HIGHGATE PARAEDUCATOR DENIES ADDITIONAL CHARGES, SEEKS RELEASE

Josie Spears appears for her arraignment in Franklin County Criminal Court on Friday, April 28, 2017. Gregory J. Lamoureux photo

ST. ALBANS: Entering the St. Albans courtroom in shackles and prison garb on Friday, Josie Spears, 33, was being charged with five new counts, after her public arraignment had been postponed 24 hours prior.

The prosecutor argued Spears should be held without bail, citing Spears’ alleged violations, the potential for a life sentence, and a belief that there was a great deal of evidence to presume guilt in the case. Continue reading “HIGHGATE PARAEDUCATOR DENIES ADDITIONAL CHARGES, SEEKS RELEASE”

DOCUMENTS: PARA-EDUCATOR GAVE STUDENT ORAL SEX IN SCHOOL BATHROOM

An emotional Josie Spears appeared by teleconference in Criminal Court in Burlington on Thursday morning. Gregory J. Lamoureux, photo

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BURLINGTON: Newly released court documents paint a sordid picture of continued sexual contact between a former Highgate paraeducator and a then nine-year-old student at the school. Continue reading “DOCUMENTS: PARA-EDUCATOR GAVE STUDENT ORAL SEX IN SCHOOL BATHROOM”

CHARGES MOUNT AS EX-PARAEDUCATOR IS HELD ON ADDITIONAL SEX CHARGES

Josie Spears appears in criminal court in St. Albans with her defense attorney Jessica Burke on Tuesday.

ST. ALBANS: Investigators working on the Josie Spears case have arrested her again and are pressing five more charges in connection with the alleged sexual relationship she maintained with a nine-year-old boy.

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POLICE: HIGHGATE PARAEDUCATOR VIOLATED CONDITIONS OF RELEASE

Josie Spears appears in criminal court in St. Albans with her defense attorney Jessica Burke at her arraignment in February.

HIGHGATE: Josie Spears, the 33-year-old woman accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a Highgate Elementary school student was back in court on Monday after police say she violated her conditions of release. Continue reading “POLICE: HIGHGATE PARAEDUCATOR VIOLATED CONDITIONS OF RELEASE”

ST. ALBANS WOMAN DEFRAUDS 90 YEAR OLD MAN

Jessica Poirier, 38, of St. Albans appears in court for her arraignment with her private attorney on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Police say that Jessica Poirier, 38, of St. Albans took advantage of a 90-year-old man who had previously helped her through tough financial times by stealing his credit card number and wracking up $4,313.61 in credit card charges without his knowledge.

St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor issued a press release on Monday saying that Poirier was being charged with 62 felony counts of false pretense and identity theft, however, the State’s Attorney, who is officially in charge of bringing the charges against Poirier only charged her with one misdemeanor count of credit card fraud, a charge that holds a maximum of one year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine.
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$150 M SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED IN JAY PEAK CASE

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott, Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (VDFR) Commissioner Michael Pieciak and Jay Peak Receiver Michael Goldberg today announced a $150 million settlement agreement with financial firm Raymond James Financial, Inc., over its role in the alleged fraud relating to EB-5 projects in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Continue reading “$150 M SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED IN JAY PEAK CASE”