Burlington

Jennifer Morrison being sworn in as interim chief of the Burlington Police.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city council in Vermont’s largest city voted unanimously Monday night to confirm the appointment of Jennifer Morrison as interim chief of police. She’ll now lead the Burlington Police Department, which has been mired in controversy after it was revealed last month that two senior police officials had anonymous social media accounts.

Aita Gurung is led to his chair during his second arraignment.
Sasha Goldstein / Seven Days

A judge in Chittenden County determined this week that a man accused of killing his wife with a meat cleaver in 2017 is not competent to stand trial.

The latest ruling in the politicized case delays the court proceedings until Aita Gurung is deemed fit to stand trial. Attorney General TJ Donovan said Friday his office is still committed to prosecuting the case.

Three people stand smiling.
Anna Van Dine / VPR

Last week, eight pallets of Amazon packages were supposed to be brought to the post office in Burlington. Instead, the delivery driver dropped them off half a mile down the road at the Burlington Department of Public Works.

The outside of a police station.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

To conclude a tumultuous week for the Burlington Police Department, Mayor Miro Weinberger held a press conference Friday to name Jennifer Morrison as interim chief of police, according to multiple media reports.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger stands at a podium in front of the green and blue Burlington city flag.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has presided over a challenging year for Vermont's Queen City.

Major downtown redevelopment projects have stalled. The city has seen lawsuits over police officers' alleged use of excessive force. And just this week, a police department scandal ended in the chief's resignation. That's on top of ongoing challenges, from affordability to housing to homelessness.

Three people stand by a podium with flags in the background.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Updated 8 p.m.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo has resigned, and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced the city will hire an outside investigator to review the department's social media practices. 

At a press conference Monday, the mayor told reporters the chief submitted a letter of resignation Sunday night. This development comes after reports surfaced last week that del Pozo had used an anonymous Twitter account to heckle a civilian. 

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo speaks to reporters at the police station. Del Pozo created a fake Twitter account to mock a critic in July.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo used an anonymous Twitter account to mock a critic in July. After the incident, del Pozo was placed on administrative leave and then medical leave when a city investigation determined a medical condition contributed to his actions.

An encampment in Burlington in 2017.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

Vermont's largest city has settled a lawsuit over allegations that it violated the rights of low-income residents.

A series of colorful paintings cover a fence along a slushy road.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

As retailers gear up for the holiday season, one of Vermont’s best-known shopping districts finds itself with a massive hole: the site of the torn down Burlington mall.

A woman stands with her hand on a tower of filing cabinets.
Emily Corwin / VPR

When Norwich resident Max Porter drives to Burlington to visit his mom, he gets off Interstate 89 and onto Interstate 189, a tiny spur of highway that ends at a crossroad, and cement barriers.

A sign post on the campus of UVM in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The University of Vermont plans to freeze tuition rates next year. The college says the last time it did this was more than 40 years ago.

A college student sits in front of a window
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

A month ago, Champlain College sophomore Peter Kuli was in his dorm room, messing around with a friend's rap song about baby boomer attitudes. He uploaded the remix online, and in the weeks since the song – and its "OK boomer" catchphrase – have gone viral. 

A woman cries while a man holds his glasses as hands with cameras cram in.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has declined to file charges against a Burlington police officer who got in an altercation with a man who later died.

A lake spreads out behind apartment buildings.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

VTDigger's recent examination of Burlington property ownership found that the majority of property in Vermont's largest city is owned by a small number of nonprofits and individuals.

A rendering of the preliminary plans for the Burlington mall redevelopment
City of Burlington

After months of silence, the developers of Burlington's downtown mall have released new preliminary plans for the CityPlace project. The major changes include reducing the maximum height of the project from 14 stories to 10 stories and adding a 175-room hotel.

Aita Gurung is led to his chair during his second arraignment.
Sasha Goldstein / Seven Days

The refiling of murder charges in a 2017 killing has become the center of a politicized debate: how should the state should handle people, who because of mental illness, can't be held criminally responsible for their actions?

Four girls wear white jerseys with equal pay written on them.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The Burlington High School girls soccer team is advocating for equal pay for women with special-made jerseys. The team is hoping people will buy and wear them when Burlington takes on rival South Burlington this Friday night.

The site of the CityPlace mall redevelopment in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city of Burlington says developers of the much-delayed downtown mall are not following their agreement with the city, and the mayor is demanding they get the stalled project on track this month.

Kolby LaMarche is pictured here with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Kolby LaMarche, courtesy

The new chair of the Burlington Republican Committee is Kolby LaMarche, a 17-year-old senior at Burlington High School. He's not old enough to vote currently, but can hold the position because he will be 18 by the time of the next general election.

Aita Gurung allegedly killed his wife at the family's home on Hyde Street in Burlington on Oct. 12. Just days before, on Oct. 7, he had self-reported to Burlington Police his involvement in a domestic violence incident.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has refiled a murder charge against a Burlington man accused of killing his wife with a meat cleaver in 2017. Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George dismissed charges against Aita Gurung earlier this year, after the suspect's lawyers mounted an insanity defense.

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