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Local business in Coventry vandalized last night

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COVENTRY — Sometime between 7 p.m. yesterday, and 5:30 a.m. this morning, someone vandalized a local business in Coventry.

Police are saying that the incident took place at Calkins Sand and Gravel, located at 3258 Vermont Rte 14 N.

The Vermont State Police responded this morning to the call that someone had cut one of the conveyor belts on one of the crushing machines located at the mill.

A spokesman for Calkins said that the damage did not disrupt production for more than four hours, and that the machine itself was not damaged, only the conveyor belt, which needed to be repaired.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact S/T Amy Borsari at VSP-Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

$8.8 million in grants awarded for Newport State Airport expansion project

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COVENTRY — The Newport State Airport will receive two FAA grants totaling $8.8 million to help with the airport’s expansion. The grants to the airport come on the heels of a Federal Aviation Administration grant of $8.1 million to Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport for safety improvements.

“General aviation airports like Newport State are a vital component of our national air transportation system,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said. “Airports are essential to a strong economy, facilitating tourism and commerce.”

The FAA grants will extend the runway an additional 1000 feet to serve more and larger planes. The funds will also be used to complete the airport’s apron construction, where aircraft are parked.

These infrastructure improvements are essential to the planned aircraft assembly, warehouse construction and utilization of the Free Trade Zone designation that was secured in 2011.

In total, an award of $8.08 million was issued for the runway extension, and $794,000 for the apron construction.

“This expansion will pave the way for an exciting expansion of all aviation services in our region,” Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak Resort, said. “This grant will provide the capacity for the airport to welcome commercial aviation and substantial airfreight service. The jobs that will be fostered by this expansion will truly help all of our region.”

Man faces numerous charges after slamming truck into telephone pole

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NEWPORT — A 43-year-old man from Coventry was taken into police custody on Tuesday after slamming his truck into a telephone pole in Newport while intoxicated.

Police arrested William Beaumont and charged him with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a Criminally Suspended License, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

The incident happened at around 9 p.m., when the Newport Police Department recieved numerous calls to 911, stating that a dark colored Dodge Dakota had crashed into a telephone pole at the intersection of 2nd and Prospect Street.

One of the 911 callers had advised police that the truck was attempting to leave the scene of the accident.

By the time officers had arrived, the truck had left in an unknown direction. Newport Police were able to locate the vehicle shortly after arriving on the scene.

Beaumont was subsequently arrested and charged in the incident.

Nobody was injured as a result of the accident, but there were fluids that had leaked out of Beaumont’s truck after the crash, which required Newport City Fire to clean up and dispose of properly.

Single-vehicle accident in Coventry this morning

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COVENTRY — A 19-year-old woman from Newport was involved in a single-vehicle accident this morning in Coventry.

Police are reporting that Makayla Cote was traveling south on Lane Road in Coventry at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, when she allegedly swerved to avoid an animal in the road.

Cote lost control of her vehicle, a 2008 Pontiac G5.

She ended up going off the road and down an embankment. Thankfully, Cote was not injured in the crash.

Her vehicle ended up sustaining minor damage to the front passenger side.

Ten years ago today Coventry was the largest city in Vermont

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COVENTRY — It’s hard to believe, but exactly ten years ago today, Coventry was invaded by 68,000 Phish heads.

Phish was the only band at the event, performing six sets of music over the two nights that were supposed to be the band’s final live performances. Fans camped on site in tents, creating a community that became the largest city in Vermont over the weekend.

Originally, promoters had expected 110,000 people to attend. After a week of rain had flooded the concert field, people had to be turned away after only about 20,000 made it inside. There was even a rumor that the stage was sinking.

Phish made use of the local airwaves, creating “The Bunny” radio which aired live reports of the chaos, requesting patience from concert goers. Phish bassist Mike Gordon eventually came on the radio to announce that the field and venue were in a state of disaster and that no more vehicles would be allowed inside.

Rumors spread up and down the traffic lanes, where some had waited 30 hours without moving more than half a mile. Finally, tens of thousands abandoned their cars on highway medians, in breakdown lanes, and on the sides of roads. Many hiked to the concert, some walking as far as 30 miles to the venue.


Locals stepped in and began shuttling fans in and out of the site and to their vehicles.

The shows received mixed reviews from fans, who have a history of being critical of the way the band performs live.

Phish ended up getting back together in 2009, and continue to play shows today.

Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, the band has been together for 31 years. Although receiving little radio play or mainstream exposure, Phish has developed a large and dedicated following by word of mouth. They have sold over 8 million albums and DVDs in the United States.

Coventry actually ranks as one of the least attended of the nine music festivals Phish has organized.


Car rolls down 10 foot embankment, driver ticketed

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Car accident Newport Vermont

COVENTRY — Police are reporting that a 26-year-old woman from Newport was issued two tickets following a crash that took place Friday afternoon in Coventry, when her vehicle traveled off the road and down a 10 foot embankment.

According to a statement issued by the Vermont State Police following an investigation of the accident, Elizabeth Marino had been traveling west on Coventry Station Road when she passed another vehicle in a posted 35 mph zone.

The report states that Marino lost control of her vehicle as she tried to get back in her lane, which resulted in her traveling down the embankment, rolling her vehicle once and onto its tires.

No other cars were involved in the crash, and the 2009 Toyota Corolla Marino was traveling in had hood, front end, and roof damage from the rollover.

Marino was issued two tickets, one for an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and one for Driving too Fast for Conditions and Hazards.

Rollover crash in Coventry on Sunday

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COVENTRY — Authorities are investigating what they are calling a “major rollover crash” that took place in Coventry on Sunday afternoon that left a 20-year-old woman from North Troy being taken to the hospital.

Police say that Haily Meyer was the sole occupant of a 2007 Toyota RAV4 that was traveling on Route 105 in Coventry at around 4:30 p.m. when the vehicle was involved in the single-vehicle rollover accident.

A statement issued by police said that Meyers was transported privately to North Country Hospital for precautionary purposes, but since the crash is still under investigation, no more information is available.

We will update this report if more information is released.

Vehicle overturned in Coventry, driver uninjured

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COVENTRY — A North Troy man walked away without sustaining any injuries this morning, after his car overturned during a crash in Coventry.

Friday morning, at 10:30 a.m., Vermont State Police arrived at the scene of the single vehicle crash in Coventry.

Spencer Lachance-Guyette, 20, of North Troy, was operating a 2004 Subaru Legacy north on Lane Road. Police are reporting that he drove off the east side of the roadway, causing his vehicle to overturn.

He was wearing his seat belt and did not sustain any injuries.

The Subaru sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by Ray’s Auto out of Newport.

Airplane crash at Newport State Airport Saturday

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COVENTRY — According to the Federal Aviation Administration, nobody was injured after an airplane crashed at the Newport State Airport on Saturday. The FAA also reports that two people were inside the aircraft, while it was practicing takeoff and landing maneuvers, when the accident took place.

Vermont State Police were at the scene of the crash on Saturday when it happened, at around 12:50 p.m., and they were seen at the airport on Sunday as well.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but preliminary reports point toward the pilot loosing control of the aircraft while taking off.

The landing gear was ripped clean off of the plane during the incident.

It has not yet been confirmed who was flying the plane, a small single-engine model, but the aircraft is registered to Luc Quirion.

Authorities are stressing the fact that this does not mean that Quirion was the pilot involved in the crash. More information will be available when the investigation is completed.

Coventry man in intensive care after ATV crash

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COVENTRY — A 22-year-old Coventry man is currently listed in intensive care after his ATV struck a tree on Saturday. The crash happened on Ryder Road in Corinth, at around 6 p.m.

Initial reports of the incident state that Joshua Briere, a resident of Coventry, was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, for serious head injuries.
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