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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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Moose poached in Westmore, dragged to Orleans

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WESTMORE — Vermont state game wardens are seeking tips to help solve a case of a moose that was poached in Westmore. The cow moose was shot from the road out of season and at night on Saturday, September 23. After poachers shot the moose, they dragged the animal on the road behind their truck…

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Clan of the Hawk intertribal powwow this weekend in Evansville

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EVANSVILLE — The Clan of the Hawk will host an intertribal powwow this Saturday and Sunday, on their tribal grounds on Route 58 in Evansville, three miles east of the village of Orleans. Admission to the grounds and parking are both free. All weekend the powwow will feature native dancers, drummers, storytellers, basket weaving, and…

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Police: Brownington man busted doing burnouts, drunk

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ORLEANS — A 37-year-old man from Brownington was arrested today after police say he was caught doing burnouts in his truck while intoxicated. Just before 1:00 p.m. police say they received complaints of a vehicle seen driving recklessly in Orleans. One caller reported seeing a silver GMC pickup truck driving down the roadway and doing…

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Lake Region track team eyes state championships this weekend

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ORLEANS — The Lake Region Union High School track and field team’s regular season wrapped up last week with a list of impressive performances as they prepare for the state championship meet this weekend. Catherine Close placed fourth in the javelin at the Burlington Invitational and eighth in the discus, against many Division One schools.…

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Police identify body discovered in Westmore

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NEWPORT — The body recovered in Westmore on Friday has been identified as Tyler Robinson, 23, of Orleans. Investigators say there is no evidence or information to suspect foul play in this incident. Robinson was last seen at his residence on Water Street in Orleans on May 12, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m. His body…

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Body recovered in Westmore

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WESTMORE — Authorities say that the body of a man discovered on a rock shelf on Mount Pisgah, has been recovered. At approximately 4:30 p.m. crews were able to retrieve the body from the cliff’s edge. At this time rescue crews say they moved the body to Long Pond Road in the town of Westmore.…

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Police: Body recovery in Westmore possibly delayed until Thursday

in Newport/News/Orleans/Westmore

WESTMORE — Officials involved in the Orleans missing person search effort are advising that the recovery process of the deceased individual discovered yesterday will be delayed, perhaps until Thursday. According to a statement issued by police, the extreme nature of the terrain, the equipment, and expertise needed to access the area in which the individual…

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Search continues for missing Orleans man

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — There is an ongoing search for a 23-year-old Orleans man who has been missing for a few days. Police are requesting assistance in locating Tyler Robinson, who was last seen at his residence on Water Street in Orleans, on May 12, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m. Authorities say they will be continuing their…

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Steelhead runs happening now in Orleans, Coventry

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ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Orleans. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds. The best place to spot steelhead is at Willoughby Falls just outside downtown Orleans.…

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Derby man facing charges after hit-and-run

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DERBY — Police say they took a 79-year-old Derby man into custody last night after he crashed into another vehicle, and then fled the scene. At around 7:00 p.m. police were notified that a 2000 Jeep Cherokee had been involved in a rear-end collision on Route 5 in Derby, near the I-91 on-ramps. The Jeep…

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