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Roger Pion held responsible for $195,000 worth of damages

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Roger Pion cop car crusher

NEWPORT — According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the damage they suffered as a result of Roger Pion’s escaped in August of 2012, is $195,000. The figure was calculated and turned over to the court by the department’s attorney Kristin Wright.

Pion is accused of crushing seven police cruisers after driving over them monster truck style with a large farm tractor.

Because Pion has still not answered the complaint, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen granted a default judgement to the department in its lawsuit against him. He was ordered to pay the cost of the damages.

The default judgement entitles the department to recover the $195,000, along with costs relating to the lawsuit as well, such as attorney fees.

Armand and Linda Pion, who were dismissed from the lawsuit, stated that their son had taken the tractor without their permission. Because they were dismissed, they are not held responsible for any of the damages.

The criminal case against Pion will move forward starting in June, when jury selection is set to begin. As of now, the trial will start June 18.

Pion is facing multiple felony charges as a result of the incident.

Newport mourns the loss of a legend, Adrien Patenaude

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NEWPORT — “The way the sky meets the hills and landscape, and the way the seasons change appearance in shapes and light, have played a large role in expanding my perception of the environment. This has helped me to see more than just the reality of the view.”

Adrien Patenaude, the man who will be remembered as Adrien “Yellow,” for his signature use of the color in all of his paintings, passed away on Tuesday. The quote above is taken from the artist’s website.

Like all great art, Patenaude’s work had the ability to make one question the “reality of the view.” What we have is Patenaude’s view, left behind in his work. His paintings teach us how to look at our surroundings in our own personal way. Our own reality.

Adrien Yellow Newport Vermont

“I have a passion for the visual life of Vermont’s landscapes,” Patenaude wrote at his website. “Its mountain views, barns and birch trees leads me to a romantic interpretation of Vermont heritage in the Northeast Kingdom.”

Newport mourns the loss of this great artists, and he will be missed by all who knew him, even if just in passing along the streets of Newport wearing his yellow beret.

He will be missed.

Adrien Yellow famous Newport Vermont Artist

Below is the artist’s obituary.


Adrien Rufus Patenaude of Newport, VT, passed away on May 13, 2014, at age 64. He died peacefully at the Fletcher Allen Health Center after a brief and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He is now gone to his heavenly Father.

Adrien was born in Newport, VT on April 10, 1950 to Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude and grew up on their farm in Holland, VT. Adrien attended Holland Central Schools and North Country Union High School and graduated in the class of 1970. He attended the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in graphic design. He had various jobs (and later had his own company) in the Burlington area, worked in Maine and finally returned to run a business in his home town area of Newport, Vermont.

Adrien was a very talented artist with many wonderful paintings and also produced many local signs. He had a passion for nature and landscape scenes and sold paintings locally and internationally. His paintings have been displayed in many different galleries all over New England and are also on display at Jay Peak and many other places. His art work will live on in all of his paintings. He was a long time member of the Saco Bay Artists in Maine.

Adrien was very generous with donations of his paintings to many local worthy causes. He was well known in the Newport and the surrounding area. His signature name was Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude because he loved yellow so much and put it in all of his paintings. He recently finished illustrating a book for the famous poet and author, Jerry Johnson. The name of the book is “Noah’s Song” and will soon have a special edition coming out in Adrien’s memory. There is also a CD with the book with “Noah’s Song” sung by Jon Gailmor.

He is survived by a son, Aaron Patenaude, who is stationed in Fort Drum, NY and Aaron’s mother, Carol Forbes, of Leland, NC. He is also survived by his loving girlfriend of 11 years, Patricia Warner of Newport, her two children Steve (and Jean) Warner with 3 children of Springfield, VT and her daughter Loraine (and Gene) with two children of MA.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Lucille (Fontaine) Patenaude and 3 brothers and 5 sisters. They are George (and Gale) Patenaude of Richmond, Diane (and John) Forcier, of Colchester, Susan (and Bertrand) Letourneau, of Holland, Marcel (and Gaetane) Patenaude, of Holland, Joanne (and Michael) Aulis, of Franklin, NH, Christine (and Gary) Sykes, of Norton, Alan Patenaude, of Rutland, and Anna (and Jeff) Hutchins, of Westford. He is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his twin sisters, Faith and Hope, who died at birth in 1949.

Pat Warner and Adrien’s family wish to express their appreciation and gratitude for all the care that Adrien has received for the last 4 and ½ years during his kidney dialysis, both in the hospital and home dialysis teams and doctors, both at North Country Hospital and at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Also a heartfelt thank you to all the doctors and nurses and other staff at the Fletcher Allen Health Care who helped Adrien in the last 2 extremely difficult weeks of his esophageal cancer. He knew most of you by name and was always sharing his passion for his art with all of you.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church on Elm St. in Derby Line, Vermont. There will be no calling hours, per Adrien’s request. The burial will follow at St. Edward’s Cemetery on Elm St. in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: FAHC Renal Home Program, 35 Joy Drive, So. Burlington, VT 05403 (In memory of Adrien Patenaude).

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.

Newport police chase ends in crash Tuesday night

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NEWPORT — A Lowell man led Newport police on a chase last night at around 6:15 p.m. The man ended up crashing his vehicle, which at one point went airborn after hitting a mound of dirt after leaving the roadway.

Jeffrey Fortier, 39, was traveling at a high rate of speed down City Farm Road in Newport. He was attempting to elude Newport police. The Vermont State Police were called for backup.
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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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Coventry man in intensive care after ATV crash

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COVENTRY — A 22-year-old Coventry man is currently listed in intensive care after his ATV struck a tree on Saturday. The crash happened on Ryder Road in Corinth, at around 6 p.m.

Initial reports of the incident state that Joshua Briere, a resident of Coventry, was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, for serious head injuries.
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Cell Phone Use While Driving Will Soon Be Illegal

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NEWPORT — Many of us are guilty of doing it, but starting October 1, we can expect to be pulled over and issued a ticket if caught by police. Governor Shumlin is expected to sign a ban on hand held cell phone use while driving.

The penalty for driving while using a cell phone in Vermont will start with a 100 fine.
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22-Year-Old Morrisville Man Found Dead Off Long Trail

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FAYSTON — The Vermont State Police officially identify the deceased hiker from the May 6 incident in Fayston, as Nicholas Dewey, age 22, of Morrisville. They are still awaiting autopsy results from the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, however, there is no indication of foul play at this time.

On Tuesday morning the police received a call advising that Dewey was missing in the Fayston area. According to information gathered from family members, Dewey left to hike from the Hedgehog Trail for a 3 – 5 day trip.
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Vermont Launches Online Child Support Payment Service

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Office of Child Support (OCS) has launched a new service that allows parents and employers to make child support payments online using credit or debit cards.

The website was developed in partnership with the Vermont Information Consortium, the State’s e-government partner. The online service is available 24/7.
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Moose-Vehicle Collision in Newport Center

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NEWPORT — Moose are a serious road hazard in northern New England. Many people have suffered extensive vehicle damage and eighteen people have lost their lives in collisions with moose in Vermont. Thankfully, Dennis Parent was not one of them.

Parent, 46, of Sutton, struck a moose in Newport Center at around 10:40 p.m. on Friday night, while traveling south on Vermont Route 100. He was driving a Chevrolet Work Van, which was totaled. The moose died as a result of the collision.
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New Law Prohibiting Idling of Motor Vehicles Starts Monday

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NEWPORT — If you’re one of those people who likes to leave your car idling while you run inside the gas station for a few minutes, be warned. Starting Monday, if caught, you will be ticketed.

Vermont’s prohibited idling of motor vehicles law takes effect May 5, 2014. This law applies to all motor vehicles. It limits the idling of vehicles to five minutes in any 60 minute period.
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Two Local Organic Farms Taking Part in CSA Open Farm Day

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Photo is from Garden of Eurbin Farm located in Barton.

NEWPORT — Two local organic farms offering Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs as they are called, will open their gates to the public on Sunday.

CSA is a form of direct farm-to-consumer sales in which the customer typically subscribes in the spring to a weekly share of the season’s harvest. Many CSAs offer a wide variety of produce, and some include meat, eggs, flowers, or other products.
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Derby Line Woman Charged with Disorderly Conduct

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DERBY LINE — A woman from Derby Line was issued a citation for disorderly conduct after being stopped by U.S. Border Patrol on Wednesday.

According to police, Tonya Beezup, 37, was traveling on I-91 North, near mile marker 175 in Derby. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Matthew Curran performed a traffic stop on Beezup, for what he described as the “unsafe manner in which the vehicle was being operated.”
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Three Charged for Assault Outside Troy General Store Plead Not Guilty

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NEWPORT — Three men who were charged in an assault that took place outside the Troy General store on March 6, were in court on Tuesday. All three pled innocent to the charges.

Jonathan J. Degre, 19, of Newport Center, pled innocent to a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Casey Wheeler, 38, of Derby, and Daniel Beaumont, 25, of Newport, each pled innocent to aggravated assault and disorderly conduct by fighting.
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Authentic Dominican Republic Cuisine Served Up in Stanstead

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STANSTEAD, QC — The name Cuisine L’abeille, which translates to “The Kitchen Bee,” is one that fits restaurant owner Lucia Sanchez’s story.

Lucia was born in a little village in the Dominican Republic. She learned to cook in what she describes as the “natural” way, by spending time with her family in the kitchen. Her father was a beekeeper, and as a young girl she watched her father working with bees, and learned some valuable lessons in life.
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Demolition Permit Issued to AnC Bio Vermont

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NEWPORT — A land use permit to start demolishing part of the old Bogner plant was issued to AnC Bio on Monday. The permit, issued by the District 7 Environmental Commission to Jay Peak Biomedical Park, also known as AnC Bio Vermont, came six days after being issued municipal permits by Newport’s development review board. Demolition could begin as early as June.
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11 Guns Stolen from Rite Way Sports Recovered, 21 Still Missing

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RICHFORD — The office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that two men were arrested on Tuesday on gun and drug charges.

Larry Garrow, 26, of Richford, was arrested and charged with stealing firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Hardwick.

Albert Torres-Morales, 29, of Richford, was arrested and charged with distribution of cocaine on January 2, 2014, and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin on April 22, 2014. Both were in federal court on April 23, 2014.
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Newport Man Faces Felony Charge After Offering to Help Police

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NEWPORT — “I could give you a hard time if I wanted to, but I’m not,” Trevor Smith is reported to have said on March 12, following a strange incident that landed him in front of a judge, facing a felony charge.

Smith, 32, of Newport, was arrested after he repeatedly offered to help police transport a child that was left outside shortly during an arrest on Route 105 in Derby, while the child’s mother was being arrested. Smith pled innocent to the charge of impeding a public officer.
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Seymour Lake Association Planning to Sue State of Vermont

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MORGAN — The Seymour Lake Association’s (SLA) Board of directors announced that they plan to file suit this week against the State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). The lawsuit is the culmination of six years of what SLA characterizes as “fruitless discussions and inaction by ANR, resulting in continued water quality degradation, property damage, and violations of an existing Vermont statute and a Vermont Supreme Court decision, both specific to water levels at Seymour Lake.”
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Columbia Forest Products Up and Running After Fire Friday Night

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NEWPORT — Local firefighters are being commended for their quick response and teamwork on Friday night, as they contained and extinguished a fire at Columbia Forest Products. The fire broke out at around 6:30 p.m. inside the boiler room of the mill.

The mill was shut down for the Good Friday holiday. Newport City Firefighters and the Derby Line Fire Department quickly arrived on the scene, and the fire was extinguished.

According to Columbia Forest Products plant manager Glenn Foster, everything seems to be back up and running with no delays in production.

“The boiler room was operating at one hundred percent capacity as of Saturday morning,” Foster said. “We do not see any interruption to normal production for Monday, April 21.”

The mill did not seem to suffer any major damage.

The Newport Police Department issued this statement on their Facebook page:

“Great job by the Newport City Fire Department Firefighters and Derby Line Fire Department Firefighters Friday evening at Columbia Forest Products. Another great save due to excellent team work. Thank you to the Newport Ambulance Service and the Newport Police Department for your assistance.”

Party in Irasburg Turns Violent: Four Arrested

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IRASBURG — A wild party last night in Irasburg became a crime scene after a large fight broke out inside. A home next door to the party was also vandalized in the process, leaving Vermont State Police calling for backup from the U.S. Border Patrol. Many were underage, and four were arrested.

On Friday, April 18, the police were called to the Rowell residence in Irasburg at 11:45 p.m. after they contacted the authorities to report that their window had been smashed out by a rock that someone had thrown from a large party next door at Thomas Pingree’s residence. According to police, the Rowell’s reported that there were kids outside yelling for Mr. Rowell to come out and fight. They were also throwing bottles all over the place.

When the police arrived, a large fight had broken out inside Pingree’s home. The police were forced to enter the residence by force and subsequently had to restrain numerous people who were actively fighting. The state police requested assistance from the Border Patrol as the crowd numbered roughly 50 people.

Numerous people fled the area when the police arrived, however, many were screened for alcohol consumption. Several tickets were issued for underage drinking.

Pingree, 25, was cited for unlawful mischief and enabling the consumption by minors.

One man, age 18, was charged with providing false information to a law enforcement officer. Two others were charged with disorderly conduct and under age consumption of alcohol.

The police are saying that the case remains open and additional charges may be forthcoming at a later date.

Police Looking for Missing Runaway From Saint Johnsbury

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ST. JOHNSBURY — The search continues for runaway Lauren Blackmon, now age 17. During the early morning hours of October 9, 2012, Blackmon, ran away from her residence on Moose River Drive in St. Johnsbury.

Blackmon, who was living with a friend’s family, was facing relocation out of state. It is believed she intentionally ran away to avoid the move. Within a month of running away, there were reported sightings of her in the St. Johnsbury area. However, since these initial reports, no further sightings were made to authorities.

The case remains open and active with the Vermont State Police. Follow-up interviews with family, friends, and associates of Blackmon have not revealed any new contact between Blackmon and these individuals.

Blackmon will turn 18 in October of 2014, but the Vermont State Police remain concerned as there is no indication she is prepared to provide for herself, and officials would like to confirm her welfare.

At the time Blackmon ran away, she was approximately 5’7″ tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds, with hazel eyes, and blond hair.

Derby Line Credit Union Manager Gets 3 Years for Defrauding Over $633,000

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DERBY LINE — Debra Kinney, 59, of Derby Line, was sentenced to three years imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, after pleading guilty of defrauding Border Lodge Credit Union accountholders of over $633,000. According to court papers, Kinney’s acts of embezzlement occurred over a period of years.

Kinney was the manager of the Border Lodge Credit Union in Derby Line. In November 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with state and federal bank regulators, searched the credit union and seized the documents and operations of the financial institution based on evidence of widespread fraud and misappropriation of accountholders’ funds.

After an ensuing investigation, Kinney was indicted. Federal credit union regulators permanently shut down and liquidated the assets of the credit union.

Kinney pled guilty to the federal fraud charges in January, 2014.

According to court papers, Kinney would frequently write checks to herself or for her benefit, and for that of family members drawn from credit union accountholders without authorization. A subsequent financial investigation determined she removed hundreds of thousands of dollars from multiple accountholders. All told, the investigation revealed improprieties with 33 different accounts.

All of the losses of individual accountholders were insured by the National Credit Union Administration which insures credit union accounts up to $250,000. As part of the liquidation of the credit union, the National Credit Union Administration paid accountholders for losses they suffered. To date, Kinney has not paid any restitution.

Woman Rescued From Flood Waters in Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY — A woman was rescued in Montgomery on Tuesday at around 5:30 p.m., after being stuck in rising flood waters on Longley Bridge Road. Police and a local resident, using a large farm tractor, were able to pull the woman out of her vehicle to safety.

Vermont State Police received the call that a full sized truck was caught in the flood waters.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Corporal McKenney was the first law enforcement to arrive on scene. He and nearby resident, Stanley Longley, saw that the truck was still occupied. Realizing the woman inside was sitting in the frigid water and fearing the vehicle may be swept away, Corporal McKenny and Mr. Longley took action.

Mr. Longley obtained his farm tractor from his residence and drove it to the edge of the flood water. Corporal McKenny boarded the tractor and they backed into the water towards the stuck vehicle. Once at the vehicle, Corporal McKenny was able to break a window and pull the woman out of the truck.

McKenny, with the assistance of Enosburg Rescue member Dean Scott, was able to get the woman to the tractor. They then drove all involved to safety.

Members of the Vermont State Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Enosburg Rescue, and area fire departments responded to the scene. During their response units found direct routes to the stuck vehicle were impassible due to flood waters and heavy mud on the back roads. This drastically increased response times as alternative routes were sought.

At one point a responding ambulance and fire truck were stuck in heavy mud on Longley Bridge Road.

The woman was not seriously injured and was transported to Northwest Medical Center for precautionary purposes.

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3 Families in Barton Temporarily Displaced by Flooding

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BARTON — Three families needed to seek temporary shelter last night as the power was shut off at their apartment building at 66 Glover Road in Barton, as the water level rose in the building’s basement.

The Red Cross is reporting that volunteers supported the displaced residents in Barton, as well as Lyndonville last night as flood waters continued to rise overnight.

In Lyndonville, six residents sought refuge at the local fire department, where the Red Cross provided the staff, equipment, and food to open a temporary shelter.

All of those in need of assistance were able to head home by 7:30 a.m. as waters receded. The assistance provided overnight, as with the frequent assistance provided this winter to families devastated by house and apartment fires, is provided by the American Red Cross without charge.

All of Orleans County is still under a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service. A flood watch means that there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

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Sherbrooke Woman Processed for Suspicion of DUI at U.S. Border

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DERBY LINE — The police are saying that a 25-year-old woman from Sherbrooke, Quebec, was taken into custody at the U.S. border in Derby Line on Thursday, after she was believed to be intoxicated. Customs officers became suspicious when the woman tried to enter a closed entry lane, and ran over several cones.

The woman is reported to have tried to cross into the U.S. at the I-91 Port of Entry at around 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.

U.S. Customs Officers advised that she drove her car into a closed lane of entry, running over several cones that marked the lane closure in the process. Officers are reporting that upon speaking with her, they detected a strong odor of intoxicants, and several signs of intoxication.

The Vermont State Police arrived, and the woman agreed to standardized field sobriety exercises. She was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Derby Barracks, where she was processed for suspicion of DUI.

She is scheduled to appear in Orleans County Court on April 29.

Accident on I-91: Newport Woman Airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock

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NEWPORT — A 74-year-old woman was transported by helicopter from North Country Hospital to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital this afternoon after being involved in a major accident on I-91 near Irasburg.

Delma Reed, of Newport, suffered an injury to her left arm after her vehicle overturned during the two vehicle crash. Rebecca Deyo, 54, of Derby, was the driver of the other vehicle.

At around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, both drivers were traveling north on I-91 near mile marker 162 in Irasburg. Both drivers were traveling around 65 miles per hour. According to the police, Reed had been driving behind Deyo in the travel lane, and started to change lanes, when Deyo changed lanes as well, striking Reed.

After the collision, Reed, traveling in a 2007 Subaru Impreza, traveled off the blacktop and onto the soft portion of the median. While attempting to steer the vehicle back onto the blacktop, the vehicle overturned, coming to an uncontrolled rest on its roof in the passing lane.

The Subaru was totaled, and Reed suffered a severe injury to her left arm. She was taken to North Country Hospital for treatment before being airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock.

Deyo’s vehicle, a 2005 Ford Explorer, was able to be driven from the scene.

The case is still under investigation, however, the police report that neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

Checks Stolen from Irasburg Man: Arrest Made

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IRASBURG — A 75-year-old man from Irasburg had two checks stolen from him turn up in the Enosburg area on Wednesday.

Richard Green, of Irasburg, had a woman by the name of Cynthia Huntington living with him briefly. Huntington, 33, is alleged to have stolen two checks from Green when she left.

On Wednesday, April 9, the Vermont State Police were notified that the checks had been used in Enosburg. One of the checks was written in the amount of $245, and the other for $200. With the help of a friend, Huntington is said to have cashed one of the checks at Enosburg Community Bank. The other check turned up at the Hannaford Supermarket, where it was used to buy groceries.

The Vermont State Police caught up with Huntington and questioned her in the matter. According to the police, Huntington admitted to stealing the checks from Green out of his checkbook when she left his home.

She was subsequently charged with false pretenses and ordered to appear in Vermont District Court to answer to that charge.

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