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Tragic accident claims the life of 27-year-old Barton man

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Car accident Newport VermontBARTON — A 27-year-old man from Barton was tragically killed in a single-vehicle car accident that took place on Lake Region Road in Barton last night.

Police say that Corey Carpenter was traveling east on Lake Region Road at around 10 p.m. Wednesday, when he attempted to turn right, south, on US Route 5. The vehicle, a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup, continued east across both lanes of travel on Route 5, eventually colliding with several large trees.

Carpenter was transported to North Country Hospital by Orleans Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.

The crash is under investigation. The Vermont State Police issued this statement:

“The crash remains under investigation, however, initial investigation indicates that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.”

Anyone with information, or may have witnessed the crash is being asked to contact the State Police in Derby at 802-334-8881.

Early morning hit-and-run leaves Barton man seriously injured

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HARTFORD — A 57-year-old man from Barton was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident in the Town of Hartford early yesterday morning.

Police are reporting that Scott Wilson was unresponsive when authorities arrived on the scene at around 6 a.m. Wilson’s vehicle was partially on the roadway, and police say it may have been sitting there since 4 a.m., before a call came in, initially reporting a disabled vehicle on Interstate 89, near mile marker 6.

Sergeant John Helfant of the Vermont State Police said in a statement that when he arrived he observed Wilson’s 2013 Ford F150 had been hit by another vehicle. The truck had right side damage from hitting guard rails and left rear bumper damage.

Sergeant Helfant also stated the vehicle that left the scene should have right front bumper damage and missing the right side mirror, with possible sliver paint marks near the damage transfered from Wilson’s truck.

Anyone who may have been traveling Interstate 89 south at mile marker 6 in the Town of Hartford that saw the disabled vehicle or a vehicle leaving that area, are being asked to call the Vermont State Police in Royalton at 802-234-9933.

Man seriously injured, another processed for DUI after crash in Barton

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accidentBARTON – A two-vehicle crash in Barton yesterday afternoon left one man seriously injured, and another processed for operating under the influence.

Police say that Alfred Cole, 78, of Lyndonville, was traveling southbound on Vermont Route 16 by the Interstate overpass in the Town of Barton, when he attempted to turn left in order to head south on Interstate 91.

Jason Simino, 40, of Glover, was traveling northbound when Cole crossed into his lane. The two vehicles collided at around 12:30 p.m.

Police are saying that statements from witnesses, combined with the fact that the preliminary investigation reveals the point of impact being in the northbound travel lane, suggest that Cole, attempting to turn left in front of Simino, may have been responsible for the crash.

Cole was transported to North Country Hospital by ambulance, and was later transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital. It appears that Cole may have suffered a medical issue prior to the accident.

An Orleans County Deputy Sheriff was also on scene and assisted with the investigation.

During the investigation Simino was found to be operating under the influence of alcohol. Simino’s preliminary breath test indicated a .108 percent blood alcohol content at roadside. He was transported by the Vermont State Police to the Derby Barracks, where he was processed and released.

Police say the crash is still under investigation, but it appears that although alcohol was involved, it does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Both Barton Fire and Barton Ambulance were on scene. Both vehicles appeared to be totaled and were towed from the scene by Wright’s Towing.

First snowfall causes single-vehicle crash on I-91

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Picture 35COVENTRY — The first real snowfall this season was the cause of at least one accident in Orleans County on Friday, after a 33-year-old woman from Barton lost control of her vehicle on I-91.

Police are reporting that they responded to a single-vehicle accident northbound on I-91 in Coventry at around 3:25 p.m.

They say that Tiffany Quinn was driving a 2004 Toyota Sienna van, when she lost control of her vehicle on the slush covered road.

Quinn left the east side of the roadway where she ended up striking a ledge. The front of the vehicle sustained extensive damage.

Neither Quinn, nor her passengers suffered any major injuries. All were treated at the scene.

Lake Region Union High School students honored for academic achievements.

Local students honored for academic achievements

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Lake Region Union High School students honored for academic achievements.
Lake Region Union High School students honored for academic achievements.

BARTON — This year’s recipients of the Department Honors in Social Studies at Lake Region Union High School were recently honored at an evening reception hosted by the department.

The Social Studies Department of LRUHS was proud to announce that (pictured in the photo left to right) Evan McKenzie, Elijah Leroux, Matthew Messier, Gratia Rowell, (back) Sydney Whipple, Jade Jarvis, Kayla Poginy, Alyssa Lawson and Althea Holland (Allison Piette and Cassie Tarbox are not pictured) of the Class of 2015, received the award.

Department Honors is the highest recognition awarded by Lake Region’s Social Studies Department, and is given in acknowledgment of superior academic achievement (a GPA of 3.5+) in the most rigorous program of studies offered by the department, including Honors World History (Grade 9), Honors US History (Grade 10), and Advanced Placement (AP) in Psychology or US Government and Politics in Grade 11.

Individual letters of recommendation from the department have been prepared for each recipient to assist them in their upcoming college application process.

Newport Dispatch News would like to congratulate these students for all the hard work and effort they have put in throughout the years, setting a good example for younger students in our area.

Three injured in crash on I-91 in Barton Sunday morning

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rollover accident newport vermontBARTON — Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash in the town of Barton, early Sunday morning.

The accident took place on I-91 South near mile marker 159, at around 3:30 a.m.

According to a statement issued by police, Jordan Starr, 22, of Troy, was driving a 2004 Mini Cooper when he collided with Melody Nunn, 62, of Newport Center.

Nunn, who was driving a 2013 Kia 4S, was in the travel lane of the interstate when she was hit from the rear by Starr.

Both vehicles rolled several times, with Starr’s vehicle landing on its side in the breakdown lane on the west side of the roadway. Nunn’s vehicle ended up on the east side of the roadway resting on the driver side, partially on the guardrail. Both cars were totaled in the crash.

Starr and Nunn were taken to North County Hospital, for what were described by police as non-life threatening injuries.

A passenger riding with Starr, Jonathan Jarry, 23, of Orleans, was also transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Metal bar falls off truck, crashes through driver’s window

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derby woman car accidentBARTON — A 42-year-old man from Barton was transported to the hospital after his car was struck by a metal bar that fell off of a tractor trailer on Vermont Route 16 in Greensboro.

John Ullrich was traveling east on Route 16 at around 1 p.m. on Friday, in the town of Greensboro, when a tractor trailer unit being driven by Benjamin Morrison, 32, of Sutton, lost the metal bar that is used to tighten the straps on a load.

This metal bar fell off the flatbed, hit the pavement, then struck the front windshield and pierced it, knocking the rear view mirror off.

The bar then bounced onto the roof slicing open a 12 inch gash in the roof.

Ullrich was transported by Glover Ambulance to North Country Hospital for minor injuries.

Ullrich’s vehicle, a 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer, sustained major damage to the front windshield and the roof.

The incident is still under investigation by the Vermont State Police and the DMV.

Horse killed by arrow in Barton

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BARTON — Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have information about a possible cruelty to animals case that took place over the weekend, where a horse was killed with an arrow.

Patricia Russell, 64, of Barton, found one of her horses dead in a pasture beside her home on Saturday morning. Russell contacted police at around 10:15 a.m. after noticing that the animal had a severe wound on its hindquarters.

After an investigation, it was determined that the horse had been shot with an arrow. Although police are saying that someone shot the animal with a bow and arrow, they are also saying that it could have been done “either mistakenly or purposefully.”

The incident took place at 1791 Hollow Road in Barton. It is believed that the horse was struck with the arrow sometime between 10 p.m. on Friday, September 26, and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Anyone who may have information on this incident is being asked to contact Sgt A. Jensen at the Vermont State Police, Derby: 334-8881.

Daytime burglary in Barton while homeowner was home

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BARTON — Authorities are investigating a daytime burglary that took place in Barton while the homeowner was home.

The Vermont State Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen someone fleeing from 348 Main Street in Barton at around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, where the burglary took place.

The victim in the incident, Zhong Hua He, reported that a Burberry watch and a wallet with numerous credit cards were taken.

It is assumed that the perpetrator would have ran from the scene following the burglary, and might have been seen by someone in the area at the time.

The investigation is active, and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at: 802-334-8881.

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Barton, Troy, and Jay to benefit from recent NBRC grants

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BARTON — It was announced on Thursday that Vermont will receive $891,679 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds for economic development projects in Northern Vermont. This is a $400,000 increase over funds awarded in Vermont last year.

The NBRC funds will be disbursed in five grants to five organizations in Northern Vermont, for targeted economic development and job creation by improving infrastructure and strengthening communities.

The following is a list of the grants:

$226,739 — Lyndon State College, toward establishing a new four-year B.S. Degree in
Hospitality and Tourism Management.

$250,000 — Northern Community Investment Corporation, for the construction of telecommunications

$250,000 – The Towns of Troy and Jay, for wastewater pump station improvements.

$250,000 – Vermont Agency of Transportation, for a new rail siding in Barton, connecting with the Washington Rail Road network.

$114,940 – Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, to provide a technical assistance enhancement project, assisting small businesses.

“These five new grants through the Northern Border Regional Commission will help bolster efforts to improve rail, water and telecommunications infrastructure, provide workforce training, and assist small businesses across northern Vermont,” Senator Bernie Sanders said. “Along with last week’s announcement of an $8.8 million FAA grant to expand the Newport Airport, the federal government, very appropriately, is working closely with the state of Vermont and various organizations to create jobs, increase commerce and improve the economy in the Northeast Kingdom.

The NBRC was established by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill and was recently reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides funding for economic development in economically distressed counties in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York. Leahy, as the senior most member of the Senate’s Agriculture and Appropriations Committees, played a pivotal role in renewing the Commission in the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February, as well as in increasing its appropriations by $3.5 million in the current fiscal year.

30 days on a work crew for getaway driver in Circle K robbery in Barton

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NEWPORT — On January 23, 2014 a man entered the Circle K in Barton, brandishing a knife and demanded money from the clerk. An estimated $150 was turned over by the clerk, and the man fled the scene on foot.

Video surveillance from the store showed the perpetrator had been dropped off by a yellow vehicle.

It didn’t take investigators long before they had their suspects. Daniel Dunn, of Oxford, Maine, ended up calling police and informing them he was out-of-state, where he could be reached for questioning. Dunn’s cell phone was also tracked as being in the area at the time of the robbery. Suzanne Champagne, of Enosburg Falls, was identified as the getaway driver.

On Wednesday, Champagne was in Orleans Superior Court in Newport to face sentencing. She received 30 days on a work crew, with an underlying sentence of one to five years. As part of the deal she agreed to testify against Dunn.

Both Dunn and Champagne confessed to the crime. In Maine, Champagne stated, “Okay, yes, Danny robbed the Circle K.” She also informed police that they did it because they needed money to purchase heroin. Champagne later destroyed the clothing worn by Dunn during the robbery.

It also came out in the confession that the two were in Lyndonville to buy heroin when they were pulled over, shortly after the robbery. They were not picked up at the time, but this traffic stop helped identify them as suspects during the investigation.

Dunn stated that he fled to Maine to get cleaned up from his drug addictions. He will likely be in court sometime in October, as the case against him goes forward.

Site where the accident took place, along the Barton Orleans Road, just outside the Pine Crest Motel.

Motorcycle crash kills 23-year-old in Barton on Saturday

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Site where the accident took place, along the Barton Orleans Road, just outside the Pine Crest Motel.
Site where the accident took place, along the Barton Orleans Road, just outside the Pine Crest Motel.

BARTON — Police are saying that speed is to blame for a motorcycle crash that took the life of a 23-year-old man last night in Barton.

Philip Brown, of Waterville, was pronounced dead at North Country Hospital, after his motorcycle crashed at around 7:45 p.m. on the Barton Orleans Road, near the Pine Crest Motel.

According to a statement issued by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, Brown was clocked on radar traveling 90 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour speed zone on Lake Region Road, near the Lake Region Union High School.

Deputy Kyle Ingalls attempted to stop Brown afterward, as he continued on Route 5. Ingalls lost visual contact with the motorcycle due to the speed at which it was traveling, and ended up discontinuing the pursuit. Ingalls continued traveling toward the Barton Village.

Shortly thereafter, Ingalls came up on Brown laying in the roadway unresponsive. Fire and EMS services were called, and Brown was transported to North Country Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation into the crash is underway, and anyone who may have witnessed the incident is being asked to contact the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department at (802) 334-3333.

Prison sentence for Barton man who left injured passenger after November crash

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Barton Vermont Newport Vermont prison sentenceNEWPORT — A Barton man received a sentence to serve 33 months to five years in Prison on Thursday, after pleading no contest to a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury resulting.

Zachary Labor, 24, was in court to face sentencing in a case that goes back to November 23, 2013, when Labor was involved in a car accident that left a woman in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Labor was accused of fleeing the scene of the crash on foot to avoid being cited for driving with a suspended licence.

At about 11 p.m. November 23, State Trooper Debra Munson responded to a 911 call regarding a one-vehicle crash on May Pond Road in Barton.

Munson stated when she arrived at the scene, she observed Lauren Fluegge, 27, in the passenger seat bleeding profusely from the head. Her left eye was swollen shut, and she complained of back and neck pain. She originally said her friend Zach may have been involved, but didn’t know where he was.

The Barton Fire Department had to remove the roof of the vehicle to extricate Fluegge.

Munson noticed a set of footprints leaving the scene and heading into the woods on Reynolds Road. Munson wrote in her report that it was a cold and snowy night, and that Fluegge stated that “Zach left her there alone to die.”

Labor was later arrested.

Dr. Paul Newton of North Country Hospital told authorities that if Fluegge had not have received treatment when she did, she probably wouldn’t have lasted the night.

Labor originally pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail, and then on July 15 changed his plea to no contest. Judge Timothy Tomasi sentenced Labor to serve 33 months to five years in court on Thursday.

Motorcycle crash in Westmore sends 75-year-old man to hospital

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motorcycle crash newport vermontWESTMORE — Roy Gero, a 75-year-old man from Barton, was tossed from his motorcycle after traveling down an embankment in Westmore on Tuesday.

The motorcycle accident took place at around 4 p.m., on Route 16.

Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and found Gero sitting near his motorcycle which had severe damage.

Gero suffered multiple lacerations as well as bumps and bruises from the crash, and was taken to North Country Hospital by Orleans Ambulance.

After an investigation of the accident, it is believed that Gero was traveling north when his motorcycle traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway and down an embankment. The motorcycle overturned, ejecting Gero from the drivers seat.

Currently there is no information available as to Gero’s condition.

Two injured after rollover crash in Barton

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BARTON — A late night crash in Barton on Friday sent two people to the hospital, with authorities describing one of the injuries as life-threatening.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Route 5 near the intersection of Kinsey Road in the town of Barton.

A 2003 Jeep Wrangler went off the west side of the roadway, crashing into an embankment and rolling over. Both occupants were transported to North Country Hospital for their injuries.

Police say that Richard Moodie, 29, of Greensboro, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Annabelle Metevier, 27, of Hardwick, sustained non-life threatening injuries during the crash, and is said to have been wearing her seat belt.

The crash is still under investigation.

Guide to Orleans County Fair 2014

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Orleans County Fair Vermont Barton 2014

BARTON — The 147th Annual Orleans County Fair opened today. This old-time agricultural county fair provides fun and entertainment for the entire family. Although the weather has not exactly been friendly for the opening, the burnout competition and four wheeler pull scheduled for Wednesday will go on rain or shine.

The Remax balloon rides were canceled for Wednesday due to weather, but should take place tomorrow.

Gates open at 8 a.m., and Midway opens at 12 p.m. Children under 12 must be with an adult.

General Admission is $12 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Saturday admission is $15. Senior & Military Day on Friday is $7. Admission includes exhibits, entertainment, demonstrations & midway rides.

The weather report for Barton is not ideal:

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But, the show must go on. Enjoy the animal exhibits and judging shows–horse shows, horse pulls, horse harness racing, gymkhana, dairy cattle shows, beef shows, oxen show, ox pulling, milking parlor demonstrations, sheep shows, petting zoo, poultry exhibit, rabbit exhibit, alpaca exhibit.

Other agricultural displays include–horticulture display, arts and crafts, wool spinning, farm machinery dealer display, antique farm machinery.

The evening entertainment is comprised of 4×4 truck pulling, music, featuring Keeghan Nolan, with Cody Mabe opening, and the Demolition Derby.

New this year is the Kingdom Brewing, Grilling & BBQ Cook-off on Saturday, August 16.

Orleans County Fair Vermont Barton 2014 1FULL SCHEDULE

FREE DAILY SHOWS Wednesday – Sunday


30 minute shows at: 12:30, 4:00, 7:00
Fun facts combining animal interaction with opportunity to see Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wallerloos, Birds, Lizards and other Australian wildlife.


30 minute shows at: 1:00, 4:30, 7:30
Stage Illusions, Comedic Magic, Balloon Sculpting, Stunning Card Tricks, Animal Magic & Modern Magic with a Traditional Touch.

SANDSCAPE SCULPTORS – Daily presentation

Our preforming artist will work to create a spectacular sculpture throughout the event.


45 min shows at 11:00, 3:00, 6:00
Watch the Transformation of a 4’ log into a beautiful piece of art. Finished pieces for sale.


Daily entertainment around the grounds by Buddy & Harmonie, family friendly entertainers that offer
balloons, comedy, uni-cycling, face painting and the bubble car.


Presented by the Orleans County Mutual Aid
Daily Shows at Noon, 3:30, 6:00
“What is learned here today May save a life tomorrow.”


An interactive, educational mini farm yard for kids 3 – 10 years old.

PETTING ZOO Open Daily 10:00-7:00


Showcase of VT’s Finest Military Representatives
Including Dale Earnhart Jr’s #88 car, the Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Soccer, Baseball & Quarterback Challenges & More.

*** NEW $5 Pony Carousel Rides ***



9 a.m.- 11 FREE Remax Tethered Balloon Rides
10 a.m. Oxen Pull 2,000,2,400,2,800,3,200lbs, FFA
10 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m. Vaudeville Puppet Show
10 a.m. Flag Raising by National Guard at Main Office
11 a.m. Beef Show
2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Coin Scramble (Beside Main Stage)
Sign ups begins on Main Stage 1 hour prior (Ages 6-8 & 9-12)
2:30 & 5:30 Bicycle Giveaway* Ages 4-12
*MUST have ticket received at Gate w/ Paid Admission
4 p.m. – 6 FREE Remax Tethered Balloon Rides
6 p.m. Alex Mcgillivrey – Entertainment Tent
6:30 Burnout Competition
Sign up begins at 5 p.m. on Main Stage
8 p.m. Wallbridge Family 4-Wheeler Pull
Sign up begins at 6 p.m. on Main Stage



9 a.m. Youth Dairy Show
10 a.m. Pony Pull [1,850lbs 6’]
1 p.m. Harness Horse Racing
1:30 Pony Pull [2,250lbs 6’]
3:30 Women’s’ Skillet Toss Immediately following racing
6 p.m. Wallbridge Family Lawn Tractor Pull
6 p.m. Pony Pull [Free-For-All ]
7 p.m. Jessica Prouty Band—Entertainment Tent
7 p.m. Youth Yoked Cattle Fitting & Showmanship


8:30 a.m. 4-H/Youth Horse Show
9 a.m. Open Dairy Show
10 a.m. Horse Pull [3,100lbs12’]
11 a.m. Harness Horse Racing
12:30 Michael Hahn Show (Grandstand)
1:30 Horse Pull [3,400lbs 12’]
2 p.m. Senior $ Giveaway $1/ yr of Oldest Seniors
3 p.m. Chickweed Band—Entertainment Tent
6 p.m. Truck Pull – Scales Open at 4
6 p.m. Horse Pull [3 Horse Hitch 4,950lb + under]



8:30 Tractor Pull Scales open at 7:30
9 a.m. Steer & Oxen Show
9 a.m. Open Horse Show
10 a.m. Horse Pull [3,500lb 12’]
1:30 p.m. Horse Pull [34” Mini 10’] [38” Mini 10’]
3 p.m. Northeast Kingdom Holstein Show
6 p.m. Horse Pull [Free-For-All 12’]
7 p.m. Opening Show — Cody Mabe


Noon Gymkhana Horse Show
Noon Horseshoe Tournament @ the Beer & Wine Garden
1 p.m. Demo Derby Qualifying
grandstand opens noon
6:30 Demo Derby Finals
grandstand opens at 5:30

Police justified after firing 29 shots at Lyndonville man

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BARTON — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has announced that after a review of the case, Vermont State Trooper Seth Loomis and Sergeant Denis Girouard were legally justified in the use of deadly force when they discharged their firearms at Eric D. Jackson, a 28-year-old Vermont inmate on furlough status. The police officer involved shooting occurred on May 28, 2014 in Barton.

The legal standard for the use of deadly force is whether the officer reasonably believed that he or a third party was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, and that deadly force was necessary to respond to that threat.

The incident began in the early morning hours of May 28, 2014 when Jackson ran a stop sign in a green 1994 Jeep Cherokee in Caledonia County. Loomis and Girouard pursued the Jeep, but Jackson did not pull over.

According to the report, the officers pursued him for eighteen miles through Orleans and Caledonia Counties at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. Girouard was familiar with Jackson from his criminal history and recognized him when he viewed him in the Jeep’s side view mirror.

Eric Jackson of Lyndonville.
Eric Jackson of Lyndonville.
When Jackson finally stopped the Jeep on Burton Hill Road, he accelerated the Jeep toward Girouard’s cruiser, striking it on the passenger side. He then backed up forcefully into Loomis’s cruiser with enough force to dislodge the cruiser’s video camera. Jackson again accelerated forward toward Girouard, who by this time had exited his cruiser and was yelling at Jackson to stop. Girouard had his handgun drawn and could see Jackson looking at him. Both Loomis and Girouard reported fearing that Jackson was attempting to kill each of them by running them over. As the Jeep accelerated towards Girouard, both Loomis and Girouard fired shots at Jackson.

As both officers fired shots and yelled commands to stop, the Jeep again accelerated backwards, becoming partially stuck on an embankment. Girouard could see Jackson attempting to manipulate the vehicle shifter and Girouard feared the vehicle was not disabled.

Girouard fired his weapon at Jackson until Jackson slumped down in his seat. The officers fired a combined total of twenty-nine shots.

The officers administered first aid until EMS arrived. Jackson was transported to North Country Hospital and then Dartmouth Hitchcock, where he received treatment for multiple gunshot wounds to the face, stomach, shoulder, and hand.

As part of the investigation into this incident, multiple interviews were conducted of the officers involved. Additionally, the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team and a Crash Reconstruction Team were involved in the investigation.

Reports and recorded interviews were provided by the Vermont State Police to the Attorney General’s Office on July 3, 2014.

The Attorney General’s Office concluded that Sgt. Girouard and Trooper Loomis were reasonable in their belief that they were in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury when they fired at Eric Jackson.

The statement issued by the Attorney General’s Office reads:

Given what appeared to be a serious threat to their lives, using deadly force was reasonable and justified. The officers’ actions were found to be consistent with their training to continue the application of deadly force until the threat of death or serious bodily injury is neutralized. Orleans County State’s Attorney Alan Franklin has completed a separate and independent review of the investigation and has reached the same conclusion.

Neighbors prevent burglary at antique store in Barton

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attempted burglary in Barton Vermont antique store

BARTON — A local antique shop had a few doors and windows broken over the weekend, after an attempted burglary was thwarted by a few neighbors.

On Saturday, August 2, police were notified of a burglary in progress at THINGS antique store, located on Lake Street, in Barton.

Witnesses told police that they saw several unidentified subjects attempting to break into the store at around 11:30 p.m.

“Somebody above the shop noticed a few people trying to get in, and apparently they went down and chased them away,” Mike Szczesny, the store owner said on Monday. “But I don’t know more because I didn’t find out until the next day when I found a note from the police stating that they wanted to speak with me.”

Police arrived to find several doors and windows with damage, consistent with forced entry. They were advised by witnesses that they believed the subjects were still inside the building.

With the assistance of officers from U.S. Border Patrol, and Newport Police, troopers were able to search the building. No suspects were located and the case remains under investigation.

Szczesny said that nothing was missing, as they were unable to gain full entry into the building, and that thanks to the lookout of neighbors, the only damage resulting from the incident is broken windows and doors.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police Derby at: 802-334-8881.

Bread and Puppet holds vigil at the State House to protest attacks on Gaza

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GLOVER — Bread and Puppet Theater, based out of Glover, has stepped up its efforts to use the power of art to bring awareness to the recent attacks on Gaza. The group covered the steps of the Vermont State House in Montpelier on Friday with small vignettes in protest of the situation in Gaza.

The vigil began just after noon. The protest aimed to bring attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support of the Gaza attacks.

“These vigils are performed against the U.S.-supported atrocities in Gaza, which are paid for by U.S. taxpayer dollars,” Bread and Puppet’s founder and director Peter Schumann explained.

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Seven tableauxs set up on the State House steps depicted Palestinian women with their arms raised over the death of their children. A bell of mourning chimed slowly next to large, black and white woodcut banners featuring such questions as “How Much Longer?” and “Whose Money?”

Many cars honked in support of the vigil and responses were generally positive.

The demonstration in Montpelier on Friday followed similar events held earlier in the week. On Wednesday, July 30, the theater group performed simultaneous vigils in eight towns throughout Vermont including Barre, Barton, Greensboro, Hardwick, Lyndonville, Newport, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier.

Friday’s vigil came two days after Israel bombed a United Nations school that served as a designated shelter for evacuees, killing at least twenty. In spite of mounting international outcry against Israel’s actions, the U.S. has repeatedly distanced itself from criticism of Israel.

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When the United Nation’s Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to begin an investigation of Israel for possible war crimes in Gaza, the U.S. provided the sole vote against the measure. Human rights officials have expressed distress at the lopsided casualties in the conflict. As of today, 1,410 Palestinians have been killed, far outnumbering the 64 Israelis dead.

Bread and Puppet is currently seeking other venues throughout Vermont to perform Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza. Please contact Erin Bell at 802-525-3031.

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Bread and Puppet Theater stages Gaza protests

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Photo by Janelle Treibitz .
Photo by Janelle Treibitz .

GLOVER — On Wednesday, Bread and Puppet Theater organized vigils throughout 8 towns in Vermont, including one in Newport and one in Barton, in protest of the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. The protests aimed to bring attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support of the Gaza attacks.

The small vigils consisted of three to four puppeteers holding signs reading “Gaza,” “Whose money?” and “How Much Longer?”

Today they announced that they will change tonight’s scheduled performance of “The Situation,” in order to perform “Fire: Emergency Performance for Gaza.” The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bread and Puppet farm, in the Paper Mache Cathedral (Route 122), in Glover.

They also announced today that they will cover the State House lawn with small vignettes of the Gaza/Israel war. The demonstration will depict Palestinian women with their arms raised over the death of their children. A bell of mourning will chime slowly next to large, black and white woodcut banners featuring such questions as “Why?” and “How Much More?”

The demonstration comes two days after Israel bombed a United Nations school that served as a designated shelter for evacuees, killing at least twenty.

In spite of mounting international outcry against Israel’s actions, the U.S. has repeatedly distanced itself from criticism of the country. When the United Nation’s Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to begin an investigation of Israel for possible war crimes in Gaza, the U.S. provided the sole vote against the measure.

Human rights officials have expressed distress at the lopsided casualties in the conflict. As of today, 1,410 Palestinians have been killed, far outnumbering the 64 Israelis dead.

Bread and Puppet has been performing political puppet theater since the 1960’s, often responding rapidly to unfolding world events with shows or protest art. Their 2014 summer season had been devoted to the issue of Tar Sands (a controversial source of crude oil that may be pumped through Vermont’s pipelines soon).

Perron picks up another award

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NEWPORT — Darren Perron, the WCAX anchorman with local roots, received another award this week, this time being voted the “Best Local TV Journalist,” by Seven Days Vermont readers.

By now Perron is probably used to winning awards. Throughout his career, he has already picked up an Emmy Award, and been nominated for an Emmy Award nine times. He has recieved ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a dozen Associated Press Awards. He is also the only non-network reporter in the U.S. to be nominated for a GLAAD Award.

This most recent award is part of the Seven Days Vermont best of Vermont awards called “the Daysies,” where readers cast their votes in categories ranging from best shoe store, to best new restaurant, to best meteorologist.

More than 10,000 Vermonters weighed in on the state’s 2014 awards, with 650,000-plus individual votes in 177 categories. This was the 12th year that Seven Days has organized the awards.

Darren anchors the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. on WCAX. He attended Lake Region Union High School, and has family in Barton and Glover. He responded to the good news through Twitter.


Fourth of July guide for Orleans County

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Fireworks Newport, Vermont Orleans County Forth of July times

NEWPORT — The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and unless you’re planning to wow your neighbors with a massive display of sparklers and drop pops this year, you better have a permit. Just about all fireworks are illegal in Vermont. Don’t worry, snakes and sparklers are still okay, but, if you want to see some real fireworks, head out to one of the local displays.

First, if you plan to set off your own, here is a quick reference:

Illegal fireworks:

Toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives are used; balloons that are propelled by explosives; firecrackers; torpedoes; sky rockets; Roman candles; cherry bombs; or other fireworks of like construction are all prohibited in Vermont unless a permit has been obtained from the local municipality (Fire Chief, Police Chief, Select Board or City Council) depending on the governing body.

Legal fireworks:

Novelty items such as; sparklers, snakes, party poppers, glow worms, smoke devices, string poppers, snappers, or drop pops with no more than 0.25 grains of explosive mixture do not require a permit and can be purchased in many stores throughout the State.

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If you want to see the real fireworks, head over to Newport, Barton, or Island Pond.


The Independence Day Celebration in Newport will feature an afternoon of music and fun competitions including the Bed Races and Hula Hoop competition. There will be tons of food and family fun. The fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.


The Barton fire Department and Orleans County Fair Association will bring the July 4th parade to Barton once again this year. The parade will start at 2 p.m. and will proceed from Main Street to Glover Street, Elm Street, Park Street, Roaring Brook Road, and end at the fairgrounds. The fireworks will be held at the fairgrounds at dusk.


The 4th of July Celebration in Island Pond will start Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4 – 6. The annual parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. with fireworks Saturday night at dusk. There will be events throughout the weekend.


Or, head over to Westmore for the annual 4th of July Boat Parade. There will be a line up off Crescent Beach at Lake Willoughby at 3:45 p.m.

Troy man charged with insurance fraud and false report to law enforcement

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TROY — The Vermont State Police are reporting today that a resident of Troy was charged with one count of Insurance Fraud, and one count of False Report to Law Enforcement Authority, for an incident that took place in December 2012.

On April, 7, 2014, police received an anonymous letter suggesting that Roger Daigle, 48, of Troy, had defrauded his insurance company, Cooperative Insurance, by reporting his vehicle was damaged in a hit and run accident in the Price Chopper parking lot in Derby, back in December of 2012.

The letter triggered an investigation by police that they are saying revealed that the damage to Daigle’s vehicle was actually caused by one of his coworkers in the Town of Barton.

Police are saying that Daigle made up the story about it being done by an unknown vehicle to divert liability from his coworker. The coworker was found to be unaware of the fraud and did not know that Daigle reported the damage to the insurance company.

The investigation further revealed that he also reported the hit and run accident to the Vermont State Police.

Daigle was subsequently charged with one count of insurance Fraud and one count of False Report to Law Enforcement Authority.

Accused Circle K robber arrested on Friday for sale of heroin

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NEWPORT — A 23-year-old man from Oxford, Maine, who is accused of robbing the Circle K in Barton at knifepoint in January, was arrested on Friday for the sale of heroin.

Daniel Dunn, who is currently being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility on charges relating to the Circle K robbery, was cited to appear August 19, to face these two new counts of the sale of heroin.

The Barton robbery in January is also said to have been drug related.

Susanne Champagne, age 27, of Enosburg, is accused of dropping Dunn off at the Circle K store in Barton immediately prior to the robbery.

According to police, both Dunn and Champagne confessed, with Champagne stating, “Okay, yes, Danny robbed the Circle K.” She also informed police that they did it because they needed money to purchase heroin.

It also came out in the confession that the two were in Lyndonville to buy heroin when they were pulled over after the robbery.

Dunn later stated that he fled back to Maine to get cleaned up from his drug addictions.

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FREE and healthy food for children 18 and under this summer

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Photo courtesy of The Lunchbox

NEWPORT — Green Mountain Farm-to-School’s newest project, The Lunchbox Mobile Farmers’ Market, is participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Starting June 18th the Lunchbox will be serving free meals to kids 18 and under throughout the summer.

Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is designed to ensure that children who rely on free or reduced price meals during the school year continue to have adequate nutrition throughout the summer. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and younger without charge. The Lunchbox will be at the following locations:

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s School
54 Eastern Ave

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Gardner Park
155 Gardner Park Road

11:30-1:30 p.m.
Pavilion Park
95 Cross Street

The Lunchbox will also be open to the public and have meals available for purchase. All proceeds from the truck help support their work connecting kids, farms, and communities.

For more information contact Kathryn Hansis at or 802.334.2044. You can also connect with them on facebook at for updates.

Troopers involved in Barton shooting identified

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Trooper Seth Loomis (left) and Sergeant Denis Girouard (right) along with the police cruiser that Eric Jackson is accused of ramming into, causing the troopers to open fire on Jackson.

BARTON — The troopers involved in the recent shooting of a Lyndonville man in Barton early Wednesday morning have been identified as Sergeant Denis Girouard and Trooper Seth Loomis.

Sgt. Girouard, age 43, was hired by the Vermont State Police in July 2000 and is currently assigned as a patrol commander at the St. Johnsbury Barracks.

Trooper Loomis, age 26, was hired by the Vermont State Police in November 2011 and is currently assigned as a Trooper First Class at the St. Johnsbury Barracks.

Both members remain on administrative leave, with pay.

The suspect, Eric Jackson, age 27, remains at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), where he is listed in stable condition and receiving treatment. He is in the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections while being treated at the hospital.

He will be charged in Caledonia County when he returns to Vermont, as the incident originated in that county.

The initial investigation has revealed that Jackson may have been involved in several vehicle thefts and burglaries prior to the incident. Authorities are also saying it’s possible that Jackson was not working alone.

The shooting occurred at approximately 2:08 a.m. after Jackson allegedly stole a vehicle from a residence on US Route 5 in Sutton, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. After a lengthy pursuit, Jackson momentarily stopped on Burton Hill Road in Barton, changed directions by quickly accelerating in reverse, and repeatedly rammed two state police cruisers causing extensive damage and putting the troopers in fear of their safety.

Both troopers discharged their weapons in response to the on-going threat.

Detectives will continue to thoroughly investigate the incident, and anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the Vermont State Police at the St. Johnsbury Barracks 802-748-3111.

Once the investigation into the shooting incident is completed the case will be reviewed independently by both the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Eric Jackson of Lyndonville.

Lyndonville man shot by police in Barton after high-speed chase

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Eric Jackson shot by police in barton

BARTON — A 27-year-old Lyndonville man who was on escape status from the Department of Corrections led police on a high-speed chase early this morning, after stealing a car. The incident ended with the suspect being shot by police in Barton.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:08 a.m. after the suspect, identified as Eric Jackson of Lyndonville, allegedly stole a vehicle from a residence on US Route 5 in Sutton, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

At the time of the incident, Jackson was wanted on escape status from the Department of Corrections.

After a lengthy pursuit, Jackson momentarily stopped on Burton Hill Road in Barton, changed directions by quickly accelerating in reverse, and repeatedly rammed two state police cruisers causing extensive damage and putting the troopers in fear of their safety.

Both troopers discharged their weapons in response to the threat.

Jackson was initially transported to North Country Hospital in Newport, and treated for gunshot wounds sustained during the incident. Jackson was then transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment where he is currently listed in stable condition and is receiving treatment for his wounds.

The troopers involved in the shooting are not being identified at this time. The troopers were immediately placed on administrative leave, with pay, and were uninjured in this incident.

Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called in to investigate the incident. The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched and are processing the scene.

The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office, Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office, as well as the Attorney General’s Office.

Two Local Organic Farms Taking Part in CSA Open Farm Day

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Photo is from Garden of Eurbin Farm located in Barton.

NEWPORT — Two local organic farms offering Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs as they are called, will open their gates to the public on Sunday.

CSA is a form of direct farm-to-consumer sales in which the customer typically subscribes in the spring to a weekly share of the season’s harvest. Many CSAs offer a wide variety of produce, and some include meat, eggs, flowers, or other products.
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