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NEK native becomes third woman promoted to captain in the VSP

in Burke/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Vermont State Police recently announced that Teresa Randall, a native of West Burke, has become the third woman to be promoted to captain. Capt. Randall’s promotion to captain/Staff Operations Commander, was effective May 9, 2021. She succeeds Kevin Lane, who was promoted to major/Support Services Division Commander earlier this spring. Capt. Randall…

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Craftsbury Farmers’ Market set to begin 20th season

in Craftsbury/Newport/News

CRAFTSBURY — The Craftsbury Farmers’ Market is gearing up its twentieth season. Opening on May 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., the market will run every Saturday until October 2. Returning vendors will be offering locally produced food and crafts, and organizers say many new vendors this year will be offering products that have…

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Lake Memphremagog denied lake in crisis designation

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Despite garnering thousands of signatures, a petition submitted to have Lake Memphremagog designated a “lake in crisis” was rejected by the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Secretary Moore in her response said that she turned down the petition request for the sole reason that there is no evidence property has…

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Cigarettes, cash drawer stolen during burglary at Hilliker’s Store

in Newport/News

NEWPORT CENTER — Another local business was burglarized early this morning. State police were notified of a burglary at Hilliker’s Store in Newport Center at around 2:40 a.m. Police say two male suspects wearing dark clothing broke in through the glass door. According to the report, the suspects stole an unknown amount of cigarettes as…

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Counterfeit money circulating through Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Authorities are warning local businesses about counterfeit money being circulated in the area. Police received a call on Sunday from the manager of McDonald’s in Derby, stating a female had attempted to pass a fraudulent $20 bill at the restaurant. Around 30 minutes later they received a call from the manager of Price…

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Ray’s Meat and Grocery in Irasburg burglarized

in Irasburg/Newport/News

IRASBURG — Police are investigating after Ray’s Meat and Grocery in Irasburg was burglarized early this morning. Forced entry was made through the front door of the store. According to the report, $1,000 of merchandise was stolen and a total of $900 worth of damage occurred. Surveillance photos show that two people were involved in…

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Craftsbury Community Care Center announces winner of bike raffle

in Craftsbury/Newport/News

CRAFTSBURY — Morrisville resident Rodney Hartwig has won the Craftsbury Community Care Center’s second-ever raffle fundraiser. Craftsbury Community Care Center resident Fielda Calderwood drew the winning ticket on Saturday. Rodney Hartwig said he bought two tickets, one for himself and one for his mother-in-law. Hank Glowiak of Chuck’s Bikes in Morrisville collaborated with the Care…

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Burglary at C&C Market in Barton

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — Police are investigating a burglary that took place in Barton this morning. The incident happened at around 1:30 a.m. at C&C Market. Forced entry was made inside the store and a number of items were stolen, police say. The break-in caused thousands of dollars worth of property damage as well. Police have released…

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Newport Police Officer Joshua Lillis and K-9 Ozzy recently named Vermont’s best

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Newport Police Officer Joshua Lillis and K-9 Ozzy were recently named the 2020 Team of the Year by the Vermont Police Canines Association. The department says the Newport Police K-9 Unit was deployed 153 times in 2020 for a variety of responses, including supporting de-escalation efforts, tracking suspects, and aiding in investigations. “I…

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Building a true Vermont life: Grant Spates

in Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT — People say it’s hard to make a living in Vermont, but it’s even harder to make a living in the Northeast Kingdom. The north country has always been the state’s economic stepchild, rich in natural resources but poor in population and almost everything else. You have to be stubborn and determined to make…

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Burglary in Coventry

in coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — Police are investigating a burglary that took place in Coventry. The incident was reported at a home on Pine Hill Road on April 24. Police say there were signs of forced entry into the home. According to the report, a Skidoo Mxz Blizzard 600, a 55-inch Roko television, a DVD player, and a…

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Museum of Everyday Life looking for lists and notes for upcoming exhibition

in Arts and Entertainment/Glover/Newport/News

GLOVER — The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover is seeking submissions for an upcoming exhibition featuring lists and notes, which will open on Saturday, July 17. The museum says that lists and notes can include many things, from sociological artifacts to poems or containers of obscure stories. A statement from the museum regarding the…

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Police: Driver charged with DUI after hit-and-run in Derby

in coventry/Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Police say a 41-year-old man from Coventry is facing multiple charges following a crash that took place in Derby yesterday. Authorities were alerted at 10:45 p.m. that a 28-year-old woman from Brighton was the victim of a hit-and-run crash on Vermont Route 105. Police say a responding trooper managed to locate the vehicle…

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Driver taken to DHMC following single-vehicle crash in Coventry

in coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — A 48-year-old man was injured following a crash in Coventry on Friday. The single-vehicle crash took place on Maxwell Road at around 6:00 p.m. The driver, identified as Jason Pearson, of East Wareham, MA, was taken to the North Country Hospital, and later transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Police say Pearson was headed…

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Demolition derbies set to return to Orleans County

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — After a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, demo derbies are set to return to the Orleans County Fairgrounds this year. The first demo will be held on Sunday, May 30, at 6 p.m., with three classes competing that evening. They include a four-cylinder ladies-only class, a four-cylinder class for men and women,…

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Smash and grab burglary at Family Dollar in Orleans

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Police are still investigating after the Family Dollar in Orleans was robbed early Sunday morning. At around 5:00 a.m. forced entry was made inside the building when someone smashed through the glass door. Police say when they arrived the building was checked but the suspect had already fled the scene. A glass display…

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Newport prison declared free of Covid-19

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Vermont Department of Corrections says that the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport is clear of COVID outbreak response and is back to standard modified operations. This full status change is the result of testing conducted Thursday, April 15, in which no incarcerated individuals tested positive for the fifth consecutive time. There…

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Bank in Orleans robbed at gunpoint

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — A bank was robbed at gunpoint in Orleans this afternoon. Police responded to the North Country Federal Credit Union on Main Street at around 3:00 p.m. A man dressed in dark clothing was reported to have robbed the credit union, during which time he displayed a firearm. The man was seen leaving the…

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With 3,800 signatures, petition submitted to have Memphremagog designated a “Lake in Crisis”

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Local conservation group Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity (DUMP) recently submitted a petition to the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, requesting Lake Memphremagog be designated a Lake in Crisis. The group says this designation will provide resources to help identify the causes of environmental contamination, and develop a comprehensive response plan…

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Concerns grow over surveillance towers in Orleans County, public comment period extended

in Derby Line/Newport/News/North Troy

DERBY LINE — The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period related to the proposed construction of massive surveillance towers in Derby Line and North Troy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in February that they were planning to construct two new video surveillance towers 120 feet high along the…

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