt. (AP) — A body found in the Saxtons River in Westminster on Monday is likely that of a missing New York City woman and the death was accidental, the Vermont State Police said Monday. Erika Seyfried,...
    BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont State Police detective has been cited on suspicion of domestic assault. Nicholas Cianci, 25, of Bradford, is accused of physically assaulting and threatening a woman with whom he was in a relationship with multiple times at a Bradford home, state police said Wednesday. He has been on relief from duty from the St. Johnsbury...
    BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A deputy sheriff in Bennington County his facing a charge of driving too fast for the snowy road conditions when his patrol car went across the center line and hit another vehicle, Vermont State Police said Monday. The crash happened Friday around 10 p.m. on Vermont Route 30 in Rupert. No one was injured. Both vehicles...
    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police have arrested a suspect in the death of a Guilford man last year. Kaleb Sherman, 39, of Brattleboro, is expected to be arraigned on Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of Robert “Zach” Phelps, Vermont State Police said. Investigators determined that Phelps, 43, died as a result...
    WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — A Black member of a Vermont town’s selectboard has resigned, citing safety concerns and “blatant bigotry” she’s experienced in the community. Alicia Barrow sent a resignation letter to the Hartford selectboard on Friday evening. “Though I no longer feel safe nor welcome in a place I have called home for 15 years, I still...
    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont state trooper has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor he knew during 2003 and 2004. Todd Chisholm, 56, of North Brookfield, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty on Monday in Vermont Superior Court in Brattleboro to one count of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault/fear of imminent bodily injury and one...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police are urging people to drive responsibly, buckle up and have a designated driver during the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Police say there have been 60 traffic fatalities in Vermont so far this year. They say 45% of the fatal crashes involved impaired drivers and 57% of those who died were not properly restrained...
    WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police troopers have begun wearing body cameras designed to record their interactions with members of the public, police said. The first troopers began wearing body cameras Nov. 12 at the Westminster barracks. Troopers based in Middlesex began wearing them on Nov. 19 and on Monday troopers based in Williston began using them. By early...
    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Vermont are investigating a suspicious death at a hotel in Rutland, Vermont State Police said Sunday. The agency said police were called to the Quality Inn at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday to investigate a report of a disturbance in a hotel room. It said responding officers found a man dead in the...
    HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) — State police in Vermont are seeking two men they say assaulted a homeowner while impersonating officers from the state fish and wildlife department. Vermont State Police said the suspects claimed to be game wardens when they physically assaulted a homeowner in Highgate, a town along the Canadian border, in the early Friday morning hours. The agency...
    Human remains discovered in a Vermont gravel pit more than a year ago have been identified as those of a 43-year-old upstate New York mom who police say was murdered. The case stems back to Sept. 17, 2019, when a hiker stumbled upon what looked like a human jawbone in an abandoned gravel pit in Bennington County. More than...
    ORWELL, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police said they're looking for people they believe shot and killed six cows late Friday night. The state police received a report of several people in a pickup truck shooting the cows on a property in the town of Orwell. Troopers investigated and found six dead cows with bullet wounds. Troopers later checked several...
    WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A pedestrian died after being hit by a car in Waitsfield on Monday, the Vermont State Police said. Police say Mariah McGill, 43, was hit by a car at about 11:40 a.m. Monday when she was crossing Main Street at a crosswalk. Police say the car that hit McGill was driven by an 84-year-old woman who...
    DERBY, Vt. (AP) — A fugitive wanted for questioning in the killing of his former girlfriend was caught in Vermont trying to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on foot, police said Tuesday. Corey Ramos, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was apprehended at the border in Derby Line by Canadian authorities on Monday afternoon, Vermont State Police said. He was wanted in Connecticut...
    A man wanted on two warrants was nabbed by Ramapo Police early Monday, Oct. 19, with the help of a K-9 officer. Early Monday, Ramapo Police reported they had received a call from the Vermont State Police stating they were looking for a suspect involved in a felony eluding case in Vermont. Vermont State Police had reason to believe that...
    BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Police are planning to move their Middlesex barracks to a vacant state building in Berlin. Officials had estimated that it would cost up to $12 million to tear down and rebuild the Middlesex barracks, which has issues from sewage backup to the lack of a proper holding cell and controlled entryway, WCAX-TV reported...
    MONTGOMERY, Vt. (CBSDFW/AP) — Vermont State Police detectives are hoping unidentified DNA evidence will help them solve the 2004 disappearance of 17-year-old Brianna Maitland. The state police are working with a Houston-based company called Othram to conduct genetic genealogy tracing of evidence recovered during the investigation into Brianna’s disappearance. Brianna was last seen the evening of March 19, 2004, leaving...
    MORETOWN, Vt. (AP) — A 52-year-old man died in an apparent drowning in the Winooski River in Moretown, state police said. Police were called at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday to a location on U.S. Route 2 in Moretown to search for Keith Shelden, of Barre, who had been fishing with his mother, the preliminary investigation found. When troopers arrived Shelden...
    WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy has died of an apparent drowning in the Waterbury Reservoir, Vermont State Police said. Police received a call shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday for help in finding a missing boy who had been camping with his parents at the Little River State Park. He was found a short time later unresponsive in the...
    MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Marshfield man is expected to be arraigned Thursday in the shooting death of his father, Vermont State Police said. The body of 71-year-old William Fink was discovered in his Marshfield home when law enforcement officials responded to a 911 call by the victim’s wife Wednesday morning, police said. Samir Fink, 33, is expected to be...
    MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man who was found inside a home Wednesday. The body of the man in his 70s was discovered when law enforcement officials responded to a 911 call Wednesday morning. Investigators said there was no threat to the public. An autopsy will be formed by the chief...
    WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Police's annual traffic-stop data released on Wednesday shows that racial disparities still exist in who is searched and ticketed, state police said. Last year, white drivers made up 93% of the total stops, compared to Black operators at 2%, Asian operators at 2% and Hispanic operators at 1%. Of those stopped, 37% received...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont House committees will be hosting virtual public hearings later this month to get input on proposed changes to law enforcement in the state. The panels are considering ways police practices in Vermont should change, including policies on use of force, citizen oversight, use of body cameras, hiring and training of police officers, and other...
    PLYMOUTH, Vt. (AP) — A 77-year-old man is dead after an apparent drowning at Vermont’s Plymouth State Park, police said. Rescue personnel were called to the park just before 4:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a report of a missing swimmer. Thomas Marrone had last been seen swimming with family members in Echo Lake. Marrone was unable to be located after...
    SWANTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police troopers have returned to its rightful owner a shotgun stolen during a burglary in 1994 in the town of Albany. Police say they learned Monday that a shotgun found to be in possession of a Swanton resident had been stolen during the burglary 26 years ago. Upon further investigation. it was determined that...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill designed to increase accountability of the state's law enforcement officers, but he made several suggestions about how he felt the law could be improved. As signed by the governor on Monday, the bill bans police in Vermont from using chokeholds, orders state troopers to wear body...
    MORGAN, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has died in a late night crash, state police say. Gary MeGrath, 59, of Morgan, was driving east on state Route 111 at about 10 p.m. Friday when he crossed into the other lane, veered off the roadway and struck a tree. MeGrath was trapped inside his SUV and Derby Line Fire Department...
    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The names of the six Rutland City police officers involved in a non-fatal shooting that took place during a drug investigation and short pursuit have been released by Vermont State Police investigators. The shots were fired early Wednesday by Officer Tyler Billings. Officer Nate Harvey was struck by an SUV driven by one of the suspects...
    (CNN)Three Black Lives Matter roadway murals in Vermont were defaced, state police say.The murals, located in and near Underhill, featured the slogans "Black Lives Matter" and "Black Trans Lives Matter." On Monday morning, a state trooper discovered that two of the murals had tire burnouts over the them, while a third had been defaced with white and brown paint, according...
    Getty Photos An officer-involved capturing which occurred early Wednesday morning in Vermont’s second-largest metropolis has left two suspects hospitalized and prompted a use-of-force investigation by state authorities, an computerized assessment course of which is the conventional protocol in Vermont below such circumstances. Shortly after midnight Rutland Metropolis Police have been investigating a suspected narcotics transaction...
    Getty Images An officer-involved shooting which occurred early Wednesday morning in Vermont’s second-largest city has left two suspects hospitalized and prompted a use-of-force investigation by state authorities, an automatic review process which is the normal protocol in Vermont under such circumstances. Shortly after midnight Rutland City Police were investigating a suspected narcotics transaction on Terrill Street when officers...
    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A man was shot by police and wounded and another injured in a car crash early Wednesday that followed a police pursuit in Rutland, Vermont State Police said. The preliminary investigation found that at about 12:15 a.m. Rutland City Police were conducting a narcotics investigation on Terrill Street involving a vehicle with two adult male occupants....
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Crews have found the body of a kayaker in Lake Champlain in Quebec, who was reported missing for several days, Vermont State Police said. The body of Laurent Messier, of St-Armand, of Quebec, was found about noon Thursday. State police said they were notified by the Quebec Provincial Police. Messier, 79, had left from his lakefront...
    WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — State troopers are investigating after graffiti from what is being described as a white supremacist hate group was painted on a portion of the Waterbury dam, the Vermont State Police said. Police say the graffiti, identified as coming from a known hate group, was reported to police Wednesday after it was discovered by a state worker....
    By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is getting what is believed to be its first Black police chief at a time of protests in Vermont and nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality. Brian Peete, the former police chief in Alamogordo, New Mexico, officially becomes police chief in Montpelier, the capital city of the largely white...
    SWANTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man is due to be arraigned Monday following a fatal shooting in the town of Swanton. James Mulholland, 22 of Swanton, was held without bail on a first-degree murder charge over the weekend, state police said. The victim, Kyle LaBelle, 32, also of Swanton, was shot in the stomach and chest on Friday...
    Vermont police made an arrest after a highway worker reported being injured Monday by a large pickle tossed from a moving car. Troopers responded to a report of an assault on an Agency of Transportation employee working at the state border crossing in Pownal, state police said. WATCH: OHIO TROOPERS ASSIST WOMAN WHOSE BRAKES GAVE OUT ON HIGHWAY “Troopers learned that a...
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