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Two Men Deny Charges in Murder of Mary “Pat” O’Hagan

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Appearing in Vermont Superior Court on Monday afternoon, two of the men charged in the murder of Mary “Pat” O’Hagan pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, and burglary. The two brothers, Kieth J. Baird, 33, and Richard E. Fletcher, 27, are charged with killing the 78 year old…

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Dropped Cigarette Lighter Causes Accident on I-91 Friday Evening

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COVENTRY — On Friday at approximately 6:41 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 91. The two vehicle collision happened near mile marker 168 in the northbound lane. Robert Cote and his wife Patrice Cote, both of Albany, were traveling in a 2003 Ford Taurus, when they were struck from behind…

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3 Men to be Charged in Pat O’Hagan Murder

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Authorities are saying they believe that they now know who killed Pat O’Hagan, the 78 year old Sheffield resident who was abducted from her home in September of 2010. State police say Keith Baird, 33, will be charged with first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping. Richard Fletcher, 27, will face first-degree murder, kidnapping…

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[VIDEO] Vermont Sen. Leahy Introduces Dalai Lama on the Floor of the U.S. Senate Today

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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy introduced the Dalai Lama on the Floor of the United States Senate today as the Guest Chaplain, before he offered today’s Senate invocation. Leahy, long a champion of the Tibetan people, has visited often with the Dalai Lama and also introduced him during his address at Middlebury College on Oct. 12,…

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Helicopter Shuttle to Jay Peak and Full U.S. Port of Entry Planned at Newport State Airport

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NEWPORT — As plans continue to move forward with the expansion project at the Newport State Airport, Jay Peak Resort is planning to operate a helicopter shuttle from the airport to the resort. It is also expected that the airport will eventually become a full Port of Entry into the U.S. The helicopter shuttle service…

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Brian Smith Elected: Municipal Budget Approved Despite Increase

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DERBY — Selectman Brian Smith was elected back into office on Tuesday. Smith, the board chairman, defeated challenger Robert Ovitt. The total vote was 570 to 167. Ovitt had expected to challenge Selectmen Steve Gendreau, making the race a bit of a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, Ovitt stated that he would run again in the future.…

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Wilson and Morrissette Elected – Newport Police Chief Gets Two Officer 24 Hour Patrols

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NEWPORT — Out of 3,280 registered voters, only 495 came out to vote on Tuesday, approving the city municipal budget of $3 million. Included in the budget is the hiring of another police officer, which will allow the city to have two active patrols on duty 24 hours a day. Richard Wells, who works part…

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21 Horses Rescued from Starvation and Neglect in Lyndonville

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LYNDONVILLE — On Saturday night 21 horses were rescued from the Bona Ranch in Lyndonville, following a rescue organized by the Elizabeth Brown Humane Society. The Caledonia County Sheriff’s Department had been made aware of the situation at the ranch before, responding to reports of lack of proper food and water. After a complaint came…

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Removal of Trees in Coventry by State Highway Department Angers Some Residents

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COVENTRY — A number of Coventry property owners along Route 5 have voiced their concern over the removal of trees that were damaged during the ice storm in December by state highway workers. Some residents are claiming that they were robbed of firewood that they feel was rightfully theirs. After the ice storm the state…

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Vermonters Paying the Price for Propane Shortage Caused by Midwestern Farming Practices

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NEWPORT – If you are heating your home with propane, you already know it’s costing you more than usual this winter. What you might not know is that you’re paying the price for a propane shortage that has nothing to do with cold temperatures in the Northeast. The problem lies in the Midwest, and the…

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Bill Passes to Ban Smoking in a Car with Children

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MONTPELIER — On Friday the Vermont House passed a bill that would ban smoking in partially enclosed locations, including smoking tobacco in a car where a minor is present. According to a press release, smoking would be banned inside locations at schools, workplaces, hotels, and places of public access.   “This public health measure continues…

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Newport Area Community Orchestra Adds 9 New Members

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NEWPORT — The Newport Area Community Orchestra is growing. Just this year, they have added nine new members to the orchestra. The newest members of the orchestra are (left to right in photo) Momoko Takaoka, Bob Chen, Akimasa Takeda, Pengyi Huang, Morgan Ireland, Paul Teng, (not pictured) Sue Ireland, Judy Hurd, and Laura Barr. The…

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Vermont Businesses Call for Passage of GMO Labeling Legislation

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MONTPELIER — Today, business leaders representing a broad cross section of Vermont’s food industry, including suppliers, manufactures, and retailers, gathered at the Statehouse in Montpelier to urge lawmakers to pass mandatory GMO labeling legislation, H.112. Representatives from Ben & Jerry’s, Two Guys in Vermont, New Chapter, Black River Produce, Healthy Living, Liz Lovely, and VBSR,…

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Fire Destroys Home in Greensboro on Sunday

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GREENSBORO — On Sunday morning the Greensboro Fire Department responded to 800 Eligo Lake Road for a reported structure fire. First responding fire personnel reported that there was heavy smoke within the residence upon their arrival and the home quickly engulfed in flames when forced entry was made through the front door. Mutual Aid was…

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QNEK Productions Ready for 21st Season

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DERBY LINE — Casting is complete for the 21st season at QNEK Productions. This year QNEK, the international theatre company in residence at the Haskell Opera House, will stage four shows, starting May 2 with the production of Boeing, Boeing. The season will conclude October 18 with Wait Until Dark, directed by Susan-Lynn Johns. QNEK…

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Coventry Woman Arrested for Suspicion of DUI After Rollover Crash in Westmore

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WESTMORE — On Saturday at around 6:30 p.m. State Police responded to a motor vehicle rollover crash on Vermont Route 5A in Westmore. Michaela Palmer, 23, of Coventry, identified herself as the operator of the vehicle. Palmer told police that she hit a patch of ice just before the crash. She stated that the car…

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Kevin Paquet Movie Review: The Lego Movie

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“The Lego Movie” is rated PG, and is now showing at Waterfront Cinemas in Newport. by Kevin Paquet When children’s entertainment fails, it’s usually because the people telling the story started with a tale for adults and then stripped away the objectionable bits until only the most inoffensive and disjointed components remain. A good work…

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Keep Exits Clear of Ice and Snow

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NEWPORT — Director Michael Desrochers of the Vermont Division of Fire Safety reminds all building owners and property managers to keep exit doors and fire escapes clear of ice and snow accumulations. The heavy snows we have already seen this winter, and the likelihood of further snowfall, requires greater vigilance to insure that these critical…

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