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IRS Criminal Investigation warns Vermonters about new wave of COVID-19 scams

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) is warning Vermont taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments. In the last several months, IRS-CI has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes designed to steal…

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Polaris UTV stolen in Orleans

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Police say they are reviewing surveillance footage after a UTV was stolen yesterday in the Village of Orleans. The theft took place at a residence on Water Street. It is described as a 2014 green Polaris side-by-side with a 6′ plow and two floodlights mounted on the roof. It was reported to have…

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Corrections staff member in Newport tests positive for Covid-19

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Vermont Department of Corrections announced today that staff members at four correctional facilities tested positive for COVID-19 this week. One was at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, one at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, one at Northwest State Correctional Facility, and two at Southern State Correctional Facility. Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility…

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Subway in Orleans robbed

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — The Subway in Orleans was robbed at around 6:15 p.m. today. Witnesses told police a man entered the store stating he had a firearm and demanded money from the register. The suspect removed an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store on foot towards South Street. He was described as tall and…

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Sacred Heart Alumni Association scholarships available for local students

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Sacred Heart Alumni Association is again offering college scholarships to qualifying seniors at Lake Region Union High School, North Country Union High School, United Christian Academy, or a home-schooler who will be graduating in 2021. To qualify, the applicant, or his or her parent or grandparent must have graduated from or attended…

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Accused Newport shooter arrested in Westmore

in Newport/News/Westmore

NEWPORT — A man suspected of shooting an individual at a Newport parking lot in November has been arrested. Jaquan Flintroy, 26, of Hartford, Conn., was arrested and charged with attempted murder as well as federal drug and firearms charges. Flintroy was apprehended without incident this morning at a residence in Westmore. On Monday, Nov.…

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Unattended frying pan listed as cause of fatal fire in Newport

in Fire/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Investigators say a fire that took the life of a Newport resident on Christmas Day started after a frying pan inside the kitchen ignited. The fire broke out at around 9:15 p.m. in an upstairs apartment on Pleasant Street in Newport City. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, stopped the spread of the fire,…

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Newport Mayor Paul Monette Announces Re-election Campaign

in Letter to the Editor/Newport/News

Mayor Paul Monette recently announced his decision to run for re-election as Mayor of the City of Newport. He released the following statement today: Much has been accomplished over the past several years under my leadership and in 2020, despite the Covid pandemic, the City continued to see successes. Newport City continued to operate and…

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Police: Slingshot used to break windows in Derby, Charleston

in Charleston/Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Police are investigating a series of vandalism incidents that took place on Sunday. Lauri Stonebreaker reported the front window of her home on Main Street in Derby was broken at around 2:00 p.m. Investigation revealed the projectile that penetrated her window was a marble that was shot from a slingshot. Approximately 30 minutes…

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Police investigating fatal fire in Newport

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Authorities say one person is dead after a fire broke out in Newport on Christmas night. Newport Police and Fire responded to 58 Pleasant Street for a structure fire that was reported at around 9:15 p.m. Responding officers say they found heavy flames coming from the second floor. The flames were intense, and…

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Cow dies after being hit by truck in Irasburg

in Irasburg/Newport/News

IRASBURG — A truck hit a cow that wandered onto the road in Irasburg on Wednesday. Authorities were notified of the incident on Vermont Route 14 at around 5:00 p.m. Jeffrey Shatney told police that he was traveling south and struck an all-black cow that was in the travel portion of the road. The cow…

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MCM and the Northern Star awarded $50,000 grant

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Preservation Trust of Vermont has awarded Memphremagog Community Maritime (MCM) and the Northern Star a $50,000 community revitalization grant that will help preserve and support the activities of the local cruise ship. MCM is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote and provide educational, research, and tourism opportunities that bring people together…

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Merry Hamel of NEKCA, Dennis Percy, Fred’s Energy General Manager, and Rachel Twofoot of Northpoint, on December 15th with toys collected for the “Toys for Kids” toy drive at the Fred’s Energy main office in Derby. (R) Merry Hamel of NEKCA selects a name from all the entries as Fred’s Energy General Manager, Dennis Percy, assists.

Fred’s Energy toy drive helps local kids, 3 families receive 100 gallons of heating oil

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Each of the three Fred’s Energy offices collected toys again this year for local non-profit programs. The Lamoille Family Center’s “Holiday Project,” the St. Johnsbury Fire Department’s “Santa Fund,” and the NEKCA & Northpoint “Toys for Kids” toy drive all benefited from this year’s donations. With the current pandemic and many still out…

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Cumberland Farms in Newport robbed at gunpoint

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Police are investigating an early morning armed robbery in Newport. An employee at Cumberland Farms on East Main Street reported that they had been robbed at around 4:12 a.m. The clerk told police that a male suspect had entered the store and displayed a handgun and began demanding money. The suspect received an…

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Newport City Inn and Suites robbed

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Authorities are actively investigating a robbery that took place in Newport last night. Police say they were notified of an alleged robbery at the Newport Inn and Suites on Main Street at around 11:00 p.m. A man is said to have approached an employee demanding cash and claiming he had a gun. Police…

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Divers spent 160 hours cleaning milfoil from Lake Salem this summer

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — Salem Lakes Association, in partnership with the town of Derby, completed a busy season managing an invasive aquatic plant. Eurasian Water Milfoil was first found in Big Salem in 2017. Over the summer, divers worked 160 hours during 45 dives in the lake between June and September. The association says divers pulled over…

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Man sentenced for smuggling 6 endangered tropical birds into Derby Line from Quebec

in Derby Line/Newport/News

DERBY LINE — A 40-year-old man from Pennsylvania was sentenced after pleading guilty to smuggling tropical birds into Vermont. Jafet Rodriguez, 40, of Hazleton, was sentenced to a two-year term of federal supervised release. Rodriguez previously pled guilty to unlawfully smuggling six tropical birds into Vermont from Canada, in violation of the Endangered Species Act…

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Ambulance transporting patient crashes in Morgan

in Morgan/Newport/News

MORGAN — An ambulance that was transporting a patient was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Morgan on Tuesday. The ambulance, owned by Newport Ambulance/Northern EMS and operated by EMT Joseph Whitehill, crashed at around 11:15 a.m. on Champigny Hill Road. The ambulance was headed towards Route 111 with its emergency lights activated with a…

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Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Over $115K in grants awarded to 27 NEK nonprofits

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation made $115,800 in grants to 27 organizations in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties in fall 2020. This year’s awards represent a combination of grants to organizations supporting education, food access, the arts, and outdoor engagement. “In this challenging year, the Foundation and our donors…

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East Charleston woman nearing $20K raised for Make-A-Wish

in East Charleston/Newport/News

EAST CHARLESTON — Judy Moulton of East Charleston, who has been volunteering as a wish granter with Make-A-Wish Vermont for more than 20 years, is now just $1,000 shy of activating a matching grant that will bring her fundraising efforts up to $20,000. Moulton, who is one of the non-profit’s biggest fundraisers, each year writes…

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NEK Council on Aging announces new Options Counselor

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging recently announced that Linda Caamaño will join as Options Counselor. The Options Counselor is responsible for both office and field-based work, management of calls sent from the information and referral helpline staff, and the delivery of person-centered options counseling to clients in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties.…

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Newport Center man arrested following police chase

in Newport/News

NEWPORT CENTER — A 33-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges following an incident in Newport Center early Sunday morning. Police say they observed a vehicle doing donuts in the middle of the intersection of Vermont Route 14 and Vermont Route 100 at around 1:52 a.m. According to police, they initiated a traffic stop and…

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