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Randolph Man Arrested for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Promotion of Child Pornography & Voyeurism

May 21, 2020

Contact: Domenica Padula, Chief, Criminal Division, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that Michael Hartigan of Randolph, Vermont, was arraigned on May 14, 2020, on two felony counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, two felony counts of Promotion of Child Pornography, and two misdemeanor counts of Voyeurism. Mr. Hartigan pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Vermont Superior Court, Orange Criminal Division. The Court, Judge Thomas A. Zonay presiding, ordered him held him without bail.

Attorney General Donovan Sues Rutland Gym for Violating Governor’s Executive Order

May 15, 2020

Lawsuit Is First to Enforce Governor’s Executive Order

Contact: Rob McDougall, Chief of Environmental Division, Co-chair of Rapid Response Team, 802-828-3171

UPDATE: Rutland Superior Court’s presiding judge has granted the State’s motion for a temporary restraining order. Club Fitness of Vermont and Mr. Manovill are now enjoined from conducting any in-person, indoor operations at any fitness center so long as the Governor’s Executive Order prohibits them from doing so.

Defending the ACA, Advocating for Small Businesses, & Calling for the Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

May 8, 2020

Actions taken by the AG Donovan during the week of May 4 – May 8

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

The Attorney General’s Office has been hard at work for Vermont this week. “My office’s mission and dedication to protecting Vermonters remain steadfast in these unprecedented times,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan. “We will continue to do our part in the COVID-19 pandemic. Vermont will get through this together.” Here are some of the actions taken by the Attorney General’s Office during the week of May 4 to May 8, 2020:

Attorney General Donovan to FCC: Keep Vermonters Connected

April 29, 2020

Coalition Requests Telecomm Industry Continue to Cancel Shut-Offs for Nonpayment

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan has joined a group of attorneys general in urging the telecommunications industry to make further commitments to protect consumers who are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 and in calling upon the FCC for support.

Statement On 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by Attorney General Donovan

April 22, 2020

Contact: Rob McDougall, Chief, Environmental Division, 802-828-3172

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan released the following statement for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day:

“Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated around the globe. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of two important environmental laws: the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Vermont’s very own Act 250.

Attorney General Sues to Stop Price-Gouging Scheme

April 14, 2020

Contact: Christopher J. Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that he filed a lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction to stop a price-gouging scheme involving surgical masks. The State of Vermont alleges Big Brother Security Programs, whose primary business is to own and operate public and private transportation, and its owner Shelley Palmer of Williston, Vermont, imported surgical masks that cost 10 cents each and re-sold them to Central Vermont Medical Center for $2.50 each; for at least a 500 percent mark-up.

Attorney General Donovan Issues Directive to Lodging Operations

April 2, 2020

NOTE: The Attorney General’s Lodging Directive, as updated April 10, 2020, has been superseded by Addendum 14 and guidance from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The Attorney General’s Lodging Directive is no longer active and should not be relied upon for any purpose. 

Contact: Rob McDougal, Chief of Environmental Division & Co-Chair of COVID-19 Rapid Response Team, 802-828-3171

Attorney General Donovan Urges Federal Government To Prioritize Production Of COVID-19 Protective Gear & Testing Supplies

March 24, 2020

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan today joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general in urging the federal government to fully utilize the Defense Production Act to immediately prioritize the production of masks, respirators, and other critical items needed by health care workers, first responders, and law enforcement as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Advocates, law enforcement stand ready to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence despite global pandemic

March 24, 2020

Self-isolation does not mean that you are alone:

Resources continue to be available to all who need them


WATERBURY, Vt. (March 24, 2020) — The Vermont State Police, Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence join with other law-enforcement agencies and advocacy organizations to acknowledge the unique and difficult challenges facing people who are living in abusive and violent circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attorney General’s Office Working Remotely until at Least April 6th

March 17, 2020

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, (802) 828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the employees of the Attorney General’s Office are working remotely. This will facilitate social distancing and allow parents to be at home with their children while Vermont schools are closed. There is no anticipated disruption of service. The AGO’s remote worker program will continue until at least April 6th.

Attorney General Supports Opioid Manufacturer’s Settlement Framework

February 26, 2020

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that opioid manufacturer, Mallinckrodt (MNK), has devised a global settlement framework that would settle all opioid-related claims against it. The agreement in principle is supported by Vermont and 46 states and U.S. territories, as well as municipalities and other litigants in the federal opioid multidistrict litigation.

Vernon Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

February 21, 2020

Contact: Domenica Padula, Chief, Criminal Division, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that Antonia Tyson of Vernon, Vermont was arraigned today on five felony counts of possession of child pornography. According to documents filed with the court, Mr. Tyson was arrested after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence and discovered images of what appeared to be child pornography on one of his electronic devices.

Fuel Oil Company Resolves Environmental Violations

February 13, 2020

Contact: Melanie Kehne, Assistant Attorney General, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that his office has reached a settlement with JAM Fuel, LLC, doing business as JAM Fuels, and Joshua A. Marcell to resolve claims arising out of a 2018 fuel oil spill at a residence in Springfield, Vermont. The State filed a civil enforcement complaint in Windsor Superior Court in 2019, alleging violations of Vermont’s Hazardous Waste Management Regulations and Aboveground Storage Tank Rules.

PRESS RELEASES Attorney General’s Office Concludes Review of Allegation Against Bellows Falls Police Officer

February 10, 2020

CONTACT:    Domenica Padula, Chief, Criminal Division, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that his office reviewed a complaint regarding Bellows Falls Police Detective Mario Checchi involving an allegation of possible misconduct. The complaint alleged that Detective Checchi had improperly notified a target of a search warrant before it was executed. The Attorney General’s Office reviewed all the materials provided by the Vermont State Police, who conducted the investigation, and found no credible evidence to support the allegation of misconduct.

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