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VIDEO: NBC’s “Meet the Press” features Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — On Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” aired a segment on the possibility of Vermont exploring a Canadian-style health care reform. The segment was part of the “Meeting America” series, and NBC correspondent Kevin Tibbles talked with residents of Derby and Derby Line. Featured in the segment were locals Buzzy Roy, Steven Wheeler,…

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Fugitive arrested at Derby Line port of entry

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DERBY LINE — A fugitive caught trying to enter the U.S. at the Derby Line port of entry is being extradited back to Ohio, where he will face charges in U.S. Federal Court. Authorities have said that officers arrested Basim Barnes, 29, earlier in July, after verifying that he was a fugitive and wanted on…

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Bread and Puppet Theater stages Gaza protests

in Barton/Glover/Newport/News/Vermont

GLOVER — On Wednesday, Bread and Puppet Theater organized vigils throughout 8 towns in Vermont, including one in Newport and one in Barton, in protest of the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. The protests aimed to bring attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support of the Gaza attacks. The…

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Police seize 12 Marijuana plants in Glover

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GLOVER — Authorities are saying that they seized a dozen Marijuana plants in Glover on Wednesday. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department announced yesterday that they received a tip about the outdoor Marijuana grow operation that was taking place in Glover. Deputies were able to locate 12 adult Marijuana plants near Shadow Lake Road. The plants…

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Westmore town garage burglarized

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WESTMORE — Police are reporting that the Westmore town garage and the Vermont Agency of Transportation District 9 Garage were broken into on Monday. On Tuesday, Vermont State Police responded to the burglary, located at 5712 Vermont Route 16, in the town of Westmore. Authorities say that numerous items were taken, including a 500 watt…

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74-year-old woman attacked in Stanstead East

in Eastern Townships/News/Quebec/Stanstead

STANSTEAD — Authorities in Quebec are saying that a 74-year-old woman from Stanstead East suffered a severe head injury on Monday morning after an altercation with someone she knew. Melanie Dumaresq, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), said that the altercation was with someone the victim knew, but she did not want to…

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Car rolls down 10 foot embankment, driver ticketed

in coventry/Newport/News

COVENTRY — Police are reporting that a 26-year-old woman from Newport was issued two tickets following a crash that took place Friday afternoon in Coventry, when her vehicle traveled off the road and down a 10 foot embankment. According to a statement issued by the Vermont State Police following an investigation of the accident, Elizabeth…

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Rollover crash in Coventry on Sunday

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COVENTRY — Authorities are investigating what they are calling a “major rollover crash” that took place in Coventry on Sunday afternoon that left a 20-year-old woman from North Troy being taken to the hospital. Police say that Haily Meyer was the sole occupant of a 2007 Toyota RAV4 that was traveling on Route 105 in…

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Six arrested in Newport drug sweep

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Vermont Drug Task Force announced today a major drug sweep that took place in Newport, resulting in six arrests. In total, four men, and two women were taken into custody following the bust. With the assistance of the Newport Police Department and Vermont State Police, authorities are saying that they recently arrested…

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Taste of Newport just around the corner

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NEWPORT — The fourth annual Taste of Newport, a one-of-a-kind culinary festival, is coming up next week. Come join many of Newport’s downtown restaurants for signature dishes from celebrated Newport chefs made with local products. The event will even feature a local farmer responsible for tending the ingredients you will be enjoying at each participating…

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Fred’s Plumbing and Heating in Derby catches fire

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DERBY — Fred’s Plumbing and Heating in Derby had its offices struck by lightning during the thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon, causing the building to go up in flames. There was a tower on the building that fell during the blaze, which almost hit a Newport City firetruck. Fire crews from the surrounding areas, including Stanstead, Quebec,…

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Dollar Tree being sued for selling jewelry with toxic amounts of lead at Derby/Newport store

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DERBY — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has filed suit against Dollar Tree, for violating a 2010 settlement with the State to stop selling jewelry. The settlement resolved claims that Dollar Tree sold products containing high amounts of toxic lead and cadmium in violation of Vermont law, and was intended to protect Vermont’s children from…

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Patricia Sears Named AARP Vermont State President

in Lowell/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — AARP has announced that Patricia M. Sears, who recently served as founding director of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation, has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont. The appointment is a volunteer position where Sears will work closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in…

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Homicide in Newport still under investigation

in Newport/News

The following statement was issued yesterday by State’s Attorney Alan Franklin in regards to the death of 35-year-old Isaac Hunt of Derby The death that occurred in Newport on July 5 is being actively investigated by the Vermont State Police. There is, among other things, a volume of forensic evidence to be analyzed. I am…

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Nearly 300 march in solidarity with Gaza in Sherbrooke

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SHERBROOKE, QC — Chanting “Isreal assassin,” and “vivre, vivre, Palistine,” as well as accusing Israel of genocide, nearly three hundred protesters took to the streets of downtown Sherbrooke on Saturday to march in solidarity with Gaza. The large crowd started gathering on Place de la Gare, outside the Grand Times Hotel at around noon, and…

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Campaign 2014: Local candidate forum July 28

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Two candidates for Essex County State’s Attorney and three candidates for the Essex-Caledonia-Orleans House district have agreed to participate in a forum sponsored by local media in Brighton on July 28. This will be the first in a series of forums. The second one will be for the four candidates running for Orleans…

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Derby apartment raided, stolen items recovered

in Derby/News

DERBY — On Tuesday, authorities executed a search warrant at an apartment in Derby, which resulted in the recovery of several stolen items. Police are saying that Maria Chagnon, 24, was issued a citation for possession of stolen property following the search at her apartment, located on Hinman Settler Road, in Derby. The search warrant…

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Film crew visits Newport

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — On Tuesday, a film crew was in Newport to shoot a segment for a program highlighting Newport’s efforts toward becoming a livable community, with a special focus on transportation. The program, AARP Live, will air on Thursday, July 24 on RFD-TV at 10 p.m. eastern time, and run throughout the month. The program…

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Man charged for feeding bears in Montgomery

in Montgomery/News

MONTGOMERY — A Montgomery man was charged by the Fish & Wildlife Department for intentionally feeding bears. Jeffrey Messier, 54, was charged with feeding bears after Game Warden Sgt. Carl Wedin received a report of a bear being killed in self-defense at a neighboring residence on June 22, 2014. Sgt. Wedin responded and recovered the…

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Alarm raised over 60-year-old oil pipeline running through the Northeast Kingdom

in Newport/News/Vermont

By Susan Davis NEWPORT — Conservationists are raising the alarm about a 60-year-old oil pipeline running through the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, and the thick, “peanut butter,” highly corrosive and chemically treated sludge called tar sands that could be pumped through it. About 25 people gathered at the Hebard Building Tuesday night for a…

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