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Car flips on Route 58 in Irasburg Monday afternoon

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IRASBURG — Police are saying that speed appears to have been a factor in a single-vehicle crash that sent a car flipping across both travel lanes on Vermont Route 58 in Irasburg on Monday.

At around 12:15 p.m., Brandon C. Mason, 19, of Orleans, was driving a black 1996 Honda Civic, headed east.

He lost control in the corner and ended up traveling across the oncoming travel lane, hitting the guardrails. Mason told police his vehicle then ended up rolling over a few times, traveling back across both travel lanes until it came to rest off the south side of the roadway, on someone’s property.

Mason’s vehicle came to an uncontrolled rest on some items that the property owner had piled up. The vehicle just missed crashing into a large tree.

Both Mason and a 16-year-old passenger from Lowell were transported to North Country Hospital. According to a statement issued by police, they were treated for cuts and bruises.

The vehicle was totaled and had to be towed from the scene. The crash is still under investigation.

Single vehicle crash in Irasburg Sunday evening

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IRASBURG — A car accident in Irasburg Sunday evening resulted in two people being taken to North Country Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

According to a statement issued by police, Kurt Heinchon, 28, of Lowell, was traveling west on Vermont Route 58 in Irasburg, when he swerved off the road and struck a tree stump. Heinchon told police that a deer ran into the roadway, causing him to drive off the road and onto the shoulder.

The crash took place at around 6:45 p.m.

A 4-year-old passenger was inside the vehicle at the time. Heinchon was not wearing his seat belt, but the child was secured in a child safety seat.

Both Heinchon and the child were transported by Orleans Ambulance to North Country Hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The Irasburg Fire Department responded and assisted at the scene.

The vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Scion, sustained extensive front end damage.

Lowell man charged with stealing a school bus, attempted burglary

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LOWELL — Police say a 24-year-old man from Lowell went on a crime spree early Saturday morning in Montgomery, that included attempted burglary, stealing a school bus, possession of narcotics, and driving through multiple mail boxes as he made his way back to his home in Lowell.

Matthew Pion was taken into custody on August 30, after troopers first received emergency calls at around 3:35 a.m. from terrified residents on Hazen’s Notch Road in Montgomery, who contacted police after a man had attempted to gain forced entry into their home. The male was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempt.

As troopers responded to the call it was learned that a school bus had been seen traveling without headlights on Hazen’s Notch Road toward the Orleans County line. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department was called upon to assist.

While St. Albans troopers tracked the school bus on Hazen’s Notch Road, Derby troopers successfully located the bus stuck in the roadway on Hazen’s Notch in Lowell, at which point Pion was taken into custody.

The investigation found that Pion, who was substantially intoxicated, had failed to gain access to the residence in Montgomery. He then stole a school bus that was parked nearby, and attempted to use it to return to his Lowell residence.

Investigators say that he drove the school bus through multiple mail boxes along the way. He managed to reach his residence but grounded the school bus into the pavement as he was unable to negotiate his driveway.

Pion was transported to the St. Albans Barracks for processing. During the processing Pion provided an evidentiary sample of his breath which showed his BAC to be above the legal limit of .08%.

Pion was later transported to the Northwest Correctional Facility where he was lodged for lack of $5000 bail.

He is scheduled to appear in Franklin County District Court to answer the charges of DUI, Felony Attempted Burglary, Felony Theft of a School Bus, Operation without Owner’s Consent, Possession of Narcotics, and multiple counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Jennifer Barrett defeats Franklin in primary

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NEWPORT — In the heated primary race for Orleans County State’s Attorney, Jennifer Barrett has defeated incumbent Alan Franklin.

With 17 of 20 precincts reporting, Barrett has 56 percent of the vote:

Alan Franklin (i) — 42% — 714 votes
Jennifer Barrett — 56% — 947 votes

Barrett has served in the Bennington County State’s Attorney office, where she was the domestic violence prosecutor.

As the incumbent, Franklin was not elected to the position. He was appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2011, however, he did carry his hometown of Newport City, with 178 votes, to Barrett’s 150.

In Derby, Barrett took 204 votes, to Franklin’s 183.

The next step in the race to become Orleans County State’s attorney will take place in the General Election on November 4. Barrett will face Democrat Jim Lillicrap of Lowell, and independent Ben Luna of Brownington.

Both Lillicrap and Luna have served as deputy state’s attorney, with Lillicrap serving in Orleans County, and Luna having served recently in Caledonia County.

Patricia Sears Named AARP Vermont State President

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Patricia Sears State President Vermont AARP

NEWPORT — AARP has announced that Patricia M. Sears, who recently served as founding director of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont.

The appointment is a volunteer position where Sears will work closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Sears takes over the position held by Jim Leddy since 2008.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Trish on board representing the interests of our members across Vermont,” said Greg Marchildon, state director at AARP Vermont. “She has impressive credentials and a strong network of connections throughout Vermont. She is well equipped to support our advocacy and outreach agendas including livable communities, health care reform, financial security, energy affordability, workforce opportunities, and transportation issues among others.”

Her responsibilities will include serving as primary volunteer spokesperson, chairing the AARP Vermont Executive Council, building networks and community partnerships and recruiting volunteers.

Sears is the CEO of NEKTI Consulting, a strategic communications firm providing government and community relations expertise to growing businesses and organizations. She is recognized statewide for her skills in coalition building, networking for opportunities with tenacious follow-up for impact, community outreach and advocacy.

She is also a board member of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, the Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association and a member of the Vermont Public Television Community Council.

In 2012, Sears was named the Citizen of the Year by the Newport Daily Express.

Tours underway at Kingdom Community Wind Project in Lowell

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LOWELL — Tours are well underway at Green Mountain Power’s Kingdom Community Wind site in Lowell. So far this summer GMP has brought nearly 400 people to the top of Lowell Mountain to get an up-close view of the 21 turbine project.

During the free tour, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the project, touch a blade, and experience how the turbines operate and harness the power of wind.

“Green Mountain Power is thrilled to once again offer these free tours to the public,” said GMP Spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure. “Connecting Vermonters directly to how energy is produced is so important. The tours are a wonderful way to engage with people and show them first hand this exciting wind project.”

The tours last 90 minutes and are free to the public.

You can sign up online by CLICKING HERE or by calling Gert Tetreault at 802-744-6664.

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Two street signs stolen in Lowell, third thrown into a river

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LOWELL — The Vermont State Police are reporting that two street signs in Lowell were stolen, and a third was removed from its location. Sometime between Tuesday and Thursday the signs went missing.

One was stolen from Kempton Hill Road, located at the intersection with the Mines Road. The other was taken from Mines Road, located at the intersection with Vermont Route 58.

The third sign indicated a narrow bridge ahead, and was removed from its location and discarded in the river located in the same general area.

When street signs are stolen they are often used as decorations, however, sometimes it is done to avoid obeying the law by claiming later the sign was not there.

Usually considered to be a prank by the perpetrators, the theft is often costly and inconvenient for the municipality.

In the United States, each street sign generally costs between $100 and $500 to replace.

Anyone with information pertaining to this theft is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police, Derby Barracks 802-334-8881.

High-speed police chase Sunday night in Irasburg and Lowell

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NEWPORT — A 37-year-old man from Johnson is lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport after leading police on a high speed chase that lasted 38 miles on Sunday night.

Jeremiah Phillips was driving on Route 58 in Irasburg on Sunday night, when a Vermont State Trooper attempted to pull his vehicle over. While the trooper approached the vehicle, Phillips fled.
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