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Derby Line woman pleads guilty to fraud

in Derby Line/News

DERBY LINE — Amy C. Fletcher, 44, of Derby Line pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Brattleboro to committing wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Fletcher admitted in court that while working for Derby Line Ambulance (DLA) during 2009-2012, she embezzled money from the company to pay personal expenses. She also admitted filing a false 2011 tax return with the Internal Revenue Service.

Fletcher admitted engaging “in an ongoing practice of diverting funds from DLA for personal use, paying personal credit cards and home and car loans.”

She admitted to drawing over 400 checks on DLA’s business accounts, making them payable to herself and others for her benefit.

At the change of plea hearing the government stated that during the time period in question, DLA had business receipts of over $1.5 million, out of which Fletcher diverted over $250,000.

Fletcher’s counsel responded that the total amount of stolen funds might be contested at sentencing.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and scheduled a sentencing hearing on December 17, 2015.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.

The maximum possible penalty for the two offenses is 20 years in prison for the wire fraud, and three years for the false tax filing.

Local CBP officers may be required to take French language training

in News

DERBY LINE — U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has agreed to study and analyze the requirements and need for implementing a French-language training program for northern border customs officers based at duty locations near the U.S. – Quebec border.

Schumer launched his push for this kind of program in April, following concerns and reported frustration from citizens regarding delays and back-ups at northern border ports of entry due to language barriers between agents and French-speaking Canadian visitors.

Schumer said a language training program would make the Ports of Entry more efficient and could bring more business and tourism to the North Country.

In a response to Schumer, CBP agreed to review and assess the operational requirements for the application and use of French language by CBP personnel along the northern border.

CBP said that if their analysis indicated a clear need, the agency would initiate a cost benefit analysis and develop a strategy, which could include a French language training program at CBP’s Field Operations Academy.

“This is great news and a step in the right direction for the residents and visitors who experience excessive delays at the U.S. – Quebec border due to language barriers,” Schumer said. “A language barrier not only slows down the border crossing process, but constant back-ups and delays can have detrimental effects on local tourism and businesses.

Schumer went on to note that Spanish language training is provided for southwest border officers, saying that “it is a no-brainer that we provide similar language programs in French for our officers.”

Schumer said the inability to communicate is largely because these CBP officers are not trained in French. Schumer added that a simple, task-based French-language training program would give CBP officers the basic knowledge they need to process French-speaking visitors more quickly, making the entire crossing process at the border more effective.

Currently there is no CBP hiring preference based on foreign language skills.

CBP officers stationed at duty locations along the southwest border are required to be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. If these officers are not already proficient in Spanish when they are hired, they are required to take a Spanish course at the CBP Academy’s federal training center. This Basic Spanish Training Program (BSTP) is a task-based program.

According to Schumer this has proven to be an effective tool at helping process visitors more quickly and efficiently.

One night only: QNEK Productions presents Once Upon a Clothesline

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — International Theatre Company in Residence at the historic Haskell Opera House, QNEK Productions, is proud to present Once Upon a Clothesline by Aurand Harris, a delightful onstage adventure for kids, starring kids. The show will run one night only, starting at 2 p.m. on June 27.


Pinno and Pinnette are two clothespins holding a quilt on the line when the big, scary Spider threatens Pinnette. As he comes to her defense, Pinno finds himself falling to the ground and meeting a whole new cast of characters. Mrs. Ant, Junior Ant, and Dr. Beetle come to his rescue, but as soon as he’s revived Pinnette falls into the Spider’s web.

Come and see the adventures of the clothespins and their many zany friends as they try to defeat the Spider.

This charming cast features a fun troop of kids from both sides of the border: Dayna Alexandre (Magog, QC), Marianna Barrett (Derby, VT), Kaeleb Berthiaume (Newport, VT), Cazian Comeau-Elman (Stanstead, QC), Caresse Comeau-Elman (Stanstead, QC), Loraly Grenier (Stanstead, QC), Macy Moore (East Haven, VT), Cokie Seitz (VT), Anikka Socia (VT), Alicia Socia (VT), Emily Wilkie (Newport, VT), and Victoria Young (Newport, VT).

Directing this delight is QNEK Founder and Artistic Director Lynn Leimer who shares a special history with the show. She played Junior Ant 50 years ago with the Pine Tree Players in New Jersey directed by her mother, then directed her own daughter Kristen Camp in the show 15 years ago. Rounding out the team is Molly Moore serving as the Assistant Director, Lisa Foster working on Costumes, and Judy Castonguay as the Stage Manager.

Once Upon a Clothesline by Aurand Harris plays at the Haskell Opera House for one performance only on June 27th at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling the QNEK Box Office at 802-334-2216, reserving by email at QNEK.com, by advance purchase online or by phone at catamountarts.org and the Catamount Arts Box Office at 888-757-5559, and by advanced purchase at the MAC Center for the Arts in downtown Newport.

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Firearms, meds stolen during burglary in Barton

in Barton/News

BARTON — A Barton resident was the victim of a burglary last week.

Police are saying that Donna Perron, 61, reported that sometime between 6/11/15 and 6/12/15, someone entered her home and stole several items.

Included in the list of stolen items were, “priceless family jewelry, firearms, narcotic medication, and cash.”

The incident took place at 1965 South Barton Road.

According to a statement issued by police, the home was not locked at the time.

Anyone with information is being asked by police to contact VSP Derby Sgt. Jensen.

1 dead, 1 injured in ATV crash in Lowell

in Lowell/News

LOWELL — A 46-year-old man from Montgomery is dead, and a 39 year-old woman is injured after an ATV crashed in Lowell on Sunday afternoon.

Police are reporting that Richard Buckland, of Montgomery, was pronounced dead at North Country Hospital after being involved in an ATV accident that took place on a remote trail in Lowell. The crash took place at around 1:41 p.m., Sunday.

Police also say that Elizabeth Buckland was transported to North Country Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries relating to the crash. Reports say that she suffered a lung injury in the accident.

The incident happened approximately two miles out on a trail that runs adjacent to Mines Road.

The crash is still under investigation, but police say that both were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Vermont State Police and members from the Newport and Missisquoi Ambulance and Lowell Fire Department responded to the scene.

“Remote rescue was used to transport two subjects from the machine involved,” a statement issued by police reads.

Open water swimming season underway in the NEK

in Arts and Entertainment/Magog/Newport
Photo courtesy of Phil White.

NEWPORT — The open water swimming season on Lake Memphremagog is underway as lake temperatures continue to rise. The Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association’s First Splash on May 24 saw four swimmers take on the 54 degree water. Charlotte Brynn, a Kiwi living in Stowe, and Amanda Hunt, an Aussie living in Naperville, Illinois, spent 45 minutes in the water.

Francine Amyot and Michel Gagne from Levis, Quebec also swam.

This past weekend, Paula Yankauskas, 60, of Hyde Park became the first of the year to swim from The Clubhous to Bell Island as water temperatures hit 60 degrees.

Coming up this month are two swims on June 20, and June 27, in Newport and Derby Bay. These swims will consist of two, four, and six mile distances. Each swim is limited to 10 swimmers on each day, as each swimmer must be accompanied by a kayaker.

On July 25, a few hundred swimmers and kayakers will take to the lake for the Seventh Annual Kingdom Swim. They are travelling from 24 different states and Canadian provinces and as far away as Saudi Arabia to participate in this annual celebration of open water swimming.

Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby have been selected by Open Water Source as two of the 50 great open water swimming venues in all of North America. Swimming events now take place throughout the summer on both sides of the border in Magog, Newport, and Derby.

Both Kingdom Swim and La Traversee International du Lac Memphremagog have been included in the list of the top 100 swims in the world, making Lake Memphremagog the only freshwater body of water to make the list twice.

Photo courtesy of Phil White.
Photo courtesy of Phil White.

This year’s La Traversee, the professional swim organized out of Magog, Quebec will be on August 1. There are a number of shorter amateur swims also organized on Thursday and Friday before the 34K swim on Saturday.

The Fifth Annual In Search of Memphre will see four amateur swimmers attempting the 25 mile international swim on September 5th of this year. One of the four will attempt to swim the lake one way and run back to the start.

For more information on these swims visit www.kingdomswim.org.

This year a portion of the registration fees from Kingdom Swim will be dedicated to a special project of the Memphremagog Watershed Association.

Lumber stolen from local Boy Scouts Troop 880 of Derby

in Barton/Derby/News

BARTON — Local Boy Scouts Troop 880 of Derby had a significant amount of lumber they were using for various projects stolen from them sometime last week. The lumber was being stored at a local lumber yard in Barton.

Police report that they received a call reporting the theft from EM Brown & Son. Police say Arthur Laplante advised the lumber had been purchased by the Boy Scouts, but had been left on the property until it was needed

The Boy Scouts were using the lumber for a number of projects, some of which were going to help them raise money for summer camp.

Lucy Neel, Scoutmaster of Troop 880, said that they were using some of that lumber in a project to build recycling receptacles to collect bottles to help raise money. They had also been using the lumber for the upkeep of a camp they use at Stearns Brook. The troop had been building a shed at the site.

Police say that the lumber that was stolen was 14 foot length pieces of pressure treated 2×6. They say that the lumber went missing sometime last week.

The value of the wood has not been estimated yet, but it is reported that it was a significant amount.

“We live by a code,” Scoutmaster Lucy Neel said. “We have a Boy Scouts code, and one is being trustworthy. It’s gut-wrenching to think that people would steal from the Boy Scouts.”

Police are asking that if anyone has information regarding this theft to contact the Derby State Police Barracks.

Local dairy farmers awarded at Organic Valley banquet in Wisconsin

in News/North Troy/Westfield

NEWPORT — Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, conducted its annual meeting, which drew nearly 400 farmer-owners to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Several of the farmers hailed from Vermont.

As consumers continue to pay premiums for quality, Organic Valley farmers remain committed to producing the industry’s highest-quality products. As a testament to this commitment, the co-op presented Quality Awards to farmer-owners at the Annual Meeting awards banquet.

For milk quality for the Northeast, the “Cream of the CROPP” award went to Allan and Karen Bathalon of Paddlebridge Holsteins, from North Troy.

In addition to being recognized by Organic Valley, the Bathalons received Vermont’s highest quality award earlier this year and was named best organic milk in the state.

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The co-op also gave this year’s new Organic Heroes Award to dairy farmers Jack and Anne Lazor of Westfield.

The Lazors founded Butterworks Farm in 1979. Thirty years and three generations later, Butterworks continues to produce excellent yogurt and care for the earth through organic farming. Although the Lazors are not co-op members, Organic Valley recognized their pioneering contributions to organic food and farming.

Key topics at the meeting centered around 2014 as a year of resiliency and growth in the rapidly expanding organic marketplace. In 2014, the farmer-owned co-op implemented a record increase in farmer pay price, which went up in most regions by 10 percent, on average. The co-op also issued a “thirteenth check” (a bonus check) at the end of 2014, paying back profits directly to the farmers.

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Police: Brewski’s Pub vandalized, NCSU Early Childhood Program in Westfield robbed

in Irasburg/News/Westfield

IRASBURG — Police are reporting that two area businesses were crime scenes over the last few days, with one local pub being vandalized, and a NCSU Early Childhood Program being burglarized.

The first incident happened at Brewski’s Pub, located on Route 5, sometime between 10 a.m. on June 5, and 7 a.m. on June 8.

Several windows at the location were broken during the incident.

The other report from police lists NCSU Early Childhood Program in Westfield as being burglarized sometime between 10 a.m. on Sunday, and 6 a.m. on Monday.

Police say that several items were taken during the burglary. They also say that there were indications that the subjects had entered the building through a window.

In both cases police are requesting that the public contact the Derby State Police barracks if they have any information.

Home for sale in Derby Line used in online housing scam

in Derby Line/News

DERBY LINE — A home for sale in Derby Line was recently used in an online housing scam that left one victim losing over $8,000. Police are warning the public to beware of housing scammers targeting local real estate.

Police say that the scam took place through Craigslist, an online classifieds website.

The victim had been searching Craigslist for houses to rent or buy in the area. Once she showed interest via email, she was contacted and asked to send money through MoneyGram to Michigan.

The house in question is a legitimate residence for sale in Derby Line, but it was not the owners requesting the money. The scammer had no connection to the property.

Authorities say that the victim is now out $8,568. Police are currently investigating the case.

The property, located at 413 Elm Street, is legitimately listed online as a 1,296 square foot home, with 3 beds and 1 bath, priced at $129,900.

The Vermont State Police are urging the public not to send money via MoneyGram without fully investigating it. They are reminding the public to never give out your account information or your social security number.

Memphremagog Watershed Association 2015 Spring and Summer Events

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Memhremagog Watershed Association (MWA) has scheduled fun and educational events for the watershed community and visitors through the spring and summer of 2015. Most of these events are free and open to the public, however, some do require advanced registration because of participation limitations.

MWAs first major event is the Annual Meeting, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. in room 250 of the Hebard Building, in Newport. The keynote speaker for this event is Eric Hanson with a presentation entitled “Let’s Get Loony: The nnatural and unnatural history of the common Loon.” Eric, who has been the biologist for The Vermont Loon Conservation Project since 1998, will explore Loon history from their territorial takeover and sibling rivalry, to mercury laziness and satellite tracking.

For the third consecutive year MWA will sponsor a lake paddle to explore the creek and wetlands of the Eagle Point Wildlife refuge. This year’s paddle will be on June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. This event will be led by Paul Hamelin of Vermont Fish and Wildlife. The tour of the wetlands has been applauded by past participants as an opportunity to see and understand wetlands in a new way. Participation is limited, so call 802-334-5819 to reserve a spot. Bring your kayak or canoe to participate.

An opportunity to learn the importance of shoreline buffers and to take home some blueberry plants for your shoreline will take place on June 27 at 423 Miller Way, in Newport Center. This workshop will feature discussions by Perry Thomas, Program Manager of Vermont Watershed Management Division and Judy Davis of the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds. They will explain how a natural buffer moderates the impact of heavy rain, shades shorelines to reduce water temperature, and produces matter essential to shallow-water ecology.

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This is the second of MWA’s Blueberries for Blue Waters workshops and is open to all who live or have property on or near water. Participants will be able to take home a total of four mature Blueberry bushes for a much reduced price of $30.00, and a special price for new members of $15.00. Register by calling 802-334-5819.

Additionally this month MWA is sponsoring several significant workshops and training sessions. The first on June 23 is a workshop on the identification of Cyanobacteria (Blue-green algae). Participants will learn how to identify and report an algae bloom and ask questions of experts on the consequences of these blooms. This workshop is open to the public on June 23 at 7:00 p.m., room 250 of the Hebard Building, in Newport.

Help is always needed to identify invasive species in our watershed waters. Those who would like to participate in this endeavor are encouraged to attend a Vermont Invasive Patroller (VIP) training on June 26 10:00 a.m. to Noon. This will be an on-water introduction and refresher training. Please register by telephoning 802-409-6129 or online at: watershedmanagement.vt.gov/lakes/htm/ans/p_VIP.htm.

MWA hopes once trained the participants will volunteer to be VIPs for our watershed. Click below for full schedule:

Suspect charged with stabbing Barton man in the head with a pen

in Barton/News

NEWPORT — On Wednesday, a 36-year-old man who was staying in Barton was ordered held without bail after pleading not-guilty to first degree aggravated domestic assault and three counts of violating conditions of release.

Greg Willis was in court to face the charges after being accused of attacking Eli Farrington, 41, of Barton, at his home located at 79 Porter Lane, in Barton, on Tuesday morning.

According to an affidavit filed by police, the two were arguing at the time about Willis’s wife, Kimberly Willis, the 34-year-old woman who was found dead two weeks ago in Albany.

The affidavit goes on to say that Farrington told police that Willis had attacked him with a pen, catching him in the head and face several times.

Police say that when they arrived on the scene of the altercation at around 12:50 a.m., they found blood inside Farrington’s home, as well as a broken pen. Farrington was also bleeding in several spots, including his chin, eyebrow, and near his ear.

Willis fled after the incident and could not be located when police arrived, but showed up at the State Police Barracks in St. Johnsbury later in the day. He was taken into custody for the assault and violation of conditions of release charges.

He told police that the assault was an accident, and that he was just trying to get Farrington to stop talking about his wife.

Willis was charged in December 2014 with assaulting his wife Kimberly Willis, a charge he pleaded not guilty to as well. That case remains open, and back in early May he had been released on conditions into the custody of Farrington.

Kimberly Willis’s death is still being investigated, but police have not named Greg Willis as a suspect in that case. Police are still waiting for the results of a toxicology test to come back before they can determine the cause of her death.

Community National Bank honors local students for community service

in Derby/Lyndonville/Newport/News
Katelyn Patenaude, CP Award recipient and Sheila Gleason, CNB Derby Line Office Supervisor.

DERBY — Community National Bank (CNB) recently honored Katelyn Patenaude, a North Country Union High School student, and Nicholas Aiken, a Lyndon Institute student with Community’s Promise Community Service Awards for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Students submited essays describing their volunteer activities and what they have done to make their community a better place to live, work and grow.

Katelyn Patenaude, CP Award recipient and Sheila Gleason, CNB Derby Line Office Supervisor.
Katelyn Patenaude, CP Award recipient and Sheila Gleason, CNB Derby Line Office Supervisor.

Katelyn has volunteered for her church’s youth group collecting food for those in need, helping with Catechism Bible School and assisting with several youth activities. She has given her time to 4-H by teaching young members to ride horses, and she has served as a ring mistress and a judge during show activities. Katelyn has even coached various sports teams, and she has donated her time to referee games and keep score. She also started a summer food program in her community.

Nicholas Aiken, CP Award recipient and Lori Leonard, CNB Memorial Drive Office Supervisor.
Nicholas Aiken, CP Award recipient and Lori Leonard, CNB Memorial Drive Office Supervisor.

Nicholas has given his time to many school clubs including the National Honors Society helping with various fundraising efforts which have benefited his school and other community organizations. He has helped coach youth football and has assisted with his school’s football program by helping the booster club and by providing support to the coaching staff. Nicholas has been active in his church teaching Catechism classes, and he is part of the Junior Sheffield Fire Department.

Community National Bank says that many great essays were submitted this year.

“We are very thankful for all of the time that students give to make our communities better places to live, work and grow,” a spokesperson for CNB said.

New details in Brownington murder

in Brownington/News

NEWPORT — Police affidavits used to obtain a search warrant for Jeffrey Ray’s property sheds new light on the Memorial Day murder in Brownington. Ray is accused of first degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-wife’s husband, Rick Vreeland.

The documents show that while Ray was being treated for his injuries at North Country Hospital, police were recording his ramblings.

The new affidavits state that at first Ray told police that he shot Vreeland in self defense after being attacked with a stick, then later changed his story and said that he did intend to shoot Vreeland.

He is also said to have been recorded at the hospital saying:

“Hell of a thing to take another man’s life. Didn’t want to, gonna pay the rest of my life…hopefully they execute me.”

Police say that Ray waived his Miranda rights, eventually confessing to the shooting. They also say that he was drunk during the incident, registering a blood alcohol level of four times the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

Police say the murder weapon was a Ruger .44 Magnum Super Blackhawk. They say that the gun had five live rounds still in it when they located it on the front passenger seat of Ray’s truck.

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Ray’s son Jonathan told police that he saw his father shoot Vreeland once in the chest with the handgun, while Ray was sitting inside his pickup truck. His son is believed to have given Ray the injuries he was being treated for after the incident, as he attempted to wrestle the murder weapon from his father.

During the search of Ray’s property police say they found a gun belt with 23 rounds for the .44 Magnum, as well as 13 loose rounds. A Winchester 30-30 model 94 and shotgun shells were also found at his home.

Ray plead not-guilty to the crime of first degree murder last week. If convicted, he could face a 35 years to life sentence.

Two thousand trees planted along the upper Connecticut River in Essex County

in Essex County/News
Conservation officials recently planted 2,000 disease-resistant elms along the upper Connecticut River to restore floodplain forests on conserved lands.

CAANAN — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, in partnership with other conservation organizations, recently planted two thousand trees along the upper Connecticut River in Essex County in an effort to restore floodplain forests. The trees were planted on six acres of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area, along with adjacent privately-owned lands managed in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust.

In addition to tree species native to floodplain forests like silver maple, basswood and red maple, American elms that have been specifically bred to be resistant to Dutch elm disease were also planted. The Nature Conservancy bred the trees as part of a larger effort to restore American elms to floodplains throughout New England. American elms were the dominant tree in northern floodplain forests prior to Dutch elm disease.

“Restoring floodplain forests like these goes a long way towards cleaning up Vermont’s waterways,” said Jane Lazorchak, biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “These forests slow erosion along the river bank and they absorb large quantities of water during major rain events, lessening the potential impacts of floods to communities downstream.”

“Floodplain forests also serve as important travel corridors for all sorts of wildlife that are dependent on intact forests along rivers, including wood turtles, mink, and otter,” said Lazorchak. “The forests are also critical nesting habitat for to wood ducks.”

“This is another great example of Vermont’s conservation community working together to accomplish great things,” said Lazorchak. “There is a long list of lands conserved and species recovered thanks to the strong partnerships among Vermont’s government agencies and nonprofit organizations.”

North Country Hospital to perform full-scale emergency exercise

in Newport/News
Photo courtesy of North Country Hospital.

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital will be performing a full-scale emergency drill in Newport on June 19. The drill will consist of a simulated fire scenario at Derby Green Nursing Home and will incorporate North Country Hospital and North Country Career Center as an alternate care site.

This drill will be a practical exercise to implement their emergency response plan and ensure that they will be ready in the event of a real disaster. They are stressing to the public that this is only a drill.

The exercise scenario will consist of a simulated structure fire at Derby Green that will force a partial evacuation of the building, and incorporate use of the North Country Career Center as an Alternate-Care-Site for the simulated victims.

Fire and EMS first responders from Derby, Derby Line, and Newport along with other mutual aid partners from surrounding communities are expected to participate. Actors representing Derby Green residents will play the part of victims from the simulated fire and smoke inhalation injuries.

During the exercise, the Derby Green residents will be engaged in planned activities outside of the residence.

North Country Hospital will be collaborating with several agencies on the local and state level such as Newport Fire, EMS, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Community Emergency Response Team.

Photo courtesy of North Country Hospital.
Photo courtesy of North Country Hospital.

North Country Hospital, Derby Green Nursing Home, EMS, Fire & Rescue and law enforcement operations will not be interrupted or impacted by this exercise, and services will continue to be provided.

This training exercise is an ongoing effort by North Country Hospital and their community emergency response partners to plan and train for all types of hazards, and to enhance their abilities to protect their communities.

This effort to work towards emergency and disaster preparedness is a crucial part of North Country Hospital’s service to the community, by further raising their level of emergency readiness.

Police: Man accused of repeated aggravated sexual assault arrested

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Authorities are saying that today they arrested a 61-year-old resident of the state of Maine, charging him with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16. Police say that the offenses took place in Orleans County over the course of four years.

Police say that Peter Gaudreau, 61, of Standish, Maine, was charged with aggravated repeated sexual assault. They say the arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Orleans County Special Investigations Unit.

According to a statement issued by police, the victim was under the age of 16 years old at the time of the offenses, which allegedly took place in multiple towns across Orleans County between 2011 and 2014.

According to a statement issued by police, Gaudreau was issued a citation to appear in court through his attorney.

There is no more information at this time regarding this arrest.

Smash and grab: Thieves burglarize downtown Newport jewelry store

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Local police have opened up an investigation after a jewelry store in downtown Newport was burglarized early Monday morning.

The incident happened at around 4:00 a.m., when the Newport Police Department responded to a report of an alarm activation at Newport Jewelers, located at 194 Main Street in Newport City.

The store had its window smashed, with thieves using the smashed window as a way to enter the store.

Once inside, police say that two display cases were smashed as well, with items left scattered around the store.

When the store owners arrived they advised police that several pieces of merchandise were missing.

Police say that there is no further information available at this time, and that anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Officer T. Jacobs at: 802-334-6733.

Young artists awarded Adrien Patenaude Memorial Scholarships

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Newport

DERBY — Local poet Jerry Johnson was at the United Christian Academy’s Senior Speech Night on Friday to present Adrien Patenaude Memorial Scholarships to two talented young artists. The scholarship was started in honor of Newport artist Adrien Patenaude, who passed away last year.

Patenaude illustrated Johnson’s new children’s book, “Noah’s Song.” To honor Patenaude, the profits from the sale of the first 500 copies of Noah’s Song went to set up the scholarships.

The scholarships were handed out on Friday night to two students from the United Christian Academy. Awarded were Nicole Guest, and Patric Quirion.

Guest graduated from UCA last year and is majoring in art at the Maine College of Art. She worked a lot with Patenaude before his death.

Quirion is a senior at UCA and has applied to Champlain College and Lyndon State College to major in Graphic Design. He met Patenaude a number of times at art shows.

Two more scholarships will be handed out to North Country Union High School students as well. Patenaude voluntarily worked with students at both schools, helping them with their art.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m. Johnson will present the checks at North Country Union High School’s awards event. All are welcome to attend.

Copies of Noah’s Song, as well as other works by Johnson, are available at the authors website: VTPoet.com.

All photos by Carolyn Bates. Carolyn was instrumental in helping  Johnson get Noah's Song ready for publication.
All photos by Carolyn Bates. Carolyn was instrumental in helping Johnson get Noah’s Song ready for publication.




Lake Region High School Jazz Band to bring the sounds of Cool jazz to Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — Newport is definitely going to swing on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the sounds of the Lake Region High School Jazz Band. They will be returning for the second year as part of the Now Playing Newport Music Series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located on Second Street, Newport.

The band is under the direction of Dr. Sara Doncaster, who after becoming the head of the Music Department at Lake Region, took her great musicians out of the gymnasium and onto the concert stage.

The Lake Region Select Choir also presents a Holiday Concert each December for the Series.

Some of the selections for Saturday’s program are: “Out of Nowhere” – Johnny Green, “St. Thomas” – Sonny Rollins, “God Bless The Child” – Billie Holiday, “What’d I Say” – Ray Charles, “Do It Again” – Steeley Dan, “Ran Kan Kan” – Tito Puente, and “Cissy Strut” – The Meters.

Musicians taking part are:

Hannah Doncaster — alto sax
Andrew Parkinson — alto sax
Tiffany Wheeler — alto sax
Olivia Owens — tenor sax
Rian Hayman-Jones — tenor sax
Althea Holland — bari sax
Karamae Hayman-Jones — trumpet
Gratia Rowell — trumpet
Jacob Dennison — vibraphone/piano.

With guests:

Mark Violette — piano
Jared Wiggett — guitar


This program is presented free to the community as part of the of Now Playing Newport’s ongoing mission to support the youth musicians in our area.

Donations toward the school’s music program are accepted. For more information, visit www.nowplayingnewport.com.

Scenes from the Dandelion Run 2015

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Holland/Morgan/Newport

DERBY — A total of 291 runners took to the dirt roads on a sunny and cool Saturday morning at the height of dandelion season in the fields of Derby, Holland, and Morgan. Over 100 area youth stormed the Dandelion Run, having a blast and laying down some impressive times.

Meanwhile, locals reasserted their “home road” advantage fending off some stiff competition from all over New England and all over North America to claim the fastest times in the Half Marathon and 10 K Runs.

The Half Marathon

Local Physician Bob Primeau, 53 of Derby, claimed the win in the half with a time of 1:30:22, fending off 37-year-old Corey Puryear of Sudbury, Mass, by less than a minute and Seppo Rinne, 35, of New Haven, Connecticut by less than two minutes. Bob took home a Season Ski Pass at Q Burke Mountain Resort, along with some Couture’s maple syrup and Brault’s beef jerky.

All photos by Phil White.
All photos by Phil White.

Heather Durkel, 28 of Norwich, laid claim to the title in the women’s division, with a time of 1:42:40, also winning a Q Burke ski pass, syrup, and jerky. There were five women finishing within 10 minutes of her, including Ella Ryan (19) of Hanover, New Hampshire who finished second among the women, and Larissa Kunz, (21) of Cambridge, Mass, finished third, both just about 7 minutes behind the winning pace.


Twelve-year-old, Atticus Phinney-Anderson, of Westford, won the youth division with an impressive time of 1:58:41. To break the two hour mark at his age with these hills spoke volumes about his training, discipline, and perseverance.


Fifteen-year-old Michaela Forty, of Westford, Mass showed up and claimed first place among the female youth with an equally impressive time of 2:06:06.


10 K Course

Our very own Chris Shaffer, 39, of Newport took the 10 K with a time of 0:40:49. Mike Nolan, also of Newport, finished just 33 seconds behind, with Brian Terhear, 35, of Lyndonville just 2 minutes off the winning pace.
Chris is a teacher at NCUHS, and coach of its very talented cross country team.


Lucca Abele was the overall winner among females of the 10 K with a time of 0:48:31, narrowly beating out Chelsea Daigle of Derby Line who came in second overall, less than a minute ahead of Wendy Puryear of Sudbury, who was first among adult females.









[VIDEO] Brownington man pleads not guilty to Memorial Day murder

in Brownington/Newport/News/Vermont

Jeffrey Ray, 51, of Brownington was in court on Tuesday. He plead not guilty to the charge of first degree homicide for the shooting death of Rick Vreeland on Memorial Day. Ray was ordered held without bail.

This video is from a press conference given by Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett.

Northsong Spring Concerts start this weekend

in Arts and Entertainment/Barton/Newport

NEWPORT — Northsong, the Newport-based chamber choir under the direction of Anne K. Hamilton with Vivian Spates, accompanist, will perform their annual Spring Concert on May 29 and May 31.

On the program are a variety of fine choral selections, from sacred texts to traditional folksongs, including two choruses from the Brahms Requiem, Exultate Justi by Randol Bass, Sicut Cervus by Palestrina, Verleih uns Frieden by Mendelssohn, The Bluebird by C.V. Sanford, In the Night We Shall Go In by Imant Ramminsh, The Water is Wide by Craig Johnson, A Fancy of Folksongs by Cecelia McDowall, and Two Love Songs by Ruth Henderson.

The concert will be given on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Barton United Church, in Barton, and again on Sunday, May 31, at 4:00 p.m. at the Newport United Church, in Newport.

The suggested donation is $5.00.

Both concert locations are accessible.

For further information see www.northsong.org or call (802) 895-4942.


Brownington man charged with first degree homicide

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — Vermont State Police detectives say they have charged Jeffrey Ray, 51, of Brownington with first degree homicide for the shooting death of Rick Vreeland. Ray was ordered held without bail by Judge Kathleen Manley.

Police say that on Monday, at approximately 10:19 a.m. they received a call about a shooting at 3003 Pepin Road.

Troopers were dispatched and discovered Rick Vreeland had been shot and killed. Police say his body was laying on the ground when they arrived.

They say after a preliminary investigation Ray was identified as a suspect and taken into custody. Ray was also taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives say that Ray and Vreeland knew each other, and had disputes in the past, but they are still investigating the nature of those disputes.

Ray is being lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. He will be arraigned in Orleans District Court in Newport at 1 p.m., Tuesday May 26.

Photo taken at the crime scene on Monday afternoon.
Photo taken at the crime scene on Monday afternoon.

Police investigating homicide in Brownington, suspect in custody

in Brownington/News

UPDATE: Vermont State Police detectives are identifying Rick Vreeland, 53, of Brownington, as the deceased victim in the homicide at 3003 Pepin Road this morning.

BROWNINGTON — Police say that at approximately 10:19 a.m. they received a call about a shooting victim at 3003 Pepin Road in Brownington.

Troopers were dispatched and discovered one victim deceased on the ground outside on the property. They say through investigation an alleged shooter was identified and taken into custody.

That person was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police say they have determined that the suspect and victim knew each other, and have had past disputes. The nature of those disputes are being investigated.

The scene of the incident has been secured and detectives with Troop-B BCI and the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit have begun processing the scene.

Newport Dispatch News will update this story as more information is released.

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