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Tragic death on bike path in Derby

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DERBY — Authorities believe that cardiac arrest was the cause of the tragic death of a 33-year-old man from Beebe Plain, who passed away yesterday after collapsing on the bike path in Derby. Police say that Michael Scherer, and his wife were out for a run along the bike path Sunday morning, when Michael began…

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Valesquez sentenced to 5 month prison term in Canada

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NEWPORT – The 31-year-old woman from Newport who led police on an international chase after allegedly attempting to break into the Derby Corner Mini Mart, has quickly been sentenced in a Sherbrooke court for her crimes committed in Quebec. Valentina Valesquez was sentenced to serve five months in prison. She pled guilty to the charges…

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Police say they were tipped off before I-91 heroin bust

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NEWPORT — According to court documents, police were tipped off that the two women from the Newport area who were arrested in Brattleboro with over 900 bags of heroin, were making a trip to Hartford, Connecticut, to pick up a substantial amount of heroin that would be resold in Vermont. State Police Sgt. Eric Albright…

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QNEK’s “Wait Until Dark” begins Friday

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport/News/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions, the Award-Winning International Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell Opera House, finishes its 21st Mainstage Season with the highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller, Wait Until Dark, directed and designed by Susan-Lynn Johns with a set built under the guidance of Tom Rooney by the North Country Union High School…

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Community coming together to help woman battling cancer

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Newport Car Wash, and members of the community are coming together to help a local woman who is battling cancer. The Newport Car Wash, located next to the fire station, is having a bake sale, bottle drive, pumping for tips, and more, all to help raise money for Terry Corr. The fundraising event…

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Newport and Coventry residents arrested with over 900 bags of heroin

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NEWPORT — Two residents of Orleans County were arrested in Brattleboro on Friday after police discovered they had over 900 bags of heroin in their possession. Police are reporting that Kirby Davis, 30, of Coventry, and Ashley Geoffroy, 26, of Newport were both arrested and lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. The…

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Missing Dog: Newport

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UPDATE: The dog was located. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out and locate the animal so quickly. Below is a flyer for a dog that went missing this morning, last seen in Newport. He may have been put in a tan truck. Please contact owners if you know where the dog…

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Hunt homicide ruled justifiable.

in Newport/News

No charges will be filed against Christian Cornelius in the fatal stabbing incident that took place at his home in July. Prosecutors say that 31-year-old Cornelius acted in self-defense. The statement below was issued by Orleans County State’s Attorney Alan Franklin. It has been posted in its entirety. We do apologize for the awkward formfitting…

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Quebec court orders psychiatric exam for international police chase suspect

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SHERBROOKE, QC — Valentina Velasquez, 31, of Newport, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine her ability to face the charges against her in Canada, after she led police on an international chase that started in Derby, and ended near Coaticook, Quebec. The request for the evaluation came through her lawyer who was at the…

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Woman imprisoned for embezzling from Newport employer

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Manon Cote, 47, of Newport, was sentenced on Monday in United States District Court in Brattleboro to 15 months of imprisonment, following a forgery charge which stemmed from Cote’s embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a car dealership in Newport. Cote was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following…

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Mug shot of Valentina Velasquez, taken from a prior arrest. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Woman sends police on international chase after attempted burglary in Derby

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DERBY — A woman sent authorities on an international police chase this morning, after an attempted burglary in Derby. Police received a 911 call early this morning from the Derby Corner Mini Mart, located at 3131 US Route 5, reporting that a woman was attempting to break into the store with a long gun. Troopers…

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Five injured in crash on Lake Road in Newport

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NEWPORT — Police have not yet released the names of the five people who were transported to the hospital last night after a single vehicle crash that took place on Lake Road. According to information released by Newport Police, the single-vehicle crash took place at around 9:37 p.m., Thursday night. The vehicle was traveling north…

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Act 250 permit issued to AnC Bio

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NEWPORT — AnC Bio, also known as Jay Peak Biomedical Research Park, was issued a Land Use Permit by the District 7 Environmental Commission. This should allow work to begin on the facility by October. The permit was issued on Wednesday, and states that there will be no work done on vaccines at the facility.…

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Water main break drains 30,000 gallon reservoir in Newport Town

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Town officials said that an 8-inch water main broke on Tuesday night, causing a 30,000-gallon reservoir to drain. Most residents were without water as a result of the break. Officials have said that repairs are underway, which will allow the reservoir to start refilling, with about two-thirds of the town by noon having…

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Coventry farmer agrees to pay $33,000 for agricultural water quality violations

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NEWPORT — Richard M. Nelson, a dairy farmer in Coventry, has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and has agreed to pay $33,000.00 in civil penalties for the violations. “Vermont’s laws and regulations relating to agricultural water quality help keep our state waterways clean,” said Attorney General William H.…

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Fall Festival Scarecrow Award Winners Announced

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Newport Fall Foliage Festival Scarecrow Contest Awards have been announced and several local businesses and organizations are among the best. “The effort, time and creativeness put into this year’s scarecrows was fabulous,” Newport Live event organizer Bruce James said. “It was such a colorful show and exhibition that the judges had a…

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Kingdom Swimmers raise $2,755 for North Country Hospital’s Patient Care Initiative Fund

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Kingdom Swim and open water swimmers from all over the nation who participated this past July raised a total of $2,755 for North Country Hospital’s Patient Care Initiative Fund. Twenty percent of adult registration fees supported the fund. Swimmers also raised money through a raffle with several significant prizes, including a slot in…

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Antiques and classics come out for the Newport Fall Foliage Festival

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Newport Fall Foliage Festival attracted nearly 30 vehicles for its Antique and Classic Car Parade during Saturday’s festival. Awards were handed out in the three categories of: Most Interesting Best Restoration Judges Award Roger Grenier, of Derby Line, drove his special edition Ford Mustang, celebrating the car’s 40th anniversary. There were muscle…

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Bee causes accident in Coventry on Saturday

in coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — A 19-year-old man from Barton was involved in a single-vehicle crash yesterday in Coventry, after a bee flew inside his window. According to a statement issued by Vermont State Police, Watson Gunnar was traveling south on US Route 5, when he becme distracted by a bee that flew into his vehicle. Watson veered…

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Should we be worried about empty shops on Main Street in Newport?

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This story, titled “Should Newport be Worried About Empty Storefronts?” aired on WCAX on Thursday. The report looks at the empty shops on Main Street in downtown Newport, and the setback that took place when the deal fell through to convert the lakefront property at Waterfront Plaza into the visitor and convention center.

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Newport man injured in crash on Darling Hill Road in Derby

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DERBY — A 41-year-old Newport man was taken to the hospital last night after his car hit a rock ledge on Darling Hill Road. Clinton Mihill, of Newport, was headed south in a 1987 Chevrolet truck, when he appeared to leave the road. Mihill hit a rock ledge head on. Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded…

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Fat Bike Demo Day coming to Derby

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Newport

DERBY — Think that cold weather is the end of bike riding season? Think again.The Village Bike Shop will be hosting a Demo Day on Sunday September 28, for all those riders who’d like to try a fat bike, mountain bike or even a cyclocross bike. It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new ride…

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