Thursday, June 20 2013 12:16 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:16:47 GMT
In 2012 more than 125 local businesses partnered with the HowardCenter to provide jobs for more than 400 people Thursday over 200 community members will gather for their annual "Big Night" fundraiser.More >>
HowardCenter "Big Night" fundraiser set for Thursday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:27 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:27:28 GMT
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 >>
Dozens of Vermonters and New Jersey residents are facing drug charges after a sweeping drug bust in Windsor County Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:25 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:25:30 GMT
At a quiet Peacham, Vermont home Vermont State Police say tragedy struck Wednesday. They believe an angry ex-husband showed up, shot and killed the current husband, before killing himself. News thatMore >>
Police are looking for clues as to how a possible murder-suicide could have happened. And for people who knew the family, Wednesday's news wasn't easy to hear.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:57:41 GMT
Wednesday morning police say a tractor trailer made it about halfway up Smugglers Notch before the driver realized he couldn't maneuver some of the tight turns. He decided his only option was to backMore >>
Wednesday morning police say a tractor trailer made it about halfway up Smugglers Notch before the driver realized he couldn't maneuver some of the tight turns.
He decided his only option was to back the big rig out; which took about an hour.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:28:51 GMT
Michael Hastings, a distinguished and fearless investigative journalist known throughout the world died in a single car accident in California yesterday. He was just 33 years old. Hastings went to highMore >>
Michael Hastings, a distinguished and fearless investigative journalist known throughout the world died in a single car accident in California yesterday. He was just 33 years old. Hastings went to high school right here in South Burlington and recently wrote about his favorite teacher. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:19:11 GMT
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was named a Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency on Wednesday, thanks in large part to its new eco-friendly Essex facility. Huge fans, spanning 24-feet, swirlMore >>
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was named a Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency on Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:57 GMT
Vermont State Police found two deceased bodies in the suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt. Wednesday afternoon.Police say after initiating the search for the white van, they located the van at a residence.More >>
Vermont State Police found two deceased bodies in the suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt. Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:58 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:58:42 GMT
Vermont State Police are investigating a suspicious incident in Peacham, Vt.Police say they received a 911 call that shots were fired on Slack Street. The female caller told police that an unknown whiteMore >>
Vermont State Police are investigating a suspicious incident in Peacham, 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 >>
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -
We first told you about the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in February when a state report outlined deplorable living conditions for the female inmates.
The original problems listed in the report were overcrowding, the unsanitary conditions, including bugs crawling out of the shower drain, and a lack of job programs. Some of those issues are starting to get solved with the most recent addition at the correctional facility new superintendent Bob Arnell.
"We have to be successful. Anytime you take a challenging job like this you have to push yourself beyond your boundaries," Arnell said.
Arnell served as a colonel in the US Army. That includes three tours in Afghanistan. He's taking the attitude he learned there to fix what what's wrong here, eradicating larva in the shower drains, bringing more jobs for the women and fixing the toilet shortage.
"Bathrooms have been completed since of two weeks ago," Arnell said.
His can-do attitude has been noticed by Ashlie Tucker, an inmate at Chittenden Regional, who has noticed an improvement in living conditions.
"I think he is the best thing that happened to this facility because the old superintendent we had didn't care," Tucker said.
The old superintendent was David Tucker, who transferred with the female inmates from the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans. Male prisoners previously in Chittenden Regional switched facilities with the women and moved Northwest State.
The women in Chittenden Regional say things are getting better but there are areas to improve in. And as always there's the unexpected.
While I was touring the facility with Arnell some of the female inmates were complaining that the new;ly constructed bathrooms were locked and not available for them to use. Arnell had previously told us they had been completed two years ago and he was surprised to find they had been locked.
We wanted to know why the bathrooms were locked and so did Arnell. He immediately called upon his staff to find out why this was the case.
"If we put slips into him or anything he'll get on it as soon as he can he actually helps out a lot," Ashlie Tucker said.
Arnell had been the interim superintendent for about six months and just received the full time job Thursday. He says he's working on implementing a system that will work for everyone.
"I am excited but it's a challenge and you know I look at the reality of the situation and it's a challenge.
It's one Arnell is committed to solving. Before I even had a chance to leave the jail he had gotten an answer on why the bathrooms were locked to inmates. The bathroom stall doors hadn't been delivered yet.
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