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At least 20 ice fishing shanties broken into on Lake Salem in Derby

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DERBY — Police say that at least 20 ice fishing shanties, possibly more, were broken into on Lake Salem in Derby this week. According to a statement issued by the Vermont State Police, the break-ins occurred sometime between 4 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday. The investigation into the break-ins is ongoing, and police say…

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Community rallies behind baby Zakeyah

in Newport/News/North Troy

NEWPORT — Days before turning 7 months old, baby Zakeyah was on the verge of learning to crawl. She was a healthy, vibrant, beautiful baby girl from North Troy. All of a sudden, she developed a high fever and refused to eat. Two days later she was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumococcal Meningits…

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Lyndon State ranked #6 in Electronic Journalism in nationwide poll

in Lyndonville/News

LYNDONVILLE — Lyndon State College’s Electronic Journalism Arts Department has been ranked sixth in an annual nationwide survey in NewsPro magazine. The 2014 poll was distributed on TVWeek.com and to members of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), with 673 respondents participating. The University of Missouri at Columbia’s School of Journalism handily claimed the…

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Irasburg man pleads not guilty to First Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault

in Irasburg/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Aaron Heath, of Irasburg, was arraigned Monday in Newport in the Vermont Superior Court, Orleans Criminal Division, on one felony count of First Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault. According to documents filed with the court, Mr. Heath attempted to cause or willfully or recklessly caused serious bodily injury to his infant son in August…

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Sue Davis runs for Newport City Mayor

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Susan A. Davis announced that she is running for Newport City Mayor. Davis was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, and is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newport and Vermont Law School. She has practiced law in Orleans County for over 25 years, and was elected and served as…

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Woman injured after snowmobile crash in Ferdinand on Saturday

in Lyndonville/News

FERDINAND — A 52-year-old woman was taken to North Country Hospital before being transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, after crashing her snowmobile in the town of Ferdinand. Authorities say that Renee Martin, of Bow, New Hampshire, was traveling with several other snowmobilers west on the VAST 142 Trail at around 11:30 a.m.,…

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Nelson Farms to pay $45,000 for agricultural violations

in Derby/Derby Line/News

DERBY — Nelson Farms, Inc., a dairy farm operation with farms in Derby and Derby Line, has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and has agreed to pay $45,000 in civil penalties for the violations. The Settlement resolves a case that was filed by the Attorney General’s Office relating…

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When to seek medical attention when you have flu symptoms

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Vermont Department of Health is advising that if you have symptoms of flu and are at increased risk for complications, you should contact your doctor or health care provider. Those with increased risk for complications include young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions such as…

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Vermont settles suit with Dollar Tree

in Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Dollar Tree Stores will have to permanently keep all jewelry off its shelves in Vermont and pay the State $42,500 in settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office in July 2014. The suit alleged that Dollar Tree violated a prior settlement with the State to minimize children’s exposure to…

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Brutal wind chills hammer the NEK

in Newport/News/Vermont

by Kaitlyn Young NEWPORT — It’s time to finally pull out those long johns. The National Weather Service is warning of cold temperatures for much of this week. Wind chills will be below-zero at times and could be colder than 20-degrees below zero Wednesday night into Thursday. Those temperatures have the potential to pose a…

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New Year’s Day crash in Derby snaps utility pole in half

in Derby/News

DERBY — A 29-year-old man was taken to North Country Hospital on New Year’s Day after he crashed into a utility pole on Dumas Road in Derby. Police say Eric Fillmore was traveling to work early New Year’s Day, when he lost control of his 2004 Jeep Cherokee. Fillmore traveled off the side of the…

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Jaws of Life used to rescue woman after crash in Derby

in Derby/News

DERBY – A 26-year-old woman from Canaan was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Derby on Saturday morning. Police say Sasha Uran was traveling west on Route 111, when she started fishtailing after hitting a patch of black ice at around 11:27 a.m. She was unable to maintain control of her 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, which…

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Derby man leads police on high-speed chase early Saturday morning

in Derby/News

NEWPORT – A 26-year-old man from Derby is facing numerous charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through Newport Center early Saturday morning. Police say Nicholas Brock was traveling on Vermont Route 100 in Newport Center, when they attempted to stop him for a motor vehicle violation at around 1:50 a.m. Police say Brock…

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Single-vehicle crash on Roaring Brook Road in Barton

in Barton/News

BARTON — A 42-year-old man from Barton was taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle accident on Roaring Brook Road in Barton on Sunday afternoon. Mark Lacoss was treated for minor injuries after his car flipped over and hit a telephone pole after he swerved to miss a car he said came into his lane.…

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Police: Man kicks out cruiser window in Derby Line

in Derby Line/News

DERBY LINE – Police reported on Wednesday that an 18-year-old man from Derby Line faces multiple charges after he kicked out a police cruiser window while being arrested for suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning. Police say U.S. Border Patrol agents advised them of an ATV driving down Caswell Avenue and turning south on Route…

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Crossing the border? There’s an app for that

in Derby Line/Newport/News

DERBY LINE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently launched the Border Wait Time app, which they say will make it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status, allowing travelers to make an informed decision of where and when to cross the…

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Police: Man arrested for disorderly conduct, spitting at officer

in Derby/News

DERBY – A 48-year-old man racked up multiple charges after police responded to an apartment building located on Lynwood Drive in Derby last Friday. Authorities are reporting that at one point the man spit at an Orleans County Sheriff’s deputy. Police say that Scott Auck was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace…

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The Derby Road is a major artery that connects Derby to Newport and points beyond. It can be a dangerous road to walk or ride a bike. Some of our neighbors do not have cars so it is important that we make the roads safe for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Please let VTrans know where you would like to see improvements.

VTrans wants your ideas to make the area more bike-friendly

in Derby/Newport/News

This dispatch was sent in by Beth Barnes: Due to inclement weather, the previously scheduled VTrans public meeting has been rescheduled for January 7, 2015 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. VTrans would like to create a more bike-friendly Vermont and they are asking for comments in the run-up to the January 7th meeting. If you…

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Thieves ransack nearly a dozen cars in Albany last night

in Albany/News

ALBANY — If you don’t usually keep your car doors locked, you might want to start. A rash of thefts occurred last night in the Town of Albany, leaving around 12 unlocked vehicles ransacked during the overnight hours. Police say that the reports started coming in of theft and trespass throughout the day on Tuesday.…

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Derby native tapped for head game warden position

in Derby/News/Outdoors/Vermont

DERBY — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced that Lt. Jason Batchelder has been named the new director of fish and wildlife law enforcement. Batchelder will begin the role of Colonel this week, filling the position vacated by Col. David LeCours who retired in October. Batchelder grew up in Derby. He worked for…

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Man stabbed outside Brewski’s Pub in Irasburg

in Derby Line/Irasburg/News

IRASBURG — Police are looking for two suspects who were involved in the stabbing of a 22-year-old man from Derby Line outside of Brewski’s Pub in Irasburg, early Saturday morning. Brandon Pavelchak was taken to North Country Hospital at around 3 a.m. to be treated for a stab wound to his rib area he received…

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Missing woman found dead in Irasburg

in Irasburg/News

IRASBURG — The search for a missing woman in Irasburg ended tragically on Wednesday when investigators found the woman dead at around 6:15 p.m. Police are saying that Patricia Little, 71, was located deceased in a field near her home on Creek Road. According to a statement issued by police, they responded to 987 Creek…

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Accident in Coventry leaves four injured on Saturday

in coventry/Irasburg/Jay/News

COVENTRY — A two-vehicle crash in Coventry over the weekend left four people injured. Police say that on Saturday at around 12:45 p.m., Connie Savage, 49, of Jay, was headed south on Vermont Route 14 when her pickup truck slid sideways into the northbound lane, striking the front end of another truck being driven by…

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