first_imgBLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED EMPLOYEE FOR DECEMBER 2006Berlin, VT : Sean Kelly, a resident of Wells River, VT, has been chosen as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s distinguished employee for the month of December 2006.Mr. Kelly is a web services project leader in the corporate communications department and has been with Blue Cross and Blue Shield since November 2005. He is cited for his dedication to the corporate Intranet site, his knowledge and organizational skills, and for his pleasant demeanor. A co-worker stated, “Sean is one of those employees that brings a new level of energy and professionalism to the workplace.”Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employs about 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its branch office in Williston. A committee of employees recognizes an employee each month in honor of Carol L. Goodrich, the winner of the first-ever Employee of the Year award in 1992. This program awards individuals who demonstrate extraordinary effort above and beyond the scope of their current responsibilities. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

PBSO Stops Work Release Program After Epstein Case

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has stopped its inmate work release program indefinitely, as a result of the Jeffrey Epstein case.PBSO officials say that Sheriff Ric Bradshaw asked the independent Criminal Justice Commission of Palm Beach County last week to review the agency’s work release program and its policies.The commission agreed, causing the PBSO to stop the program during until the review is completed.Sheriff Bradshaw also recently ordered a criminal and internal investigation of the department’s handling of the Epstein case, when the Palm Beach billionaire was on work release more than a decade ago.During 2008 and 2009, Epstein, who was a convicted sex offender after pleading guilty to solicitation of a minor, was allowed to leave his jail cell for 12 hours per day, six days per week.Under the work release program rules, a deputy was assigned to “remain in the office with [Epstein] at all times.”However, logs show that deputies escorted Epstein to his home on at least nine occasions.Additionally, deputies allowed him to stay alone in his home for up to three hours numerous times, even though the rules stated that he “is not to leave his designated workplace for any reason, with the exception of returning to the PBSO stockade, or for emergency medical treatment.”The financier’s guilty plea was part of a 2008 plea deal that kept Epstein from going to prison as part of a sex trafficking investigation.Epstein is facing new federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. He has pleaded not guilty, and was denied bail at a recent court hearing in Palm Beach County.Prosecutors said he paid underage girls as young as 14 for massages, and then molested them at his homes in both Palm Beach and New York between 2002 and 2005.PBSO: Sheriff Orders Investigation into Claims Epstein had Sex During Work Releaselast_img read more