U.S. attorney for Vt. collects $3.8M in FY 2012
MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont's federal prosecutor's office has collected more than $3.8 million in fiscal year 2012 related to criminal and civil actions.
Most of the collections came from civil actions, which amounted to $3.1 million.
The office said Friday that it also collected $4.8 million in criminal and civil forfeitures for a total recovery of $8.7 million.
Around the country, the U.S. attorneys' offices collected a total of $13.1 billion in criminal civil actions, more than doubling the amount collected the year before.
The office of the U.S. attorney for Vermont said criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the department's Crime Victims' Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs. Vt man charged in ring theft faces new charges
BURLINGTON(AP) -- A Vermont man who was charged last year after proposing with a $3,200 ring he allegedly stole from a jewelry store is in trouble again, charged with stealing jewelry, rare coins and other valuables from a residence.
Twenty-six year-old Ryan Jarvis of Burlington is charged with breaking into a friend's home on Nov. 30 and taking $1,300 worth of merchandise.
WCAX-TV reported that a home surveillance camera allegedly caught Jarvis in the act.
Jarvis was charged last December for allegedly stealing a 1-carat diamond ring from a Zales jewelry store and then giving it to his girlfriend as an engagement ring. Investigators tracked him down after his fiancee posted a photo of the ring on Facebook.
Shumlin plans speech in Rome, travels in Italy
MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is planning a trip to Italy this week to address European leaders in Rome and then take some vacation time.
Shumlin says he'll speak to the group in Rome in his role as the newly elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
Shumlin was elected chairman of that group this past week.
After his speech in Rome, Shumlin says he plans to take five vacation days traveling in Italy.
He says the slow pre-holiday period is a good time for a vacation.
Vt. State Police hold forum on Middlesex barracks
MIDDLESEX (AP) -- A public forum will be held next week in Middlesex to gather feedback on the Vermont State Police barracks.
It's part of an ongoing review of the Vermont State Police facilities statewide.
Each review looks at the program needs, deficiencies in the current facility, potential land sites and estimated program costs.
The goal is to combine all the studies to make a long-term plan on the best way to support the Vermont State Police in providing services to Vermonters.
The forum will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Middlesex barracks.