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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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Free season passes at Jay Peak for active-duty military and their families

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JAY — Jay Peak is expanding its military free skiing offerings. This winter any Vermont resident with a current and valid military ID, along with their immediate family members, will be eligible to receive a free season pass. The offer extends across all service branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and the National…

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Two charged with murder in Hardwick after allegedly putting alcohol in disabled child’s IV bag

in News/Vermont

HARDWICK — A mother of a 13-year-old boy who died on August 22, and her boyfriend, were arrested in Hardwick today and charged with second degree murder, after allegedly putting alcohol in the IV bag of the woman’s physically handicapped son. On August 22, police received a 911 call from the residence of Melissa Robitille…

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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

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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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Derby woman hits deer and motorcycle on I-93

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DERBY — A 56-year-old woman from Derby struck a deer on I-93 Monday afternoon, causing her vehicle to swerve and collide with a motorcycle. Police say that Cheryl Thwaite was traveling north on I-93 in the left travel lane near St. Johnsbury, when a deer ran in front of her vehicle. She swerved into the…

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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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Vermonters reminded to get what you pay for when heating your home

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NEWPORT — As the nights grow colder, the Agency of Agriculture’s Consumer Protection Division is reminding Vermonters to takes steps to ensure they “get what they pay for” when heating their homes. “With winter approaching, it’s important for Vermonters to know there are rules in place to govern transactions related to fuel and firewood,” Henry…

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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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Lowell man arrested after early morning crash

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LOWELL — A 50-year-old man from Lowell was processed for DUI after an early morning crash that took place in Eden. Police are reporting that Steven Stolte was traveling south on Route 100 at around 4:30 a.m., with a blood alcohol concentration three times the legal limit in Vermont. Stolte was driving a 2003 Volkswagen…

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Pion declared insane at time of cruiser crushing rampage

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NEWPORT — Roger Pion, the man accused of crushing seven police cruisers after driving over them monster truck style with a large farm tractor, will not face prosecution for his alleged crimes. On Tuesday, State’s Attorney Alan Franklin and defense attorney Chandler Matson both agreed that Pion was insane at the time of the incident.…

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Rusty DeWees and Cindy Pierce visiting local schools Thursday and Friday

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COVENTRY — Rusty DeWees, aka The Logger, and Cindy Pierce, well-known comic storyteller, will bring their humor and wisdom to local schools over the next few days. DeWees is a household name to Vermonters, celebrating all that makes rural Vermont and its people so cherished. The Stowe High School graduate earned a degree from Champlain…

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Hunt homicide ruled justifiable.

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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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Reward offered after 70-year-old cyclist hit by car in Westmore

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WESTMORE — A 70-year-old cyclist was struck by a car on Saturday during a bike race in Westmore. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, and now Kingdom Games, who organized the race, is offering a $1,000 reward to whoever can help identify the driver in this hit-and-run case. The incident happen on Saturday,…

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Horse killed by arrow in Barton

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BARTON — Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have information about a possible cruelty to animals case that took place over the weekend, where a horse was killed with an arrow. Patricia Russell, 64, of Barton, found one of her horses dead in a pasture beside her home on Saturday morning. Russell…

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Woman injured in motorcycle crash in Irasburg

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IRASBURG — A 27-year-old woman from Orleans was taken to North Country Hospital on Saturday after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Police say that Trisha Guertin was riding a 1982 Kawasaki KZ305 motorcycle near Covered Bridge Road in Irasburg, on Vermont Route 58 at around 4:30 p.m. Guertin was traveling east near the crest…

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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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