Ex-Sheriff Newton heads to trial

The criminal case against the former Addison County sheriff is heading toward trial a year after he was accused of sexually assaulting and unlawfully restraining a woman.

Top Ten 2022: Police arrest sheriff

The hammer came down on June 28, when troopers after a months-long investigation arrested Newton on charges of felony sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and domestic assault.

Two towns ask sheriff to resign

The selectboards of at least two Addison County communities have joined the chorus of calls for Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton’s resignation in wake of his arrest last month on two felony sexual assault charges.

Sheriff declines to step down after his arrest

Sheriff Peter Newton rebuffed multiple calls for his resignation, including from Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman, who’s limited authority includes serving in the sheriff’s stead if that person is in custody.

County’s Democratic legislators call on sheriff to resign

Lawmakers say legal cloud over Sheriff Newton is too dark and he must resign.

Editorial: Newton should resign — now

Sheriff Peter Newton, who was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of domestic violence and one count of unlawful restraint, got a partial reprieve by Chittenden County Superior Court Judge John Pacht when the judge al … (read more)

State police arrest Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton

The sheriff is charged with sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and domestic assault; high bailiff calls for Newton to resign.

Sheriff Newton says he will retire

Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton announced in an online video posted Sunday that he will not run for re-election this year and will retire from law enforcement when his term as sheriff ends next February.

State police investigate Sheriff Newton

The chief criminal investigator for the Vermont State Police said his agency is investigating a reported “domestic disturbance” at the Middlebury home of Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton in February.

Addison County sheriff defends his handling of body cam incident

MIDDLEBURY — At a press conference Wednesday morning called by Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton to provide his own “spin” on events relating to an “unprofessional conduct” complaint against him filed by the Brandon selectboard, and a separate complaint … (read more)

Sheriff Newton is target of a complaint

BRANDON — Elected officials in the Rutland County town of Brandon are defending their town manager from complaints lodged by Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton. And the Brandon selectboard is filing its own complaint against Newton.On Monday, the Brandon … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Sheriff shares views about pot

I have been asked what my stance is on the proposed cannabis sales in Middlebury. Here is my public opinion. We as law enforcement wasted everyone’s time in Montpelier trying to fight it from happening, it was going to happen whether anyone wanted it to o … (read more)

Sheriff eyes a major expansion of services

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton is seeking community support in raising $1.5 million to transform his organization into a one-stop shop for law enforcement and community services ranging from jump-starting stranded cars to connecting peop … (read more)

Vergennes police chief cleared of fraud allegation

MONTPELIER — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Friday announced his office had cleared Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel of allegations of that he had fraudulently reported overtimes. The investigation was begun by Addison County Sheriff Peter N … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Man recounts unsettling stop by sheriff’s deputy

Sheriff Peter Newton’s assertion that “If someone complains about one of my deputies I will certainly investigate it thoroughly and take action as needed” is utter baloney (the quote is from “Deputy stops speeding trooper” in the June 25, 2020, edition of … (read more)