Vermont Briefs

Sunday August 21, 2011

Gun owned by federal agent used in shooting

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Court documents indicate a state investigator and a federal agent in Vermont previously owned guns used in a Boston homicide and in a shooting in Brockton, Mass.

Affidavits indicate Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Richard Bernholz bought a .25-caliber handgun used in the Brockton shooting and that a gun recovered from a Boston homicide was purchased by Phil Ciotti, a Vermont Medical Practices Board investigator.

The documents were unsealed Friday following an Aug. 3 raid in which agents seized more than 500 guns from Ciotti’s home and more than 150 guns from Bernholz’s home.

The Burlington Free Press ( says investigators are looking into whether guns were sold improperly and whether income tax returns were falsified. Ciotti, a registered gun dealer, denies wrongdoing. Bernolz’ lawyer couldn’t be reached Sunday.

Man charged with attempted murder

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Police in Burlington, Vt., have charged a local man with attempted murder following a stabbing in which the victim received lacerations to his arm, chest, face and neck.

Police arrested 22-year-old Dahir "Jamal" Kassim on Sunday after investigating a disturbance that was reported late Saturday.

The 26-year-old victim, whose name wasn’t released, was treated and then discharged from a local hospital.

Kassim, who’s being held at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility, is due to be arraigned Monday. It was unclear Sunday whether he’d retained an attorney.


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