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Trapping season starts tomorrow, keep pets safe

NEWPORT — Trapping season starts on the 4th Saturday of October each year in Vermont and runs through March 31st. Each trapping season there are dogs, cats, and other non-targeted animals, including endangered and protected species, who are injured or even killed in traps. Just two weeks after the official start of trapping season last… Keep Reading

Health/Northeast Kingdom

Medication lock boxes distributed locally to help keep kids safe

NEWPORT — Over 59,000 children visit an emergency room for medicine poisoning every year. That’s one child every nine minutes. Sales for over-the-counter medications went from $5.5 billion in 1980 to $30.8 billion in 2014. As these numbers explode this means that children are increasingly exposed to prescription drugs and equally dangerous over-the-counter medications. Beth… Keep Reading


Beware of IRS phone scams, Orleans County sheriff warns

NEWPORT — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a continuing fraud scheme involving calls reportedly from the Department of the Treasury, informing callers that they owe money to the IRS and giving them a return phone number to call back. Police say the phone numbers commonly used have a California area code.… Keep Reading


Police: Rollover crash in Derby, driver facing charges

DERBY — A 20-year-old Derby man walked away from a rollover crash on Wednesday, but police say he is facing charges. Police, EMS, Derby Line and Newport Fire responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover on Access Road near the interstate on-ramps, at around 6:00 p.m. The driver was identified as Jacob Pennington. Police… Keep Reading

Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

Bahamas chamber representatives visit NEK

ST. JOHNSBURY – Representatives from two chambers in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas visited with the Northeast Kingdom Chamber executive director on Oct. 20 as part of a mutual initiative with the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the United States Department of State. According to Executive Director Darcie McCann, the intent of the trip… Keep Reading


Police looking for Derby man they say is armed and dangerous

DERBY — State police issued a warning today that they are looking for a Derby man they say is armed and dangerous. In a statement issued by police, they are requesting assistance in apprehending Daniel Greenwood, 41, of Derby. “Greenwood is currently wanted for escape out of Orleans County,” the statement reads. “It has been… Keep Reading


Police cruiser involved in Lowell crash

LOWELL — A Vermont State Police trooper responding to an emergency call crashed her Ford Explorer police cruiser in Lowell on Sunday. Police say at approximately 8:45 p.m. Trooper Abigail Drew was responding to a report of a motorcycle crash with injury. Trooper Drew had her emergency blue lights and siren activated when she failed… Keep Reading

Derby Line/News

Police looking for flasher in Derby Line

DERBY LINE — Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a child at a playground in Derby Line. On Friday, at around 4:30 p.m., police took a report that a male had approached a mother and her young child at the Derby Line playground near Main and Elm Street. Police say the… Keep Reading


Mary Butler joins OCRJ board of directors

NEWPORT — Mary Butler recently joined the board of directors for the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center (OCRJ) in Newport. Butler has been in Vermont for nine years after 30 plus years in hospital administration. “My experience taught me about how important listening is to leadership, making sure you understand,” Butler said, pointing out that… Keep Reading


Scampy’s burglarized early Friday morning

WEST CHARLESTON — Police say that a business in West Charleston was burglarized last week. At around 4:30 a.m. Friday, October 13, police responded to a reported burglary at Scampy’s General Store. Police say forced entry was made into the store and that numerous packs of cigarettes were stolen during the incident. The suspect, dressed… Keep Reading

Free Vermont Symphony Orchestra Halloween concert coming to Haskell Opera House

DERBY LINE — The Haskell Opera House recently announced they will host a kid-friendly, free Halloween concert on Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. The concert includes an introduction of the instruments and several seasonally spooky selections. The highlight of the performance is a narration with music based on the book, “A Symphony of Whales,”… Keep Reading


Subway in Orleans robbed at gunpoint

ORLEANS — The Subway in Orleans was robbed at gunpoint last night. At around 9:00 p.m. a masked individual entered the restaurant, located at 25 Railroad Avenue. Police say the suspect approached the clerk, displayed a gun and demanded money. The individual made off with an unknown amount of cash. The robber was described as… Keep Reading


TRAFFIC ALERT: Delays on U.S. Route 5 this Saturday

DERBY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is warning drivers of possible delays on U.S. Route 5 in Derby this Saturday. Crews will be paving from the Cow Palace to Walt’s Sales and Service. This is a high traffic zone and delays should be expected. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes if possible. Crews… Keep Reading

Derby/Derby Line/Newport/News

Authorities bust 15-person smuggling attempt in Derby Line

DERBY LINE — Three individuals have been charged in connection with a fifteen-person human smuggling attempt in Derby. Hector Ramon Perez-Alvarado, 25, a Honduran citizen, has been charged with transporting illegal aliens inside the United States. As part of the investigation, the U.S. Border Patrol took into custody a total of sixteen illegal aliens, including… Keep Reading


Newport Ambulance goes pink for breast cancer awareness

NEWPORT — A few noticeable changes are going on during the month of October at Newport Ambulance Service. Crews will be wearing pink shirts in support of breast cancer awareness. “The crews will wear the shirts through the month to show our support for those that are fighting breast cancer, for those that have survived,… Keep Reading


Newport police investigating counterfeit bills

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department says they are investigating after counterfeit bills were passed at two city businesses this week. This morning at 6:20 a.m., a Newport Police officer responded to Cumberland Farms on a report that two fake $20 bills had been passed there by a customer. After conducting a preliminary investigation, the… Keep Reading


Historic barn destroyed in Barton

BARTON — The historic “Pines” barn in Barton was destroyed after a fire broke out on Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called out at around 12:50 p.m. The large red barn, located on Kinsey Road, was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Firefighters say they focused their efforts on preventing the fire from spreading to… Keep Reading

Northeast Kingdom Collaborative hires Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as director

HARDWICK — The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative announced that they have hired Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as the new Director of the organization. The NEK Collaborative brings together local, state, and federal partners to advance economic development in communities across the Northeast Kingdom. As the new director, Sims will work with stakeholders to build regional partnerships… Keep Reading


Newport man leads police on pursuit

NEWPORT — A 43-year-old man from Newport is facing numerous charges after police say he attempted to run during a traffic stop. At around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday the Vermont State Police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on US Route 5 in Derby. Police say the vehicle, operated by Jaime Prue,… Keep Reading

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