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Derby native Nick Fortin to lead state’s deer management program

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DERBY — Vermont Fish & Wildlife has hired a new biologist, Nicholas Fortin, to lead the state’s deer management program.

Fortin grew up in Derby, and is a 2001 graduate of North Country Union High School in Newport.

He has an associate’s degree in fish and wildlife technology at Paul Smiths College in New York, a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology at the University of Maine, and his Master of Science degree in natural resources-wildlife at the University of New Hampshire.

Fortin is currently conducting disease research for both the Washington and Idaho Departments of Fish and Wildlife.

“I’m super excited to get this job, being able to return to my home state of Vermont and working on a wildlife species, white-tailed deer, that I am passionate about,” said Fortin. “This is a great opportunity to work for the Fish & Wildlife Department and interact with the state’s hunters and others who care about deer.”

He will start work in Vermont on September 14.

Fortin has previously done research and assisted in management of moose and deer in New Hampshire, mule deer and moose habitat in Wyoming, and deer wintering areas in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

“We look forward to having Nick Fortin join our team of wildlife scientists in doing research and management to help conserve Vermont’s wildlife and their habitats,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Nick will be the lead person on the deer project with collaboration from other biologists on the big game team and from different regions.”

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Log truck rollover in Derby

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DERBY — A logging truck ended up rolling on its passenger side in Derby on Wednesday evening.

The incident took place just after 6 p.m., on Route 105.

The driver, Winfred Spaulding, 42, of Maine, told police that another vehicle was traveling on the center yellow line coming at him.

The oncoming vehicle forced him to drive on the shoulder of the eastbound lane, Spaulding said.

The truck went into the ditch, causing it to roll on its passenger side.

Spaulding was not injured in the crash, but the truck and trailer sustained serious passenger side damage.

The crash is still under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is being asked to call the Derby barracks.

Photos courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Two Newport residents arrested while trying to steal a boat

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DERBY — Two Newport residents are behind bars after a bizarre incident that took place at a home in Sunset Acres on Sunday morning.

Police say that Spencer Lucas, 25, and Danual Morrow, 42, are accused of going on a crime spree along the Newport bike path, that ended in the two trying to steal a boat from a residence.

A witness to the incident says that they had the boat running, and were attempting to get it off of the lift, when the boat owner came out and asked what was going on.

They are reported to have said that they were repossessing the boat, and then came up on the property and started looking around the tool shed. The boat owner asked again what they were doing, when one of the suspects replied, “we’re looking to see what else you got.”

It’s alleged that at some point they threatened to kill the boat owner. Both are said to have resisted arrest.

Through investigation police say it was determined that they attempted to steal several boats and caused various damage during the crime spree. Police say Lucas and Morrow were found in possession of stolen property and Lucas was in possession of a controlled substance.

Photos courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
Photos courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Both were lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility for violations of their probation and parole.

They are facing charges of theft, unlawful mischief, unauthorized use of boat, and possession of narcotics.

A statement issued by police lists the victims as Gerald West, Donald Chapdelaine, and David Dahl.

Your guide to Fourth of July fireworks, events in Orleans County

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NEWPORT — The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, which seems extra conducive to a celebration. Pack the family, the lawn chairs and blankets, and head out to watch some fireworks, hear some live music, or take in a boat parade on this annual rite of summer.

Here are some of the events in Orleans County you won’t want to miss on Independence Day:


Gardner Park will feature an afternoon and evening of music, bed races, hula hooping competition, vendors and more. Classic rock band The Hitmen will be one of the featured bands at this year’s festivities, with fireworks starting at 9:45 p.m.

The Farmers’ Market will even be open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, featuring music, vegetables, and fresh grass fed beef for those burgers.


A parade on Main Street will start at 10 a.m.


A parade will start at 11 a.m., followed by a chicken barbecue.


The 4th of July celebration in Island Pond will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 3rd – 5th. Fireworks will be on Friday night at dusk. There will be events held throughout the weekend. The annual parade will be on Saturday at 11 a.m.


The annual 4th of July Boat Parade will line up off Crescent Beach on Lake Willoughby at 3:45 p.m. Come out and relax on the beach and enjoy the show.


The Barton fire Department and Orleans County Fair Association, in partnership with community sponsors, will bring the July 4th parade to Barton once again. 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.


An Independence Day Celebration will take place at Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton during the day on Friday, July 4th. Activities will include antique/farm tractor pull, horse & pony pull, gymkhana, horseshoe competition, games, food and more.


Friday July 3rd – FIREWORKS – at dusk off Lake Shore Road. A good place to watch is the baseball field or public beach.

Saturday July 4th – PARADE – line up starts at 9:15 a.m. – walkers and antique cars will line up at the new fire station, everyone else on Lake Shore Road – all are welcome to be in the Parade.

The Parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at the Town Hall Green where there will be music and activities for children.

You can purchase a Chicken BBQ lunch including coleslaw, roll, beverage and dessert from the UCC for $10.00, please call 802-533-2223 to reserve your meal.

Saturday July 4th – SQUARE DANCE – in the Tent on the Town Hall Green, from 7 – 9 p.m. The Caller is Robin Russell with music by Pete’s Posse.

Admission is $5.00, children under 12 free. Sponsored by Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency

18-year-old man airlifted to hospital after car accident in Troy

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TROY — An 18-year-old man from Westfield was airlifted to the hospital after a serious accident that took place near Troy on Friday.

Authorities have not released much information about the accident, but say that Cody Rosenberger, 18, of Westfield was traveling south on Vermont Route 101 toward the village of Troy, when he crashed his truck into the back of a Jeep. The incident took place at around 5:40 p.m.

Police say that the Jeep was being driven by Adam Judd, 30, of Derby, who was attempting to turn left onto Starrs Drive.

Both Judd and Rosenberger were the only occupants in their vehicles.

Rosenberger was transported to North Country Hospital, and subsequently transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center via helicopter for the injuries he sustained in the crash.

There is no information as to the nature of his injuries, and police have not said if Judd was injured during the accident.

Both vehicles were totaled during the incident.

Lumber stolen from local Boy Scouts Troop 880 of Derby

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BARTON — Local Boy Scouts Troop 880 of Derby had a significant amount of lumber they were using for various projects stolen from them sometime last week. The lumber was being stored at a local lumber yard in Barton.

Police report that they received a call reporting the theft from EM Brown & Son. Police say Arthur Laplante advised the lumber had been purchased by the Boy Scouts, but had been left on the property until it was needed

The Boy Scouts were using the lumber for a number of projects, some of which were going to help them raise money for summer camp.

Lucy Neel, Scoutmaster of Troop 880, said that they were using some of that lumber in a project to build recycling receptacles to collect bottles to help raise money. They had also been using the lumber for the upkeep of a camp they use at Stearns Brook. The troop had been building a shed at the site.

Police say that the lumber that was stolen was 14 foot length pieces of pressure treated 2×6. They say that the lumber went missing sometime last week.

The value of the wood has not been estimated yet, but it is reported that it was a significant amount.

“We live by a code,” Scoutmaster Lucy Neel said. “We have a Boy Scouts code, and one is being trustworthy. It’s gut-wrenching to think that people would steal from the Boy Scouts.”

Police are asking that if anyone has information regarding this theft to contact the Derby State Police Barracks.

Katelyn Patenaude, CP Award recipient and Sheila Gleason, CNB Derby Line Office Supervisor.

Community National Bank honors local students for community service

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DERBY — Community National Bank (CNB) recently honored Katelyn Patenaude, a North Country Union High School student, and Nicholas Aiken, a Lyndon Institute student with Community’s Promise Community Service Awards for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Students submited essays describing their volunteer activities and what they have done to make their community a better place to live, work and grow.

Katelyn Patenaude, CP Award recipient and Sheila Gleason, CNB Derby Line Office Supervisor.
Katelyn Patenaude, CP Award recipient and Sheila Gleason, CNB Derby Line Office Supervisor.

Katelyn has volunteered for her church’s youth group collecting food for those in need, helping with Catechism Bible School and assisting with several youth activities. She has given her time to 4-H by teaching young members to ride horses, and she has served as a ring mistress and a judge during show activities. Katelyn has even coached various sports teams, and she has donated her time to referee games and keep score. She also started a summer food program in her community.

Nicholas Aiken, CP Award recipient and Lori Leonard, CNB Memorial Drive Office Supervisor.
Nicholas Aiken, CP Award recipient and Lori Leonard, CNB Memorial Drive Office Supervisor.

Nicholas has given his time to many school clubs including the National Honors Society helping with various fundraising efforts which have benefited his school and other community organizations. He has helped coach youth football and has assisted with his school’s football program by helping the booster club and by providing support to the coaching staff. Nicholas has been active in his church teaching Catechism classes, and he is part of the Junior Sheffield Fire Department.

Community National Bank says that many great essays were submitted this year.

“We are very thankful for all of the time that students give to make our communities better places to live, work and grow,” a spokesperson for CNB said.

Young artists awarded Adrien Patenaude Memorial Scholarships

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DERBY — Local poet Jerry Johnson was at the United Christian Academy’s Senior Speech Night on Friday to present Adrien Patenaude Memorial Scholarships to two talented young artists. The scholarship was started in honor of Newport artist Adrien Patenaude, who passed away last year.

Patenaude illustrated Johnson’s new children’s book, “Noah’s Song.” To honor Patenaude, the profits from the sale of the first 500 copies of Noah’s Song went to set up the scholarships.

The scholarships were handed out on Friday night to two students from the United Christian Academy. Awarded were Nicole Guest, and Patric Quirion.

Guest graduated from UCA last year and is majoring in art at the Maine College of Art. She worked a lot with Patenaude before his death.

Quirion is a senior at UCA and has applied to Champlain College and Lyndon State College to major in Graphic Design. He met Patenaude a number of times at art shows.

Two more scholarships will be handed out to North Country Union High School students as well. Patenaude voluntarily worked with students at both schools, helping them with their art.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m. Johnson will present the checks at North Country Union High School’s awards event. All are welcome to attend.

Copies of Noah’s Song, as well as other works by Johnson, are available at the authors website:

All photos by Carolyn Bates. Carolyn was instrumental in helping  Johnson get Noah's Song ready for publication.
All photos by Carolyn Bates. Carolyn was instrumental in helping Johnson get Noah’s Song ready for publication.




Scenes from the Dandelion Run 2015

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DERBY — A total of 291 runners took to the dirt roads on a sunny and cool Saturday morning at the height of dandelion season in the fields of Derby, Holland, and Morgan. Over 100 area youth stormed the Dandelion Run, having a blast and laying down some impressive times.

Meanwhile, locals reasserted their “home road” advantage fending off some stiff competition from all over New England and all over North America to claim the fastest times in the Half Marathon and 10 K Runs.

The Half Marathon

Local Physician Bob Primeau, 53 of Derby, claimed the win in the half with a time of 1:30:22, fending off 37-year-old Corey Puryear of Sudbury, Mass, by less than a minute and Seppo Rinne, 35, of New Haven, Connecticut by less than two minutes. Bob took home a Season Ski Pass at Q Burke Mountain Resort, along with some Couture’s maple syrup and Brault’s beef jerky.

All photos by Phil White.
All photos by Phil White.

Heather Durkel, 28 of Norwich, laid claim to the title in the women’s division, with a time of 1:42:40, also winning a Q Burke ski pass, syrup, and jerky. There were five women finishing within 10 minutes of her, including Ella Ryan (19) of Hanover, New Hampshire who finished second among the women, and Larissa Kunz, (21) of Cambridge, Mass, finished third, both just about 7 minutes behind the winning pace.


Twelve-year-old, Atticus Phinney-Anderson, of Westford, won the youth division with an impressive time of 1:58:41. To break the two hour mark at his age with these hills spoke volumes about his training, discipline, and perseverance.


Fifteen-year-old Michaela Forty, of Westford, Mass showed up and claimed first place among the female youth with an equally impressive time of 2:06:06.


10 K Course

Our very own Chris Shaffer, 39, of Newport took the 10 K with a time of 0:40:49. Mike Nolan, also of Newport, finished just 33 seconds behind, with Brian Terhear, 35, of Lyndonville just 2 minutes off the winning pace.
Chris is a teacher at NCUHS, and coach of its very talented cross country team.


Lucca Abele was the overall winner among females of the 10 K with a time of 0:48:31, narrowly beating out Chelsea Daigle of Derby Line who came in second overall, less than a minute ahead of Wendy Puryear of Sudbury, who was first among adult females.









NCUHS student Saigelyn Green making a name for herself as a composer

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NEWPORT — Saigelyn Green, a senior at NCUHS from Derby, is making a name for herself as a young composer. In the last three years she has had five of her compositions performed by professional musicians around the state.

On Saturday, Green was in Burlington as her latest piece, Realm of Reflection, was performed by the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (BCO).

The performance took place at the St. Michael’s McCarthy Arts Center. The show was part of the BCO’s annual Celebration of Youth concert. The show featured guest conductor Yutaka Kono, and Young Artist Competition winner David Bayard.

Green was recently named as the BCO’s Student Composer.

Green said hearing the song played by a live orchestra was much better than hearing it on the computer, and seeing the enjoyment it gave the performers and the audience was indescribable. She received a standing ovation after the song was performed.


“With having only written for small ensembles like string quartets and brass quintets, having a piece with this many instrumental parts was a great challenge,” Green said. “This is the longest piece I’ve ever written. It took a lot of work, but I had a lot of help along the way, and I am very grateful to have had this amazing opportunity, especially at such a young age.”

Although Green is s singer and saxophone player, her greatest musical love is composing. It started at NCUHS when she began a composition class as a sophomore and submitted her work to the Vermont Music-Comp program each semester.

Green is also a vocalist in a rock band and sings in the Northsong Choral group, led by her former music teacher Anne Hamilton. Hamilton was the teacher who got her started in composition. Even though Hamilton retired that year, she has mentored Green along the way.

Conductor Dr. Yutaka Kono with Saigelyn Green after the BCO concert on Saturday. She received a standing ovation for her composition.
Conductor Dr. Yutaka Kono with Saigelyn Green after the BCO concert on Saturday. She received a standing ovation for her composition.

“Music is a language without words, and it communicates to those who might not even have the ability to use any words, such as people with disabilities, animals, people who have been traumatized, or have diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease,” Green wrote in a recent essay. “It is the ultimate form of self-expression, and can restore sanity. Music creates comfort in society in that it makes the listener feel understood through the spectrum of human emotion. Babies have lullabies, children have rhymes, teenagers have expressive outlets, adults have fond memories, and the elderly truly find comfort. Music serves as a way to further the human experience and help those who have no other outlet.”

The Dandies are Coming: The Seventh Annual Dandelion Run May 23

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DERBY — The Seventh Annual Dandelion Run will be taking place on May 23rd through the world famous dandelion fields of Morgan, Holland, and Derby. Runners will be traveling from all over New England and from around the country to join a strong group of local runners, young and old.

They’ll be representing the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Tennessee, Colorado, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as the City of Quebec and towns all over Vermont, to Run with the dandies and join our celebration of high Spring in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom.

Runners will be taking on the challenging 13.1 mile half marathon and the “friendlier” 10K Run. Relay options are available on both courses.

Reckless Breakfast, a great contemporary bluegrass band, will be playing at the Hayward Hollow Relay Station on the day of the run, at the picnic following the run, and on Friday evening at The EastSide Restaurant, the night before the run. Patti Casey, folk singer from Middlesex, Vermont will be playing at the North Gore Relay station.

Organizers are still looking for one more musician, or group, to play at the top of Bates Hill.

The male and female winners of the half marathon will be getting a Q Burke Season Pass.

Registration is on line at

Bike signs stenciled on North Derby Road

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DERBY — The North Derby Road is now much safer for cyclists thanks to the persistence of Beth Barnes and the Derby Selectmen’s decision to grant Barnes permission to have it properly marked for bike traffic.

On Thursday morning Barnes and the Derby Public Works crew were out with stencils getting the roadway signs painted. The signs direct bike traffic to and from the Beebe Customs. In total four signs were marked.

The new signs will also warn motorists to the fact that bikes frequently use that stretch of road. There have already been a few cyclists killed in Vermont this year after being struck by cars, and the new signs should make riding much safer in that area.

“Here we are today at 6:30 a.m. scoping out positions for the new road markings that will make it easier and safer to get from downtown Newport, to the border at Beebe Plain,” Barnes posted on Facebook.


The stencils used to mark the road were provided by Barnes, who will be using them soon to mark roads in Newport as well. Barnes has been working to make the area safer for cyclists, as well as encouraging residence to take part in healthy activities such as biking and walking since she moved to Newport from California in 2013.

“Thanks also to Rod Lyons and Roy Lancaster from Derby Public Works for helping to make it happen,” Barnes said.


Clyde River After School adventurers gather prior to a Green Up Day paddle on a Newport section of the Clyde. Paddles were 100% student made and wood donated for the paddles by Dean and Christie Aldrich was cut and milled from within the Clyde River watershed.

Coutts/Siskin helps local students connect with the Clyde River

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Clyde River After School adventurers gather prior to a Green Up Day paddle on a Newport section of the Clyde. Paddles were 100% student made and wood donated for the paddles by Dean and Christie Aldrich was cut and milled from within the Clyde River watershed.
Clyde River After School adventurers gather prior to a Green Up Day paddle on a Newport section of the Clyde. Paddles were 100% student made and wood donated for the paddles by Dean and Christie Aldrich was cut and milled from within the Clyde River watershed.

STUDENTS PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Frankie Thompson, Justin Bouchard, Arne Bannach, Charlie Thompson, Ian Applegate, Cooper Brueck, Corbin Brueck, Sabine Brueck, Noah Fortin. Not pictured Marianna Barrett.

DERBY — The Clyde River has a long tradition of kids spending time outdoors along its reach; paddling its swiftwater sections, fishing for brookies in deep pools, jigging for smelt on winter ice, hunting for partridge along its wooded margins, or simply skipping rocks after swimming on a hot summer day.

There is no question that these days kids are spending less time on rivers and more and more time indoors in front of screens.

Thanks to support provided by a Small & Inspiring grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, Coutts-Moriarty Camp/Siskin Ecological Adventures were able to achieve a goal that was both simple and lofty — to rekindle these Clyde River connections and thus create the next generation of our community’s river stewards.

Specifically, a pack of local students gathered after school for 2.5 hours each week for 18 weeks to swim, fish, paddle, snowshoe, clean up, investigate, conduct historical research, meet locals with strong Clyde connections, monitor water quality, generate discussions of sustainability beside a local hydroelectric dam, and give back to this amazing ecological and economic resource that links our local communities.

Coutts-Moriarty Camp/Siskin Ecological Adventures is located on the shores of Lake Salem in Derby. Each year over 500 summer campers and 10,000 students take part in camps and educational programs. Additional information concerning camps and program offerings can be found at

You can also stay in touch by “liking” their Facebook Page Here.

Police: North Troy business, Derby residence burglarized

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DERBY — Police are reporting that a business in North Troy, and a home in Derby were burglarized over the last several days. In both incidents tools were reported stolen, but police have not said if the crimes appear to be related.

Police say they were contacted by Scott LeBaron, 57, of Newport, reporting several tools had been stolen from a residence he was renovating at 76 Main Street in the Town of Derby. Scott advised the burglary occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. on 04/22/2015 and 3:30 p.m. on 04/23/2015.

LeBaron told police several drills and a nailer were stolen from the residence and the garage.

The second burglary took place at Paddie’s Snack Bar, located at 193 East Main Street in the village of North Troy. Patricia Pyne, 72, of Marshfield, told police someone broke into the garage at the business and stole a Jonsered chain saw.

The burglary occurred between the hours of 7 p.m. on 04/26/2015 and 1:30 p.m on 04/27/2015.

Police are requesting that anyone who has information about one or both of the burglaries, to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks.

Man arrested after alleged assault at McDonald’s in Derby

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DERBY — Police are reporting that a 45-year-old man from Orleans is facing a simple assault charge after an incident that took place at McDonald’s in Derby this afternoon.

According to police, Albert Cole, 45, was arrested and charged with simple assault at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

In a statement, Sgt. A. Jensen of the Vermont State Police said that he found probable cause that Cole began physically assaulting a 34-year-old man from Newport in front of numerous witnesses.

A manager at McDonald’s in Derby said that she could not comment on the incident.

Cole was processed at VSP Derby barracks, issued a citation, and released.

Police say car stolen in Derby last night

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DERBY — A car was reported stolen last night on Salem Derby Road.

Police are saying that the theft occurred at 328 Salem Derby Road, in the town of Derby. They also report that the incident happened sometime during the overnight hours.

The car is described as a 2008 Pontiac G6, dark blue in color. The vehicle is Vermont Registered with a plate number of FPT158.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is being asked to contact Vermont State Police Derby, Trooper Shelp.

[VIDEO] Grand opening of the Wheeler Maple Museum at Jed’s Maple in Derby

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On Saturday, Jed’s Maple hosted the grand opening of the Wheeler Maple Museum. We caught up with the Wheeler’s to find out more about the project, and to learn more about the history of Jed’s Maple.

You can tour the museum March 28th and 29th during the annual Maple Open House and Sugar on Snow Party, or anytime you visit Jed’s Maple in Derby.

911 dispatch center in Derby likely to close within 45 days

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dispatcher1_FotorDERBY — Vermont’s public safety commissioner Keith Flynn told WCAX-TV reporters that the Derby 911 dispatch center will most likely be closing within the next 45 days.

The move is estimated to save the state around $2 million annually, but has come under criticism from lawmakers who fear that fewer dispatchers could cause a public safety issue.

Flynn told WCAX reporters that the consolidation is not going to affect emergency responder service, and the only thing that will change is the service delivery method.

The Professional Firefighters of Vermont (PFFV) disagrees. The union voted at their quarterly membership meeting to support the Vermont State Employees Association in opposing the cuts to the dispatch centers in Derby and Rutland.

“Response times are paramount and the members of the PFFV would hate to see anyone get hurt or killed because of cuts to public safety,” PFFV President Ben O’Brien said. “The longer it takes for responders to get out the door, the longer a fire goes unsuppressed or a medical condition goes untreated.”

The Vermont State Police have already confirmed that tests of the new system are already underway, with some 911 calls coming in to Derby having being rerouted to Williston.

Around 30 people are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the closings in both Derby and Rutland.

Two-vehicle crash on US Route 5 in Derby Wednesday afternoon

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car accident newport vermont newsDERBY — Police say that nobody was injured during an accident that happened yesterday in Derby.

The two-vehicle crash took place in front of 5022 US Route 5 at around 12:24 p.m.

Police say Spencer Lachance-Guyette, 21, of North Troy, was pulling out of a parking lot onto Route 5, and collided with Helen Limlaw, 69, of Newport.

Limlaw was traveling in the southbound travel lane.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Lachance-Guyette’s 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse sustained major front-end damage, and Limlaw’s 2014 Ford Focus sustained damage to the front passenger side area.

According to the Vermont State Police, there were no reported injuries.

The Derby Line Fire Department responded to the scene to deal with leaked fluids cause by the crash.

Firefighters union opposes cuts to dispatch centers in Derby and Rutland

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10285578_854581634566835_4323807603865966862_o-2_FotorNEWPORT — The Professional Firefighters of Vermont voted at their quarterly membership meeting in South Burlington to support the Vermont State Employees Association in opposing the cuts to the PSAP/Dispatch centers in Derby and Rutland.

The group says firefighters and EMS workers all across Vermont count on the experience of the highly trained call takers and dispatchers to perform their jobs and ensure the safety of the public and emergency workers.

They say that when the calls to these PSAP’s are increasing three percent per year, they feel that no jobs should be eliminated, and that the loss of experience at centers in Derby and Rutland will be a huge blow to the Vermont 911 system.

“Response times are paramount and the members of the PFFV would hate to see anyone get hurt or killed because of cuts to public safety,” PFFV President Ben O’Brien said. “The longer it takes for responders to get out the door, the longer a fire goes unsuppressed or a medical condition goes untreated.”

They say when firefighters and EMS workers all around Vermont are responding on more calls for service, emergency workers rely on the information provided during the 911 calls. This information allows them to provide better response time to fire and emergency medical responses.

The Professional Firefighters of Vermont represent 250 firefighters and EMS workers in 12 Locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters throughout the state of Vermont.

K-9 Kilo struck and killed in Derby

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DERBY — He came to the department in August of 2014 as just an eight-week-old puppy, but sadly, on Sunday police announced the death of Orleans County Sheriff’s Department police dog “K-9 Kilo.”

The tragic death of the animal happened at around 1 p.m., while he was off duty with his trainer. Kilo was struck by a vehicle on Vermont Route 105 in Derby, and died at the scene. Police say the driver was not at fault and no charges are pending.

Kilo was a German Shepherd, and the K-9 partner of Deputy Tyler Jacobs. Kilo and Deputy Jacobs had just finished week three of a six-week drug detection class at the Vermont Police Academy, where he was labeled as one of the top canines in the class.

In the short time that Kilo was with the department, he and Deputy Jacobs worked tirelessly towards the training required for certification through the Vermont Police Academy.

“K-9 Kilo will be missed by all members of the department,” a statement issued by Chief Deputy Philip Brooks read.

Two-car accident outside Shaws in Derby Sunday morning

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DERBY — Police say that there were no injuries during a crash that took place outside Shaws on Sunday morning.

According to police, Gail Chaffee, 60, of Newport, had been traveling northbound on Route 5, when she stopped and was waiting to turn left into the Shaws Plaza.

Police say Christopher Lynch, 44, of Derby, was traveling southbound at approximately 25 to 30 miles-per-hour, and ended up crossing over the solid double yellow lines, striking Chaffee as she was stopped in her lane. The crash happened at around 9:24 a.m.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage to their front driver’s side areas. East Main Auto towed Chaffee’s 2003 Pontiac Grand Am from the scene. The Derby Line Fire Department had to come out as there were leaked fluids on Route 5 after the crash.

Newport Ambulance responded as well to check on both drivers, but nobody was transported to the hospital.

Police: 66-year-old man found dead in Derby

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DERBY — Vermont State Police say that they were notified on Friday of a 66-year-old man found dead inside his Derby home.

According to a statement issued by police, corrections officers from the Probation and Parole office located in Newport went to the residence of Kenneth Heath, as he was under the supervision of the Department of Corrections on furlough status. Upon arrival they discovered Heath deceased.

Heath was convicted of manslaughter for the 2008 killing of his mother Christina Heath, in Canaan, Vermont.

The death investigation is being conducted by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Authorities say there are no indications that this is a suspicious death, based on Heath’s medical history.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Derby man facing multiple charges after bizarre weekend incident

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policebeatDERBY — A 29-year-old man from Derby is due in court today after a bizarre incident that took place on the Cross Road in Derby over the weekend. Police say a 26-year-old woman from Derby was hanging onto his steering wheel and the side of a moving vehicle he was driving, while he steered in an erratic way to try to get her to let go.

Police said Monday that they have charged Antonin Hebert with gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle, domestic assault, and driving while under criminal suspension, after they responded to an active domestic situation at around 4 p.m., Sunday.

According to a statement issued by police:

“During the investigation Antonin Hebert was arrested, lodged for dragging the victim while she was hanging onto the steering wheel and the side of the vehicle. Hebert was driving erratically trying to get the victim off his vehicle with a 2-year-old in the front seat.”

Hebert was lodged at the Northern State Correctional Facility, and is due in court today.

Police warn of identity theft scam occurring in Orleans County

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DERBY — The Vermont State Police in Derby are saying that residents need to be aware of an identity theft scam that is going on in the area.

Police said on Monday that they have been getting reports of people receiving letters from both the IRS and the Vermont Department of Taxes.

The letters state that in order to complete your tax return, they need more information. It appears that the letters are being used to scam people into providing information that can be used for identity fraud.

Authorities say that if you receive any letters asking for information that should be on the Form 1040, contact the IRS, Vermont Department of Taxes, and the State Police.

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