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Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

Vince illuzi said "You look at the system the participants did what they were supposed to. I don't know what an alternative response would look like."

An alternative response that could possibly have saved Molly's life would have been to move her to a safe house in an undisclosed location, where her abuser would not know how to locate her. It is mind boggling that the court had her stay in the Maidstone house, with nothing but a retraining order to keep him away. I have a friend in southern VT who is going through a similar situation, separated from a physically and emotionally abusive husband, and with a 4 year old. In her case, she was able to move with her child to a safe house for about 2 months when things were the most volatile and unstable, until she could then find housing away from her abuser. I know every situation is different though, and with all due respect to the state agencies involved, but we need more funding and staffing for safe houses and associated services statewide.

With deepest sympathies and condolences to Amy Benoit and her family, as we all mourn this horrible tragedy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

So tragic. So unnecessary. I was abused for many years. Police don't understand that restraining orders can be walked through and threats can be made by the abuser. ... I got away. I'm heartbroken Molly didn't. This hits home so hard. I'm so sorry for the children and Molly. My prayers are forever with them. And the family.

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Posted by marie on 10/16/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

My heart goes out to her children. Such a tradgedy to have to live with.

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Posted by Angele on 10/14/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

My condolences to the family and I will be praying for her mom and children.RIP Molly

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Posted by Deborah Gibney Judkins on 10/12/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

incredibly sad . My thoughts are with the children .

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/12/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “ACLU of Vermont Experiences Unprecedented Growth

And what was the Border Patrol guy's answer to his question?

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Posted by eddo on 10/05/2017 at 12:16 PM

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

I believe if you break the law you should be punished but Erica goes over board my son got a aggravated assault and he never hit anyone he just threatened someone over the computer and got hit with 3 years for a threat shes only about jail jail jail no help theres supposed to be program's to help but no dont get them the help they need just throw them in jail she feels sympathetic cause of her child hood ya ok thats why bennington has the highest jail rate

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Posted by slim1977 on 09/27/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Ugly Accusations of Rutland Police Misconduct Surface in Lawsuit

Im homeless and disabled the city police just came out to where I am in Clarendon an told me I don't have rights I asked for a warrant an they told me I don't need one you don't own this land but entered my sleeping area anyway this has happened before two years ago Bartlett was part of that I'm afraid of what they would do theo me as I'm disable and can't protect myself I wrote down what happened two yrs ago and had medical attention at rrmc I need help this has got to stop I'm afraid to leave I'm scared to go shopping for the fact of being harassed by them if someone can help me please email me asap please

Posted by homeless on 09/21/2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Vermont's 'Most Beautiful' Prison Has an Uncertain Future

This article proves that the Vermont Department of Corrections has little or no interest in rehabilitation and is only concerned with warehousing prisoners at the lowest possible cost.
BTW One fact that I haven't seen mentioned in the debate over Windsor's closure is that when it operated as a minimum custody facility, those who were sent there were given day for day credit towards their sentence. That means a day of "good time" was earned for each day spent without a rule infraction. So, if cost is so damned important, compare the cost of 6 months at Windsor to 12 at another prison within or outside the State.

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Posted by Barry Kade on 09/20/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Begging for Change: Burlington Stabbings Prompt Proposed Penalties

Leonard, you can't use that "word is out" crap anymore. There's many words out on the street, especially city streets. Also, sociopaths hide great anywhere - that's why they're so dangerous.

Besides that fact, it was clarified in another article written recently that Mike has schizophrenia, and the police and the city are working on an alternative solution for Mike specifically, which may be involuntary hospitalization so he can get back on his meds. Just thought I'd let you know in case you cared!

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Posted by litebrite42 on 08/26/2017 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Begging for Change: Burlington Stabbings Prompt Proposed Penalties

Does Seven Days think that picture is cute? I suppose it's a way of editorializing instead of just reporting on the situation. Maybe the editors of this purported "newspaper" would like to take some of the scumbags home to live with them. Then you could practice all the social engineering you want, and the rest of us wouldn't have to pay for it with an increasingly lowered quality of life. Word is out that Burlington is the place to be if you're an aggressive, panhandling, sociopathic criminal, so there should be no shortage of people for you to take home to reform.

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 08/24/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Begging for Change: Burlington Stabbings Prompt Proposed Penalties

And yet a judge released Reynolds under special conditions. What a laugh. Anybody in town knows that guy is seriously mentally ill. He is extremely likely to kill somebody. He walks up and down the street cursing and muttering and screaming at people. But just let him go...

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Posted by Wbkm Dot Org on 08/24/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Despite her best efforts, Holm said, she was "unsuccessful in locating documentation of the gifts and pledges" the FBI was seeking. Asked whether she had stumbled upon anything noteworthy in O'Meara Sanders' emails, the former dean said, "I prefer not to comment on that."
So... just like what happened over at the IRS and just like HRC playing dumb with her private server. Why do these people get away with such absurd statements?

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Posted by Tim Jonson on 07/17/2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

Who are we to judge? Did we see everything the Judge saw or heard. I know it's not fashionable in our dystopic Trump fueled current atmosphere to suggest that compassion, empathy, respect for people in distress, etc. are all lumped together as "fake news." Wow, a judge who rules on the merits and the facts and is not part of the current fear hysteria. Wonder what the crime statistics in her jurisdiction are like. I bet they don't show the societal breakdown all these critics assume. God Bless her.

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Posted by Fred J Abrahams on 07/16/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

This is akin to my sitting in a coffee shop complaining loudly about the police, and the chief, sitting at the next table, overhears me, leans over and corrects something.

A private conversation? Social media feels that way, but when we broadcast to the world is really isn't that.

Abuse of power? It does feel a little oppressive, but he also carries the responsibility for the community--a viral bit of misinformation undercuts the police's ability to do their job. His power and responsibility weigh heavy against the individual kvetching over coffee, but my speech also has a cost for me.

We don't want to relax in a coffee shop full of people not minding their own business, but we can't be boorish ourselves and expect silence. Being in the community has responsibilities for all.

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 07/16/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

The young woman should consider herself fortunate that the police chief has not (yet) sued her for libel, because her Facebook post was right smack out of the textbook. Logan Huysman told a big, whopping lie, and in doing so attempted to harm the police chief's reputation and ability to make a living. It rarely gets this clear cut.

I am a retired journalist, and took the class where the law of libel was taught. And I didn't attend some obscure community college; it was one of the top journalism schools in the country. Miss Huysman, you blatantly libeled Brandon del Pozo. You'd better hope he doesn't file a lawsuit over it, because you stand to lose a boatload of money.

You sure wouldn't want me sitting on the jury, because I'd teach you a lesson that your parents apparently didn't: that stupidity has its consequences. I haven't seen an apology from you. Someone should tap you on the shoulder and advise you to cough one up, now. And make it humble.

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Posted by Jake J on 07/14/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

Citizen, thank you for your heartfelt words..My son was very proud of being in the service and no one will take that away from me..

knowyourassumptions, I don't care you didn't answer my questions, I knew you wouldn't..I do want to rebuff you're comments
John McCain was not a hero he was a songbird, gave the enemy info..he's far from being a republican
Pres Trump was given a 4-F and was permanently disqualified from military service in Vietnam..

Bill Clinton seeked ways of avoiding the draft. His first opportunity was provided through the political and social connections of Raymond Clinton, his uncle, and Henry Britt, a Hot Springs lawyer and former judge, who made arrangements with the commanding officer of the local Naval Reserve unit to keep Clinton from being drafted..

obumass never register for the service..he refused to..

Sanders was a draft dodger..NEVER IN THE MILITARY. he has no use for the Military..looked at the fraud and mishandling of the VA hospital here in Vt. veterans not being able to get appointments, having to wait mos, yes in the VA hospital.. and Sanders said the VT VA was great..tell that to the Veterans who are waiting to be seen..

John F Kennedy was a American Hero, more so then traitor McCain..

No one likes war, no one wants to die but they believe in FREEDOM and will die for it..I didn't want my son to go to IRAQ..but I wouldn't stop him..He was a proud Patriot and soldier.!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/14/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

Vermont is known as the "Catch and Release " state..The police catch them and the judges lets them go.

.In my town there was 2 brothers who were always robbing homes, they get caught and judge sets a trail date, usually 2 mos later, So the criminal goes free till then..Guess what, during that time before the court hearing these guys commit more crimes..Do judges really think these criminals are going to be good little boys??.

.I'm one who feels "you do the crime you do the time", don't care if they can afford the bail or not.. If they can't afford the bail then don't commit a crime.. When they are caught on security cameras, caught with the goods, caught with a stolen car or shooting me that means they are GUILTY !!! Judges are to liberal, they either slap them on the wrist or pat them on the head.. and yes I've been robbed 3 times and the ones who robbed me got away with bail, no time..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/14/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

Huysman needs to be in a mental ward. he has the right to defend his officers against blatant lies.

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Posted by Robin Drake on 07/14/2017 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

The problem with Freedom is that you can't pick and choose who gets it. All of this sounds very frustrating until you or someone you love is charged with a crime that maybe you did or did not commit and have a bail imposed that you can't afford. THEN, this Judge will be the only one on the bench interpreting the law correctly.

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Posted by Andrea Galiano on 07/13/2017 at 10:12 AM

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