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Police: East Charleston man assaulted trooper at hospital

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A 37-year-old man from East Charleston is facing charges following a crash in Brownington early Tuesday morning.

The single-vehicle crash took place on Hoadley Lane at around 1:13 a.m.

State Police met with the driver, who was identified as Peter Moore-Lamphere, at North Country Hospital.

Police allege they detected indicators of impairment while speaking with him.

While at the hospital, police say he displayed disorderly conduct and also assaulted a trooper.

He was transported to the State Police Derby barracks for processing after being released from the hospital.

Police say he is facing charges of assault of law enforcement, and disorderly conduct.

Police: Brownington man arrested for DUI #2, violation of conditions of release

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A 36-year-old man was arrested for his second DUI, as well as criminal DLS, and violating conditions of release in Brownington yesterday.

Police say they initiated a motor vehicle stop on Hinman Settler Road at around 7:49 p.m.

While speaking with the driver, identified as Leo Davignon, of Brownington, police say they detected indicators of impairment.

Following an investigation, police found that Davignon’s driver’s license was criminally suspended and he also had an active set of conditions of release stating he could not operate a motor vehicle.

He was arrested and transported him to the State Police Derby barracks for processing.

Two-vehicle crash with injury, Irasburg

in Brownington/Irasburg/Newport/News

IRASBURG — Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in Irasburg this morning.

The crash took place on U.S. Route 5 at around 6:45 a.m.

According to the report, Robert Davignon, 29, of Brownington, was headed north and Wesley Kidder, 30, of Sutton, was headed south.

The vehicles struck as they passed each other.

Police say Davignon sustained “non-life threatening injuries” and was transported to North Country Hospital.

Kidder was not injured during the crash.

An investigation into the crash remains ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed it is asked to contact the State Police barracks at 334-8881.

Brownington couple charged with arson

in Brownington/Irasburg/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A man and a woman from Brownington were arrested and face charges after a fire in Irasburg back in November of 2019.

Police say Teresa Guay, 55, and her husband Roger Guay, 59, are being charged with 1st-degree arson, conspiracy, and insurance fraud.

On November 16, 2019, the Irasburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1754 Covered Bridge Road.

The fire had originally been reported as an accidental fire started by a cigarette falling onto paper towels used to clean a fuel oil spill.

According to authorities, the investigation revealed that the fire had been planned and intentionally set by the homeowners.

Brownington man arrested for 3rd DUI, violation of conditions

in Brownington/Derby/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A 30-year-old man from Brownington was picked up for his third DUI on Wednesday, and police say he was in violation of his conditions of release.

Trooper Pennoyer said he conducted a welfare check at around 8:00 p.m. on a driver who was parked on Hinman Settler Road in Brownington.

The driver was identified as Brian Maxwell.

Trooper Pennoyer said he detected indicators of impairment at the scene.

Maxwell was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police barracks in Derby for processing.

According to the report, Maxwell was in violation of his conditions of release, which stated he was not to consume alcohol.

Fatal ATV crash in Brownington

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — A 76-year-old man from Waterbury was killed in an ATV crash in Brownington this afternoon.

Police say they received a report of a two-vehicle ATV crash with injury at around 3:00 p.m.

According to the police report, a Yamaha Rhino collided with a road grader while coming off an ATV trail onto Ticehurst Road.

The operator of the side-by-side, identified as Keith Stone, suffered significant injuries as a result of the crash.

Stone was transported to North Country Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash.

The investigation remains ongoing, however, police say at this time it does not appear as though speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby barracks.

Home explosion in Brownington

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — Authorities say that an explosion at a residence in Brownington on Friday evening was most likely caused by a grill sized gas tank stored in the basement of the home.

At around 6:52 p.m. the Orleans Fire Department responded to the report of an explosion on Chapdelaine Road.

The explosion caused extensive damage to the building, and a small fire in the basement had self-extinguished.

There was no one home at the time of the incident.

Police say the residence is not habitable due to the structural damage, and a family of five is being assisted by the Vermont Red Cross with temporary housing.

Fie investigators say nine grill size gas tanks were located in the basement, one being used to fuel an instant hot water heater.

The specific source and cause of the gas leak could not be determined, but investigators say the probable ignition of the gas which caused the explosion was an electric water pump located in the basement.

The Department of Public Safety is warning the public of the dangers of storing and using LP Gas tanks/cylinders inside of a building.

The leaking of a tank can result in an explosion.

The misuse of the gas can result in the production of Carbon Monoxide gas, and the presence of a tank that is involved in a fire could cause injury or death of a firefighter.

Attempted burglary in Brownington

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who tried to break into a home in Brownington early this morning.

At around 12:30 a.m. police say they received a report of two male subjects who attempted to gain entry into a residence on West Road.

The subjects were seen on surveillance cameras with their t-shirts over their heads, however, faces were still partially visible.

One subject walked up to the front door and attempts to open it.

The door was locked at the time.

The homeowners told police that their vehicle had been rummaged through, but nothing was taken.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident, or possibly recognizes the men in the photo, is being asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

Brownington, Derby women arrested in Massachusetts for allegedly trafficking cocaine

in Brownington/Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Two women from Orleans county are facing drug trafficking charges after police in Massachusetts allegedly found 63 grams of cocaine in their car after a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

Police say they stopped a 2007 Ford 500 sedan on I-91 northbound, in Greenfield, Mass, for motor vehicle violations at 3:00 a.m.

As a result of an investigation, the four occupants of the vehicle were allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 63 grams of cocaine.

The driver was identified as Kimberly Lawrence, 41, of Brownington, and one of the passengers was identified as Kitty Godin, 38, of Derby.

Police say Lawrence and Godin were charged with trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug law.

They were held on $50,000 bail each and were scheduled for arraignment in court on Monday.

Police looking for Brownington man

in Brownington/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Vermont State Police say they are looking for a Brownington man.

The man, identified as 45-year-old Stanley “Joe” Crowe, has three separate arrest warrants in Vermont.

Police say he is a suspect in numerous burglaries in the Orleans County area.

According to a statement issued by Sgt. Sean Selby, Crowe is known to be involved with drug use in the Connecticut area.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is being asked to contact police at 802-334-8881.

Free Discover Girl Scouts event Nov. 29 in Brownington

in Brownington/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

BROWNINGTON — Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will be holding a free information session for girls and parents on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Brownington Central School.

Those interested and their families will meet local Girl Scouts and volunteers, as well as learn about expanded STEM and outdoor programs.

They will also enjoy fun, girl-led activities, explore available programs, learn about volunteer opportunities, and register to become Girl Scouts.

Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Scouts embroidered patch.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, visit, or call 1-888-474-9686 if you have any questions.

Serial drunk driver sentenced in Newport after 7th DUI

in Brownington/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A serial drunk driver will spend 6-15 years behind bars after being convicted of his 7th DUI offense.

Harry Norway, 48, a resident of Orleans County, was recently convicted of his 7th DUI, attempting to elude, false pretenses, and driving with license suspended.

According to court records, back in July of 2017, Norway led police on a chase through Brownington after police were notified by witnesses that he was so intoxicated he had fallen out of his truck while parked at the Evansville Trading Post.

While responding to the scene, police say Norway was headed toward the trooper at a high rate of speed, before the trooper swerved to avoid the collision.

While in pursuit, police say other motorists had to swerve to avoid colliding with his truck.

He eventually pulled into a driveway in Brownington and exited the vehicle, where he was taken into custody.

Norway was sentenced to serve 6-15 years behind bars.

The Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office says they requested a more significant jail sentence.

“Serial drunk drivers routinely risk the lives of the citizens of Orleans County,” State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett said. “We have no choice but to protect the citizens and incapacitate this type of offender.”

Car goes down 40-foot embankment, crashes into river

in Brownington/Charleston/News

BROWNINGTON — An 87-year-old woman from Charleston escaped without injuries after crashing her vehicle into a river in Brownington on Saturday.

Police, along with Orleans firefighters, were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 5A near the Westmore town line at around 4:15 p.m.

The vehicle was located down a 40-foot embankment, in a river.

The driver, identified as Beverly Spaulding, managed to exit the vehicle.

Police say Spaulding was uninjured during the crash.

According to the report, she had been traveling north when she left the roadway, traveled across a lawn, and down the embankment.

The vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Corolla, was removed from the river with a wrecker and towed from the scene.

210 hemp plants stolen in Barton

in Barton/Brownington/Newport/News

BARTON — Police are investigating the theft of a large amount of hemp in Barton.

On Wednesday morning, police were notified that approximately 210 drying hemp plants were taken along with various power tools, from the location.

Police say the loss is estimated to be in excess of $15,000.

According to the report, the victim was identified as Robert Butterfield, of Brownington.

It’s believed the offenders may have transported the plants out of the area by truck and trailer on Wednesday.

The victims are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Trooper Drew at 334-8881.

[VIDEO] Political Forum: Orleans-1 House District

in Brownington/Charleston/Derby/Holland/Morgan/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Last night a political forum was held in the Goodrich Memorial Library.

It featured three candidates running in the Orleans-1 House District, which represents Brownington, Charleston, Derby, Holland, and Morgan.

The candidates are Independent Frank Davis of Derby Line and Republican incumbents Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line and Brian Smith of Derby.

Each candidate received time to introduce themselves and make closing arguments.

Brownington man charged after failing to register as a sex offender

in Brownington/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department summonsed a convicted sex offender to court after they say he moved back to Vermont from Arizona and failed to register his new address.

Timothy Edward Souliere, 55, of Brownington, was charged with failure to comply with the Vermont Sex Offender Registry and was issued a citation to appear in Orleans County Superior Court.

He appeared and pled not guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Newport police say they learned on Aug. 23 that Souliere had moved back to Vermont from Arizona.

He had been convicted in Vermont in 1993, of lewd and lascivious conduct, and in Arizona on January 2, 2003, of attempted sexual assault.

The law requires Souliere to have registered as a sex offender when he moved back to Vermont from Arizona.

The department says that he had not contacted the Vermont Sex Offender Registry to notify authorities of his return to the state.

In court, Souliere was ordered as conditions of his release that he obey a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

He was also ordered to keep the court and his attorney aware of any changes to his address.

Re­demp­tion Gravel Bi­cy­cle Race coming to Brownington this Saturday

in Brownington/News/Northeast Kingdom

BROWNINGTON — The Re­demp­tion Gravel Bi­cy­cle Race will de­but at the Old Stone House Mu­seum in Brown­ing­ton on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 1.

Currently, the event has over 250 rac­ers en­listed.

The race promises to be a challenge to both physical and mental toughness.

Racers have the choice of 100 miles or 50 miles of beautiful local gravel roads.

The Re­demp­tion Gravel Race was cre­ated by An­thony Moc­cia and Heidi My­ers, who cre­ated the renowned Rasputitsa Spring Clas­sic.

The Ra­putitsa Spring Clas­sic is held in East Burke in April and brings in over 1,500 rac­ers an­nu­ally.

Moc­cia and My­ers say they hope to grow the Re­demp­tion Gravel Race to the same level by next year and will turn this race into a three-day stage race for 2019.

Police looking for Brownington man after crash

in Brownington/coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — A two-vehicle crash in Coventry on Friday has police looking for a Brownington man they say fled the scene on foot.

Police say they are looking for Scott Souliere, 40, of Brownington, after their initial investigation of the accident.

The crash took place at around 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Vermont Route 14 and Route 5.

According to the report, one of the drivers took off on foot after smashing into another vehicle.

A vehicle with expired plates registered to Souliere was totaled, facing east in the northbound travel lane of Route 5.

Police say the detailed description provided to them by the witness, matched that of Souliere.

The driver of the second vehicle was identified as Chris Maniatty, 61, of Derby.

Maniatty was hit on the driver’s side after the other driver failed to stop at the stop sign on Route 14, crossing into oncoming traffic on Route 5.

Police are requesting anyone with knowledge of Souliere’s whereabouts to contact them.

Police investigating horse spooking incident in Brownington

in Brownington/News

BROWNINGTON — Police are investigating an incident in Brownington, after two men threw things at a woman riding a horse, causing a safety concern.

At around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, police were notified that a “lifted” black pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed in town.

According to police, the two male occupants who were in the bed of the pickup truck, threw items at a woman while she was riding her horse on the Moulton Road.

The items that were thrown, as well as the loud speeding truck, caused the horse to get frightened and upset, posing a safety concern.

Vermont law states when approaching horses or cattle in the roadway:

“Control in presence of horses and cattle (a) Whenever upon a public highway and approaching a vehicle drawn by a horse or other draft animal, or approaching a horse or other animal upon which a person is riding, the operator of a motor vehicle shall operate the vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of such horse or animal and to insure the safety and protection of the person riding or driving.”

Anyone with information regarding the black pickup truck or the registered owner or passengers is being asked to contact Corporal Amy LeClair at 802-334-8881.

Clan of the Hawk gathering tomorrow

in Brownington/Evansville

EVANSVILLE — The Clan of the Hawk is inviting everyone to their 29th annual gathering on Saturday.

The event will be held on the Clan’s special grounds in Brownington.

This year the gathering will run one day only and is a great family event. It is also completely free to attend.

First Light Drum Circle will be on site, so there will be dancing and drumming throughout the day.

In the morning there will be a “Talking Circle” and in the afternoon they will have a “Naming Ceremony.”

The pet parade, which has become a favorite event over the last few gatherings, will be held at 2:00 p.m.

The gathering will also host their famous ‘local’ fish fry, sponsored by the Carlson Family.

The Assistant Chiefs will be holding a Sweat Lodge in the afternoon.

Visitors can go down to the river and wade in the cool water.

The address of the Clan is 123 Evansville Road, Brownington. It is three miles East of I-91 on Route 58.

Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Brownington Amish community pre­pare for ben­e­fit din­ner

in Brownington/Newport/News

BROWNINGTON — The Amish com­mu­nity in Brown­ing­ton will be hosting a ben­e­fit din­ner next Fri­day, June 15, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the gram­mar school/​Grange Hall now lo­cated at 1569 Prospect Hill, in Brown­ing­ton.

Everyone is in­vited to en­joy a home­cooked bar­be­cue chicken din­ner with baked beans, cold sal­ads, cakes, home­made ice-cream, and bev­er­ages, all pre­pared by the Amish com­mu­nity.

Do­na­tions from the din­ner will go to help pay the med­ical bills for the Shetler fam­ily, who recently lost their lov­ing wife and mother to a mas­sive heart at­tack this spring.

The fam­ily says they are ad­just­ing slowly to the empti­ness of their home in Brown­ing­ton.

Come out for good food, community, and to help a local family.

Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Up to 12 years in prison for Brownington man

in Brownington/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Brownington man was sentenced to serve up to 12 years in prison for charges related to an incident last April.

Joseph A. Hoadley, 33, was sentenced on charges of 1st degree aggravated domestic assault, unlawful mischief, failure to report to the Sexual Offender Registry, and a violation of probation.

Hoadley changed his plea to guilty the morning his jury trial was scheduled to begin.

He was sentenced to 18 months to 3 years to serve on the aggravated domestic assault and a concurrent 1-2 years to serve on the sex offender registry violation.

According to court records, during the assault, Hoadley choaked the victim with both hands for “what seemed like 30 seconds,” and would not let her leave the residence by physically blocking the door and pushing her away when she attempted to approach him.

His probation was revoked, with a total sentence of 5 1/2 – 12 years to serve in jail.

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    Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Old Stone House prepares for May opening

in Brownington/News/Northeast Kingdom

BROWNINGTON — A fresh en­ergy is dri­ving the Old Stone House Mu­seum in Brown­ing­ton to­wards open­ing day on May 16. Com­mu­nity out­reach classes will be in­ter­min­gled with an up­dated list­ing of events.

Out­reach classes for adults will in­clude tile mo­saics, plein air draw­ing, yeast-bread bak­ing, ca­nine obe­di­ence, and more.

The mu­seum will also be ap­peal­ing more to chil­dren and young fam­i­lies by of­fer­ing a weekly kids’ day each Fri­day from June 15 through Au­gust 24.

Kids’ day will be­gin at 11 a.m. with spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties planned on-site, fol­lowed by out­door pic­nick­ing. Chil­dren un­der 18 can en­joy tours those Fri­days for a re­duced rate.

Time Trav­el­ers Camp for kids ages 8 to 12 will run from July 23 through 27. This year the camp will fo­cus on her­itage arts and will in­clude pit-fired pot­tery, slate paint­ings, sap bucket lanterns, along with other pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from in the af­ter­noons.

New and old fa­vorite events will pique in­ter­est for mu­seum vis­i­tors.

The sea­son starts with the vol­un­teer ori­en­ta­tion carousel and tea on Thurs­day, April 26.

Things take off in May with the pop­u­lar Spring Field Days for school­child­ren on May 15 and 22, en­gines show on June 16, the gala fund-raiser on July 19, and Old Stone House Day on Au­gust 12.

The new stars party fund-raiser happens on Sep­tem­ber 1, which will in­clude live mu­sic, Fair­banks Mu­seum-led star gaz­ing on Prospect Hill us­ing high-pow­ered tele­scopes, food truck ven­dors, and more.

Open sea­son will draw to a close with a “boo!” at the new “Haunted Old Hall­ways” and trick-or-treat­ing event for kids and fam­i­lies on Oc­to­ber 28.

Local barns and historic sites benefit from state grants

in Brownington/Essex County/Greensboro/Island Pond

BROWNINGTON — Governor Phil Scott recognized the recipients of 16 State Historic Preservation Grants and 17 Barn Preservation Grants at a ceremony held at the State House Thursday.

Three of the recipients are located in Orleans County.

Greensboro Barn – $15,000

This large distinctive barn sits on 15.9 acres and was constructed between 1880 and 1900. The upper level is used as a gallery and studio space that is widely visited by the public between May and October. The barn also houses a seasonal farm stand. The south side of the roof was replaced with standing seam metal in 2016 with the help of a matching grant. This second grant will support re-roofing of the north side of the barn.

Grand Trunk Railway Station, Brighton (Island Pond) – $20,000

Built in 1903-1904 in the center of Island Pond, this station was originally used for passenger service before being converted to freight crew and maintenance quarters; it was abandoned in the 1980s. The railroad donated the building to the Town of Brighton in 1990, and it is currently leased to several tenants, including a local bank, police department, and Island Pond Historical Society. Grant funds will offset the costs of replacing building’s failing asphalt-shingled roof.

Eaton House at Old Stone House Museum, Brownington – $14,000

This late Federal-style house was built by Cyrus Eaton, a trustee of the Orleans County Grammar School. It was acquired by the Old Stone House Museum in 1971 for its administrative offices and is now used for collections storage and as the library/research center. This is one of seven buildings owned and maintained by the museum. A matching grant will allow the museum to replace the building’s wood-shingled roof with historically appropriate wood shakes.

“Vermont’s vibrant and rich history is directly linked to the vitality and success of our future,” said Scott. “By investing in our historic buildings, we are acknowledging they remain the cornerstones of our communities and culture. Just as importantly, we are putting people to work restoring our past and creating new opportunities for the next generation of Vermonters.”

Two-vehicle crash in Barton

in Barton/Brownington/News

BARTON — Police were called to the scene of a two-car crash in Barton on Sunday morning.

The incident took place on Vermont Route 58, at around 9:30 a.m.

The drivers were identified as Nathaniel Mason, 18, of Morrisville, and Timothy Guyette, 52, of Brownington.

Police say Mason was headed west when he crossed left of center and struck Guyette.

The vehicles came to rest off the roadway, to the right of the eastbound lane of travel.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage, but police say both drivers were uninjured.

According to the report, Guyette had a criminally suspended license and was issued a citation.

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