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Police: Subway in Lyndonville robbed with “canister of chemical spray”

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LYNDONVILLE — Police responded to a reported robbery at the Subway in Lyndonville yesterday evening.

According to police, the offender entered the store displaying what appeared to be a “canister of chemical spray” and demanded that the store clerk hand over the money from the cash register.

The offender was described as a caucasian man approximately 6’ tall with a slender build and light complexion.

He was wearing a dark-colored hooded raincoat and dark-colored mask that covered most of his face.

Police say after receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled the scene on foot.

The investigation is being continued by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at 802-748-3111.

Teacher at Lyndon Institute accused of inappropriate relationship with student

in Lyndonville/News/Northeast Kingdom

LYNDON — A teacher at Lyndon Institute who is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student is facing charges, police say.

Anitra Lahiri, 44, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and disseminating indecent material to a minor.

According to a statement issued by police, the Department of Children and Families began an investigation with State police into the matter back in November of 2018.

They allege she had an inappropriate relationship with a minor who was a student at the school.

Detectives said the relationship happened during the end of the last school year.

Lahiri is scheduled to appear in Caledonia Superior Court on Jan. 28 for arraignment.

Learn about Vermont’s black bears in Lyndonville on August 7

in Lyndonville/News/Outdoors

LYNDONVILLE — Vermonters of all ages are invited to attend a presentation about Vermont’s black bears at the Lyndon Town School on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Tom Rogers will talk about the extraordinary life history of bears, their ecology and behaviors, and what people can do to better co-exist with bears.

Through colorful photos and captivating stories, the audience will come away with a new appreciation for these intelligent animals.

Vermont State Game Warden Jason Dukette will be in attendance to meet with the public and answer questions.

Warden Dukette is stationed in the Northeast Kingdom and has extensive experience providing advice and assistance to residents on bear-human conflicts.

“Bears are fascinating animals and are sometimes feared or misunderstood,” said Rogers. “We’ll talk about the challenges they face and what people can do to live safely alongside bears here in Vermont.”

The talk is free and open to the public.

Lyndonville man critically injured in I-91 crash

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LYNDONVILLE — A 33-year-old Lyndonville man was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash that took place on I-91 in Sheffield early this morning.

At around 12:20 a.m. police and emergency workers responded to a report of crash with serious injury southbound on the Interstate at mile marker 149.

Dale Mitchell, 33, of Lyndonville, was headed south when for unknown reasons his vehicle left the roadway on the east shoulder of the Interstate and into the center median, police say.

According to police, evidence on scene indicates Mitchell overcorrected and lost control of his vehicle.

The 2005 Hyundai Elantra then traveled across the travel lane of the Interstate and off the west shoulder, before rolling multiple times.

Mitchell was ejected from the vehicle.

He was transported to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital prior to being airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with what police describe as serious life-threatening injuries.

Interstate 91 south in the area was closed for the duration of the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation.

Police investigating assault, abduction case in Lyndon

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LYNDON — Police are investigating a reported assault/abduction that took place early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred near the dorm area of Lyndon Institute at around 1 a.m.

Police say a male subject believed to be approximately 5’8” to 5’10” attempted to grab a female who had been walking alone near the parking area of the lower practice fields at the time.

The female victim was able to get away, and no injuries were reported.

Lyndonville Police Chief Jack Harris notified Lyndon Institute staff of the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this case is being asked to contact Lyndonville Police at 802-626-1271.

Lyndonville man arrested after fatal hit-and-run

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LYNDONVILLE — An arrest has been made following a fatal hit-and-run that took place in Lyndonville on Saturday.

According to police, interviews and surveillance video showed the operator of the vehicle at the time of the crash was Gary Hale, 41, Lyndonville.

On Saturday, members of the Vermont State Police located the victim, identified as Mattie Lynn Hale, 46, of Lyndon, deceased just off the travel portion of Route 5 in the town of Lyndonville.

Police say the woman sustained multiple injuries consistent with that of being struck by a vehicle, and evidence at the scene suggested that the vehicle involved in the crash was a silver Ford Fiesta.

Police later located a silver Ford Fiesta with heavy front-end damage at an apartment complex in Lyndonville.

After locating the vehicle, the driver and the passenger were found at a nearby residence.

Gary Hale was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death resulting, which is a felony. He was lodged at the Northeast Correctional Facility for lack of $15,000 bail.

The passenger, Katrina Haslam, 47, also of Lyndonville, was charged with accessory after the fact and was released with a citation.

Both Gary Hale and Katrina Haslam will appear in Caledonia Superior Court on Monday.

Police search for driver in fatal hit-and-run in Lyndonville

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UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Mattie Lynn Hale, age 46, of Lyndon.

LYNDONVILLE — Police are looking for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run that took place in Lyndonville this morning.

Police say that at around 7:48 a.m. they were notified that a middle-aged woman was found deceased off the east side of US Route 5, just north of Vermont Route 114.

According to police, the investigation is in the preliminary stages and notifications to the next of kin are pending at this time.

The driver involved in the incident has not been located.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-748-3111.

US Route 5 in this location is closed as the investigation continues, and alternate routes should be taken.

Two men accused of human trafficking, sexual assault in Lyndonville area

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LYNDONVILLE — Two men are facing charges of human trafficking and sexual assault involving a juvenile in Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury, according to Vermont State Police.

Back in May, police investigators and the Department of Children and Families began a joint investigation into a report of a human trafficking case.

Police say the two men, identified as Harry Williams, 41, and Kenneth Johnson, 58, both of Staten Island, New York, were having sex with the juvenile in exchange for money, drugs, and other items.

Authorities say Williams was arrested and arraigned on Thursday.

When police confronted him, they say he attempted to run. After a short struggle, officials say Williams was taken into custody. He was arraigned on charges of aggravated human trafficking, sexual assault, and resisting arrest.

He is being held without bail.

Johnson was arrested on Friday without incident, police say. He is being charged with aggravated human trafficking and sexual assault.

Authorities say he is being held on $50,000 bail, and due in court on Monday.

Lyndonville man killed in three-vehicle motorcycle crash

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MAIDSTONE — A 31-year-old man from Lyndonville was killed during a three-vehicle motorcycle crash in Maidstone on Saturday.

The crash took place on Vermont Route 102, shortly after 1:00 p.m.

Police say when they arrived on scene they found one of the operators, identified as Christian Phelps, deceased.

Two other operators had been transported to local hospitals with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police say Phelps was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle and entered the northbound lane of travel.

Russell Parker, 54, and Lisa Parker, 48, both of Andover, ME, were traveling in the northbound lane at approximately 35 miles-per-hour when Phelps’ motorcycle crashed into Russell Parker’s motorcycle.

Lisa Parker’s motorcycle then struck Russell Parker’s motorcycle.

Upon impact with Russell Parker’s motorcycle, Phelps was ejected from his bike into the nearby wooded area.

Police say all operators were wearing safety helmets, and that alcohol does not appear to be a factor, however, speed likely played a role in the crash.

This crash remains under investigation.

I-91 North shutdown after tractor-trailer catches fire in Glover

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GLOVER — A tractor-trailer fire caused a section of I-91 North to be shutdown this afternoon.

At around 1:00 p.m. rescue crews were dispatched to the fire in the vicinity of mile-marker 153 on I-91 North in the town of Glover.

When police arrived they say the truck was in the roadway, on fire.

The driver, identified as Barry Provoncha, 48, of Derby, was seen by Barton Ambulance but refused treatment.

The northbound lanes of the interstate are currently closed between exits 24 in Lyndon and 25 in Barton.

Vehicles are having to exit the interstate at exit 24 and use the detour along Route 5 while the roadway is cleared.

Woman killed in single-vehicle crash in Lyndon

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LYNDON — An 80-year-old woman from Lyndon was killed in a single-vehicle crash on I-91 this morning.

Police say she was a passenger in the vehicle and identified as Hugette Thompson. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at around 9:40 a.m.

The driver, Richard Thompson, 85, also of Lyndon, was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

Police say Thompson entered I-91 South at exit 24, and was traveling on an uphill grade and around a left curve.

The car drove off the right-hand side of the road and onto a grassy shoulder, where it traveled approximately 200 feet through the grass before striking a rock outcropping and overturning onto its roof.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call 802-748-3111 and ask for Trooper Lewis.

Icy conditions cause rollover crash on I-91 off-ramp

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LYNDON — A 22-year-old driver from St. Johnsbury was involved in a rollover crash on I-91 this morning.

At around 9:30 a.m. police were dispatched to the single-vehicle rollover on the exit 23 off-ramp of Interstate 91 north, in Lyndon.

Police say they located a 2005 Dodge Durango, driven by Tshering Sherpa, 22, of St. Johnsbury, off the left side of the road.

Sherpa was traveling down the off-ramp when she hit a patch of slush.

She lost control of the vehicle and it went off the side of the ramp, rolling twice before coming to rest.

Police say there were no injuries and all occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Police were assisted by Lyndonville Fire, Lyndon Rescue, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Proposal to unify Lyndon State and Johnson State College moves forward

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LYNDONVILLE – A proposal to unify Lyndon State College and Johnson State College under one administration is moving forward.

Spearheaded by Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges, Jeb Spaulding, the merging of the two schools would create one larger and expectantly stronger college with two distinct campuses, each with its own identity.

According to the proposal, Lyndon and Johnson will share administration and academic programs while retaining their names.

Spaulding presented the recommendation to the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees and received a provisional approval to combine the colleges by July 1, 2017, with Dr. Elaine Collins as the recommended president of the unified college.

The board of trustees will make a final decision, based on a unification report and analysis by Spaulding, at a trustee meeting in September.

According to Spaulding, unification will combine the best qualities of the colleges, increase opportunities for students, focus limited resources on students and learning, and allow both campuses to succeed.

“I understand that unification represents significant change, and that the Lyndon family has had its share of change in the past few months,” a statement issued by Spaulding reads. “At a time when all of our colleges are challenged by external pressures like declining demographics, increased competition, low state support, and competition from new delivery modes, we must be proactive and position ourselves for a strong future. We must reach a critical mass of students in order to balance budgets. Shared administration and robust academic programs will help us get there.”

The unified college will have a single accreditation and budget, and each campus will have its own identity.

The NCAA has confirmed that each campus is allowed to have its own mascot and array of sports teams under the unified model. The Lyndon State Hornets and the Johnson State Badgers would continue to compete in a Division III conference.

Lyndonville skateboarder in critical condition after being hit by car

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LYNDONVILLE — A 25-year-old man from Lyndonville is in critical condition after being hit by a car while skateboarding on High Street in Lyndonville, early this morning.

Police say Brandon Villeneuve was stuck underneath a vehicle when they arrived on the scene at around 1:15 a.m.

Ricardo Millien, 22, of Massachusetts was traveling north on High Street as Villeneuve was traveling south on a skateboard in the travel portion of the roadway, investigators say.

The 2004 Toyota Solara struck Villeneuve and he became pinned under the vehicle.

He was transported by Lyndon Rescue to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, where he was later transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Police say he is listed in critical condition.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing at this time.

Two teenage girls struck by car in Lyndon

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LYNDON – Police say two 15-year-old girls were struck by a westbound Honda Civic at the intersection of Center Street and College Road in the town of Lyndon last night.

The incident took place at around 7:45 p.m. The two were crossing the street in a well marked crosswalk, when they were hit by the vehicle.

One of the victims is from Cabot, the other from Alberg.

Joshua Hastings, 25, of Lyndonville, was the driver of the vehicle.

Police say both women sustained serious injuries after hitting the Honda’s hood and windshield. One of the victims injured her neck and shoulder, the other suffered injuries to her head and elbow.

They were both transported to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

One of the girls was later airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Police say alcohol was not a factor in the accident and the investigation is ongoing.

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    Josh Chase-Renault, 24, of Lyndonville, was arrested today in connection with a series of robberies across Vermont. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
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    27-year old Trisha Bisson was arrested Thursday evening in Hardwick.
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    37-year old Ricky Thompson was arrested Thursday evening in Hardwick.

Lyndonville man arrested in connection with four armed robberies

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LYNDONVILLE — A 24-year-old man from Lyndonville was arrested this afternoon in connection with a series of armed robberies in Washington, Caledonia, and Orleans counties.

Police say Josh Chase-Renault was taken into custody. He is charged with assault and robbery with a weapon at the Cabot Village Store, D & L Beverage in Hardwick, The Barnet Village Store, and Smith’s Grocery Store in Greensboro.

The crime spree goes back to an incident that took place on February 1, when someone entered the Cabot Village Store on Main Street with a firearm and demanded money from the store clerk.

During the Cabot armed robbery investigation, similar armed robberies took place throughout the region.

A lone person would enter a store and demand the clerk to hand over money from the cash registers. The male would have a firearm or a knife displayed as he demanded money.  

An ongoing joint investigation between the Vermont State Police and Hardwick Police Department identified suspects Ricky Thompson, 37, and Trisha Bisson, 27, as being involved in the crimes. On Thursday, they were located in Hardwick and taken into custody.

Police say interviews show that all three are involved with four armed robberies covering three counties.

Bisson and Thompson were lodged at the Northeast Correctional Complex for the crimes of accessory to commit assault and robbery with a weapon.

Chase-Renault was lodged at the St. Johnsbury Correctional Center, and is being held without bail.

Lyndon State College Veterans pose with the newly dedicated Wall of Honor.

Lyndon State College pays tribute to veterans at unveiling of new Wall of Honor

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LYNDONVILLE — Lyndon State College unveiled the third and final phase of Veterans Park, a “Wall of Honor” plaque displaying the names of LSC faculty, staff, and students who have served in the armed forces. It was part of the annual Veterans Day ceremonies held on the Northeast Kingdom campus.

Now officially complete, the Veterans Park is comprised of the lettering on the wall overlooking the pond, a memorial bench with the seals from all branches of our military, and the Wall of Honor. Every year on Veterans Day, new names will be added to the wall as the list of recognized LSC service men and women continues to grow.

Today’s event, put on by the Lyndon State College Veterans Association, paid tribute to the 120 current and former faculty, staff, and student veterans. Current LSC Veterans Association president Heather Morris recited the names from Lyndon’s new Wall of Honor.

“Throughout Lyndon’s 100 plus year history, faculty, staff and students, both men and women, have faithfully served in America’s Armed Forces,” said Thom Anderson, LSC Veterans Association advisor and Associate Academic Dean. “These sons and daughters of Lyndon have demonstrated their willingness to put country before self, patriots who serve for the greater good and who don’t seek glory or recognition or personal gain.”

Lyndon State College was recently given the 2016 Military Friendly School Designation from Victory Media.

Currently, Lyndon has 45 veterans enrolled at the college, 38 of whom receive some sort of tuition benefit. There are also 14 students who are dependents of veterans who are receiving tuition benefits so that they may attain a college degree.

Lyndon is also a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes additional funds and scholarships available for veterans beyond the GI Bill entitlement. Military spouses also receive tuition benefits at Lyndon State College, and out-of-state veterans are eligible for in-state tuition rates.

Lyndon State College Veterans pose with the newly dedicated Wall of Honor.
Lyndon State College Veterans pose with the newly dedicated Wall of Honor.

Driver facing charges after crashing into Miss Lyndonville Diner

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LYNDONVILLE — Police have arrested a Newark man after they say he drove his vehicle into the Miss Lyndonville Diner on Monday evening.

The incident happened at around 9:45 p.m., when police received a call of a motor vehicle crash at the Miss Lyndonville Diner on Broad Street.

Responding troopers located a man who was later identified as Jared Anderson, 24, of Newark, walking away from the scene.

Police say Anderson had driven his vehicle into the diner causing damage, and that he was under the influence of intoxicants at the time of operation.

Anderson refused to take a preliminary breath test. Police say he also provided false statements as to his involvement in the collision.
 
He was taken into custody and processed at the St. Johnsbury Barracks for the charges of DUI, false information to a law enforcement officer, and leaving the scene of an accident. He was issued a citation to appear in Caledonia Court at a later date.
 
Police say the case is still under investigation pending the execution of a search warrant.

Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Rancourt at the St. Johnsbury barracks.

Lyndonville store robbed at knifepoint

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LYNDONVILLE — Police say that a lone male robbed a store in Lyndonville at knifepoint.

Vermont State Police received a call at 5:30 a.m. regarding an armed robbery that took place at the M & M Beverage Center in Lyndonville.

Police say the man entered the store, displayed a knife, and demanded money from the store clerk.

The store clerk gave the man all the cash in the register, and the man took off on foot.

The suspect is described as being approximately 5’09” to 5’11”, and around 170-180 pounds. He was wearing a neon green T-shirt, dark colored sweat pants at the time. He also had a red bandanna covering his face.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The Vermont State Police and Lyndonville Police Department are continuing with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in St. Johnsbury at 802-748-3111.

Below is a surveillance photo from the incident:

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St. Johnsbury crash victim succumbs to injuries

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LYNDON — Almond Fletcher, 66, of St. Johnsbury, who was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash in Lyndon over the weekend, tragically succumbed to his injuries, police say.

On Tuesday police issued a statement saying that Fletcher was pronounced dead on Monday at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

Fletcher was traveling north on Elliot Road in Lyndon on Saturday, July 4, when he left the roadway, collided with a tree, and went down an embankment.

He was ejected from his vehicle during the crash.

State Police, Lyndon Rescue, and Lyndon Fire Department responded to the accident. Fletcher was transported to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital at the time.

An earlier report by police listed Fletcher as suffering head injuries as a result of the crash, but police said on Tuesday that the accident is still under investigation.

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.

Car hits bear on I-91 near Lyndonville

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LYNDONVILLE — State police say that a woman hit a black bear while traveling on Interstate 91 on Tuesday.

The accident took place in the southbound lane, between St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville, at around 9:15 p.m.

Melissa Bushey, 45, of Barnet, was nearing mile marker 134 when the bear came down into the roadway. Bushey was unable to avoid the collision.

Police say that after the accident Bushey drove to the State Police Barracks in St. Johnsbury, to report hitting the animal.

Her vehicle sustained minor damage to the front bumper and undercarriage, but she was uninjured.

The bear was later located and removed from the roadway.

West Charleston man leads police on 40-mile pursuit in stolen vehicle

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Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
NEWPORT — A 19-year-old man was arrested this afternoon after leading police on a nearly 40-mile long chase on I-91.

Police say that Jesse Sawyer, of West Charleston, is facing multiple charges after Vermont State Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop for speeding on I-91, in the town of Lyndonville.

Sawyer was operating a 2012 Toyota Tundra, which police say he stole from St. J Auto in St. Johnsbury.

Sawyer refused to pull over, and police chased the vehicle north on I-91. The vehicle was eventually disabled by police in Newport.

Sawyer was taken into custody without further incident and lodged at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $3000.00 bail.

Police say Sawyer is being charged with operating without owners consent, attempting to elude, careless and negligent operation, aggravated assault on law enforcement, and excessive speed.

Sawyer will be arraigned in Caledonia Court on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Fatal snowmobile accident in Wheelock

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WHEELOCK — A snowmobile crash on a VAST trail near Fall Brook Road in the town of Wheelock Saturday evening left a 47-year-old Connecticut man dead.

Police are reporting that Keith Whitney, of East Haven, was operating a snowmobile on VAST Corridor 52, when he went off trail and collided with a metal cable that was across two trees in a driveway leading to posted property.

Whitney was thrown from the snowmobile. Someone riding with him contacted 911.

Whitney was transported to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital but did not survive the crash.

Members from the Sheffield-Wheelock Fire Department, Lyndon Rescue, and CALEX responded to the crash. Police say the investigation into the crash is still ongoing at this time.

Northeast Kingdom College Night for parents and students coming March 30

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LYNDONVILLE — The annual Northeast Kingdom College Night for high school students and parents will be held on Monday, March 30 on the campus of Lyndon State College.

The free college fair runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. High school sophomores, juniors, and their parents are particularly encouraged to attend to meet admissions representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities from New England and across the U.S. offering liberal arts as well as technical and business-oriented studies.

Back by popular demand, the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free college planning workshops before, starting at 4:15 p.m., and after the college fair. Topics include finding colleges that fit, specifics on how to apply, SAT/ACT test prep and strategies, writing an admissions essay that sets you apart, and navigating college costs and financial aid.

Free food will be provided to workshop attendees, and attendees will be entered in drawings for a chance to win an iPad Mini or $500 college savings account.

For more information and to register for workshops, visit http://www.vsac.org/CollegePathways.

Students and parents say the workshops offer important information and insights to the college process.

“It’s awesome to see all these people here because they’re all going through the same steps as me and I know everyone’s feeling the same,” Mount Mansfield Union High School student after past workshop in Chittenden County.

Don’t miss this great opportunity, a double feature with two programs in one night, for Northeast Kingdom students and families to get information and resources needed for applying and preparing for college.

Lyndonville man injured in pedestrian hit-and-run

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hit and run_FotorLYNDONVILLE — Police are looking for a driver who hit a pedestrian in Lyndonville early Tuesday morning, leaving the man injured before fleeing the scene.

Police say that the incident happened at around 12:15 a.m., when Joel Boucher, 25, of Lyndonville, was walking south on the edge of the northbound lane of Broad Street.

He was in front of the Passumpsic Bank when a dark colored Jeep, traveling north, struck him.

Police say that the driver of the Jeep did not stop to see if Boucher was hurt, instead, continued to travel north into Lyndonville.

Boucher was injured during the hit-and-run, sustaining injuries to the left side of his body.

Vermont State Police are requesting anyone with any information regarding this incident to call the Vermont State Police at: 802-748-3111 or NEK Crime Stoppers at: 748-2222.

Police find 22-year-old St. Johnsbury man dead in Lyndonville

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LYNDONVILLE — Polcie say that they recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from the Passumpsic River in Lyndonville. It is believed that the man fell through the ice.

According to a statement issued by the Vermont State Police, Alex Duranleau, of St. Johnsbury, was found deceased after a 45 minute search of the area by the State Police Scuba Team along with members of the Lyndonville and Sheffield-Wheelock Swift Water Rescue Team.

Chief Jack Harris of the Lyndonville Police Department began the investigation on Friday, when Duranleau’s fiancé reported him missing.

The woman told police that the last time she saw him was on Thursday at approximately 4:00 p.m. He had not reported to work or for classes at Lyndon State College.

Police were able to locate Duranleau’s vehicle at the Lyndon Park and Ride on Center Street. Chief Harris conducted a quick search of the area and located fresh foot tracks in the snow leading to the river. A jacket matching the description of one Duranleau was wearing was found in the snow.

Chief Harris requested assistance from the Vermont State Police, and a K-9 unit was deployed to the area. They were able to track Duranleau from his car along the VAST trail and to the river where the K-9 indicated where Duranleau was.

The scene was secured for the night while a team could be brought in during daylight hours.

A search of the river underneath the ice was conducted and Duranleau was located deceased after a 45 minute search.

Police are saying there is nothing at this time to indicate any foul play.

Donations needed to aid job-seeking students

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Students trying on business attire during 2014’s Dressed For Success event at Lyndon State College.
Students trying on business attire during 2014’s Dressed For Success event at Lyndon State College.

LYNDONVILLE — It’s an age-old problem for people entering the workforce. Without a job, how can you afford a suit? But without a suit, how can you get a job?

To help solve this dilemma, Lyndon State College Career Services, in coordination with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, is holding the 3rd annual “Dressed for Success” event Thursday, March 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The goal of the project is to provide a free business-ready outfit to each junior and senior who attends the event. These clothes become a foundation for the student’s professional wardrobe and may be worn to interviews, presentations, internships, and in other professional circumstances. The needs of juniors and seniors will be prioritized but all LSC students are welcome to participate.

All merchandise will be received by donation. The group seeks donations of suits, sport coats and blazers, jackets, overcoats and dress coats, dress shirts and blouses, trousers and slacks, skirts and dresses, and shoes. The group also seeks other relevant professional attire and accessories such as scarves, ties, belts, costume jewelry, briefcases, portfolios and attaché cases. Clothing should be clean and gently worn.

Moore’s Dry Cleaners in Newport will be a drop off point for anyone wishing to donate something for the cause.

The event will be held in the college’s Moore Community Room/ASAC 100, and is a component of the Lyndon’s “ticket to commencement” activities.

Donations may also be dropped off through March 11 at the ASAC reception desk Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional drop-off locations are Palmer Brothers Cleaners in St. Johnsbury.

JCPenney is lending clothing racks and hangers. Shear Sensations will be offering trims for men and makeup/hairstyle tips for women. Lorraine Brown, a tailor from Fruit of Her Hands, will be on hand to measure collar, sleeve and inseam measurements.

A Vermont Department of Labor representative will also share tips on interviewing, résumé writing and professional dress. Merchandise remaining after the event will be donated to NEK Youth Services and H.O.P.E.

65-year-old man assaulted by three men in Lyndonville Sunday night

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LYNDONVILLE — Police are saying that a 65-year-old man from Lyndonville was hospitalized after being assaulted on Sunday by three men while he was inside his car.

The incident happened Sunday night at around 11:15 p.m., at Nick’s Gas and Go.

The victim, Almond Fletcher, told police he had been assaulted by the men while he was parked behind the gas station.

He described one of the men as being shorter, with dark hair and a beard, possibly in his 20’s.

Fletcher suffered injuries after the attack requiring him to stay at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital for treatment.

Police have not yet released descriptions on any of the other attackers. The investigation is ongoing and State Police are asking anyone with information to contact Trooper Jason Haley at 802-748-3111.

Police say road conditions a factor in deadly crash on I-91

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5191cab844293_FotorLYNDONVILLE — Police have released the names of the two victims in the deadly crash that took place northbound on I-91 near the Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury line Friday night. They are also saying that speed and road conditions were factors in the crash.

According to a statement issued by police, 29-year-old Justin Stephenson, and 38-year-old Ryan Nadeau, both of Essex Junction, were the two victims in the accident.

The two were traveling northbound in a Ford Taurus on I-91 when they came upon a two-car crash that took place moments before.

In the first collision, a 2009 Toyota Corolla lost control and came to rest sideways in the passing lane. A tractor-trailer then collided with the Corolla, also coming to rest in the passing lane.

The Taurus, being driven by Stephenson, ended up smashing into the tractor-trailer, killing the driver and passenger. Police are saying that both were not wearing their seat belts at the time.

The highway was closed from exit 22 in St. Johnsbury to exit 23 in Lyndonville after the deadly crash. Traffic had to be redirected, with that section of I-91 North closed until around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Deadly three-car crash on I-91 near St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville town line Friday night

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LYNDONVILLE — A three-car crash northbound on I-91 near the St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville town line left two people dead Friday night.

Police say that the preliminary investigation shows that a 2009 Toyota Corolla being driven by Neal Robinson, of Stoddard, New Hampshire, lost control and came to rest sideways in the passing lane.

Another vehicle, being driven by Denis Belanger, of Quebec, collided with Robinson, and also came to rest in the passing lane.

The third vehicle, a Ford Taurus, then struck Belanger’s vehicle. Both the driver and the passenger in the Ford Taurus were killed in the crash. Both victims will be brought to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Identification of the deceased is pending notification of next of kin.

The deadly accident took place at around 9 p.m. The Vermont State Police, Lyndonville Police Department, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Inspectors, St. Johnsbury Fire Department, and Calex ambulance all responded to the scene.

An investigation into the details of the crash is still ongoing, and anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crash is being asked to contact Vermont State Police Trooper Tarricone at 802-748-3111.

Lyndon State ranked #6 in Electronic Journalism in nationwide poll

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LYNDONVILLE — Lyndon State College’s Electronic Journalism Arts Department has been ranked sixth in an annual nationwide survey in NewsPro magazine. The 2014 poll was distributed on TVWeek.com and to members of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), with 673 respondents participating.

The University of Missouri at Columbia’s School of Journalism handily claimed the top spot in the 2014 survey, trailed by second-place University of Georgia and third-place Northwestern University. Lyndon, with a total enrollment of 1,400, was the smallest school to make the list; Missouri boasts 2,250 students in the journalism department and a total enrollment of more than 34,000.

According to the NewsPro article, “The Electronic Journalism Arts department at 1,400-student Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., had a strong showing for the second straight year — and, like the Missouri School, was favored for its in-the-trenches approach to teaching.” Lyndon is one of a handful of colleges in the country that produce and broadcast a daily televised news program staffed entirely by students.

Lyndon State College Electronic Journalism Arts Program

In addition to the News7 telecasts, students in the department produce content for web, mobile, and print-based media. Together, these real world experiences form Lyndon’s Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ), the capstone activity for the department’s majors. The program has won more than 80 regional and national awards in the last 10 years.

One news professional explained to NewsPro, “Lyndon State College is a small school made up of a very few students in the Broadcast Journalism Department. The students turn out a nightly, live broadcast of local news in the Northeast Kingdom and surrounding towns of Vermont (and New Hampshire). Not only has this journalism program taken home Emmy awards, they consistently turn out an amazing 5:30 broadcast on the backs of only the students!”

A statement from the department’s faculty noted, “The Electronic Journalism Arts department is extremely honored to see Lyndon State College in the top 6 list of leading graduate and undergraduate journalism education programs in the United States. The survey results verify that our graduates leave with the skills and work ethic needed to make a positive impression in the industry.”

College President Joe Bertolino added, “Hats off to all the hard working students, faculty, and staff for making this happen.”

Syracuse University and Columbia University tied for fourth place, while Arizona State University and the University of Oklahoma tied for fifth place. Rounding out the top 10 were Indiana University, Boston University, New York University, and the University of Florida.

A total of 607 of 673 respondents answered the question about their professional status; of those, 260 (42.8%) said they were news professionals. Additionally, 169 (27.8%) answered non-news professionals, 104 (17.1%) identified as students, and 74 (12.2%) said they were educators.

Woman injured after snowmobile crash in Ferdinand on Saturday

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snowmobile accident vermontjpgFERDINAND — A 52-year-old woman was taken to North Country Hospital before being transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, after crashing her snowmobile in the town of Ferdinand.

Authorities say that Renee Martin, of Bow, New Hampshire, was traveling with several other snowmobilers west on the VAST 142 Trail at around 11:30 a.m., when she attempted to negotiate a sharp curve near a stream crossing. Martin traveled off the trail on the side of a bridge, crashing into several rocks in the stream.

She ended up pinned under her snowmobile in the stream before being rescued by the other snowmobilers riding with her.

Lyndon Rescue and the Brighton Fire Department responded to the scene.

Martin was transported to North Country Hospital and then transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. According to a statement issued by the Vermont State Police, Martin suffered a “significant lower body injury.”

The crash is sill being investigated by members of the State Police Recreational Enforcement Division from the Derby Barracks.

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