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Vermont police say former FBI Director Louis Freeh likely fell asleep and drifted across the road before the car crash last week that severely injured him.

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Vermont State Police say a man has been found dead inside a house of a self-inflicted gunshot wound more than five hours after shots were fired at troopers and police negotiated with him.

Vermont State Police say a 42-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday after being shot by a police officer when he refused to drop a knife while in the lobby of the Bennington police department.

Vermont State Police say the pilot of a small plane that crashed next to Interstate 89 in Highgate on Friday suffered minor injuries after parachuting out of the plane to safety.

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The Vermont House has endorsed a bill calling for a study of police coverage in rural parts of the state, backing away from immediately calling for an end to the practice of Vermont State Police contracting with small towns.

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A top Vermont State Police criminal investigator says unsolved homicides are an important issue for the state and supports the addition of a cold case investigator position.

Vt. Looks At Strengthening Cold Case Probes

Feb 18, 2014

Lawmakers are considering a proposal to add a cold case investigator to the Vermont State Police.

Rep. Patti Lewis, a Berlin Republican, got an interested reception from the House Government Operations Committee this past week when she brought her proposal to the panel.

Lewis says her research indicates there at least 57 unsolved homicides and 32 missing-persons cases pending in Vermont, the oldest dating from the 1970s.

She's calling for one new investigator devoted to the cases, but says some lawmakers have suggested she should ask for two, given the caseload.

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Officials say two people are dead following an early morning fire in the southern Vermont town of Dummerston.

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A preliminary Vermont State Police investigation has found the man shot to death by a Burlington police officer was acting irrationally and destroying property.

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Vermont State Police are taking part in a campaign to combat aggressive and impaired driving called "Operation Sober Summer."

Vermont police say 33 people were taken into custody in the Springfield and Ludlow area as part of the latest in a continuing series of counter drug operations in the state.

The state of Vermont and the union that represents state police troopers have reached a labor deal that does not include an across-the-board increase in existing salaries.

The St. Johnsbury select board wants to keep the Vermont State Police barracks in town, but a high ranking trooper says it's likely the office will be moving in several years.

Vermont State Police and the Hardwick Police Department are investigating the death of a 5-year-old child found unresponsive in a bathtub.

An independent audit of the Vermont State Police payroll, requested after a trooper fraudulently claimed large amounts of overtime pay, has found that most employees were at a low risk of fraud.

The audit done by StoneTurn Group LLP shows that the process for approving, reporting and monitoring overtime is vulnerable to fraud, abuse and waste.

The Vermont ski town of Killington is a step closer to creating its own police department.

Killington already has town constables, who are elected. The Rutland Herald reports  the public will decide at Town Meeting in March whether to shift from that to an actual police department in which the officers are appointed.

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A former Vermont State Police sergeant charged with padding his time sheets is expected to change his plea.

The Burlington Free Press reports that James Deeghan is scheduled to withdraw his not-guilty pleas on Monday.

Details of the potential plea agreement were not made public on Wednesday.

Vermont State Police say a search of a stolen car being used by a fugitive helped recover items stolen in Vermont and New Hampshire in recent months.

Police say 28-year-old Michael Hoehl repainted a stolen car four or five times so police wouldn't recognize the vehicle, allegedly stolen from Rivendell High School in Orford, N.H., in October.

He was arrested Tuesday after police spotted the vehicle in Newbury. Troopers allegedly chased Hoehl into the woods and he displayed a handgun, but he was apprehended without injury.

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A Vermont House Representative was killed Friday morning after a car struck him on a snowy road.

Vermont State Police responded to an accident on US Route 7 Friday morning.  

Republican State Representative Greg Clark of Vergennes had pulled onto the shoulder of the road and exited to clear his windshield.  

He was then struck by another car.   Emergency responders initiated CRP and transported Clark to Porter Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

The Vermont State Police's top criminal investigator says the man in a New Mexico prison for killing a Vermont girl in 2000 has a history of making wild claims as part of a long-running goal of being incarcerated in the federal prison system.

Major Ed Ledo is the investigator who arrested Dana Martin in 2000 on charges Martin had killed a 15-year-old girl in Barre.

Ledo says he doesn't know what allegedly motivated Martin to send two New Mexico men to kill two Vermonters by strangling them with neck ties and then mutilating their bodies.

Vermont State Police investigators say two New Mexico men traveled to Vermont as part of a conspiracy to murder two people in the state, but only one of those two has been charged as part of the conspiracy.

Twenty-three-year-old Tanner Ruane is being held in New York state on conspiracy to commit murder charges issued in New Mexico.

The second man, 41-year-old Mark Staake, is being held in Vermont as a fugitive from justice on a charge that he violated his probation in his home state.

Vermont State Police say they're just learning the details of what's being called a murder for hire plot involving two New Mexico men, one of whom had befriended a Vermont man serving a life sentence in a New Mexico prison for killing a Barre, Vt., girl in 2000.

Detective Matthew Hill says that 41-year-old Mark Staake was arrested by Vermont police on probation violation charges Nov. 19 at the Highgate Springs border crossing.

Vermont State Police will participate in the national Click It or Ticket Campaign during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Vermont’s seat belt usage is estimated to be just over 84-percent.  

There have been 70 traffic fatalities this year and state police say about 69-percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

Police agencies across New England are participating in the Click It or Ticket program and Operation Care - Combined Accident Reduction Effort with patrols and checkpoints through the holiday weekend.

Vermont State Police are holding forums to get public feedback as they do a review of their facilities.

The state police and Vermont Building and General Services have started a comprehensive review of facilities statewide as part of a legislative mandate.

Each study will look at the program needs, deficiencies, potential land sites and estimated program costs.

The goal is to come up with a long-term plan to determine the best way for the state to support the Vermont State Police in providing services to Vermonters.

Vermont State Police say two men killed in unrelated car crashes last weekend brings the total number of motor vehicle fatalities across the state this year to 57 — two more than last year's total.

Police said the 55 people killed on Vermont's roads last year was the lowest recorded number since 1944.

They said a record high of 161 deaths was reported in 1979.

Monday marked the end of the state police's Operation H.E.A.T., or High Enforcement Area Team, an initiative aimed at cracking down on dangerous driving. The effort started July 4.

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A 22-year veteran of the Vermont State Police who resigned after possible time-sheet fraud is facing charges.

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