By | February 9, 2024

Latest Crime Update from Vermont: Murder, Drug Bust, and Assault Cases

The tranquillity of Vermont has been disrupted with a series of criminal activities. The most shocking of all is the gruesome discovery of 29-year-old Kayla Wright’s body in Troy. Kayla, a Derby resident, had been reported missing earlier during the week, and her body was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The autopsy results confirmed her death as a homicide, casting a somber shadow over the serene Vermont community.

Drug Bust Linked to Kayla Wright’s Case

While the hunt for Kayla’s killer is still ongoing, three individuals have been arrested on federal charges related to the distribution of illegal drugs. The trio, Bryanna Rooney, Thomas Rooney, and Jakiy Tramaine Corey Keith, were apprehended following a federal raid on a house on VT Route 100 in North Troy. This house is believed to have been Kayla’s temporary residence around the time of her death. Authorities are urging anyone with information that could aid in the investigation to reach out to the Derby Barracks.

Murder in Pownal: Casey Gras Stabbed to Death

In a separate incident, the body of 36-year-old Casey Gras was discovered in Pownal. Casey, a Bennington resident, was found with multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. Police are actively investigating this homicide. Despite the shocking nature of this crime, the police have assured the community that there is no broader threat to their safety.

Inmate Assaults Officers in Southern State Correctional Facility

Adding to the crime wave, 26-year-old Jayden Vondoemming, an inmate at Springfield’s Southern State Correctional Facility, is facing additional charges for assaulting five officers in January. The incident has been taken seriously with a court appearance set for Jayden later this month, and the prison authorities are on high alert.

Gunfire Incident in Thetford

Thetford, a peaceful town in Vermont, was thrown into a state of confusion following a gunfire incident at the intersection of US Route 5 and VT Route 113. By the time the police arrived, the involved vehicles had disappeared. Residents with security cameras are being asked to share any footage that could help trace the culprits. Despite the alarming event, police believe it was an isolated incident and there’s no ongoing threat to the community.

Controversy in the Vermont Criminal Justice Council

Meanwhile, in the political sphere, an offhand comment has led to the resignation of Mike Major, a member of the Vermont Criminal Justice Council. Following a disrespectful comment aimed at a guest speaker from Migrant Justice, Major tendered his resignation from the council, causing shockwaves within the Vermont Police Association of which he was a representative.

Adult Education in Vermont Needs More Funding

On the education front, the adult education programs in Vermont are reportedly underfunded despite the increasing needs of the students. With nearly 1,500 students enrolled in 17 different programs across the state, a new report to the Legislature is advocating for additional funding to secure these essential educational services.

Vermont Sports Roundup

Taking a break from the crime and political news, Vermont’s sports scene is buzzing. The Boston Celtics are hoping for a third straight win against the Washington Wizards, while the Bruins are set to face the Washington Capitals after a triumphant 4-0 win over the Canucks. In local sports news, the Brattleboro Bears boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have exciting matches lined up for the weekend.

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