Trooper Robert Zink, of the Shaftsbury Barracks, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. His lawyer, David Sleigh, said they’ve been ready for a jury trial for months.
The Bennington Superior Court on Wednesday lifted the white nationalist’s order for home detention, agreeing with him that his new probationary status offers stronger public protection. The decision was issued just as police alleged he recently violated the detention conditions.
Wayne Miller, a former resident of Hartland, is being held without bail while awaiting trial in state court on 13 felony counts.
The Bennington Superior Court ruled for a lighter sentence than prosecutors had sought on the felony offense, citing factors such as the animal’s biting history and the defendant’s unfamiliarity with U.S. law enforcement.
Joel Howard, a lieutenant at the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, decided to drop his bid to run as an independent candidate after getting the most Republican write-in votes in the primary election.
The veterinary drug xylazine has become a favored diluting agent for fentanyl. During the first five months of this year, fentanyl figured in 71 out of 77 overdose deaths, with xylazine contributing to 19.
A spokesperson for Secretary of State Jim Condos said his office has full confidence in the integrity of the election and the accuracy of vote totals. The issue, which is related to the state’s recent redistricting, is related only to how the results are reported.
James Gulley Jr., a Manchester police officer and law enforcement instructor, won the Democratic primary with 44% of the vote. His two opponents said they’d already filed the necessary paperwork to run as independent candidates in the general election in November.
Voters will determine nominees for the state’s next member of Congress, alongside several competitive statewide and legislative races. “If you don’t vote, don’t complain,” said one Essex Junction resident.
Max Misch pleaded guilty to both first-degree aggravated domestic assault and disorderly conduct as a hate crime shortly before he was sentenced in Bennington Superior criminal court on Monday afternoon.
William Greer, an incoming sophomore at Bennington College, is making his first run for public office, advocating for systemic changes in Vermont’s sheriff’s departments.
One of the four suspects in the Springfield kidnapping last Saturday was shot and killed in Bennington on Wednesday.
The tally for January to April is lower than the 67 deaths recorded in the same period last year, but it’s 22 percent higher than that of 2020.
Investigators said the dead man, Patrick Mullinex of Springfield, Vermont, was shot multiple times inside an apartment on Pleasant Street.