Tag Archives: Alan J. Keays

News Briefs
July 11, 2018

State employee killed in domestic violence incident

By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger

BARRE—The killing of 29-year-old Courtney Gaboriault in Barre earlier this week was the fifth domestic violence related homicide in Vermont this year, the state attorney general’s office said on Friday.

“Right now,” said Auburn Watersong, policy director at the Vermont Network…

Local News
June 20, 2018

Ludlow infant strangled; mother, boyfriend statements differ

By Alan J. Keays / VTDigger

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vermont State Police say the death earlier this year of an 11-month-old boy from Ludlow has been ruled a homicide, with the cause of death determined to be asphyxiation from strangulation or smothering.

While police are…

Local News
May 30, 2018

Sports betting case cited in effort to void death penalty

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

Attorneys for accused killer Donald Fell are again asking a judge to declare the death penalty unconstitutional, this time citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding sports gambling.

Fell’s lawyers, in their filing seeking to overturn the federal…

Local News
May 23, 2018

Windsor County plans to erase marijuana convictions

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

“Expungement Day” for those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions in Windsor and Chittenden counties will take place next month.

State’s Attorneys from both counties have said they were working out the details for expunging convictions for certain marijuana convictions in light…

Local News
May 16, 2018

Plea deal allows ex-Rutland firefighter to avoid jail term

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

RUTLAND—A city firefighter who was fired late last year following his arrest while off-duty on charges of impersonating a police officer and later for crashing into a parked car while driving drunk has reached a plea deal that will allow…

State News
April 25, 2018

Prosecutor drops felony charges in Sawyer case

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger.org

RUTLAND — Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy has dropped four felony charges, including three attempted murder counts, brought against Jack Sawyer, who police said had threatened to shoot up Fair Haven Union School.The filing by Kennedy comes on the…

State News
April 4, 2018

Governor to sign historic gun bill after passage in Senate

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

A landmark bill that would make a series of significant changes to the state’s gun laws has received final approval from Vermont’s General Assembly.

Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, says he intends to sign that bill as well as two others…

Senate panel advances “extreme risk” gun legislation
Featured
February 28, 2018

Senate panel advances “extreme risk” gun legislation

By Alan J. Keays

The words of a Poultney teenager charged in a thwarted school shooting plot resonated in the small room as a Senate panel advanced a bill Friday, Feb. 23, allowing authorities to seize a firearm from a person deemed a risk to themselves or…

State News
February 14, 2018

Republican leader proposes drug testing for welfare recipients

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger House Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner is proposing a bill that would allow for drug testing of people receiving financial assistance through a state program for low-income families.

If a test comes back positive for an illegal substance, a person in…