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Accused killer incompetent to stand trial

For now, defendant in Morningside murder is deemed delusional and is in the custody of the Department of Mental Health

A judge has found Zaaina Asra Zakirrah Mahvish-Jammeh, charged with murdering their social worker at the Morningside House shelter last month, temporarily incompetent to stand trial.

The state can request a new competency evaluation, according to an order regarding competency signed by Superior Court Judge Katherine Hayes. A status conference is set for Aug. 9.

Mahvish-Jammeh is charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing Leah Rosin-Pritchard, the social worker and shelter coordinator at the Morningside House shelter at 81 Royal Rd. They pleaded not guilty.

Mahvish-Jammeh, 39, allegedly bought a hunting hatchet the weekend before using it to kill Rosin-Pritchard.

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'This is the moment to fix it if we're going to fix it'

Facing a crisis, House panel considers transforming property value reappraisal system

With two-thirds of Vermont towns requiring property value reappraisals, the House Ways and Means Committee is considering a moratorium on them and transitioning to a state-run reappraisal system. “This was not on my agenda coming into the session as, like, the project to take on,” Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, D-Brattleboro,

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BMH shares in federal grant money

Funds will help ease an ongoing health care crisis fueled by COVID-19, but challenges remain

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) is one of four rural health care providers in Vermont that will share in $2.72 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Emergency Rural Health Care (ERHC) grant program. The announcement was made on Sept. 15 at Springfield Hospital during a gathering...

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Former assistant judge under investigation

Vermont State Police have confirmed they are investigating Patricia Duff, a former Windham County assistant judge who resigned earlier this summer. State police spokesperson Adam Silverman declined to address the reason for the probe. News of the investigation was first reported by the Brattleboro Reformer. Joyce McKeeman, an assistant judge in Orange County and the president of the Vermont Association of County Judges, told VTDigger in an Aug. 18 email that “the underlying allegations against [Duff] were related to financial...

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Former assistant judge under investigation

Vermont State Police have confirmed they are investigating Patricia Duff, a former Windham County assistant judge who resigned earlier this summer. State police spokesperson Adam Silverman declined to address the reason for the probe. News of the investigation was first reported by the Brattleboro Reformer. Joyce McKeeman, an assistant judge in Orange County and the president of the Vermont Association of County Judges, told VTDigger in an Aug. 18 email that “the underlying allegations against [Duff] were related to financial...

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Windham County side judge won’t seek reelection

An assistant judge from Windham County who will appear on the Aug. 9 primary ballot said she has dropped out of the race following her resignation from the post earlier this month. Democrat Patricia Duff, who's held the role since 2006, said three bouts with COVID-19 and associated health issues prompted her to resign. Her health made coming to work difficult, she said. Duff's colleague, Assistant Judge Lamont Barnett, also a Democrat, is seeking reelection. According to the Vermont Secretary...

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