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    Photos of the missing items issued by the Vermont State Police.

84-year old North Troy woman has sterling silver collection taken in burglary

in News/North Troy

NORTH TROY — An 84-year-old woman from North Troy told police on Thursday that for the second time her home has been burglarized, and this time her collection of sterling silver is missing.

Anne McKay, of North Troy, left her home on River Road at around 9 a.m. on Thursday, police say, and when she arrived back at around 3 p.m., she noticed some of her items were out of place and all of her sterling silver serving sets were missing.

Police say the missing silver consists of:

60 piece set with a modern pattern, some with Mother of Pearl handles.

54 piece set of Towle sterling silver.

An assortment of 30 coin silver teaspoons by various 19th-century makers.

7 large serving spoons.

1 shell shaped bowl spoon.

3 serving spoons.

3 assorted ladles.

1 cheese knife.

Anyone with any information about the missing silver is asked to call the Vermont State Police.

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    Jennifer Daigle (L) and Tracy Roberts (R) were recently promoted at Community National Bank.

Local businesswomen promoted at Community National Bank

in North Troy/Troy

DERBY — Community National Bank announced the recent promotions of Jennifer Daigle, of Troy, to Vice President and Credit Administration Officer, and Tracy Roberts, of North Troy, to Vice President and Marketing Director.

Daigle joined the bank in February 2005 as a Commercial Credit Analyst, and in 2006 became Supervisor of the Commercial Credit department. In 2009, she was promoted to Credit Administration Officer, and in 2012, to Assistant Vice President.

She is responsible for analyzing commercial loan activity and oversees the Credit Administration department.

Successfully continuing her education, Daigle has completed the Principles of Banking course through the Northern New England Center for Financial Training. She has attended the Northern New England School of Banking and has taken several financial statement analysis and risk management courses through the Risk Management Association (RMA) and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the Vermont Bankers Association (VBA).

She is an active member of the Vermont Chapter of RMA serving as the organization’s board chair, and resides in Troy with her husband Rene, daughter Ashley and son Travis Letourneau.

Roberts was hired by Community National Bank in March 1993 to fill the Newport Office Supervisor position, and in January 2000, she was chosen to be the bank’s Marketing Coordinator.

In 2001, Roberts was promoted to the position of Marketing Director and Bank Officer.

Throughout her career, Roberts has worked diligently to build her knowledge of banking, marketing and communication. She holds diplomas from the American Bankers Association (ABA), and the American Institute of Banking for General Banking and Consumer Credit.

She is a graduate of the Northern New England School of Banking and the ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management. Roberts also received an Associate of Science degree from Community College of Vermont.

As the Bank’s Marketing Director, she gets involved with many community-oriented events and initiatives.

She currently serves as a trustee of the William H. and Lucy F. Rand Memorial Library and teaches Zumba classes.

Roberts and her husband Dennis reside in North Troy.

Tractor-trailer fire in North Troy Wednesday night deemed suspicious

in Fire/News/North Troy

NORTH TROY — Investigators say the tractor-trailer that caught fire in North Troy on Wednesday has been deemed suspicious.

At around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Troy Fire Department responded to 53 Vermont Route 105, for a report of a tractor-trailer on fire.

The fire was contained to the box trailer, which contained household items such as furniture and clothing.

There were no reported injuries or other property damage as a result of the fire.

On Thursday afternoon, investigators arrived and examined the scene.

“Based on evidence located at the scene, along with witness statements, the fire was deemed suspicious,” said Detective Sergeant Larry Smith, with the Fire Investigation Unit.

The case is under investigation and the State Police are continuing to follow leads at this time.

Police say if anyone saw any suspicious activity in this area at the time of the fire, they should contact State Police.

Lyndonville skateboarder in critical condition after being hit by car

in Lyndonville/North Troy

LYNDONVILLE — A 25-year-old man from Lyndonville is in critical condition after being hit by a car while skateboarding on High Street in Lyndonville, early this morning.

Police say Brandon Villeneuve was stuck underneath a vehicle when they arrived on the scene at around 1:15 a.m.

Ricardo Millien, 22, of Massachusetts was traveling north on High Street as Villeneuve was traveling south on a skateboard in the travel portion of the roadway, investigators say.

The 2004 Toyota Solara struck Villeneuve and he became pinned under the vehicle.

He was transported by Lyndon Rescue to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, where he was later transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Police say he is listed in critical condition.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing at this time.

Police: North Troy man reached speeds over 100 m.p.h. before arrest

in News/North Troy

MILTON — A North Troy man had a run-in with police over the weekend, after being clocked traveling in excess of 100 miles-per-hour in Milton.

Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Saturday evening after receiving multiple calls reporting that an erratic driver was swerving between lanes at a dangerous rate of speed on I-89 N. in Milton.

Police say they caught up to the speeding vehicle on the exit 19 off ramp in Saint Albans at approximately 7:07 p.m.

The driver was identified as Robert Carter, age 42, of North Troy.

Carter offered to give a breath test, which resulted in a BAC of .217, more than two times the legal limit.

He was arrested and faces DUI, gross careless, and negligent operation charges.

He was lodged at the NWCC on $5,000 bail and was due in court today to answer the charges.

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

in Newport/News/North Troy

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 on the railroad tracks which lead from the international border into the village of North Troy.

This area is known to be used by smuggling organizations to smuggle people and goods into the United States. Three agents responded to the area. One agent tracked footprints in the snow from the border, while two others positioned themselves south of the suspected smuggler.

The southern agents observed Bourgault-Morin wearing white camouflage clothing, and walking on the tracks.

Bourgault-Morin was pulling a sled behind him, loaded with a large object wrapped in white camouflage. As Bourgault-Morin began to conceal the sled and its contents with snow, all three agents approached him, apprehended him, and seized the contents of the sled.

The agents discovered a large duffle bag on the sled. Upon further inspection at the Newport Station, the agents discovered the duffle to contain approximately 300 vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing pills. The pills bear markings consistent with those used to identify Xanax, which is a brand name for Aprazolam.

Aprazolam is a benzodiazepine class of psychoactive drug typically prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication. The 300 bags of pills weighed approximately 182 pounds, and have a value of approximately $1.6 million.

If convicted, Bourgault-Morin faces a maximum of five years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charge in the complaint is merely an accusation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

“This is a great example of some of the training and unique skills our agents use to perform their border security mission,” said U.S. Border Patrol Agent-in-Charge Fernando Beltran. “I commend these agents for their continued vigilance in tracking criminals, and for seizing harmful drugs before they get into our communities.”

Single-vehicle crash in Newport Tuesday morning

in Newport/News/North Troy

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 headed south when he traveled off the roadway down a steep embankment. He struck a tree, and continued on.

The vehicle traveled about another 300 feet through a property that is located at the end of Wheeler Corner Road, and into the trees before it finally stopped.

Because of the pitch of the embankment, the passenger’s side of the vehicle, including the roof, hit the tree and caused major damage, totaling the 2001 Chevy Impala.

Putvain was transported to North Country Hospital.

They also say that there were several witnesses, and the crash is still under investigation.

Arrest made following police pursuit in North Troy

in News/North Troy

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 Stemarie’s vehicle for a defective vehicle violation on North Pleasant Street.

He did not stop and led police on pursuit through the area. The chase ended at a residence on Vincent Road in North Troy.

Police say Stemarie fled on foot into the residence. He eventually came out and was informed he was under arrest, at which time police say he lunged away and went back into the residence.

He was ultimately arrested, taken into custody and brought to the Derby Barracks.

Stemarie was lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility and is scheduled to appear in Orleans County Court on Tuesday to answer to the charges. 

Deadly batch of “Hollywood” heroin seized from unresponsive motorist in North Troy

in Derby/News/North Troy

NEWPORT — Police say they were called to assist ambulance services after a 20-year-old man from Albany was found unresponsive in a car that was stopped partially in the travel lane on Vermont Route 105 in North Troy on Christmas Eve.

The man was found at the time in possession of white glassine packets stamped “Hollywood.”

The incident happened at around 10:45 a.m., when Jesse Breault, 20, was found unresponsive seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle when emergency services arrived. He was transported to North Country Hospital by ambulance.

Newport Police Officer Richard Wells also responded to the hospital to assist in the investigation. 

On Friday, police say Breault was cited for DUI and possession of narcotics after test results from the packets came back positive for Fentanyl.

Officials have said that heroin laced with Fentanyl, specifically that labeled as “Hollywood,” has caused numerous overdose deaths across New England.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic painkiller, and the discovery of this batch of heroin has officials in northern Vermont concerned.

Separate Heroin Arrest in Derby

In a separate and unrelated incident that took place the day after Christmas, U.S Border Patrol stopped a suspicious vehicle on the Crawford Road in Derby. They requested the Vermont State Police to assist, and a search of the vehicle found heroin and Suboxone.

The two occupants in the vehicle, Shawn Gardner, 30, and Laura Brasseur, 28, were cited for possession of narcotics.

Police say that Gardner was also issued a civil violation for possession of marijuana.

Texas fugitive found in North Troy

in News/North Troy

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 was taken without the owner’s permission on December 27.

During the short investigation, authorities believed that Chavez was the one who had taken the vehicle, and learned that he was wanted in Texas.

The owner of the vehicle later called police and told them that the car had been returned.

When authorities arrived back at the scene of the reported theft, located on Pine Street, they found Chavez. He was then placed under arrest.

According to court records, he was working on a farm in Coventry before being caught by police.

Chavez is facing time in prison back in Texas, and was held last week on $75,000 bail.

$3 million winning lottery ticket sold at Main Street Grocery in North Troy

in News/North Troy

NORTH TROY — If you bought a lottery ticket at Main Street Grocery in North Troy between Wednesday and Saturday, you might just be a millionaire. Vermont Lottery officials announced today that a winning TriState Megabucks jackpot ticket was sold at Main Street Grocery in North Troy.

The lone winning ticket matched five out of five numbers plus the Megaball in the December 19, 2015 drawing. The winning numbers for the estimated annuitized jackpot of $3,000,000 were:

15-18-22-31-38 and 03 for the Megaball.

Store personnel were elated and in disbelief when they had found out the winning ticket was purchased at their location.

“You’re kidding.” exclaimed Angie who had opened the store Sunday morning. “That’s unbelievable; it’s really going to make somebody’s holiday.” 

The ticket holder has yet to come forward to claim the prize.

Main Street Grocery has been in business for 8 years and, as a Vermont Lottery agent, will receive an extra bonus for selling the winning ticket.

“We always enjoy sharing the winning experience with our players and to have it be a Megabucks jackpot win makes it special,” said Jeff Cavender, Director of Marketing and Sales for the Vermont Lottery.

This is Vermont’s first Megabucks jackpot win since a Megabucks subscription holder won $3.45M in May.

Christmas Day Alone dinner to be held in North Troy

in News/North Troy

NORTH TROY — Nobody wants to be alone on Christmas Day, and thanks to Donald St. Onge of North Troy, if you live around here, you don’t have to be.

The annual Christmas Day Alone meal will be served at the St. Vincent de Paul Church, located at 77 North Pleasant Street in North Troy, on Christmas Day at 11:30 a.m. All who find themselves alone on Christmas Day from the surrounding areas of North Troy, Troy, Lowell, Westfield, Newport Center, and Newport City, are welcome.

The dinner will consist of turkey and ham, with many side dishes. The dinner is under the auspices of the Missisquoi Valley Historical Society.

If you would like to help out, donations can be made to:

The Christmas Alone accounts, care of Donald St. Onge
77 North Pleasant Street
P.O. Box 621
North Troy, Vermont 05859

Anyone who wants to make a food contribution, or is interested in delivering the food, please contact Mr. St. Onge by calling (802) 988-2560.

If you want a meal delivered on Christmas Day, home delivery is available, but only in North Troy.

Police: Fight over loud music ends in North Troy man being stabbed

in News/North Troy

NORTH TROY — A 26-year-old man from North Troy is being charged with aggravated assault after a heated dispute with his neighbor turned violent.

Police say that Damian Inglish was taken into custody at around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening, after they responded to a call of a fight involving multiple people.

The incident took place at a residence on Main Street in North Troy. When police arrived the individuals involved were separated.

According to police, after speaking with several witnesses, their investigation revealed that Inglish and Robert West Jr., 29, of North Troy, who are neighbors, had a heated verbal exchange over loud music and threats.

The argument turned into a physical altercation on the lawn of the residence.

Police say during the course of the fight, West sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to the back. He was transported to North Country Hospital for his injuries and was later released.

Inglish was lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility for lack of $1,200.00 bail.

Local dairy farmers awarded at Organic Valley banquet in Wisconsin

in News/North Troy/Westfield

NEWPORT — Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, conducted its annual meeting, which drew nearly 400 farmer-owners to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Several of the farmers hailed from Vermont.

As consumers continue to pay premiums for quality, Organic Valley farmers remain committed to producing the industry’s highest-quality products. As a testament to this commitment, the co-op presented Quality Awards to farmer-owners at the Annual Meeting awards banquet.

For milk quality for the Northeast, the “Cream of the CROPP” award went to Allan and Karen Bathalon of Paddlebridge Holsteins, from North Troy.

In addition to being recognized by Organic Valley, the Bathalons received Vermont’s highest quality award earlier this year and was named best organic milk in the state.

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The co-op also gave this year’s new Organic Heroes Award to dairy farmers Jack and Anne Lazor of Westfield.

The Lazors founded Butterworks Farm in 1979. Thirty years and three generations later, Butterworks continues to produce excellent yogurt and care for the earth through organic farming. Although the Lazors are not co-op members, Organic Valley recognized their pioneering contributions to organic food and farming.

Key topics at the meeting centered around 2014 as a year of resiliency and growth in the rapidly expanding organic marketplace. In 2014, the farmer-owned co-op implemented a record increase in farmer pay price, which went up in most regions by 10 percent, on average. The co-op also issued a “thirteenth check” (a bonus check) at the end of 2014, paying back profits directly to the farmers.

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Police: North Troy business, Derby residence burglarized

in Derby/Newport/News/North Troy

DERBY — Police are reporting that a business in North Troy, and a home in Derby were burglarized over the last several days. In both incidents tools were reported stolen, but police have not said if the crimes appear to be related.

Police say they were contacted by Scott LeBaron, 57, of Newport, reporting several tools had been stolen from a residence he was renovating at 76 Main Street in the Town of Derby. Scott advised the burglary occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. on 04/22/2015 and 3:30 p.m. on 04/23/2015.

LeBaron told police several drills and a nailer were stolen from the residence and the garage.

The second burglary took place at Paddie’s Snack Bar, located at 193 East Main Street in the village of North Troy. Patricia Pyne, 72, of Marshfield, told police someone broke into the garage at the business and stole a Jonsered chain saw.

The burglary occurred between the hours of 7 p.m. on 04/26/2015 and 1:30 p.m on 04/27/2015.

Police are requesting that anyone who has information about one or both of the burglaries, to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks.

East Main General Store burglary suspects enter not guilty pleas

in Newport/News/North Troy

NEWPORT — Three of the four men who were arrested after an attempted burglary at the East Main General Store in Newport were in court on Tuesday. All three pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, while one of the accused has not yet been arraigned. All four men are from North Troy.

John Libbey, 42, and Herbert Jacobs, 63, were charged with burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and unlawful mischief. Jacobs pleaded not guilty and was released on $5,000 bond.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Libbey was not arraigned, but is being held on an existing 15-year sentence. He is expected to answer to the charges against him soon.

Kenneth Carriero, 39, pleaded not guilty to the charge of aiding in the commission of a felony. He was released on $10,000 bond.

Christopher Carriero, 44, also pleaded not guilty to the charge of providing a false report to authorities.

The attempted burglary took place at about 1:30 a.m. and was caught on surveillance video, Newport Police Sergeant Charles Moulton said in an affidavit. Two masked figures were seen inside the store near the cash register and ATM machine, and the soundtrack picked up banging noises, later identified as the sound of them trying to pry open the ATM machine.

The affidavit states that clothing worn by the two is clearly visible in the recording. The video also captured a car driving by and honking its horn before the two individuals fled.

A witness who called police during the crime told police that a dark colored Saab had honked its horn before he saw the men run out of the store, and he believed that it was involved in the crime.

A 2003 black Saab was stopped shortly after the crime, with the four suspects inside. The affidavit states that Christopher Carriero was driving, with his brother riding up front, and Libbey and Jacobs in the back seat.

Carriero refused police permission to search the vehicle, but police obtained a search warrant the following day.

The affidavit goes on to say that inside the vehicle clothing and gloves matching those seen in the surveillance video were found, along with crowbars and pry bars.

The affidavit lists other evidence from the investigation leading to the arrest of the four men charged in the crime, including the fact that Libbey had tampered with a GPS monitor he was wearing as part of his probation on the night of the burglary.

Libby is the suspect in other area burglaries, and Moulton wrote in the affidavit that during each burglary there was tampering with his GPS locator.

Two-vehicle crash on US Route 5 in Derby Wednesday afternoon

in Derby/Newport/News/North Troy

car accident newport vermont newsDERBY — Police say that nobody was injured during an accident that happened yesterday in Derby.

The two-vehicle crash took place in front of 5022 US Route 5 at around 12:24 p.m.

Police say Spencer Lachance-Guyette, 21, of North Troy, was pulling out of a parking lot onto Route 5, and collided with Helen Limlaw, 69, of Newport.

Limlaw was traveling in the southbound travel lane.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Lachance-Guyette’s 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse sustained major front-end damage, and Limlaw’s 2014 Ford Focus sustained damage to the front passenger side area.

According to the Vermont State Police, there were no reported injuries.

The Derby Line Fire Department responded to the scene to deal with leaked fluids cause by the crash.

Community rallies behind baby Zakeyah

in Newport/News/North Troy

crbz_FotorNEWPORT — 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 and Septicaemia, both life threatening diseases.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Most severe cases are caused by Pneumococcal bacteria.

Pneumococcal meningitis occurs when the bacteria that have invaded the bloodstream move across to infect the “meninges,” the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The meninges are filled with a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is there to bathe the brain and cushion it against physical damage. Bacteria can multiply freely in CSF, and there they release poisons, causing inflammation and swelling in the meninges and the brain tissue itself.

After the diagnosis Zakeyah was transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She was in an induced coma. Those who love her most have been unable to hold her as she starts her road to recovery. The family has been told that hospitalization could be for an extended period of time.

zakh_FotorHer mother and father, Kassandra and Tyshon Ferguson, have been by her side the whole time, while the grandparents help take care of her twin sister, and four-year-old brother.

Tests are showing that her brain has been injured, and as of Thursday, Zakeyah is in critical but stable condition at Fletcher Allen Hospital. The family was informed that she is having nearly constant subclinical seizures due to neurological damage to her brain.

Doctors will be trying another medication to see if they can get this under control. Until then, Zakeyah remains on a ventilator with a feeding tube.

The family is hopeful doctors will be able to lower the dose of medicine so she can start to wake up.

After starting a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the family, the community has rallied behind the cause, raising over $3,800 in just one day. An outpouring of support has been shown to this local family while they face this struggle.

If you are able, please visit the GoFundMe page created for baby Zakeyah, where you can donate money to help the family. You can also find there updates as to her condition.

This family photo was taken a few months ago.
This family photo was taken a few months ago.

Woman taken to hospital after crash in Troy Sunday morning

in News/North Troy/Troy

car accident Troy VermontTROY — A 37-year-old woman from North Troy was taken to the hospital, and two cars were totaled following a crash in Troy this morning.

Police are saying that Amanda Chaput was taken to North Country Hospital to be evaluated for her injuries, after she was rear-ended at around 9:45 a.m. Sunday, at the intersection of Vermont Route 105 and Blais Road.

Police say that Chaput had stopped to make a left hand turn, when Olivia Howell, 24, of Newport, slammed into her vehicle.

The impact of the collision was strong enough to cause the trunk of the vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Stratus, to be pushed into the rear seat.

There is no word yet as to the nature of Chaput’s injuries.

R.J. Thompson posing near North Troy before the start time of his record attempt to cover the Long Trail in record time.

Weather and injury ends Long Trail record attempt

in Arts and Entertainment/North Troy
R.J. Thompson posing near North Troy before the start time of his attempt to cover the Long Trail in record time.
R.J. Thompson posing near North Troy before the start time of his attempt to cover the Long Trail in record time.

NORTH TROY — Weather and an early injury forced R.J. Thompson, a 30-year-old runner from Stowe, to end his attempt at breaking a record this week.

Armed with only a cell phone, backpack, and basic eating and survival essentials, Thompson set out from North Troy on Tuesday, in the hopes of completing the length of the Long Trail in under six days, 17 hours, and 25 minutes.

At 273 miles, The Long Trail begins in North Troy, on the Vermont-Canadian border and winds its way through the Green Mountain range, following the Appalachian Trail for about 100 miles before finishing just outside of Williamstown, Massachusetts.

On a mission to break the trail record, Thompson needed to cover 45 miles per day. He needed to spend 15 to 16 hours running each day, and he had to do this with no personnel support, carrying his own food and water. As challenging as this seems, in the end, the weather became the biggest challenge Thompson faced.

“I could deal with an injury or bad weather, but both at the same time crushed me,” Thompson wrote to his supporters as he announced he had to end the record attempt.

On the third day Thompson slipped during his descent down Bolton Mountain in the rain, which ended up injuring his knee. Determined not to let anything stop him from reaching his goal, Thompson pushed on. The pain and swelling in his knee forced him to stop in 30 minute intervals to stretch. He was able to finish his third day eight miles ahead of pace, despite the injury.

While camping that night at Birch Glen, he had hoped that by morning his knee would start to feel better. After waking up at 3:30 a.m. to start the day he faced more rain, and trail conditions had gone from bad to worse.

“My knee had deteriorated to the point where I needed to stretch it every 10 to 15 minutes, and the condition of the trail resembled a small brook, water everywhere,” Thompson said.

It was a difficult decision for Thompson to call off the attempt, but he risked further injuring himself if he continued.

He is planning to release a full account of his experience, which includes a close encounter with a black bear along the way.

“I cannot express how grateful I am to have the support of so many wonderful people, both in real life and here on Facebook. Your comments and words of encouragement undoubtedly carried me over Vermont’s highest summits.”

To follow along with any updates on Thompson’s journey, visit his Facebook page at:

Rollover crash in Coventry on Sunday

in coventry/News/North Troy

rollover accident newport vermont

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 Coventry at around 4:30 p.m. when the vehicle was involved in the single-vehicle rollover accident.

A statement issued by police said that Meyers was transported privately to North Country Hospital for precautionary purposes, but since the crash is still under investigation, no more information is available.

We will update this report if more information is released.

Vehicle overturned in Coventry, driver uninjured

in coventry/News/North Troy

coventry car accident vermont

COVENTRY — A North Troy man walked away without sustaining any injuries this morning, after his car overturned during a crash in Coventry.

Friday morning, at 10:30 a.m., Vermont State Police arrived at the scene of the single vehicle crash in Coventry.

Spencer Lachance-Guyette, 20, of North Troy, was operating a 2004 Subaru Legacy north on Lane Road. Police are reporting that he drove off the east side of the roadway, causing his vehicle to overturn.

He was wearing his seat belt and did not sustain any injuries.

The Subaru sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by Ray’s Auto out of Newport.

Newport Center man denies stabbing pig roast host

in Newport/News/North Troy

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NEWPORT — A Newport Center man who was tasered by police and arrested on June 7, pled innocent on Tuesday to felony charges of disorderly conduct by fighting, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault with a weapon.

Troy Guertin, 29, appeared in court on Tuesday to answer the charges relating to an incident that took place at an annual pig roast in North Troy. Guertin is accused of stabbing the party host in the finger.

Four police officers arrived at the scene of the incident late Saturday night.

According to an affidavit by Trooper Debra Munson, they spoke with the host of the party, Curtis Laramee, who said that earlier he heard Guertin quarreling with another guest. He approached the two arguing men, and told them that he didn’t want any fighting at the event. According to the affidavit, at one point, Guertin was asked to leave, and he grabbed something from out of the waist of his pants, and jabbed it toward Laramee.

Laramee held out his hand to block the movement, and stated that he felt a sharp pain in his hand. He suffered a half, to one inch cut on his ring finger.

When officers went to Guertin’s home to question him about the incident, he denied the stabbing charge.

In an affidavit by Deputy Sheriff Tyler Jacobs, Guertin is reported to have became upset during the conversation with police, and made several “bluff charges” toward Jacobs, and trooper Brian Connor. The affidavit states that Guertin made a grab at a flashlight that Connor was holding, causing him to use his taser on Guertin. Officers were then able to get him handcuffed.

In court on Tuesday, Guertin was released by Judge Michael Pratt.

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

in News/North Troy

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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.

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