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A major drug sweep is currently underway in Springfield, Vt. Vermont State Police say the operation is one of the largest arrest sweeps in Vermont with 100 officers trying to take multiple people intoMore >>
A major drug sweep is currently underway in Springfield, Vt. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:42 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:42:31 GMT
If you live in Vermont, you might not be happy with your job.A recent Gallup poll revealed Vermont is among the top ten states in the country where employees are actively disengaged from their jobs.TheMore >>
If you live in Vermont, you might not be happy with your job.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:04:18 GMT
There is an effort to make sure first responders all across Vermont are trained to spot potentially dangerous meth labs. In Enosburg Falls, Vermont Tuesday, first responders from all around here cameMore >>
There is an effort to make sure first responders all across Vermont are trained to spot potentially dangerous meth labs.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:05:24 GMT
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:01:50 GMT
Vermont is igniting an effort to redevelop businesses on environmentally contaminated sites known as "brownfields" and it's getting some help from the federal government. "It's my pleasure to come hereMore >>
The state is being pumped full of money and committees to bring new businesses to old contaminated areas.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:16:15 GMT
When you hit the road the nearest gas station is seldom far away. But if you have an electric car, it might be hard to locate the nearest charging station Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Quebec PremierMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:15:13 GMT
Talk about a rocky start between two new neighbors. Police say up to 12 shots were fired, all over some trees! No one was hurt, but the neighbor is facing charges. 72 year old David Millson says he wasMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:42:03 GMT
Gay, lesbian and transgender Vermonters have a new center to serve them. After several years in Winooski the support agency RU12? has moved into a new location at 255 South Champlain Street in Burlington.More >>
RU12?, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, and transgender Vermonters relocates to Burlington.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:26:58 GMT
When is comes to making the grade, New York's graduation rates are barely passing.For the second year in a row, the rate sits at 74%.The report is based on the entire student body that started 9th gradeMore >>
When is comes to making the grade, New York's graduation rates are barely passing.More >>
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -
The decision whether to charge the homeowner involved in a deadly home invasion will be up to the Chittenden County State's Attorney.
It's a big decision but T.J. Donovan says he will simply apply the facts of the case to the law.
Officially it's called Justifiable Homicide. The law is short, vague and hasn't been applied a lot in Vermont.
Last week, police say Ryan Morton-Lane broke into an Essex Junction home and was stabbed to death by the homeowner. Police are investigating to see if that homeowner should be held responsible for Morton-Lane's death.
"What's happened in Vermont is these tend to be very case by case kind of analysis," says Cheryl Hanna, a Vermont Law School professor.
Hanna says there have few cases like this one in Vermont.
"I think self defense law is made for exactly this kind of situation. You are in your home, somebody breaks-in, they have a weapon, they are threatening you, and you are going to defend yourself and your family," says Hanna.
Vermont law allows you to kill someone for two reasons. The first is to protect you or your loved ones. The second is to stop someone committing a violent crime. But even those have limits.
"We essentially have a reasonable standard. What would a reasonable person have done?" says Hanna.
Now police and prosecutors must decide if the homeowner, Shawn Garrett, was justified for killing Morton-Lane.
"We need to know the sequence of events," says Donovan.
Donovan says it could take weeks to finish the investigation and decide whether charges will be filed against the homeowner.
If they are, Hanna says prosecutors could face a tough challenge in court.
"I think most jurors who look at this case will probably say I would have done the exact same thing," says Hanna.
An autopsy found that Morton-Lane had injuries consistent with a struggle and he died of a stab wound to his chest.
Police say the homeowner was also hurt, though not seriously.