Wednesday December 12, 2012

Environmental official joins ANR

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The deputy commissioner of Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation is going to become the deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

The appointment of Justin Johnson was announced Tuesday by ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz.

Johnson will replace Chris Recchia, who is leaving ANR to become commissioner of the Department of Public Service.

Johnson has 18-years of experience in local, state and federal government in both the United States and Australia.

Johnson's first job in Vermont state government was as a marketing specialist with the Agency of Agriculture.

Sex offender gets 63 months

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A 33-year-old registered sex offender is going to prison for five years and three months after pleading guilty to a charge he failed to register in Vermont.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Cory Lott was sentenced Monday in federal court in Burlington.

Prosecutors describe Lott as being from South Carolina and New York. They say the underlying sex offense that required Lott to register as a sex offender involved an offense against a minor in New York.