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Woman robbed at gunpoint in Barton

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BARTON — Police say a woman from Orleans was robbed at gunpoint in Barton on Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 11:00 p.m. inside a parking lot at a store on Main Street.

Police say they received a call from an employee at the store notifying them that the victim had run inside asking him to call the police because she was just robbed at gunpoint while sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot.

Amanda Stuart, 41, of St. Albans was arrested for being an accessory to assault and robbery, police say.

Police have not announced any other arrests in this case.

Stuart was released on a citation to appear in court.

Police say they believe this was an isolated, targeted incident, but the case is still under active investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Corporal Amy LeClair at 802-334-8881.

Police looking for driver seen racing through Barton, causing pedestrian to fall

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BARTON — Police want to speak with the driver of a truck after it was seen racing through Barton and caused a pedestrian to fall down.

The incident took place on Tuesday at around 4:00 p.m.

Police say a pedestrian was walking south on Route 16 near Stoney Lane when a light gray truck was spotted driving northbound at a high rate of speed.

The truck struck a water puddle causing the pedestrian to fall.

The pedestrian sustained injuries as a result of the incident.

At this time there is no further information as to the driver, or the vehicle involved.

The pedestrian was unable to get a make or model of the truck but says it was gray in color.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is asking for assistance from anyone who may have witnessed this event.

You can contact them at 802-334-3333.

Two-vehicle crash on I-91, Barton

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BARTON — Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in Barton yesterday.

The crash took place on I-91 south at around 11:43 a.m.

Police say while attempting to move into the passing lane, Jesse Elliott, 53, of Newport, hit the passenger side of a vehicle driven by Kent Hall, 64, of Lyndonville.

Elliott’s vehicle sustained damage to the driver’s side bumper, tire, and hood.

Hall’s vehicle sustained damage to the passenger side front and rear doors, and rear bumper.

Police say nobody was injured in the crash.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Ray’s Auto Services.

Burglary in Barton

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BARTON — Police say someone broke into a home in Barton and stole several collectibles.

The burglary was reported in the area of Pageant Park Road at around 10:19 a.m. on Wednesday.

Forced entry was made into the home and numerous collectible model cars were stolen, police say.

Police are asking anyone coming into contact with someone attempting to sell collectible model cars or has any information that may help the investigation to call 802-334-8881.

Lady Liberty has returned to West Glover for Lake Parker Ice Out contest

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WEST GLOVER — Lady Liberty has returned to West Glover for the second annual Glover Ambulance Ice Out fundraiser, and tickets are on sale just in time for Christmas.

Last year, the Glover Ambulance began the event as a way to help fundraise while honoring a fun piece of local lore.

This year, the fun begins just in time for the holidays.

According to legend, West Glover’s Lone Tree Hill was once considered as the location for the Statue of Liberty.

The proximity to Canada made the location quite attractive.

Instead, she was sent to New York Harbor.

Now, she will return to West Glover every winter in the form of a beautiful wooden replica, painted by the 2018-2019 Lake Region Union High School art students.

Throughout the season the statue will be moved around the lake, so keep an eye out for her.

You can even take photos when you see her and submit them to the Glover Ambulance’s Facebook page for a chance to win other prizes.

Watch the Glover Ambulance’s Facebook Page for additional ticket sale locations and Lady Liberty Fun.

Tickets go on sale at several area businesses this Wednesday, December 18, including C&C in Barton, Nick’s Snack Shack in Barton, EM Browns in Barton, the Glover Town Clerk’s Office, Parker Pie in Glover and the Westmore Town Clerk’s Office.

Tickets are also available at the Glover Ambulance Bay or by contacting the Glover Ambulance through Facebook.

Tickets will be available until the ice goes out.

The winner will receive half the proceeds and the rest will go directly to the Glover Ambulance Squad.

Police looking for missing Barton teen

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BARTON — Authorities are looking for a 17-year-old boy from Barton who they say ran away from his home early this morning.

Police were notified at around 12:11 a.m. that a 17-year-old male, identified as Matthew Champagne, was missing from his home on Willoughby Lake Road in Barton.

Champagne is approximately 5’07”, 140 lbs. with brown hair.

Police say he is possibly wearing a red Nike sweatshirt and red sneakers.

Champagne is currently considered missing, police say.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Vermont State Police-Derby at 802-334-8881.

Police: Barton woman accused of stealing car

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BARTON — A 21-year-old woman from Barton was charged yesterday for stealing a vehicle earlier this month.

Police say they were originally notified that a car was stolen from a home on Washington Street in Barton, back on November 1.

The stolen vehicle was recovered in Saint Albans the next day.

According to the police report, while investigating the suspect was identified as Desiree Lopez.

Police say they attempted to locate Lopez but were unsuccessful until yesterday.

Lopez was located by police and cited into court on charges of operating without owners consent, and larceny.

Police: Driver hit mailbox then fled the scene, Barton

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BARTON — Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying an individual who fled the scene of an accident in Barton last Thursday.

Police say they responded to a crash reported on Hollow Road at around 10:50 p.m.

Christopher Friend told police that his mailbox, as well as shrubbery on his property, had been hit by a vehicle going off the roadway.

Police say the crash occurred sometime between 6:30 a.m and 10:30 p.m.

Friend was not home at the time of the incident, police say.

Anyone who may have witnessed this, or has knowledge of the incident is asked to contact the State Police at 802-334-8881.

Barton native Darren Perron named Vermont Broadcaster of the Year

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BARTON — WCAX-TV News anchor and reporter Darren Perron will receive the Broadcaster of the Year award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.

Though anchoring takes much of his time and energy, Perron remains one of the top investigative journalists in the state.

His ground-breaking investigation into military burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan this past year shined a light on the lasting health impacts to Vermont guard members and American soldiers from breathing in smoke from those fires.

Perron’s stories helped spawn a congressional investigation and garnered a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Series.

This past year, Perron also led the WCAX news team to a first-ever New England Emmy for outstanding newscast.

“I am truly honored by this,” Perron wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. I am fortunate to live in a state where journalism matters and to be surrounded by many talented journalists in both broadcast and print, who work hard to get at the truth and tell important stories that impact our communities.”

Perron, a native of Barton, attended Lake Region Union High School.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from Castleton University and was inducted into the Vermont State Colleges Hall of Fame in 2017.

Glover man dies after crash in Barton last Saturday

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BARTON — A 37-year-old man from Glover involved in a car accident in Barton last Saturday has died.

Richard Poginy died at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center today, police say.

Poginy was transported to Dartmouth after the crash and had remained at the hospital since then.

The single-vehicle crash took place on Hollow Road at around 1:30 p.m. on November 2.

Poginy was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

According to the police, his vehicle left the road when traveling south on Hollow Road.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Single-vehicle crash in Barton

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BARTON — Police say a 37-year-old man from Glover may have suffered a medical event prior to a single-vehicle crash in Barton this afternoon.

Rescue workers and the state police responded to the scene on Hollow Road at around 1:30 p.m.

The driver was identified as Richard Poginy, and police say he was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

According to police, Poginy left the roadway when traveling south on Hollow Road.

Poginy was transported to North Country Hospital, and later to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for further treatment.

According to Trooper Ferrier, it is believed he sustained an unknown medical event prior to leaving the roadway.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Sacred Heart Alumni Association donates to St. Paul School in Barton

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BARTON — As part of its mission to help further Catholic education in Orleans County, the Sacred Heart Alumni Association recently made a donation of $2,000 to St. Paul School’s Tuition Assistance Program.

Contributing to the Tuition Assistance Program will assist more families in sending their children to St. Paul School in Barton.

Pictured above accepting the donation is Rev. Curtis Miller, Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish, and Joanne Beloin, Principal of the school.

Representing the Sacred Heart Alumni Association are Jane Forcier, President, and Rosemary Hall, Vice President.

EM Brown & Son in Barton receives Spirit of ADA award

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BARTON — The Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities recently announced the employer award recipients for the 2019 Spirit of the ADA awards.

EM Brown & Son in Barton was one of the employers recognized for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.

The award was presented to Art LaPlante and Mark Royer

The awards are given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices.

Awardees successfully met the following criteria:

1. Recruitment outreach and equal accessibility in the application, interviewing and hiring procedures for people with disabilities.

2. Use of on-the-job accommodations, modifications, progressive employment methods, and/or creative solutions for successful training and employment of people with disabilities.

3. Accessible physical structures, buildings, work stations and equipment, and services.

4. Support for the employment of a person(s) with a disability as an overall employment strategy.

Two-car crash in Orleans

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ORLEANS — Police say a 66-year-old woman from Barton suffered minor injuries after a crash in Orleans on Wednesday.

Police responded to the two-vehicle crash on Barton Orleans Road at around 10:53 a.m.

According to the report, Michael Boylan, 65, of Essex Junction, was attempting to make a u-turn when he collided with another vehicle.

The driver of the second vehicle was identified as Sharon Bickford.

Police say Bickford was transported by EMS to North Country Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Fatal crash in Barton

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BARTON — An 85-year-old woman from St. Johnsbury died from injuries after a single-vehicle crash in Barton on Saturday.

Police responded to the intersection of US Route 5 and Kinsey Road at around 4:00 p.m.

The driver, identified as Isabelle Handy, 80, of St. Johnsbury, and the passenger in the vehicle, Marion Handy, both sustained significant injuries and were transported to North Country Hospital by EMS.

Police say the vehicle had left the roadway at a sharp curve and crashed over an embankment.

Marion Handy was life-lighted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Tragically, in the early morning hours, police say Handy succumbed to her injuries from the crash and was pronounced deceased.

Barton woman accused of stealing $50K in gift cards

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BARTON — A 60-year-old woman from Barton will have to answer to charges after police say she stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of gift cards from a local store.

Trooper Jeff Ferrier said that management at the C & C Market in Barton called police to report that a former employee had stolen approximately $50,000 worth of gift cards during an extended period of time.

The employee was identified as Kimberly Gosley.

According to Trooper Ferrier, the theft occurred from 2017 through 2019.

On August 16, Gosley was arrested and taken to the Derby Barracks for processing.

She was released on a citation to appear in Orleans County Criminal Court in October to answer to charges of grand larceny/fraud.

Barton Academy and Graded School awarded $25,000 literacy grant

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BARTON — The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) has awarded its $25,000 Year of the Book literacy grant to five elementary schools in Vermont, and Barton Academy and Graded School is one of the awardees for the 2019-2020 school year.

The grant will begin tomorrow when Duncan McDougal, the founder of CLiF will provide a short storytelling presentation and share more about what the Year of the Book will bring.

Each student up through grade six will have an opportunity to select the first of their books to bring home.

The Year of the Book grant involves a full school year of exciting programming, including several visits from Vermont authors, illustrators, poets, graphic novelists, and storytellers, family literacy events, special literacy programs selected by each school, funds for classroom projects, and new books for classrooms, the school library, and the local public library, as well as ten new books for each child to choose.

Selected schools demonstrated a commitment to literacy and creative ideas for promoting reading and writing, as well as high percentages of low-income students and students underperforming on reading and writing assessments.

Barton man facing charges after kicking in apartment door

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BARTON — A 21-year-old resident of Barton is facing numerous charges following an incident early this morning in Newport Center.

Police say Zackery Champagne is being charged with burglary, unlawful trespass, simple assault, and resisting arrest.

The incident took place at around 5:45 a.m. when police received a call from a 45-year-old woman at an apartment in Newport Center, who stated that Champagne had kicked her door in, causing the door to hit her in the head as she was standing in the doorway.

She advised police that Champagne fled into the field behind the apartment building.

Police say when they arrived, Champagne was seen in the bushes behind the building and fled from police.

A K9 track was set up with the assistance of the Newport Police Department.

US Border Patrol was also in the area to assist and located Champagne walking along Vermont Route 105 in Newport Center.

He was taken into custody for the incident, as well as an active arrest warrant out of Orleans county.

Truck stolen, damaged in Barton

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BARTON — Police say someone took a truck for a joy ride in Barton, causing substantial damage to the vehicle.

At some point on Saturday night, someone stole a truck owned by 62-year-old Paul Labrecque of Barton.

Labrecque’s vehicle, a 2015 Chevy truck, was taken from his driveway located on Glover Road.

Police say the subjects caused substantial damage to the truck and returned it in the early morning hours on Sunday.

According to the report, another vehicle parked in the driveway was gone through and change stolen from inside.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police.

Police are reminding the public to lock vehicles and do not leave keys inside while unattended.

Man facing numerous charges after bizarre incident at Lakehouse Saloon in Barton

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BARTON — An East Haven man is facing a slew of charges following an incident at the Lakehouse Saloon in Barton early this morning.

Police say 51-year-old Benjamin Clarke is being charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, disarming law enforcement officer, impeding public officer, criminal threatening, aggravated assault, unlawful mischief, aggravated disorderly conduct, unlawful trespass, and resisting arrest.

According to police, Clarke entered the bar around midnight and was asked to leave by the bouncers.

Police say he refused and began throwing pool balls at patrons inside the bar, striking one man in the face with them.

He was taken outside by the bouncers where he produced a knife and began threatening them and the other patrons at the bar.

According to the report, Clarke stated several times he was going to blow up the towns of Barton and St. Johnsbury.

He then crawled across the parking lot and slashed a woman’s tire.

Shortly after slashing the tire, police arrived on the scene.

The bouncers told police that they believed Clarke had taken several doses of LSD or PCP.

Police say Clarke began to attack them on the scene by punching a trooper in the head, attempting to disarm the trooper, and threatening to kill them.

Clarke was ultimately taken into custody and transported to North Country Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

He was remanded to the custody of Vermont Corrections however remained at North Country Hospital for evaluation.

He was held on lack of $75,000.00 bail.

Driver hit 111 mph on I-91, according to police radar

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BARTON — A 31-year-old man from Quebec has been charged with excessive speed after being clocked traveling 111 miles-per-hour on I-91, police said.

Police say they were patrolling northbound traffic on Interstate 91 in the town of Barton on Tuesday when they observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle speed was captured by stationary radar at 111 mph.

Police stopped the vehicle for the speed violation and the operator was identified as Michael Mercurio, of L’ile Bizard, Quebec.

Mercurio was cited into Orleans County Court and released.

Woman convicted of killing husband in intentional crash, arrested for domestic assault

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BARTON — A 52-year-old woman from Barton on furlough for manslaughter charges connected to a 2009 crash that killed her husband, was arrested for domestic assault.

Police say Christine Billis was involved in a physical altercation on Main Street in Barton on Friday.

According to the report, Billis and the victim had been in a relationship for several months.

“After speaking with several witnesses it was determined a criminal offense had occurred,” trooper Abigail Drew wrote in a statement.

Billis was arrested and taken to Northern State Correctional Facility for revocation of her furlough.

Back in September of 2009, Billis was driving with her husband Charles in Charleston, when her car suddenly swerved into a tree.

She was treated for minor injuries, but her husband was badly injured and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Less than a year later, Billis registered with an online dating service and allegedly confessed to a man she was corresponding with that the car crash was deliberate.

She allegedly told the man that her husband was not wearing his seatbelt and that she had slammed the car deliberately into the tree.

The man wore a recording device at their first face-to-face meeting, and Billis repeated her confession.

The man took the tape to police who began their own investigation. Police say they obtained confirming confessions at subsequent meetings on police wires.

In June 2011, she was arrested for first-degree murder in the killing of her husband.

She was sentenced to serve 7-15 years behind bars.

Her minimum sentence to serve ended in June of last year.

Police: Barton man arrested with 60 bags of heroin

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NEWPORT — Police say a 29-year-old man from Barton was arrested in Newport with 60 bags of heroin inside his vehicle.

According to police, Jordan Medley is currently facing charges of possession of heroin and violation of conditions of release.

At around 1:00 p.m. on May 16, police say they stopped Medley on Central Street for a number of motor vehicle violations.

At the time, Medley was taken into custody as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Newport Police Department.

According to the report, police located 60 bags of heroin in the truck.

Medley is currently on several active pre-trial conditions of release and was found to be in violation of three of those conditions.

He was lodged at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport.

Circle K in Barton robbed

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BARTON — The Circle K in Barton was robbed late Tuesday night.

Police responded to the robbery at around 11:45 p.m.

According to the report, the suspect entered the store threatening that he had a weapon and demanded that the store clerk hand over the money from the cash register.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5’6” to 6’ tall with a medium build and possibly in his mid to late 20s.

He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt which covered his face and dark colored pants.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money the offender fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with information regarding this case is being asked to contact the call 802-334-8881.

Truck crashes into 2 parked vehicles in Barton

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BARTON — Police responded to a crash in Barton yesterday after a truck smashed into two parked vehicles.

At around 2:50 p.m. police say a 2015 Ford F-150 was headed north on Maple Hill Road when the driver lost control of his vehicle.

The driver was identified as David Macwhirter, 52, of Barton.

Police say he traveled off the east side of the roadway striking two vehicles parked in a driveway.

According to the report, the parked vehicles sustained a moderate amount of damage.

Macwhirter’s truck was heavily damaged and had to be towed away from the scene.

According to police, no injuries were reported during the incident.

Police say road conditions at the time were slick and snow covered, with some freezing rain taking place.

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