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Firefighters union opposes cuts to dispatch centers in Derby and Rutland

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NEWPORT — 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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Derby man facing multiple charges after bizarre weekend incident

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DERBY — 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…

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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…

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Rollover accident on the Beebe Road in Derby Wednesday morning

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DERBY — 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…

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

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MORGAN — 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…

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Derby man arrested Friday night in Barton

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BARTON — 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…

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

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DERBY — 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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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DERBY — 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…

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Jaws of Life used to rescue woman after crash in Derby

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DERBY – 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…

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

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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…

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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…

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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: 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…

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Derby native tapped for head game warden position

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DERBY — 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…

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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.

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

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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…

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Holiday wreath making with Siskin-Coutts

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DERBY — The folks over at Siskin-Coutts Camp in Derby are inviting everyone to join them on Saturday, December 6, at the Coutts Camp on Lake Salem, to create a wreath, garland, or candy cane with local Balsam, cedar, and pine brush. No experience is needed and all ages welcome. They will provide the clippers,…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Locals take to curling at Border Curling Club

BEEBE, QC — Sometimes given the nickname “chess on ice,” curling is a sport that has roots in medieval Scotland, but is most firmly established in Canada, having been brought here by Scottish emigrants. Located just up the street from the U.S. border, the Border Curling Club in Beebe, Quebec, is the place to go…

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Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair in Derby draws a crowd

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DERBY — On Saturday, the Dailey Memorial Library hosted their 23rd Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair inside the gymnasium of North Country Junior High. The event not only helps raise money for the library, it allows visitors the chance to get an early start on their Christmas shopping. Those who attended were treated to…

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Tracie Stevens (right), and April Lapierre stop for a quick photo at Revive your Style, located behind Village Pizza in Derby.

New women’s clothing store in Derby celebrates grand opening week

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DERBY — A new women’s clothing store in Derby has been celebrating their grand opening this week. The store is Revive your Style, and it’s located behind Village Pizza. For owner Tracie Stevens of Orleans, Revive your Style is a continuation in a career spent helping people look and feel good, having worked for 23…

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