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Steve Tarbox of Orleans voted “Best Urban Beard” at fourth annual Vermont Beardies

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ORLEANS — Steve Tarbox of Orleans was named category winner for “Best Urban Beard,” in this year’s fourth annual Vermont Beardies to benefit Make-A-Wish Vermont. Michel Fortin of St. Albans was named this year’s “Best Beard in Vermont.” The annual contest raises funds to help grant wishes to Vermont’s children facing life-threatening medical conditions. This…

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Orleans, North Troy residents plead guilty to fentanyl and cocaine conspiracy

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NEWPORT — Samuel Fuller, 33, of Orleans, and James Bassett, 40, of North Troy, have each pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute illegal narcotics, including fentanyl and cocaine base. According to court records, Luis Luna, 28, and Edwin Martinez, 26, both of Hartford, Connecticut, have also pleaded guilty to the charges. Fuller will be sentenced…

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Orleans village bridge open to two-way traffic

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ORLEANS — The Orleans village bridge along Vermont Route 58 and Water Street are now both open to two-way traffic. According to VTrans, pedestrians may cross the bridge on the upstream side near the Senior Center. The bridge rail will be installed in the coming weeks before the final winter shutdown.

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Fatal crash in Orleans

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ORLEANS — A 31-year-old Westfield man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Orleans last night. Police responded to the crash on Willoughby Avenue at around 7:11 p.m. The driver was identified as Shaun Greene. Police say Greene was traveling east and failed to negotiate a right-hand corner, traveling off the road and hitting a…

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Two-car crash in Orleans

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ORLEANS — Police say a 66-year-old woman from Barton suffered minor injuries after a crash in Orleans on Wednesday. Police responded to the two-vehicle crash on Barton Orleans Road at around 10:53 a.m. According to the report, Michael Boylan, 65, of Essex Junction, was attempting to make a u-turn when he collided with another vehicle.…

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Newport woman arrested after pedestrian struck with van

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NEWPORT — A 32-year-old woman from Newport is scheduled to appear in court today after she was arrested following an incident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the Waterfront Plaza area on Monday. Police are saying that Monica Donofrio is facing a charge of “grossly negligently operating a motor vehicle with serious injury resulting.”…

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Orleans man facing burglary charges

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ORLEANS — A 39-year-old man from Orleans was arrested on Monday in Newport. Erik Polite is facing charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, and violation of conditions of release. Police say they were notified at around 1:00 a.m. of a burglary that took place at a residence on Maple Street in Orleans. A State…

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DUI crash with injury in Barton

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BARTON — Police say that a 60-year-old man from Barton was charged with DUI after a two-vehicle crash on Sunday sent a man to the hospital. At around 8:00 p.m. rescue workers were notified of the crash that occurred on US Route 5 near the intersection of Kinsey Road, in Barton. Police say Ed Seadale…

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Orleans man leads police on high-speed chase

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ORLEANS — A 24-year-old man from Orleans who was on escape status with the Department of Corrections, led police on a high-speed chase on Sunday. Police say Christopher Conley is facing multiple charges following the incident. At around 3:50 p.m., a trooper was monitoring traffic on I-91 north when he clocked a white Subaru doing…

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Two vehicles stolen overnight in Orleans

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ORLEANS — A pair of car thefts in Orleans has police warning residents to be on the lookout. According to the report, a 26-year-old woman on High Street stated that sometime overnight yesterday her vehicle was taken without her consent. The vehicle, a white, 2012 Ford Focus with Vermont plates, had been parked in her…

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Orleans, Island Pond nonprofits awarded Vermont Community Foundation grants

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Community Foundation recently awarded a total of $37,720.39 through their “Spark! Connecting Community” grants to 15 nonprofit organizations. Two of these organizations serve residents in Orleans and Essex County. The Island Pond Historical Society received $3,000 to aid in the creation of an interactive museum and learning center to showcase the…

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Minor injuries after attempted burglary in Orleans

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ORLEANS — Police say they have identified the suspects in an attempted burglary early Tuesday morning in Orleans. At around 2:30 a.m. police responded to a burglary attempt at a residence on North Avenue. The homeowners were present at the time of the incident, and police say minor injuries were reported. According to the report,…

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Swartz now faces federal charges in fraud scheme

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NEWPORT — A federal grand jury in Rutland indicted Randall Swartz, 58, of Orleans, on 11 counts of mail fraud. According to this week’s indictment, until January 2017 when he was fired, Swartz was employed as the maintenance manager at Agri-Mark’s cheese-making plant in Cabot. As the maintenance manager, he was responsible for maintaining, repairing…

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Orleans man to face murder charge next week

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NEWPORT – Randall Swartz, the suspect in the May 15 homicide of his wife in the town of Orleans, was discharged Friday from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and is due to be arraigned next week in Newport. Swartz, 58, was arraigned by video May 23 on a fugitive warrant and waived extradition…

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Orleans man charged with murder in wife’s death

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ORLEANS — A 58-year-old Orleans man is facing a murder charge following the death of his wife, 54-year-old Thea Swartz, on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, an arrest warrant was issued for Randall Swartz, 58, on suspicion of second-degree murder. Following an autopsy Thursday morning on the body of Thea Swartz at the Chief Medical Examiner’s…

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Police investigate death in Orleans

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ORLEANS — A 54-year-old woman from Orleans is dead and her husband is in the hospital following an incident that took place last night. At around 9:27 p.m. police say they received a 911 call from a female who identified herself as Thea Swartz and reported that her husband was pointing a pistol at her…

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Police warn parents in Orleans following arrest

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ORLEANS — A 68-year-old man from Orleans was arrested after police say they received several complaints over the last month about his conduct around juvenile females in the area. Raymond Benson was picked up on Sunday for violation of an order against stalking, and felony aggravated stalking/person under 16. Police say for the past month…

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Subway in Orleans robbed at knife-point

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ORLEANS — Police are looking for two suspects who robbed the Subway restaurant in Orleans at knife-point last night. At around 7:30 p.m. two individuals entered the restaurant, located at 25 Railroad Avenue, and demanded money. One of the individuals then displayed a knife. Police say the two left the scene on foot with an…

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Police: Bow and arrow shot at home in Orleans

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ORLEANS — Police say that someone shot a bow and arrow at a house in Orleans. This morning at around 10:50 a.m. police were notified of the vandalism that occurred at a residence on Maple Street. A trooper responded and met with the complainant who advised his residence had been shot by a bow and…

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