First Vermont black police chief hired in Montpelier - Times Argus

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A former Chicago cop named police chief in Montpelier is believed to be the first ever black police chief in the State of Vermont. He’s coming from a New Mexico city where, as police chief, he clashed with apparently dysfunctional city leadership.

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Video shows young woman take pratfall after impeding police - WCAX

Four people - none of them St. Johnsbury Academy students who earlier in the day staged a large, peaceful protest - were arrested in a melee on the front steps of the St. Johnsbury police station. And the Oscar for Least Convincing Display of Police Violence Victimhood goes to…..

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Burlington forms Covid-19 BIPOC task force - WCAX

Vermonters have another acronym to learn: BIPOC, standing for “Black, Indigenous, People of Color.” In a crisis-response two-fer, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger yesterday announced a new task force to address Covid-19 concerns specific to the BIPOC community.

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Masks mandated in Montpelier - WCAX

With Vermont’s hospitals virtually empty of Covid-19 patients, the “emergency” has impelled several communities to mandate wearing masks in public places. Montpelier passed a mandate Monday night, and Barre narrowly avoided a mandate Tuesday night.

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School voters face stark choice between tax increase, deep cuts - Milton Independent

Milton voters June 9 can either pass a budget with a smaller increase than the budget they rejected at Town Meeting, or turn it down and accept a 13% spending cut. If they choose the latter, programs like sports, theater and music would be greatly at risk.

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Lamoille County to be home for newest solar mega-farm - VT Business Magazine

A 2.2 megawatt solar “farm” will be built on Rte. 100, Morrisville land now being used to raise cow corn. At an estimate 2.5 acres necessary per MW of solar power, that means the Encore project will require about seven acres of farmland.

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Vermonter flight director at NASA - WPTZ

Zebulon Scoville of Middlesex (at right in photo) is sending astronauts into space.

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Creemees are back! Virus or not – Montpelier Bridge

Nothing says summer like slurping on a creemee on a warm night.

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St. Albans police arrest BLM protester with apparent gun in pocket - Fox 44

It looks like a St. Albans Black Lives Matter protester who didn’t like what a heckler was saying had his hand on a gun, shortly before police took him into custody. After his release, he says he was charged with assault. What just happened here?

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Out-of-state driver nails AOT license plate reader with high-speed pickle - VT Digger

A Massachusetts man has been cited to appear in Vermont court for throwing a big pickle at a Vermont AOT worker reading out-of-state license plates in Pownal.

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Subaru strikes deer, catches on fire - Newport Dispatch

Bad day for the Subaru driver on I-91 in Derby. First the Official Vermont State Car struck a deer. Then it caught on fire.

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Burlington nursing home with 21 Covid deaths now free of virus - VT Digger

A nursing home in the North End of Burlington was the scene of almost 40% of all Vermont coronavirus deaths. Now, it’s Covid-free.

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Masks mandatory in Manchester - Manchester Journal

Tourist town Manchester - scene of some unfriendly exchanges between the locals and the second-homers in March - has just passed a mask mandate.

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Brother, sister grifters bilk elderly man out of $120K, police say - County Courier

Beware younger Vermonters “helping” elderly people with complicated things like bank transactions, as the arraignment of the Hodgdon siblings shows.

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Independent’s announcement turns Essex House election into three-way race - Essex Reporter

An Essex Town selectboard member and ukulele player will run as an independent for the Essex/Westford House seat now held by Republican Bob Bancroft. The incumbent is already being challenged by Democrat Alyssa Black.

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Stern running for Windsor senate as independent - Chester Telegraph

A 2018 Republican candidate for governor is running as an independent in bluer-than-blue Windsor County.

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Massachusetts State Police tracking Antifa in small towns across VT border - WAMC

According to a leaked memo, Massachusetts State Police expect Antifa to leave large urban areas and take their mischief to small towns. Small towns just south of the Vermont border are under observation.

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In Brandon, “small but powerful” flower girl tradition continues - Brandon Reporter

In years past, a parade of first-grade girls in white dresses would circle the Brandon war memorial, leaving flowers at its base. This year the solemn responsibility fell to just two girls, Emily Mendiola and Marion LaPorte.

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Protest leader said Burlington PD “is going down” if another person is killed by police - VT Digger

A spokesperson for Saturday’s protest in Burlington said the police department building “is going down” if another person is killed by police. Angry words. Threatening, even. But still - just words.

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Smugglers Notch reopens after rockslide deposits huge boulder in road - Fox 44

Tons of rock plummeted onto the road at Smugglers Notch in Cambridge over the weekend.

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