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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Crime

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

Ahh Vicki, I see your still on your quest for families to "adopt a sex offender" for weekends of fun and games😡

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Posted by Valerie Parkhurst on 04/28/2016 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

Szad should have had a needle stuck in his arm for his crime. He is a self admitted dangerous pedophile. Now society is suppose to "babysit" this timebomb due to his propensities? There is no fixing this kind of broke, and camouflaging this article with hints of sympathy for his plight doesn't move me one inch. The human race needs to cut its losses and Szad is a loss.

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Posted by Valerie Parkhurst on 04/28/2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

According to the NCMEC map ( , there are over 843,680 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bate-n-switch internet stings and many others.

If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-integration; a job, a place to live and a good support system. Residency restrictions, ranging from 500 ft to 2,500 ft are ludicrous just like being barred from homeless shelters.

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Posted by Vicki Burton on 04/27/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

We, as an organization, ask legislators to please pass laws that will actually help protect children, teens and the public. We need Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Programs like Stop It Now, with state funding to be taught where over 95% the offenses occur; family home, school, church, scouts, training programs while also teaching parents how to begin and maintain a dialog with their children about their own sexuality. We should be proactive instead of reactive.

Please consider this….Jared Fogle, Jerry Sandusky and many others we hear and read about were NOT on any public registry and that is EXACTLY THE POINT. The public has been groomed to believe all they have to do is check a registry and be aware of “those on it” and their family will be safe. The truth of the matter is that according to credible studies the recidivism rate for another “sexual” offense is very low.

Women Against Registry

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Posted by Vicki Burton on 04/27/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Vermont Sheriff Risks His Career by Hiring a Sex Offender

An amazingly well written and thought provoking article. Reporting this well done should be recognized - Great Job!

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Posted by VTHoyas on 04/27/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Captain Jonas Breaks the Vermont State Police Brass Ceiling

I knew Ingrid would go far. Thank you. Dawn Lefevre, Johnson, Vt.

Posted by Dawn Douglass Lefevre on 04/23/2016 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

It appears fairly obvious that Bennington County needs a house cleaning which includes the States Attorney and all her staff, Mary, the head Administrator for the court, Judge Howard, probably the side judges and definitely Chief of Police Doucette and his traffic ticket money machine. Stu Hurd should just retire and move on. Where do we start?

Posted by Dan Brown 766 on 04/10/2016 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Police Killing of a Mentally Ill Man Raises Questions — Again

We (residents of the building) think there should have been a meeting of the mental health folks who knew the situation was escalating, and a small supportive group might have presented the evict notice and asked what he'd like to do, explaining his options. No telling how that would have gone, but at least they'd have tried.

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Posted by stickinthemud on 03/31/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Police Killing of a Mentally Ill Man Raises Questions — Again

If "Vermont mental health' experts are so weary and frustrated, maybe exercise some basic pattern recognition and ... stop calling the police.

And if policy requires them to, maybe change that policy.

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Posted by Justin Boland on 03/30/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Burlington 'Mama Bear' Tells Drug Dealers to Go 'Elsewhere'

It is unfortunate that this family has to live in the shadow of these drug dealings. For all who are suffering from addiction, whether to cocaine, heroin or prescription drug use, there is hope and recovery is possible.

Posted by R Johnson on 03/26/2016 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

I sat in a Westminster select board meeting earlier this year and watched while they went over their budget, they lamented that the policeman wasn't bringing in the same amount of revenue as in years past, from traffic tickets. It was explained that the sherif was new, and just getting to know the town. The Town Manager said that he would talk with the police ( sherif?) to make certain that he stepped up his efforts to get the town revenue through tickets. This is recorded on film. This is government ordering the police to fill a quota, and the police will deny up and down that they have a quota. But the legislature depends on the money stolen in fines and makes their budget on it. That is just one level of crime.
The fact is, people use heroin because the government is corrupt. We don't have fairness, or peace or a clean environment, or a fair monetary system, or good health, because of the corrupt idea behind the existence of Government that people should dominate others, that some people are morally equipped to govern and rule others, but they are just as bad as those they dominate. When the lawmaking system encourages them to behave in a superior way, when in fact they are not superior in any moral manner, corruption spreads rampant as it is now.
The law is an excuse so that some can be the dominant class, the dominant class will look out for themselves, bend the 'law' for themselves, and break the law for themselves and invent the law for those they are threatened by.

Jail does not work to make us safer. It actually increases the instability of society. Remember the police are the least emotionally stable of all. They suffer from PTSD.

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 03/24/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

Christina Rainville is gone because she "aggressively" pursued sexual assault charges. She broke the law over and over, she had police rough people up, she intimidated, she framed, she ignored evidence that exonerated, she grossly inflated charges to frighten her victims, she boasted when she knowingly put innocent men in jail. She is a criminal, and the police who pressure, intimidate, harm and invent logic to support the prosecutors are criminal as well. I am willing to bet that that entire office is filled with criminal people, who do more to destroy the peace of our communities than create safety. The Government is criminal stealing money from the people through fees, licenses taxation and coercion, and creating an economic boom for themselves while boxing the people in. The police routinely assault and injure people, and if those people shake the charges, they do not go after the police, guess why - because these are the criminals, and unstable at that, and with guns!! They kidnap people and hold them hostage.Christina Rainville is a serious criminal. But it looks like she has plenty of company in Bennington.

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 03/24/2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

This isn't the only corruption in Bennington Vermont. Nor is it the only cover up either. There is a few of us that have actual evidence to prove things going on. It is devastating and it is very disturbing Pownal Rescue, Bennington Paramedic's and SVMC all covering up mistakes made by Pownal rescue personnel. Another person has a huge file with proof of lies and cover ups made by other parts of corruption and cover ups on an even bigger scale. how can we get help when it seems everyone here in town that could help us WILL NOT! Or they can't. People have no clue.. It is WAY bigger then this article. And Why won't the State's Attorney's office release why Rainville was fired, let go, after being placed on administrative leave..I would dare guess because it would uncover more then anyone wants to know. The corruption and cover ups run deep in this town and I know people that can prove it. and I know it is even bigger than that.. BUT who is going to listen to a nobody. Christina Rainvilles cases should all be reviewed by an independent investigator. (NOT FROM BENNINGTON OR VERMONT FOR THAT MATTER). Because we have some innocent people sitting in jail.. Can Someone please point me in the direction to someone that can help us?

Just a glimpse into
People have been laid back for way too long.. with the oh well attitude.. Look around you.. Where has that gotten us? Let me tell you..
Lying officials who line their pockets. Getting convictions with lies.
deputy prosecutor Christina Rainville who was placed on administrative leave in December 2015 will not be returning to the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office. And no one is saying why.. If it has anything to do with the link below, Then all her cases should have to be reopened and reviews.
I know of 3 cases where men are standing falsely accused of crimes they didn't do.
Has anyone ever heard of getting release conditions from court never entering a courtroom. never being arraigned or arrested, Not even received a citation. just a release of condition order with crimes accused of.. not even charged with.. I do.. and they are running the kid through the ringer.

Posted by EnDThECoRrUpTiOn on 03/19/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Border Patrol Agents Keep a Lonely Watch on a Vast Expanse

Since, as the Border Patrol agent himself readily admits, the nearest bus station is 90 miles away, and "you will stick out," there is zero reason for there to be a patrolled Border. And closing off the small roads has the perverse effect of shutting down mutual-aid, a bulwark of survival of these rural villages. Heart attack? Structure fire? Local first responders can only get as far as the Berlin wall, that concrete barrier put up by DHS. Ridiculous. Dangerous. Abolish it. Time for an open Border; they don't have these borders anywhere in Europe, so why here?

Posted by wolfganger on 03/15/2016 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

I have been looking into opening a manufacturing plant in Bennington. After reading this article, I conclude that a Town run by Mrs. Marthage and Mr. Howard is not a town that I can operate in. Is Mrs. Marthage suffering from some form of emotional disturbance? Hard to tell; let the psychiatrists that would treat her conclude that. What I can say is that any Judge that accepts a recommendation from a prosecutor to toss the Constitutional requirement that reasonable bail "shall not be denied" out the window when some ridiculous, needy, immature woman who goes and drives the getaway car for a ridiculous druggie burglar moron shows up in Court as a co-defendant, is not someone that I want to be in the same Town with. I shudder to think of how he would deal with a civil controversy.

Look, there are certain basics in our legal system. Defendants are entitled to reasonable bail; that is bedrock Constitutional law. You don't get to flout that just because you went to UConn Law School. What is wrong with this woman? And why does this Judge put up with this disturbed behavior?

This woman has just cost you 400 new jobs. Plus some twenty million in tax revenue.

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Posted by wolfganger on 03/13/2016 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

What a great article. It's maddening that there are no pre-trial programming for drug offenders. I understand her wanting to set an example in the hopes that the stern punishments will steer people clear of offending in the first place, but let's get real here. Addiction doesn't care what the consequences of any illegal activities are while it's running rampid.

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Posted by Amanda Sanderson on 03/11/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Border Patrol Agents Keep a Lonely Watch on a Vast Expanse

Thank you Amelia- took the words right out of my mouth! Averill

Posted by Averill Hecht on 03/11/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

all i have to say about the shepard case its unjustified . reason is the decease OD already once during earlier that day and was saved... went to court and after court went right back to the drug and did it again....enough said

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Posted by tracy h on 03/11/2016 at 1:13 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

How is it that Erica claims to help someone who made one bad choice on a bad day and turned there life around for the better yet she is ready to make them a life time felon and not even a chance to get there record expunged after 3 years of good probation unflawrd! I don't know I've just watched her so many times in court just pushing harder n harder for jail when se didn't push for that when her good old buddy kacey from the child support office got busted selling drugs to her clients and being an addict herself! So the message I got was if your her friend u can use bit if u sell a couple of bags one time cause your an addict n need help then u change and get healthy for over a year your still going to get a felony and locked up!!!???!!! The woman blows my mind!

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Posted by Cassie Marie on 03/10/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

What I find disheartening is how prosecutors and judges do not seem to feel a responsibility to read the best research on what works. If they did, they would realize two important things: 1) incarceration's potential deterrent effect only applies to the swiftness and certainty of punishment, NOT the severity; 2) incarceration itself has a criminogenic effect, which means it increases the likelihood one will reoffend. Therefore, it is clear that we should reserve it only for the truly dangerous.

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Posted by KF on 03/10/2016 at 6:48 PM

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