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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.

Police looking for missing juvenile

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DERBY — Police are requesting assistance as they search for a runaway juvenile in DCF custody. The boy has ties to Orleans County.

The Vermont State Police say 16-year-old Ezekiel “Zeke” Wing was last seen on Tuesday, February 10, at the Becket House facility in Campton, New Hampshire.

Wing has biological and foster family ties to the Derby area, and previously attended school in Derby.

On Thursday, February 12, a school administrator believes he saw Wing walking along Route 105 in Derby, near Lake Salem.

Anyone with information on Wing is being asked to call Vermont State Police in Derby, at 802-334-8881.

Rollover accident on the Beebe Road in Derby Wednesday morning

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rollover accident newport vermontDERBY — A 27-year-old man from Morgan was involved in a single-vehicle crash on the Beebe Road in Derby, Wednesday morning.

Police say that Nathan Shover was traveling west at around 6:30 a.m. on the Beebe Road when he noticed a tractor trailer unit in the roadway.

Shover hit his brakes, causing him to lose control of his vehicle.

According to the report issued by police, he steered for the ditch, where he hit a snowbank, rolling his truck over on its roof. He was not wearing his seatbelt.

The police report lists Shover’s injuries as minor, but says that he was treated at North Country Hospital.

His vehicle, a 2001 Dodge truck sustained heavy damage, with the passenger side crushed, including the windshield, driver’s door, hood, and roof.

Police looking for woman after hit-and-run in Morgan

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hit-and-run-accident-graphic_FotorMORGAN — Police are looking for a woman who fled the scene of an accident in Morgan on Wednesday.

The incident happened at 9338 Vermont Route 111, when Craig Hansen, 35, of Derby, was waiting to turn into a driveway. Hansen told police a silver or gray van rear-ended his Fred’s Plumbing and Heating work truck.

A female exited the van and asked if everyone was okay. The woman then got into the van and left the scene.

Hansen described her as having dark blond or light brown hair, approximately 30-years-old, weighing 120-130 pounds, and 5’4″ tall.

Anyone who knows who the woman is, or might know the location of the vehicle is being asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks.

Derby man arrested Friday night in Barton

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policebeatBARTON — A 41-year-old man from Derby was arrested in Barton late Friday night after a routine traffic stop turned up that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Maryland the day before.

Police say that Daniel Culver was stopped at around 11:15 p.m. on Church Street in Barton, after failing to signal a left hand turn. A trooper who was out on patrol had noticed the violation.

A statement issued by the trooper reads:

“I activated my emergency blue lights to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle is a 2002 Buck Century with Maryland Registration. The operator identified himself verbally as Daniel Culver, stating he did not have his wallet on him and advising the vehicle belonged to him. I requested the operator license information from dispatch at which time I was advised the vehicle I was out with was stolen out of Baltimore, Maryland on January 15, 2015.”

Culver’s driver’s license was also under criminal suspension.

Culver was arrested for driving with a criminally suspended driver’s license as well as possession of stolen property.

At least 20 ice fishing shanties broken into on Lake Salem in Derby

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ice_FotorDERBY — Police say that at least 20 ice fishing shanties, possibly more, were broken into on Lake Salem in Derby this week.

According to a statement issued by the Vermont State Police, the break-ins occurred sometime between 4 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The investigation into the break-ins is ongoing, and police say that most victims reported having fishing equipment stolen.

Police are reaching out to the public to come forward if they have any information in this case.

If you know anything about the break-ins, contact the Vermont State Police barracks in Derby.

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Velasquez back in Vermont to face charges

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
DERBY LINE — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) arrived last week at the Derby Line port of entry with Valentina Velasquez.

Velasquez, the suspect in an attempted armed robbery that took place in Derby, who fled the country and illegally entered Canada without inspection in September, was subject to a Canadian Removal Order due to criminal activity in the province of Quebec.

Before Velasquez entered Canada and failed to present herself to a CBSA office, she is alledged to have attempted to rob the Derby Corner Mini Mart with a rifle, leading police on a high-speed chase on Route 5.

The pursuit ended in Quebec when she lost control of her vehicle and was apprehended by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Sûreté du Québec.

At court in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Velasquez pled guilty and was sentenced to 135 days of prison for offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada and under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

On January 7, after serving her sentence in Canada, she was turned over to U.S. authorities by the CBSA.

Police now say that law enforcement databases indicate that 31-year-old Velasquez has a lengthy criminal record and was the subject of two active arrest warrants outside of Orleans County.

“Active collaboration with our federal, state and international law enforcement partners led to the return of an alleged criminal to face justice in Vermont,” said Kevin W. Weeks, CBP director of Field Operations in Boston. “Protecting public safety is a responsibility that falls on both sides of the international boundary, and CBP is proud to work side by side with our Canadian counterparts, taking dangerous people off the street.”

The charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Nelson Farms to pay $45,000 for agricultural violations

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DERBY — Nelson Farms, Inc., a dairy farm operation with farms in Derby and Derby Line, has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and has agreed to pay $45,000 in civil penalties for the violations.

The Settlement resolves a case that was filed by the Attorney General’s Office relating to the operation of the Crystal Brook Farm in Derby Line and the Clydeside Farm in Derby. Under the terms of the settlement, Nelson Farms admitted that the farms operated in violation of Vermont’s accepted agricultural practices (AAPs), their respective Medium Farm Operation (MFO) permits, and statutory prohibition on unpermitted discharges to state waters at various times in 2013.

In addition to the $45,000 payment, the settlement also requires that Nelson Farms have a professional engineer certify all future work at the two farms, no further discharges to State waters, and that each farm will comply with all applicable rules, permits and laws in the future.

The Attorney General worked closely with the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) on all aspects of the enforcement action. The matter was investigated jointly by ANR and AAFM.

“My Office is committed to bringing enforcement actions when necessary to remedy violations of Vermont’s agricultural water quality laws,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “We know that most Vermont farmers want to run sustainable farms that operate within the law and live up to the expectations of Vermonters, but when farms fail to do so, we are ready to step in,” Attorney General Sorrell added.

The Settlement was recently approved by the Orleans Superior Court.

“This type of conduct by Nelson Farms degrades the water quality in Vermont’s streams, rivers, ponds and lakes hurting all Vermonters,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears. “If we are to improve our water quality as the citizens of Vermont are demanding, these types of violations must stop. I hope the message is clear that the state will pursue significant penalties against those who continue to violate the law in this manner.”

Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross stated that “the vast majority of Vermont farmers are working hard to protect our environment, and we will not allow their good work to be tarnished by those who break the law. Farmers who violate Vermont’s water quality laws will be held accountable – no exceptions. We take these violations very seriously, and will continue to work with our partners across state government to ensure Vermont’s precious natural resources are protected and the laws are enforced.”

Vermont settles suit with Dollar Tree

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NEWPORT — Dollar Tree Stores will have to permanently keep all jewelry off its shelves in Vermont and pay the State $42,500 in settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office in July 2014.

The suit alleged that Dollar Tree violated a prior settlement with the State to minimize children’s exposure to toxic substances by refraining from selling jewelry in Vermont. The lawsuit alleged that Dollar Tree failed to comply with a 2010 settlement under the Vermont Consumer Protection Act that resolved claims that Dollar Tree had sold products containing high amounts of toxic lead and cadmium.

According to the State’s 2014 complaint, Dollar Tree violated a provision in the earlier settlement barring it from selling any items “commonly understood to be jewelry” by selling jewelry, including rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, in its stores in Barre, Bennington, Burlington, Derby/Newport, and Rutland.

Under the new settlement, “jewelry” is defined specifically to include necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches and anklets, principally designed and intended as an ornament to be worn on the human body, regardless of the material from which they are made.

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell noted that the new settlement “reflects my continued commitment to keeping products that may contain toxic substances out of the hands of Vermont’s children.”

New Year’s Day crash in Derby snaps utility pole in half

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derby  car accidentDERBY — A 29-year-old man was taken to North Country Hospital on New Year’s Day after he crashed into a utility pole on Dumas Road in Derby.

Police say Eric Fillmore was traveling to work early New Year’s Day, when he lost control of his 2004 Jeep Cherokee. Fillmore traveled off the side of the road, striking a utility pole. The crash took place at 5:40 a.m.

Once the pole snapped, it landed on the hood of Fillmore’s Jeep.

Vermont Electric Co-Op was called and came out to shut the power off and repair the pole. The lines had been laying in the roadway after the accident.

Fillmore was taken to the hospital for what police describe as minor injuries.

Police report that road conditions were “icy, under a coating of snow.”

Jaws of Life used to rescue woman after crash in Derby

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accident newport vermontDERBY – A 26-year-old woman from Canaan was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Derby on Saturday morning.

Police say Sasha Uran was traveling west on Route 111, when she started fishtailing after hitting a patch of black ice at around 11:27 a.m.

She was unable to maintain control of her 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, which eventually traveled off the eastbound lane and into some trees.

Derby Fire and Rescue, along with Derby and Newport Ambulances responded to the scene of the crash.

The fire department had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate Uran from the vehicle.

Uran was transported to North Country Hospital for what police are reporting as “serious injuries.”

Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Derby man leads police on high-speed chase early Saturday morning

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Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
NEWPORT – A 26-year-old man from Derby is facing numerous charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through Newport Center early Saturday morning.

Police say Nicholas Brock was traveling on Vermont Route 100 in Newport Center, when they attempted to stop him for a motor vehicle violation at around 1:50 a.m. Police say Brock failed to stop, and began fleeing at high rates of speed.

State Police pursued the vehicle through Newport Center until the vehicle crashed at the intersection of Cross Road and Searles Road. Brock then allegedly fled into a field on Searless Road.

With the assistance of the Newport Police Department, Brock was located in the field and taken into custody without further incident.

He was found under the influence of alcohol with a criminally suspended license as well as being in violation of several Orleans County conditions of release.

Brock was charged with attempting to elude a police officer, careless and negligent operation, driving with a criminally suspended license, DUI, and violations of conditions of release.

Brock was taken to Northern State Correctional Facility, and is to be held until his place of residence can be verified by the court for a 24 hour curfew.

Police: Man arrested for disorderly conduct, spitting at officer

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DERBY – A 48-year-old man racked up multiple charges after police responded to an apartment building located on Lynwood Drive in Derby last Friday. Authorities are reporting that at one point the man spit at an Orleans County Sheriff’s deputy.

Police say that Scott Auck was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace by use of telephone, assault on a law enforcement officer with bodily fluids, and resisting arrest, after they were called out to the building at around 7:30 p.m. for a report that he was intoxicated, yelling vulgar language and demanding to enter an apartment.

Police say that this was the fourth response from law enforcement regarding Auck in as many days.

Upon arrival, Auck became more belligerent. He was advised that he was under arrest when he began to resist attempts to handcuff him. At one point police say he spit at an Orleans County deputy and kicked his feet at a trooper.

He was ultimately taken to the Derby Barracks where he was processed for the charges.

Auck was held at Northern State Correctional Facility for lack of the ability to be released to a responsible adult.

The Derby Road is a major artery that connects Derby to Newport and points beyond. It can be a dangerous road to walk or ride a bike. Some of our neighbors do not have cars so it is important that we make the roads safe for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Please let VTrans know where you would like to see improvements.

VTrans wants your ideas to make the area more bike-friendly

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This dispatch was sent in by Beth Barnes:

The Derby Road is a major artery that connects Derby to Newport and points beyond. It can be a dangerous road to walk or ride a bike. Some of our neighbors do not have cars so it is important that we make the roads safe for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Please let VTrans know where you would like to see improvements.
The Derby Road is a major artery that connects Derby to Newport and points beyond. It can be a dangerous road to walk or ride a bike. Some of our neighbors do not have cars so it is important that we make the roads safe for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Please let VTrans know where you would like to see improvements.
Due to inclement weather, the previously scheduled VTrans public meeting has been rescheduled for January 7, 2015 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. VTrans would like to create a more bike-friendly Vermont and they are asking for comments in the run-up to the January 7th meeting.

If you use the roads for transportation and/or recreation then you have a vested interest in attending the meeting so we can all move forward together.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, “Bicycling is on the rise across the U.S. Adults are capitalizing on the health and economic benefits of active transportation, while an increasing number of young people are forgoing drivers’ licenses to save money and embrace more walkable, bikeable lifestyles.”

VTrans is trying to categorize state highway corridors in the hope that they can rank their importance and desirability for on-road biking, a move that speaks to the national trends. It’s critical to all of us that we weigh in and complete the On Road Bicycle Facility Plan so VTrans has an idea of where the ‘hot spots’ are and where they need to concentrate their efforts.

Please consider joining us at North Country Career Center in Newport for this important event, a great first step toward making our roads more user friendly and safer.

If you are unable to attend the meeting you can link to it here:

If you would like to access the information at another time, a recording will be available after the meeting:

Regardless of how you access the meeting, please click the link below so you can tell VTrans which routes you take, and which ones you believe could be improved upon:

Derby native tapped for head game warden position

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Col. Jason BatchelderDERBY — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced that Lt. Jason Batchelder has been named the new director of fish and wildlife law enforcement. Batchelder will begin the role of Colonel this week, filling the position vacated by Col. David LeCours who retired in October.

Batchelder grew up in Derby. He worked for the U.S. Coast Guard in Virginia and Alaska for four years before graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2001 and from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council Academy in 2005. He currently lives in Morrisville with his wife and two young children. Batchelder is an avid hunter, angler and runner.

He has been with the department for ten years, working most recently in the Morrisville area, first as a field warden and then as the lieutenant for the northeast district since 2013.

“I am pleased and excited that Lt. Batchelder will be our new head of law enforcement,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “During his time with the department, Lt. Batchelder has developed a reputation among his co-workers and with the general public of energetically, meticulously, and fairly pursuing fish and wildlife violators.”

Porter also emphasized Batchelder’s knowledge and experience in his selection for the position.

“Lt. Batchelder has a deep understanding of the vital role that law enforcement plays as part of the department’s overall mission,” said Porter. “Lt. Batchelder’s calm, thoughtful demeanor will be an important asset to the department in this position.”

Bill Rivard, Principal at NCUHS, Herb Maroot, Industrial Arts teacher at NCUHS and Mike Kiser, recently retired Athletic Director at NCUHS, all active skiers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, were in attendance at Friday night's potluck held at The Village Bike Shop.

Cyclists and skiers say goodbye sun, hello snow at potluck dinner

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Bill Rivard, Principal at NCUHS, Herb Maroot, Industrial Arts teacher at NCUHS and Mike Kiser, recently retired Athletic Director at NCUHS, all active skiers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, were in attendance at Friday night's potluck held at The Village Bike Shop.
Bill Rivard, Principal at NCUHS, Herb Maroot, Industrial Arts teacher at NCUHS and Mike Kiser, recently retired Athletic Director at NCUHS, all active skiers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, were in attendance at Friday night’s potluck held at The Village Bike Shop.

DERBY — The Village Bike Shop has been an icon in the community for almost 24 years. With the growing popularity of winter fat bike riding it seemed like the natural place to bring skiers and cyclists together for a potluck dinner.

Thirty cyclists and skiers rang in the holiday season on Friday night at the bike shop. There are plans to host other events in the space with the first one coming up December 20, at 9:30 a.m., as Mike Kiser, a Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation volunteer board member, will be holding the annual ski waxing clinic at the bike shop. All MSTF members are invited.

There are also plans to hold mini biking and skiing clinics at the shop throughout the year, as well as more social gatherings which will be open to everyone.

“I’ve always been interested in all outdoor sports,” said Jeff Manning, owner of the Village Bike Shop. “Now with the popularity of winter bike riding it’s going to be fun to explore the possibilities of dedicated single track trails in Primeau Woods off the bike path.”

These trails are a local treasure. Interest in using the trails is growing on both sides of the border. One note of importance is that if the trails are being used for reasons other than cross country skiing, riders are asked to take care not to interfere with the groomed ski tracks.

Herb Maroot, a member of the Kingdom Velo Group, said he would like to revive group and couple rides and special interest rides next cycling season, so if community members are interested, all information will be available at the bike shop.

If groups are hosting outdoor events or individuals are looking for an adventure buddy, Manning says post announcements and requests on the bulletin board at the bike shop, or speak with him about the availability of using his space.

For information regarding the clinic and MSTF membership, please visit the website at

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