Vermont State Police

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.