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Police: Caller threatened DCF in Newport, causing lockdown

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NEWPORT — Police say that a threat the Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF) received this morning is responsible for the lockdown that took place at the Emory Hebard State Office Building in Newport at around 8:30 a.m. Police say that an unidentified caller phoned the DCF office in Newport on Friday morning, stating…

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Newport man honored at Statehouse

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NEWPORT — Ed Brochu of Newport was among the long-time justice system volunteers honored at the Vermont Statehouse on Friday, January 5, 2016. He was nominated by the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center, primarily for his work on the reparative boards for the Center. “Ed is one of our longest serving volunteers,” said Barbara Morrow,…

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Police looking for a man who entered a home in Troy and stole a cat

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TROY — Police are investigating a bizarre incident that took place on Sunday in Troy, where a man broke into an occupied home and stole a cat. The theft took place at around 5:42 p.m., at a home located at 1866 Vermont Route 105 East. Police say after entering the home, the suspect told the…

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Local United Way donates designer children’s clothing to NCH and Umbrella

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NEWPORT — Zutano, a Vermont-based designer of children’s clothing, accessories and nursery products, recently made a donation of new children’s clothing to Green Mountain United Way to be distributed throughout its five-county region for families in need. In Orleans County, some of that clothing was donated to North Country Hospital’s Maternal/Child Health Department and to…

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Trucker’s mistake causes road closure in Barton

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BARTON — A truck driver made a mistake trying to turn around in Barton on Thursday, causing a section of Vermont Route 16 to be temporarily shut down. The incident took place at the intersection of Vermont Route 16 and Roaring Brook Road, at around 11:27 a.m. The operator of the rig, a 48-year-old man…

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Tractor-trailer rig hits a moose in Ferdinand

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FERDINAND — A 53-year-old truck driver from Quebec suffered minor injuries after hitting a moose on Wednesday in the town of Ferdinand. Police say Mario Guillemette was traveling on Vermont Route 105 at around 6:30 p.m., when the animal ventured out into the street. Guillemette was unable to stop in time, striking the moose on…

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Guns stolen during overnight burglary in Morgan

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MORGAN — Police say that two handguns were stolen during a burglary last week. The incident happened Thursday night or early Friday morning, at a home in Morgan. Police are not releasing the location of the break-in or the name of the victim, because they say that it is part of an ongoing investigation. Orleans…

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Police still searching for missing St. Jay man

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Police are still searching for a 45-year-old man from St. Johnsbury who went missing on January 9, 2016. Henry Morey was last seen at 48 Eastern Avenue (Republican Block) in the Village of St. Johnsbury. Police say he was at this location at approximately 6:00 p.m. Morey may have been wearing black…

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Police: Cocaine overdose the cause of death after car accident in Newport

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NEWPORT — Police say the 29-year-old man from Massachusetts who was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Newport last week died in the hospital four days later as a result of what is being called an “acute cocaine overdose.” Calvin Miranda, of Dedham, Massachusetts, was being treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following the crash…

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Camouflaged Canadian caught smuggling 182 pounds of Xanax on sled in North Troy

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NORTH TROY — Authorities say Cedrick Bourgault-Morin, 21, of Quebec, Canada has been charged by a criminal complaint with possessing with intent to distribute 182 pounds of Aprazolam, commonly known as Xanax. According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, at approximately 1:00 a.m. on January 13, 2016, U.S. Border Patrol received notification of activity…

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Single-vehicle crash in Newport Tuesday morning

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NEWPORT — Police say a 19-year-old man from North Troy is okay after a bad car crash that happened yesterday morning in Newport. The single-vehicle accident took place on Tuesday at around 10 a.m., on Vermont Route 100 near Wheeler Corner Road. Police say Cody Putvain, 19, of North Troy, was alone in his vehicle…

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Local Senator urges Vermonters to share views on energy projects

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NEWPORT — Senator John S. Rodgers of Glover is encouraging citizens who want change in the siting of energy projects in Vermont to come to Montpelier on Wednesday, January 20. Rodgers is organizing a day for local elected officials, citizens and citizens’ groups to share their views on the siting of energy projects with legislators.…

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Arrest made following police pursuit in North Troy

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NORTH TROY — A police chase through the Village of North Troy on Friday ended with an 18-year-old man facing charges. Police say that Noah Stemarie, 18, of North Troy, will face charges for attempting to elude, and resisting arrest, following an incident that started at around 7:30 p.m. Police say they attempted to stop…

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Public comment sought on planned ban on importing untreated firewood

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A proposed Rule Governing the Importation of Untreated Firewood into the State of Vermont has been filed with the Secretary of State. The proposed rule, as filed, is open for public comment until Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The purpose of the rule is to protect forest health by slowing the long-distance movement of wood-borne invasive forest…

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Texas fugitive found in North Troy

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NEWPORT — A man from North Troy was picked up by police last week as a wanted fugitive from Texas. Police say that Hector Chavez, 41, is facing extradition to Texas for a burglary conviction back in 1993. Police were alerted that he was in the area after investigating a report of a car that…

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129-acre Bluffside Farm purchased by Vermont Land Trust

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NEWPORT — In response to community support, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) purchased the 129-acre Bluffside Farm in Newport last Tuesday. VLT will be a temporary owner of the farm in order to create time to work with the Newport community on a long-term ownership plan. VLT will engage with Newport residents on how to…

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Icy conditions lead to rollover crash in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — Police say icy road conditions on Sunday evening caused a Derby man to roll his truck on the Holland Road. The accident took place at around 5 p.m., when police say John C. Hardy, 23, was traveling east in Derby Line, when the rear of his 2002 GMC pickup started to slide…

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Car crashes into Eden General Store

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EDEN — A 23-year-old man from Virginia crashed his vehicle into the Eden General Store at around 9 a.m. this morning. Jordan Parker, of Verona, Virginia, was headed east on Route 118 when he failed to stop at the intersection of Route 100. Police say Parker continued through the intersection at approximately 45 miles-per-hour. Once…

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