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Four Men Indicted on Fraud Charges Related to the Jay Peak EB-5 AnC Vermont Project in Northeast Vermont

VT STRONG NEWS - DOJustice Burlington Vermont reports - Four individuals were charged with conspiring in a multi-year wire fraud scheme to defraud immigrant investors seeking green cards through the EB-5 program, among other charges, announced United States Attorney for the District of Vermont Christina E. Nolan. Ariel Quiros, 63, William Kelly, 70, both of Florida; Jong Weon Choi, aka Alex Choi, 58, of South…
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VT STRONG NEWS Industrial Opioid Disaster – Attorney General Donovan Sues Sackler Family, Makers of OxyContin

Mount Snow Owner Sued. Lawsuit Alleges Violations of Consumer Protection Act, Unjust Enrichment, Public Nuisance. Office of the Attorney General of Vermont reports Montpelier, VT: Attorney General Donovan has sued eight members of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma , makers of the opioid OxyContin, among others. The lawsuit alleges that for over two decades the Sacklers personally oversaw Purdue’s deceptive marketing campaign. They…
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Vermont Joins Antitrust Lawsuit Against Teva Pharmaceuticals, 19 Other Generic Drug Manufacturers, 15 Individuals

VT STRONG NEWS - Montpellier, VT: Office of the Attorney General reports - Lawsuit Alleges Conspiracy to Fix Prices on 100+ Different Generic Drugs. Attorney General Donovan joined 43 states in in filing suit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers. The lawsuit alleges a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition, and unreasonably restrain trade for…
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VT STRONG – National Hurricane Preparedness Week

WASHINGTON, DC: The White House reports – During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, I encourage all Americans living in hurricane-prone areas to take the measures necessary to safeguard their families, homes, and businesses.  As a Nation, we are sadly too familiar with the destructive force of hurricanes.  To help prevent and mitigate hurricane-related harm, it is critically important that we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season,…
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VT STRONG NEWS – NEW HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT FOR SCHOOL SAFETY PLANNING, TRAINING AND EXERCISE

Margolis Healy team receives grant to enhance level of school emergency preparedness. STATE OF VERMONT Agency of Education reports - Barre, VT: On behalf of Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson and myself, I am pleased to announce that we have awarded a new school safety planning, training and exercise grant to Margolis Healy. The intent of this grant award is to assist all…
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Indictment for Federal Firearms Offense Relating to Officer-Involved Shooting in Pownal VT

ATF FIELDS reports - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Bernard Rougeau, 48, of Pownal, Vermont was arraigned today in federal court in ; A federal grand jury indicted Rougeau for possessing a firearm having been previously convicted of a felony ;According to court records, the charge in the Indictment relates to Rougeau’s armed encounter with members…
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16 Individuals Charged or Arrested For Drug Trafficking Crimes as Part of Joint Law Enforcement Effort

ATF Boston Fields report - On April 16, 2019, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort that focused on drug trafficking in the area of Brattleboro, ; During the three-day operation conducted last week by federal, state, local, and county officers, and federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement arrested or charged 16 individuals, searched 3 residences…
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Mining TALC – Johnson & Johnson Issues Statement on April 9 Reuters Article

Talc Baby Powder New Brunswick, NJ J&J reports – We stand behind Johnson’s Baby Powder because science confirms it is free of asbestos and safe to use. The accusations being made against our company are not only false, but the idea that we would purposefully and systematically target a community with bad intentions is unreasonable and absurd. We’re caught between sad and angry that anyone…
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Three Vermonters Indicted for Conspiring to Barter Firearm for Drugs

USDOJ ATF reports - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that a federal grand jury’s indictment was unsealed yesterday that charged Jennifer Griffin, Kenneth Stone, and Gregory Miller with conspiring to use an Armscor of the Philippines, model M1911-A1F .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 § 924(o). …
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Shrewsbury Man Sentenced to 65 Months Imprisonment for Federal Gun Offenses Involving Unlawful Possession of Machine Gun

VT STRONG NEWS - DOJ Vermont reports - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on March 26, 2019, Frank Weir, 57, of Shrewsbury, was sentenced by District Judge Christina Reiss to 65 months imprisonment. Weir had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment and agreed to the 65-month ; The first count charged Weir with possessing a…
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Vermont state trooper revived with Narcan following vehicle stop

LEICESTER, Vermont (March 16, 2019) VTSP report — A Vermont state trooper is recovering Saturday after he collapsed following a traffic stop in the Addison County town of Leicester and was revived by multiple doses of Narcan. The incident began at about 11:25 Friday, March 15, 2019, when Acting Sgt. Brett Flansburg of the New Haven Barracks stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on…
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CYBERSECURITY COMPETITION FOR VERMONT STUDENTS

Montpelier, Vt.: Office of the Gov reports - Governor Scott today announced that Vermont will partner with the SANS Institute to bring the Girls Go CyberStart challenge to Vermont for a second year, providing high school girls with cybersecurity skills and career exploration opportunities. Girls Go CyberStart is a free, forward-thinking cybersecurity skills program designed to educate and inspire high school girls about the opportunities and rewards of…
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