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Fire destroys barn in Coventry

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COVENTRY — The Newport City Fire Department responded to a structure fire in Coventry this morning.

A large, two-story barn at 862 Heermanville Road was fully engulfed in flames at around 9:20 a.m.

The barn was no longer in use as a dairy barn and used primarily for storage.

It was completely destroyed by the fire, however, no person or animal was injured.

Newport City Fire Chief Jamie Leclair contacted authorities to request assistance with an origin and cause investigation.

An investigation was initiated and initial investigation efforts suggest that the fire appears to be electrical in nature and non-suspicious.

First witnesses on scene noticed the fire in the southwest corner of the building.

Anyone that may have witnessed the fire is asked to contact Detective Sgt Michael LaCourse at 802-334-8881.

Route 14 in Coventry closed after report of shots fired

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COVENTRY — A section of Vermont Route 14 in Coventry was closed down yesterday while police investigated a report of gunshots being fired near a residence.

At around 7:15 p.m. police received a 911 report of several shots fired in the vicinity of 84 Blake Road.

Several law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Border Patrol responded to the area to assist.

Police say they believe the shots were fired as means of target practice, and that no injuries were reported and no law violation occurred.

Vermont Route 14 in the area of Blake Road was closed for approximately 3 hours as a precaution throughout the investigation.

An alternate route was provided to traveling motorists.

Driver injured in two-vehicle crash in Coventry

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COVENTRY — A 22-year-old woman from Connecticut was transported to North Country Hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Coventry this morning.

The police were notified at around 7:00 a.m. that a vehicle headed south on Vermont Route 14, sild through the intersection of Route 5 and collided with an unloaded tanker trailer.

The driver was identified as Danielle Browning, of Hebron, CT.

Police say the truck was being operated by John Judd, 37, of Newport Center.

Judd was headed north on Route 5, and according to the report, he noticed Browning’s vehicle approach the intersection unable to stop.

He slowed down and moved as far to the right as he could but was unable to avoid the collision.

Browning’s vehicle slid partially underneath the tanker trailer which caused her to sustain what police describe as “incapacitating injuries.”

She was transported to North Country Hospital by Newport EMS.

Newport Fire Department also arrived on scene and assisted.

Four arrested in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — Police say that they have arrested a group of people who occupied a camp in the town of Irasburg owned by a 54-year-old man from Coventry, without his permission.

As officers approached the camp, they say the occupants fled the scene on foot.

One accused, John Regan, 27, of Philadelphia, was taken into custody just outside the camp.

Troopers and deputies with K9s tracked the other three individuals through deep snow for 1-2 miles for about an hour before they were located and taken into custody in the woods.

The three were Identified as Ronald Harris, 27, also of Philadelphia, Daniel Peters, 23, of Newport, and Andrea Poutre, 37, of Newport.

Police say that Ronald Harris had an active arrest warrant issued out of Pennsylvania for aggravated assault.

Poutre was on court-ordered conditions of release for a “heroin – sale or delivery 200 mg or more” offense that occurred earlier in the year.

She also was on conditions of release for a case involving charges of retail theft, false info to a law enforcement officer, and violation of conditions of release.

Daniel Peters was on court-ordered conditions of release for burglary into an occupied dwelling that occurred earlier in the year in Orleans county.

Investigators say they are working with the State’s Attorney’s Office and the court to determine charges and arraignment details.

Harris, Peters, Poutre, and Regan remain in custody pending a court determination of bail and conditions of release.

Questions, questions, questions about the landfill

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After the September 10th forum in Newport with a panel presenting opinions on the expansion of the Coventry landfill, I’ve been asking myself and others a lot of questions.

As a member of DUMP, Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity, I’ve met concerned citizens working hard to investigate the issues surrounding our local landfill, unfortunately, the only landfill in Vermont.

It’s not an easy task, and I applaud the Chronicle, VT Digger, Seven Days, Newport Dispatch and other media for entering the fray.

I did not attend the recently-called meeting in Coventry, but after reading the Chronicle’s November 21st article I had more questions than answers.

According to the Coventry Selectmen and the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, there are “intense regulations” and frequent monitoring.

How frequently do the Town and State officials visit the landfill for spontaneous inspection? How intense are the regulations Vermont places on its one lined landfill since indeed waste management is “risky business,” according to the DEC Commissioner?

During the Sept. 10th forum the Solid Waste representative, Cathy Jamieson, mentioned that the facility was permitted because of the regulations that were in place, but she acknowledged that they might be less strict standards than in other states.

What are the standards in other states? How often do the wells get tested?

If the Waste Water Treatment Plants are not designed to test for PFAs, how can we be assured that leachate is clean when it goes into the lakes or rivers of Vermont?

How long does it take for contaminates to migrate? How often are the landfill liners checked for tears or slippage?

Vermont’s Universal Recycling Act was enacted in 2012 but the amount of recyclables removed from garbage has decreased our waste only slightly in the past 6 years.

What steps has the Solid Waste Department taken that have worked or haven’t made a difference? What do we really need to do in Vermont to reduce and reuse our garbage? What specific strategies has Casella implemented to become forerunners in the field of safe and environmentally friendly waste management as they claimed?

And what is the “ideal place for a landfill,” as the panel’s senior hydrologist posed?
A watershed bordering an international lake that provides drinking water to Canadian citizens?

Or a poor region where residents might benefit from the dollars that the landfill company will pay to compensate for the odors and the traffic (although all the other communities around the region and state have to deal with the huge trucks and emissions, as well)?

The squashed plans to site landfills in Burlington and Williston in recent years failed due to … what?

Were they not ideal places to site a landfill, being in populated zones where more of the garbage is generated and collected?

What long-range planning is Vermont doing to solve these problems?

Our communities, whether they are for or against the expansion of the Coventry landfill, would like specific answers to all these questions.

The public should be made aware of the test results and options and get specific, not vague, answers.

From our DUMP queries, we’ve seen that a lot of digging needs to be done into DEC, Act 250 or NEWSVT records to gain facts.

My final question is “What is the rush?”

Deliberations, answers and solutions should precede the permit expansion.

Let’s take the time to solidify Vermont’s solid waste management plan.

Respectfully,

Lindy Sargent, Barton

Woman injured during head-on crash in Coventry

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COVENTRY — A woman was injured during a head-on crash in Coventry on Sunday that closed Alderbrook Road for over an hour.

The accident took place at around 4:10 p.m. near the intersection of Vermont Route 14.

According to police, Cory Valentine, 26, of Coventry, had been traveling south on Alderbrook Road when he crossed the double yellow line into the northbound lane.

Sarah Martell, 56, also of Coventry, was traveling north in her lane and was unable to maneuver to avoid the collision.

Both vehicles impacted head-on in the northbound lane.

Police say Martell’s airbag did not deploy.

She was extricated from the vehicle by rescue workers and transported to North Country Hospital for treatment for injuries.

According to the report, Valentine was not transported to the hospital.

There is no update as to the nature of Martell’s injuries at this time.

Photo by Phil White.

Fly to Pie this Sunday

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WEST GLOVER — Runners, bikers, and hikers are rolling into the roster for another “Fly to Pie,” this coming Sunday.

Fly to Pie is a road race for individuals and families across the beautiful dirt roads through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom.

The 10km race and walk will start off in Irasburg Common.

The 13.5-mile, 17-mile, and 26.2-mile runners and bikers will start at the airport in Coventry.

All participants end up at Parker Pie in West Glover.

Parker Pie promises all the pizza you can eat, with Hill Farmstead Beer on tap.

There will be music on site provided by Beg, Steal or Borrow.

In addition, 20 percent of all registration fees go directly to The Halo Foundation, to support individuals and their families in their fight against cancer.

Newport police looking for Coventry man

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NEWPORT — A 44-year-old man from Coventry is wanted by Newport police after they say he fled during a traffic stop.

Police say Scott Amidon is wanted for attempting to elude and driving with a criminally suspended license.

On Sunday, an officer attempted to stop Amidon on Main Street.

He fled from police and allegedly drove away on Route 5 at speeds in excess of 90 mph.

After ditching his car, police say he took off on foot and officers were unable to locate him.

Amidon is currently a wanted fugitive and has several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Police say he should be considered dangerous.

Anyone with information about Amidon is being asked to contact the Newport Police Department at 802-334-6733.

Police looking for Brownington man after crash

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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.

[VIDEO] Meet the Candidate event: Kendall Lambert

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NEWPORT — Kendall Lambert is an independent candidate seeking to represent the residents in the towns of Coventry, Irasburg, Newport, Newport Center, and a portion of Troy in the Vermont House of Representatives.

Lambert hosted a Meet the Candidate event last week at Kingdom Brewing in Newport.

During the event, she talked politics and enjoyed some craft beer.

Newport Dispatch shot this video to allow those who were unable to attend the opportunity to hear from the candidate.

Impersonating law enforcement alert in Orleans County

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COVENTRY — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is notifying residents of a white male with black hair and a noticeable red rash on the left side of his neck, who is possibly impersonating law enforcement.

At around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, a woman says she was traveling south on the Alder Brook Road in Coventry when a light blue car activated a red and blue flashing light bar on the roof of the vehicle and began to follow her.

The woman told police that she didn’t feel comfortable pulling over in a rural area as the car didn’t look like a police car and had no police markings on it.

The vehicle continued to follow her displaying the red and blue flashing lights until she got to the intersection of Vermont Route 14 and US 5 in Coventry, where she pulled over to the side of the road.

The driver of the light blue car pulled over behind her and exited his vehicle. He approached and told her he had stopped her for speeding.

Police say he then got back in his car and turned around and quickly departed back in the direction he had just come from.

The driver is described as a white male of small stature, approximately 130-140 lbs, possibly 30 to early 40 years of age with black hair and a noticeable red rash on the left side of his neck.

The woman told police he was wearing a t-shirt and blue jeans at the time.

The vehicle is described as a light blue, mid-sized car with a red and blue light bar on the roof.

Anyone who may have witnessed this event or has information about the unknown white male or light blue car involved is asked to contact the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department at 802-334-3333.

Tour bus crash on I-91 sends Coventry man to hospital

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BARTON — A 41-year-old man from Coventry was injured after crashing into a tour bus on Friday.

At around 7:35 a.m. police were notified of the crash, south on Interstate 91 in the town of Barton.

Police say Terry Degreenia had just entered the on-ramp in Barton when he left the travel lane, sliding sideways and striking the bus.

The bus was traveling in the passing lane and was hit in the front bumper.

Degreenia’s Ford F150 left the roadway and came to an uncontrolled rest in the median, facing north.

Degreenia was transported to North Country Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

The tour bus was driven from the scene.

Police say none of the passengers on the bus were injured.

Family pet shot and killed in Coventry

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COVENTRY — Police are seeking the public’s help after a local family pet was shot and killed.

This evening, at around 5:30 p.m., police were contacted regarding a beagle which had been shot yesterday, February 19, between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Spencer Hill Road in the town of Coventry.

Police say the animal had been mistakenly left outside during this time frame.

The beagle was taken to a vet where a necropsy was performed which determined the cause of death.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is being asked to contact the State Police at 334-8881.

Shelter opened in Coventry after flooding

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COVENTRY — There has been some flooding reported in Coventry and town administrator Amanda Carlson says the town is working hard to ensure everyone is safe, and help to minimize any damage to homes.

The Community Center has been opened up as a temporary shelter.

Carlson says that if you need assistance or a place to go, don’t hesitate to come in.

If you are in other areas of the town and are experiencing any problems with flooding, let town officials know immediately.

It is also important that people check on friends and neighbors who might need assistance and call the town to see if there is anything they can do.

Update: Town officials say they assisted community members who went door to door in the village and checked on everyone. This will continue throughout the next couple of days but so far everyone is safe and accounted for.

The water under Hi-Acres bridge was quite elevated so every resident on the road was warned that if levels increase they might be stuck and to call the town immediately if there are any problems.

Photo by Vanessa Raymond Palmer.

Lyndon State College men’s basketball team tours local schools

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NEWPORT — The entire LSC men’s basketball team met with junior high students at Coventry Village School, Troy Elementary School, Brighton Elementary School and Charleston Elementary School last week.

They met with over 263 students and talked about the transition to college, moving away from home, financial aid, scholarships, the recruitment process and the importance of working hard in school so they are prepared for college.

Coach Dave Pasiak talked with students about focusing on academics in high school and their own personal development to strive to be a good teammate, family member, and community member.

The junior high students had the opportunity to ask the players questions about their majors, why they chose Lyndon State, and how they developed their skills as basketball players.

While at Brighton Elementary School, the LSC student-athletes also met with younger students in preschool and third grade.

There will be free admission for students and their families to attend the LSC home game on January 20, when they play Husson University.

The women play at 1 p.m. and the men play at 3 p.m.

Derby man charged after hit-and-run with train

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COVENTRY — A Derby man will have to answer to charges after he allegedly hit a train today and fled the scene.

Police say 39-year-old Aaron Horner was cited for leaving the scene of a crash and driving with a criminally suspended license.

At around 11:00 a.m. police were notified of a crash at the railroad crossing on Coventry Station Road in Coventry.

It was reported that a truck failed to stop for a train that was preceding through the intersection.

While a trooper was responding, witnesses say the truck left the scene heading east on Coventry Station Road. Police say the truck was leaking fluids and smoking.

Vermont State Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, Border Patrol and Newport Fire Department all responded to the scene.

The train conductor and engineer were both uninjured during the incident.

Police say a trooper later located the truck involved in the crash on Moulton Road in Brownington, hiding behind large shrubbery, and identified Horner as the driver.

Police say Horner was not injured during the crash.

Police: DUI crashes in Troy and Coventry

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NEWPORT — Police say two drivers are facing DUI charges after separate single-vehicle crashes that took place last night in Orleans County.

At around 9:15 p.m. police received a call of a crash in the town of Troy.

While speaking with the operator, Gilles Desjarlais, 71, of Troy, police say an odor of intoxicants was detected.

Desjarlais willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was transported to Newport Police Department where he was processed and released.

Later in the evening, just before midnight, police received another call of a single-vehicle crash in the town of Coventry.

Police say an odor of intoxicants was detected emitting from the driver, Gaetan Corderre, 25, of North Troy.

According to the report, Corderre also willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI.

He was transported to the Vermont State Police Derby barracks, where he was processed and released.

Car stolen during burglary at White Mountain Auto in Newport

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UPDATE: Police say they have recovered the stolen vehicle, and have collected new evidence in the investigation.

COVENTRY — White Mountain Auto in Newport was burglarized overnight, and a car was stolen from off the lot.

Police say they were notified of the burglary at 8:00 a.m. this morning.

The vehicle that was stolen is a 2010 slate blue Hyundai Sonata.

The key to the vehicle had been taken from inside the business during the break-in.

At the time it was stolen, the Hyundai was bearing a White Mountain Auto plate on the front and no plate on the rear.

Police say the break-in and theft occurred sometime between 5:00 p.m. Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Anyone with any information about this incident is being asked to contact police at 802-334-8881.

Police: Brownington woman facing numerous charges

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COVENTRY — A 26-year-old woman from Brownington is facing charges after an incident that took place in Coventry this afternoon.

At approximately 1:00 p.m. police responded to a reported vandalism on Nadeau Park Road.

Police say witnesses reported Sarah Ray, 26, of Brownington, was the operator of a vehicle at the time of the incident and drove onto a lawn where children were playing.

Ray has court ordered conditions not to operate a motor vehicle, and her driver’s license is criminally suspended, police say.

She is facing charges of violation of conditions of release, unlawful mischief, negligent operation, and driving with a criminally suspended license.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Locals win at Fly to Pie marathon and bike race

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GLOVER — A 52-year-old athlete from Canaan defended home turf and won the fourth annual Fly to Pie, Kingdom Marathon with a time of 3:05:11.

David Herr, 52, of Canaan, took home first this year. He has run in all four marathons and is a three-time winner.

Winning among the women was Karen Benway, 45, of Williston, with a time of 3:50:25.

The vista riddled course is run on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom, from the airport in Coventry through Brownington, over Barton Mountain, through Barton, over Burton Hill into Irasburg, and back to Parker Pie in West Glover.

It is described by many as the most beautiful and toughest road marathon in the east.

Winning the 26.2 mile bike race, Doin’ the Dirt, were locals Chad Harden, 42 of Newport Center, and Tamsin Durand, 40, of Derby.

The run, bike, walk, was held on Sunday, October 8. Fall foliage was at its peak. The weather was warm, and the mix of sun, rain, and wind added to the excitement of the day.

Runners, bikers, and walkers who participated in this year’s Fly to Pie ranged in age from 7-year-old Jonah Matte of Barton, to 75-year-old Newton Baker, of Montpelier, running the marathon for the fourth straight year.

Participants came from California, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Montreal, Magog, and Sherbrook, Quebec.

The event raised $815 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Fly to Pie and Kingdom Games to support American Red Cross disaster relief

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WEST GLOVER — On Sunday, October 8, Fly to Pie’s 6-mile run, bike, or hike from Irasburg to West Glover will be dedicated to supporting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The $25 fee for the walk, run, or bike will be dedicated in its entirety to the Red Cross.

Parker Pie is offering up all the pizza you can eat, with Hill Farmstead beer on tap. Music will be provided by Hardwick Granite.

Fly to Pie also offers 13.5, 17, and 26.2-mile distances for running and biking on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom, starting at Lakeview Aviation in Coventry and also ending at Parker Pie.

Normally, Kingdom Games donates a portion of its proceeds to local charities. However, organizers say this year it seems the right thing to do to support recovery efforts in Florida and Texas.

Runners and bikers are coming from California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and around Vermont to savor the fall foliage, fine pizza, excellent beer on tap, and great music.

Online registration for all courses is open at www.kingdommarathon.com.

Locals killed in New Hampshire car crash, driver charged

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NEWPORT — Police in New Hampshire say they have charged a woman with negligent homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated, after a car crash over the weekend took the lives of two Orleans County residents.

The head-on collision took place at around 11:15 p.m. Friday night on Route 10 in Croydon, New Hampshire.

The crash killed 20-year-old Michelle Fenimore of Brownington and 18-year-old Nicholas Carpenter of Coventry.

Police say Kristine Lake, 22, of Sharon, Vermont, drifted into the southbound lane before crashing into the car driven by Fenimore, in which Carpenter was a passenger.

Lake suffered minor injuries and was later charged.

She was released on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 3.

Newport police looking for suspect after break-in at West Side Deli

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly broke into a business early this morning.

Police say they are actively seeking Daniel Greenwood, 41, whose most recent known addresses are in Troy and Coventry.

At approximately 4:42 a.m. an officer was dispatched to the West Side Deli on Highland Avenue for a report of a person inside the store.

The officer began searching the area and was joined by an off-duty officer who was passing through the area.

The officers located a man, later identified as Greenwood, on one side of the building and attempted to establish a perimeter.

Greenwood then allegedly emerged from a bush where he had been hiding and ran toward a gold SUV parked nearby.

One of the officers attempted to subdue Greenwood and ordered him to stop, but he allegedly revved the SUV’s engine and eventually accelerated onto Highland Avenue, reaching a speed of approximately 70 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The officer retreated to his cruiser and began pursuing him, but ultimately lost sight of his vehicle.

A short time later, officers located a piece of the vehicle’s front end, including a license plate registered to another vehicle owned by Greenwood.

A search of his two previous known addresses proved unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about Greenwood’s whereabouts is asked to immediately contact Newport Police at 802-334-6733.

He is wanted on charges of attempted burglary, unlawful mischief, attempting to elude, gross negligent operation, excessive speed, and resisting arrest.

Single-vehicle crash in Coventry leads to charges

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COVENTRY — A Westfield man is facing charges after a single-vehicle crash in Coventry on Thursday afternoon.

At around 4:11 p.m. police were notified of the wreck on US Route 5, just south of Airport Road.

The driver was identified as 29-year-old Frank Villegas.

Police say Villegas traveled off the traveled portion of the roadway while headed north in a 2005 Ford Focus.

He was found to be “under the influence of intoxicants and was subsequently arrested for DUI,” a statement issued by police reads.

Troopers were later notified that Villegas was under conditions of release, one of which was he could not drink alcohol.

He is scheduled to appear in Orleans County court to answer to the charges of DUI and violation of conditions of release.

30-day lane closure in Coventry to start July 24

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COVENTRY — Construction crews working on ledge stabilization along Route 5 in Coventry will continue construction tasks to prepare for the scaling of the ledge.

The project is located approximately 2.5 miles north of the Coventry line where the roadway occupies a narrow corridor between the subject rock cut on the west and the Black River to the east.

Travel will be reduced to one lane at the project site with alternating one-way traffic. Traffic control personnel will be present to maintain traffic flow.

The contractor says they are making every effort to complete as much work as possible prior to the closure period.

A 30-day closure of Route 5, at the project site, is scheduled to start Monday, July 24.

An offsite detour will be marked with signs.

Stolen truck found abandoned, crashed in Coventry

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COVENTRY — Police say that a truck that crashed on Wednesday morning, had been stolen earlier from a parking lot in Derby.

At around 9:50 a.m. police responded to calls of a white Ford pick-up truck that had gone off the roadway by the intersection of Coventry Station Road in the town of Coventry.

Police say the vehicle crashed as a result of traveling too fast for the road conditions.

It was later learned that the truck had been stolen from a parking lot on Route 111, near Main Street in Derby, sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from local businesses in the area that the theft occurred.

According to the report, the truck owner was identified as Ronald Patenaude, 49, of Derby Line.

Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact Corporal Amy LeClair at 802-334-8881.

Derby man ejected from vehicle after crash in Coventry

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NEWPORT — A 34-year-old man from Derby was injured after being ejected from his vehicle during a crash in Coventry early Friday morning.

At around 12:30 a.m. police responded to the single-vehicle crash on Messier Farm Road. When they arrived they found a man on the ground approximately 20 feet from the vehicle with a head injury.

The driver was identified as Wayne Broe, 34, of Derby.

Broe was rushed to North Country Hospital for his injuries.

Police say observations made at the scene show the vehicle was traveling northwest when it went off the northeast side of the road and was then brought back onto the road quickly, causing the vehicle to flip multiple times.

The crash is still under investigation, police say.

Medical emergency causes single-vehicle crash on I-91 this morning

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NEWPORT — A 52-year-old woman from Barton was injured in a single-vehicle car crash this morning.

At around 9:00 a.m. police responded to the crash on I-91 north, near mile marker 167 in Coventry.

Police say the driver, identified as Deanna Simpson, was experiencing a medical emergency, which caused her to veer off of the roadway and lose control of the vehicle.

Simpson was transported to North Country Hospital.

According to the police report, Simpson suffered “non-life threatening injuries.”

The crash is still under investigation.

Steelhead runs happening now in Orleans, Coventry

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ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Orleans. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds.

The best place to spot steelhead is at Willoughby Falls just outside downtown Orleans. Another great place to see migrating steelhead is Coventry Falls on the Black River in Coventry.

“When people think of wildlife watching, they typically think of moose or birds, but I would guess that most people don’t think of fish,” said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “This is a rare opportunity to watch fish in nature. Images of salmon or trout hurling themselves up scenic waterfalls are typical from places like Alaska, but many people may not realize we have these same wildlife viewing opportunities right here in Vermont.”

Steelhead can be spotted moving up the falls during warmer days in mid to late April and sometimes into early May during years with late winters. The best times to spot the fish leaping the falls are in the late morning and early afternoon as the sun is hitting the waters.

Willoughby Falls and a section of river upstream are closed to fishing until June 1 to protect the fish while they are spawning, although there are great fishing opportunities a short way downstream from the falls.

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Teenager taken to hospital following Thursday morning crash in Coventry

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COVENTRY — A 16-year-old driver from Newport Center was taken to the hospital yesterday after a single-vehicle crash in Coventry.

The accident took place on Route 14.

Police say Andrew Matten was headed toward Alderbrook Road in a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck when the vehicle left the roadway.

The truck slid and hit a tree, causing it to roll and come to rest on its roof.

According to a statement issued by police, Matten had his seatbelt on and suffered lacerations to his head and arm.

He was transported to North Country Hospital, where he was treated, and later released.

Newport City Fire and Newport Ambulance, as well as the Newport City Police Department, were all at the scene Thursday morning.

The vehicle was totaled in the crash.

Man rescued in Coventry after trying to save his dogs from burning home

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COVENTRY — A man was rescued from his home in Coventry after he passed out trying to save his dogs during a house fire early Thursday morning.

At around 2:00 a.m. the Newport City Fire Department was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire on Main Street.

While en-route the fire department learned that a resident, identified as Douglas Rounsevelle, was still inside the home.

Capt. Kevin Lacoss and firefighter Ryan Abel found Rounsevelle passed out on the kitchen floor and managed to pull him out to safety.

He was transported to North Country Hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation and a few other minor injuries.

State police say that after getting out, Rounsevelle re-entered the building to try and rescue his three dogs. All three dogs died in the fire, but authorities say that some cats managed to escape.

“The amount of fire throughout the house made it difficult to gain entry, so defensive operations were done to extinguish the fire,” a statement issued by the Newport City Fire Department reads.

The fire was under control by 4:00 a.m. and fully extinguished at 11:30 a.m.

The Orleans Fire Department and Irasburg Fire Department were called in for mutual aid.

There is no word as to what caused the fire, but it is not deemed to be suspicious at this time.

VSP: Woman caught in Newport driving with BAC almost three times over the legal limit

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NEWPORT — A 56-year-old woman from Coventry is facing charges after police said she was driving Thursday evening near Newport with a blood-alcohol level almost three times over the legal limit.

At around 5:00 p.m. police say they observed a Subaru Outback commit a motor vehicle violation on Coventry Street in Newport City and conducted a motor vehicle stop.

The driver was identified as Sheila Macfarlane, 56, of Coventry.

“While speaking with the operator, I noticed she had bloodshot watery eyes and her speech was slurred,” VSP trooper Pohlman said.

Pohlman said he asked Macfarlane to perform field sobriety exercises, and she willingly provided a sample of her breath.

According to police, her BAC was .201 percent.

She was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and taken to the Vermont State Police Derby barracks where she was processed, fingerprinted, and photographed.

Macfarlane was issued a citation and released.

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