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Man falls from the Pinnacle in Baldwin’s Mills

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BALDWIN’S MILLS, QC — Authorities in the Eastern Townships of Quebec are confirming that a man, described as being middle aged, fell off of the Pinnacle located in Baldwin’s Mills, over the weekend.

It appears that the fall was considered a “voluntary action,” which would indicate that it may have been a suicide.

The communications officer with the Surété de Quebec, Aurélie Guindon, said earlier in the week that the initial investigation into the incident points toward this possibility.

Because this is the case, there is no more information being given by the SQ, as it is their policy not to issue any public statements or details in cases of possible suicide.

Mount Pinnacle is a popular hiking destination for people in both the Eastern Townships, as well as Vermonters, as it is only about 12 miles from the border at Derby Line. There are easy walking trails to the summit, which overlook Lac Lyster.

Eric Jackson of Lyndonville.

Lyndonville man shot by police in Barton after high-speed chase

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BARTON — A 27-year-old Lyndonville man who was on escape status from the Department of Corrections led police on a high-speed chase early this morning, after stealing a car. The incident ended with the suspect being shot by police in Barton.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:08 a.m. after the suspect, identified as Eric Jackson of Lyndonville, allegedly stole a vehicle from a residence on US Route 5 in Sutton, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

At the time of the incident, Jackson was wanted on escape status from the Department of Corrections.

After a lengthy pursuit, Jackson momentarily stopped on Burton Hill Road in Barton, changed directions by quickly accelerating in reverse, and repeatedly rammed two state police cruisers causing extensive damage and putting the troopers in fear of their safety.

Both troopers discharged their weapons in response to the threat.

Jackson was initially transported to North Country Hospital in Newport, and treated for gunshot wounds sustained during the incident. Jackson was then transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment where he is currently listed in stable condition and is receiving treatment for his wounds.

The troopers involved in the shooting are not being identified at this time. The troopers were immediately placed on administrative leave, with pay, and were uninjured in this incident.

Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called in to investigate the incident. The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched and are processing the scene.

The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office, Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office, as well as the Attorney General’s Office.

Multiple tickets issued for underage drinking after party busted up in East Burke

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EAST BURKE — The Vermont State Police are reporting that early Sunday morning a party was broken up in which multiple underage drinking tickets were issued.

According to the report, On May 25, at approximately 12:45 a.m. members of the Vermont State Police, Brighton Police Department, and Lyndonville Police Department, responded to an area of East Daring Hill Road just past the intersection with Burke Hollow Road in East Burke.

Someone called police to report that the underage drinking party was going on. The party started Saturday night, and continued into Sunday morning.

When police arrived, many of the offenders fled into the surrounding woods. Most of the underage offenders were located, and multiple underage drinking diversion tickets were issued.

The offenders were subsequently released into the custody of their parents.

A similar underage drinking party was broken up last month in Irasburg, where police and U.S. Border Patrol teamed up to locate a party goer through the use of night vision goggles, after he fled the scene.

Fire at camp in Brownington under investigation

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BROWNINGTON — The State Police Fire Investigation Unit is looking into a fire that took place at a camp in Brownington on Wednesday.

Matthew DeLabruere, the owner of the camp, called to report the fire at around 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The fire was already out when DeLabruere arrived at the camp, located at 724 Ticehurst Road.

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There was no one in the camp during the fire and therefore no injuries. Because the fire was already out, firefighters were not called out to the scene.

A Detective from the State Police Fire Investigation Unit and a Fire Investigator from the Division of Fire Safety were at the scene on Friday to start an investigation of the incident.

The damage is estimated at $10,000.00.

The exact cause of the fire is still not known.

Walmart could be open in Derby by November 2015

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DERBY — The Walmart Superstore that Burlington developer Jeff Davis has been trying to bring to Derby just got one step closer. On Thursday, Davis filed an application for site plan approval with the town. Davis would like to see the store open by November 2015.

Davis’s Company, Shattuck Hill Investments, owns 17.64 acres between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill Road, the site of the proposed Walmart. An access road between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill would have to be built if the project goes forward.

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The store is estimated to cost around $16.75 million to develop, with a footprint of 160,000-square-feet, and 75 feet tall. The parking lot is estimated to hold 657 vehicles.

Walmart Supercenters are hypermarkets that stock everything a Walmart discount store does, and also include a full-service supermarket, including meat and poultry. The Derby store would also have a garden center, pet shop, and pharmacy.

Hypermarkets, like other big-box stores, typically have business models focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. They generally have more than 200,000 different brands of merchandise available at any one time.

It’s expected that the store would create 260 new jobs. The people of Derby and Newport in 2010 voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Walmart.

According to a traffic study submitted by Davis, on a regular weekday, the site would see an increase of about 6,000 vehicles. This would result in the need for traffic signals and turning lanes to be built at the Route 5 entrance to the parking lot.

Davis has said that he is willing to pay for this, as well as partially pay for traffic signals to be installed at the entrance onto Route 5, coming off of I-91

Charges from wild party in Irasburg last month faced

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Orleans County Superior court Newport Vermont

NEWPORT — The owner of a home in Irasburg where a large party was broken up by police on April 18, pled guilty to charges of enabling minors to drink. Thomas Pingree, 26, was ordered to pay $500 in fines, and spend six days on a work crew.

An 18-year-old man from Barton pled innocent to two charges relating to the night of the party. One, a felony charge of impending an officer, as well as resisting arrest.

According to an affidavit filed by State Police Sergeant Larry Smith, police were first notified of the party when a neighbor called to complain about a window that had been smashed. When they arrived to investigate, they saw several people running from the house.

Pingree is said to have offered police to help find out who was responsible for the vandalism, as the party had grown large and uncontrollable. The affidavit states that while Pingree was discussing this with police, several party goers were standing nearby, calling police insulting names.

A fight was heard breaking out inside the house, and troopers entered to break it up. Inside they saw a table full of alcoholic beverages. Because there were minors present, Pingree, as the home owner, was held responsible.

While police were issuing breath tests to underage party goers, the 18-year-old Barton man approached and asked why his friend had been handcuffed. According to the affidavit, the police answered the man, but he continued to question police. He was eventually led away by Border Patrol, who had been called in as back up.

The affidavit states that around ten minutes later the man ran away, attempting to hide from police.

He was later found with the help of night vision goggles provided by Border Patrol agents on the scene. The man has pled innocent to the charges.

Two others were charged with disorderly conduct and under age consumption of alcohol.

Dunkin’ Donuts seeking site plan approval in Derby

in Derby/News

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DERBY — The Town of Derby Planning Commission will host a public meeting on Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m. to consider two proposals from businesses that want to build in Derby.

One is Dunkin’ Donuts, the other is a financial institution.

Applying for approval under the business name Abbott Equities, the site plans include a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant that will seat 28 people. The location of the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts would be at 4584 Route 5. See the map below:

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The other proposal that will be considered at the public meeting comes from Yankee Farm Credit.

The company plans to open a branch on Commerce Way in Derby.

Moose hunting application deadline June 10, hunters urged to apply online

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Vermont Moose Hunting Season Online Lottery

NEWPORT — Vermont’s moose hunting permit lottery application deadline is June 10, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging hunters who plan on entering to do so now online.

The application is quick and easy to fill out on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

“It’s a really quick process that ensures your entry is immediately entered into the lottery,”said Director of Wildlife Mark Scott. “Plus, it saves postage. Printed moose applications are available at license agents, but we really encourage you to use the online application. It is more efficient for you and for us.”

Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Winners of the permit lottery must purchase resident hunting permits for $100 and nonresident hunting permits for $350.

Five moose hunting permits also are offered in an auction with a bidding deadline of August 15. Bids must be submitted on the department’s moose permit bid form available from Fish & Wildlife at 802-828-1190. Money received from the winning bids is used in the department’s conservation education programs.

A person may apply in the lottery and bid in the auction but can receive only one moose hunting permit. If a successful bidder receives a permit in the general lottery drawing, the person is no longer eligible in the auction.

The Fish and Wildlife Department is issuing 285 moose hunting permits by lottery for the regular October 18-23 moose season and 50 permits for an archery moose season October 1-7.

The 2013 Vermont Moose Harvest Report with details on last year’s hunt, including the towns where moose were taken, is on Fish & Wildlife’s website as well.

Fire in North Troy leaves family of five temporarily without a home

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NORTH TROY — A fire broke out at around 7 p.m. on Sunday in North Troy, displacing a family of five. John and Amanda Farley, the owners of the home, were outside when the fire started. Nobody was hurt.

According to North Troy fire chief Dave Allen, the department responded to the structure fire, and were able to extinguish it within 30 minutes. It is believed that the fire started from an electric fan.

The Troy Fire Department was on stand by, however, Allen and around 19 North Troy firefighters were able to manage the fire without assistance. They were able to save the house, keeping the damage confined to two rooms. The home, which is located on Pine Street, also sustained water damage.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were seen coming from a bedroom located on the second floor. Allen and his team were able to leave the scene by around 8:30 p.m.

The Orleans County Action Disaster Team worked with the Red Cross to arrange temporary lodging for the Farley family, as well as providing assistance for food and clothing.

The home was insured, and the initial investigation points to faulty wiring as the cause of the fire.

There is work that will need to be done before the Farley’s can move back in.

Austin Giroux, third place male overall and winner in the 12 and under category on the 10K course. All photos courtesy of Phil White.

Runners gather for the 6th annual Dandelion Run

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Austin Giroux, third place male overall and winner in the 12 and under category on the 10K course. All photos courtesy of Phil White.
Austin Giroux, third place male overall and winner in the 12 and under category on the 10K course. All photos courtesy of Phil White.

DERBY — With a tornado warning passing the night before, and rains letting up just one hour prior to the start, nothing was going to get in the way of another successful Dandelion Run. This year marked the 6th time the annual event has taken place.

On Saturday, runners from age 6 to 70 took to the back roads of Derby, Holland, and Morgan. This year the youth let their feet do the talking as they laid down some strong times. The two person Falcon relay team of Andrew Franklin, 17, of Newport, and Travers Parsons-Grayson, 17, of Lowell, set the fastest time of the day, finishing the half marathon course in a time of 1:22:56. 

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This year’s solo winner was Chip Pierce, 53, of Newport. Pierce posted a winning time of 1:27:13.

The overall female winner was Janelle Ralph, 32 of Gold Hill, OR, with a time of 1:39:13. Vermont is the 43rd state in which she and her husband, Benjamin Ralph, have run a half marathon. She even wore bib number 43 as she posted her winning time.

Four youth took on the half marathon distance as solo runners, led by Sophia Webb, 16, of Hinesburg, with a time of 1:49:40. Sophia has been running the half marathon as a solo each year since she was 12. She says the Dandelion Run is her favorite course.  

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Leading the boys was Andreya Zvonar, 15, of Boston, MA, with a time of 1:50:58.  Andreya and his 23 year old brother, Ivan, ran solo as their parents teamed up for a two person relay.

Elena Doty, 16, of Westford, came in second among the girls and third among the youth with a time of 1:58:43. Rounding out the youth, Daniel Bevacqui, 14, of Fayston, posted a very respectable time of 2:09:06. 

The 10 K course was flooded with youth relay teams from Troy, Newport, Brighton, and Derby Elementary School, as well as relay teams posted by North Country Union Junior High, and Turning Points. 

All in all, there were 22 youth relay teams competing in the 10K course, with just about 100 youth running either solo, in relays, on both courses.

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Music at each of the relay stations and throughout the weekend was made possible by the support of Newport City Renaissance Corporation.

Over $1,000 was raised to support Umbrella and $94 was raised for the Christian Vachon Foundation from Canadian registrations. 

Runners travelled from California, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and all over Vermont. International runners came down from Quebec City, Montreal, and the Eastern Townships.

Field Marshall Kristian Pearson and a core staff of Peter Channell, Faith Landry, Howie Lockamy, worked the event with the help of over 30 volunteers and 15 youth chaperones, who made this year’s Dandelion Run possible. 

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A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.

Tornado like damage caused by microburst in Craftsbury Saturday morning

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A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.
A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.

CRAFTSBURY — Parts of Orleans county had been under a tornado warning early Saturday morning, after meteorologists had detected some rotation in the clouds. Some had even believed that we got hit with a surprise tornado after reports of damage started coming in.

Near the intersection of Collinsville and Wild Branch Road in Craftsbury, a roof was torn off of a barn, bewteen six to ten pine trees were uprooted, and a pole was driven into the roof of a shed, as shown in the picture above.

One report from a turkey hunter who was out at around 4 a.m., said he had heard the sounds of a tornado.

By Saturday afternoon meteorologists from the National Weather Service were in Craftsbury inspecting wind damage.

They are saying that the incident early Saturday morning was not a tornado, but a microburst. The damage was isolated and confined mostly in this one area of Craftsbury.

A microburst is usually less than 2 1/2 miles wide, with peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. They cause dangerous horizontal and vertical wind shears. The National Weather Service estimates maximum wind speed from Saturday’s incident to be around 75 miles per hour.

There were no injuries from the incident.

Derby Line Man Cited in Manure Truck Crash in Derby

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DERBY — According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the driver of the manure truck that crashed in Derby on Thursday morning is facing charges for leaving the scene of the accident.

In a release issued by police, Jason Jewer, 33, of Derby Line, was issued a citation to appear in court on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving while his license was suspended.

Police are also saying that Jewer was treated and released from North Country Hospital for a concussion he suffered as a result of the accident.

The 1994 Western Star manure truck was carrying a load of liquid manure that spilled after the truck rolled over at around 11:35 a.m. on Thursday. The accident happened on Elm Street, near the Beebe Road in Derby. There have been three similar accidents involving commercial trucks in the last two years in this location, due to the steepness of the hill.

Manure and diesel fuel spread downhill toward a waterway that runs along Beebe Road, reaching a local driveway and lawn in the process. The spill had to be dammed up with dirt that was brought in.

The Derby Line Fire Department worked with the Agency of Natural Resources and a hazardous materials team to control the spill.

Manure truck crash in Derby causes spill, driver flees the scene

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DERBY — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the driver of a truck carrying liquid manure that crashed Thursday morning on Elm Street in Derby, just up the road from the intersection with Beebe Road.

The driver fled the scene, and has yet to be located by police.

According to a press release issued on Thursday, police are following a possible lead in the case, but are not able to locate the suspect. They are not saying that they have identified anyone involved, just that they are searching for someone they think may be to blame.

The vehicle, a 1994 Western Star manure truck, was owned by Gray’s Farms. It was carrying a load of liquid manure that spilled after the truck rolled over.

Manure and diesel fuel spread downhill toward a small waterway that runs along Beebe Road, reaching a local driveway and lawn in the process. The spill had to be dammed up with dirt that was brought in.

Area firefighters worked with a hazardous materials team to control the spill.

Authorities are asking that anyone who has any information regarding the accident contact the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department at 802-334-3333.

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

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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.

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“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.

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Below is the artist’s obituary.

ADRIEN R. PATENAUDE

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 www.curtis-britch.com. 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 EZpay4kids.vt.gov 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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