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Lake Region track team eyes state championships this weekend

in News/Orleans

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.

Riley Urie finished fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200m dash at the South Burlington Coaches v. Cancer Twilight Meet. Urie also tied the Lake Region school record in the 400m with a time of 53.7 At Lyndon Institute, in only his first ever attempt at the event.

The team had several top-six finishers at the Northeast Kingdom freshmen meet.

Andrew Hicks placed third in the 100m and long jump, and second in the 400m dash. Cole Royer, Josh Kelley, and Jorden Prue finish in fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, in the 800m run. Kaitlyn Verge was third in the 800m run and Brezee Lalime was fourth in the shot put and fifth in the long jump.

Lake Region had more top-six results at the Freshman Sophomore Championship held at U-32.

Mason Svayg won the high jump outright, and finished second in the 400m. Joslyn Hinton was second in the shot put and teamed up with Autumn Walsh, Annie Doucet, and Kaitlyn Verge to place second in the 4-by-100m relay. Verge was also sixth in the 800m run.

Coach Liz Chichester said the team is looking forward to the Division Three state championship meet this Saturday at Green Mountain Union High School in South Chester.

Police identify body discovered in Westmore

in Newport/News/Orleans/Westmore

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 was located on Monday, May 15, in the southern area of Lake Willoughby, in a wooded area at the bottom of a steep drop-off.

Because of the difficult and technical nature of the terrain, rescue crews had to postpone recovery efforts throughout the week.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, crews were able to retrieve Robinson’s body from the cliff’s edge.

Body recovered in Westmore

in Newport/News/Orleans/Westmore

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.

The family of Tyler Robinson, the 23-year-old man from Orleans who has been missing since last Friday, have been notified, and police say operations will culminate this evening.

The body will be transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office for examination and identification.

The investigation into this death continues to be handled by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Police say there have been no reported injuries to anyone involved in the recovery, and the operation was carried out as planned.

Tomorrow, the trails on Mount Pisgah will be open to the public.

I-91 South of Orleans exit closed after tractor-trailer rollover

in Barton/News/Orleans

BARTON — Interstate 91 South, below exit 26 in Orleans, was closed after a tractor-trailer crashed this afternoon.

At around 1:00 p.m. police responded to the crash scene in the vicinity of mile marker 161 in the town of Barton.

The tractor-trailer was on its side in the roadway.

The driver, identified as Kyle Dalpe, 22, of Barton, was seen by emergency workers but refused treatment.

The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed at the exit 26 entrance ramp.

Vehicles were able to exit the interstate in Orleans, as the roadway was cleared.

Police say the investigation is on-going and that speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Mount Pisgah body recovery mission pushed back until Saturday

in Newport/News/Orleans/Westmore

WESTMORE — Officials are saying that recovery efforts for the body discovered on Mount Pisgah have been pushed back until Saturday.

On Tuesday, search and rescue officials surveyed the terrain where the deceased individual was discovered the day before.

Recovery officials now say they have determined the best course of action is to begin staging for the effort on Friday and complete the recovery on Saturday, utilizing technical rescue teams.

“The difficulty of the terrain on Mt. Pisgah, weather, and safety concerns require careful planning and precise techniques be utilized in the recovery operation,” a statement issued today by police reads.

On Friday, Stowe Mountain Rescue, the Vermont National Guard, the Vermont State Police and Colchester Technical Rescue will be preparing for the recovery.

On Saturday, the recovery attempt will begin at 8 a.m.

While positive ID has not occurred, the family of Tyler Robinson, the 23-year-old man from Orleans who has been missing since last Friday, have been notified of the discovery.

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 is located will require other agencies to assist in the recovery.

“The individual is located approximately 300’ feet down a precipice, and 200’ feet up from the bottom of the drop-off, resting on a rock shelf,” Public Information Officer Scott Waterman said in his statement.

The Vermont State Police has requested officials with the Vermont National Guard and other technical experts to advise on the best process for recovery.

While positive ID has not yet occurred, the family of Tyler Robinson has been advised of the process underway to recover the individual.

Investigators have again said that they have no evidence or information to suspect foul play in this incident.

Police postpone recovery of body found in Westmore

in Newport/News/Orleans/Vermont/Westmore

WESTMORE — Search and rescue teams have located a dead body in Westmore, but say they are unable to retrieve it at this time.

The body of the dead man was located in the southern area of Lake Willoughby, in a wooded area at the bottom of a steep drop-off.

Police say the body was discovered visually, but because of the difficult and technical nature of the terrain, searchers have been unable to reach the individual to confirm the identity.

At this time the scene has been secured, and technical rescue equipment is being brought to the area for the recovery.

“Because the finding was made this afternoon with only a small number of daylight hours left, it was decided to wait until at least tomorrow to conduct the recovery,” a statement issued by police reads.

They say it’s unclear exactly when this effort will begin.

While positive ID has not occurred, the family of Tyler Robinson, the 23-year-old man from Orleans who has been missing since Friday, have been notified of the discovery.

Investigators say they have no evidence or information to suspect foul play in this incident.

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 search efforts and will be expanding the area of search.

Anyone with information as to Robinson’s whereabouts is asked to contact State Police in Derby.

Steelhead runs happening now in Orleans, Coventry

in coventry/Orleans/Outdoors

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. Another great place to see migrating steelhead is Coventry Falls on the Black River in Coventry.

“When people think of wildlife watching, they typically think of moose or birds, but I would guess that most people don’t think of fish,” said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “This is a rare opportunity to watch fish in nature. Images of salmon or trout hurling themselves up scenic waterfalls are typical from places like Alaska, but many people may not realize we have these same wildlife viewing opportunities right here in Vermont.”

Steelhead can be spotted moving up the falls during warmer days in mid to late April and sometimes into early May during years with late winters. The best times to spot the fish leaping the falls are in the late morning and early afternoon as the sun is hitting the waters.

Willoughby Falls and a section of river upstream are closed to fishing until June 1 to protect the fish while they are spawning, although there are great fishing opportunities a short way downstream from the falls.

Registration open for PGA Junior League Golf in greater Newport

in Newport/News/Orleans

NEWPORT — PGA Professionals in the greater Newport area are offering PGA Junior League Golf, a fun and social opportunity that gives boys and girls ages 13 and under of all abilities the opportunity to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf.

PGA Junior League Golf takes a team approach to the game. Much like other recreational youth sports, kids wear numbered jerseys, and play on teams with friends, utilizing a popular scramble format for competition.

Facilities hosting PGA Junior League Golf in the greater Newport area include the Newport Country Club and the Orleans Country Club.

Recognizing the tremendous growth potential of the region, the PGA of America and the New England PGA Section have partnered to support an open enrollment initiative, with the aim of creating new golfers and introducing them to a game they can play for a lifetime.

The plan is for the New England open registration model to serve markets across the country next year.

“PGA Junior League Golf presents a welcoming and engaging way for kids to play and learn golf in a fun, engaging and encouraging team environment,” said Mike Higgins, Executive Director of the New England PGA Section. “Kids are learning more than just a game they can enjoy for a lifetime. And PGA Junior League Golf is an excellent option for parents looking for a sport that develops character skills and life lessons for their children.”

PGA and LPGA Professionals serve exclusively as captains for PGA Junior League Golf teams, ensuring kids are given the opportunity to learn from the experts in the game.

With parents and family members encouraged to serve as coaches, volunteers and spectators, PGA Junior League Golf involves the entire family and introduces them to an all-ages sport they can play and enjoy together.

Derby man facing charges after hit-and-run

in Derby/News/Orleans

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 took off after the crash.

The complainant, Jonathan Hinton, 21, of Orleans, told police his 2016 Chevrolet Colorado had been struck from behind while he was waiting at the red light.

His truck sustained rear-end damage, but he was not injured during the incident.

Troopers located the Jeep parked behind a home in Derby. The suspect was identified as 79-year-old Floyd Ellis.

Police say the Jeep had front-end damage consistent with the reported collision.

“Subsequent interview and investigation revealed Ellis had been impaired at the time of operation,” a statement issued by police reads.

Ellis declined to provide a PBT.

He was placed under arrest and transported to the Derby barracks where he was processed and transported to the Northern State Correctional Facility as what police describe as an “incapacitated person.”

Ellis was issued a citation to appear in court for suspicion of operating under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident.

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    Aude Girin, an AmeriCorps farm-to-school coordinator with Green Mountain Farm-to-School, worked with middle school students at Glover Elementary School to teach them about vermicomposting and to help them set up their own system in the classroom.

Local elementary schools dive into composting

in Glover/Newport/Orleans

GLOVER — School cafeterias across Northern Vermont are closing the food cycle as they lead the way in diverting food scraps from landfills through composting.

More than ten Northeast Kingdom elementary schools that work with Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), a nonprofit in Newport that works with schools to plant schools gardens, provide nutrition and agriculture education, and teach students about the importance of good food and the environment, have implemented a composting system for their cafeteria’s food waste.

Some schools, such as Lowell Graded School and Orleans Elementary School, are housing their own composting systems on-site and use the finished compost in their gardens.

“Composting can be an incredibly powerful teaching tool because there are so many connections to science, nutrient cycling, soil health, and environmental stewardship,” says Maire Folan, farm-to-school program manager for GMFTS. “Students can explore all of these topics in a hands-on way while teaching them important life skills to be responsible citizens in the future, which is an important part of our mission at GMFTS.”

For schools that are still working to implement composting systems, GMFTS offers a wide-range of support such as coordinating and teaching lessons on the subject, working with teachers to integrate composting into their math and science lessons, and helping to organize, construct, and carry-out composting systems.

Aude Girin, an AmeriCorps farm-to-school coordinator with GMFTS, began working with middle school students at Glover Elementary School in January to begin a vermicomposting program, or composting using worms.

Over the course of a day, she introduced the middle school students to the basics of composting, its benefits, how it works, and why its done, taught them about worm anatomy, and helped them figure out a timeline for their composting.

“By implementing composting into the school culture, students will learn from a young age the importance of composting and its benefit to the community,” says Girin. “While Glover may be starting small by adding a vermicompost bin into the classroom, it is a step in the right direction.”

Heather Burt, the math and science teacher at Glover Elementary School and farm-to-school advocate, she will be hosting a worm bin in her classroom. Her seventh-grade students will be responsible for feeding them, prepping the bin, calculating the amount of food and water they need, and observing how long it takes the worms to turn food scraps into compost. She will also be taking the opportunity to use the worm bin in math and science lessons.

In addition to all the classroom lesson opportunities, the finished compost will also be used on the seventh grade’s experimental garden bed in the spring.

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Orleans man loses truck, four-wheeler in garage fire

in Fire/Orleans

ORLEANS — A fire broke out at a garage on Water Street in Orleans on Tuesday.

At around 12:30 p.m. firefighters were notified of the blaze. The garage belonged to Tony Mason.

Mason lost a truck, tools, and an off-road vehicle in the fire.

Crews from Orleans and Barton worked to contain the fire, keeping it from spreading to a nearby home.

Mason’s home sustained minor damge to the vinyl siding.

The fire is currently under investigation, but authorities say that they do not believe the cause to be suspicious in nature.

Nobody was injured in the incident, and firefighters were able to leave the scene at around 3:30 p.m.

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Police release surveillance images of Orleans One Stop robbery

in Orleans

NEWPORT — Police are continuing to investigate the armed robbery that took place on Monday night at the Orleans One Stop.

The images above were released by police on Tuesday afternoon.

Police say there are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police, Derby barracks at 802-334-8881.

Orleans One Stop robbed at gunpoint

in Orleans

ORLEANS — An armed robbery took place at around the Orleans One Stop Monday night.

The incident took place at around 10:00 p.m. The suspect entered the store waving a handgun and demanded that the store clerk turn over the money from the cash register.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’6” with a slender to medium build and possibly in his early to mid-20s.

He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, mask, and blue jeans.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money the man fled the scene on foot.

Police say a 27-year-old woman from Derby was working at the store at the time of the robbery.

The investigation is being continued by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and anyone with information is being asked to contact the Vermont State Police, Derby barracks at 802-334-8881.

Dental center coming to Orleans in December

in Health/Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Northern Counties Health Care recently announced the expansion of their dental program in collaborative partnership with North Country Hospital and the Village of Orleans.

Once operational, the new Orleans Dental Center will employ a dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, receptionist and office supervisor.

The practice will have two Operatories and two hygiene rooms, and they expect to serve at least 500 new patients within the first year of operations.

In January 2015, North Country Hospital completed a community needs assessment, which identified access to dental care as one of the biggest challenges facing people living in Orleans County.

This data about the oral health treatment needs and prevention strategies in the NEK area painted a grim picture.

In Orleans County, 65 percent of adults aged 45-64 have had tooth extractions compared to the state average of 52 percent. Nearly 10 percent of adult residents have lost all permanent teeth due to decay or disease.

In 2014, of the Medicaid-eligible Vermonters in the Newport area aged 19-64, only 23 percent received preventative dental services.

In January, Northern Counties Health Care identified a grant opportunity to help address these challenges.

“Our Goal,” said Shawn Tester, CEO of NCHC, “is to expand access to affordable dental services for people living in the Barton and Orleans area in order to improve their quality of life.”

Working together with North Country Hospital and the Village of Orleans, the three organizations applied for grant funding which will cover the cost of operations for a new dental center for up to two years.

Even with the grant funds, a site for the new dental center was needed, and this is where the partnership developed.

The village of Orleans owns the site of a former medical office building on Union Street, and offered it as part of the solution.

North Country hospital pledged $100,000 in financial support toward constructing the new facility at that location. NCHC is covering the balance of the construction costs.

“Northern Counties Health Care has a strong track record of providing essential primary and preventative care services to the citizens of the Northeast Kingdom,” said North Country Hospital President Claudio Fort. “We are pleased to be a part of this important initiative to bring critically needed dental services to the Orleans/Barton community.”

With an identified acute need and an innovative collaborative approach to solving the communities’ challenges, NCHC was awarded the grant in June 2016, and construction began immediately.

“Our Grant stipulates a very narrow window to become operational and see our first patient,” says Tester. “John Morley and the village of Orleans have really bent over backwards to help us meet our deadlines, they are a great partner to work with.”

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, NCHC is committed to providing services to all members or our communities, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

They say they will accept Medicaid insurance as well as offer a sliding fee scale to make dental services more affordable.

The Orleans Dental Center expects to be operational by December 2016.

Rollover crash in Brownington, 22-year-old man from Orleans injured

in Brownington/News/Orleans

BROWNINGTON — A 22-year-old man from Orleans was injured in a rollover crash that took place in Brownington on Sunday.

Police say Orion Ferland was transported from the scene of the crash, which took place at around 11:00 p.m.

Ferland was the sole occupant of the 2005 Ford Focus.

He was traveling down the Parker Road at a high rate of speed when he went off the road and rolled his vehicle, police say.

He was not wearing his seat belt at the time, and as a result was ejected from the vehicle.

Ferland was transported from the scene by ambulance to North Country Hospital.

American Legion in Orleans broken into Saturday morning

in News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Someone broke into the American Legion in Orleans early Saturday morning.

Police say they were dispatched to the scene after an alarm went off at around 1:18 a.m.

The Orleans Fire Department observed a window was broken when they arrived at the building.

A witness told police that they saw a gold colored SUV leave the scene shortly after the alarm was activated.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident, or the vehicle the witness described, to contact the Derby Barracks at 802-443-8881.

Steelhead Rainbow Trout runs are happening now at Willoughby Falls

in coventry/Orleans/Outdoors

ORLEANS — One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Vermont. 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 in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Other places to see migrating steelhead include Coventry Falls on the Black River in Coventry and Lewis Creek Falls in North Ferrisburgh, though Willoughby Falls remains the best viewing opportunity.

“When people think of wildlife watching, they typically think of moose or birds, but I would guess that most people don’t think of fish,” said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “This is a rare opportunity to watch fish in nature. Images of salmon or trout hurling themselves up scenic waterfalls are typical from places like Alaska, but many people may not realize we have these same wildlife viewing opportunities right here in Vermont.”

Steelhead can be spotted moving up the falls during warmer days in mid to late April and sometimes into early May during years with late winters. The best times to spot the fish leaping the falls are in the late morning and early afternoon as the sun is hitting the waters.

Willoughby Falls and a section of river upstream are closed to fishing until June 1 to protect the fish while they are spawning, although there are great fishing opportunities a short way downstream from the falls.

“Watching these fish move upstream is a great way for people to connect with nature,” said Kratzer. “But it’s also a powerful reminder of the importance of habitat for fish and other wildlife. Fish need places to spawn, to hide, and to feed, and they need access to these resources at the appropriate time. We’re looking to continue to conserve these resources so future generations can continue to witness this incredible fish migration each spring.”

Garage fire in Barton Tuesday afternoon

in Barton/Glover/Orleans

BARTON — A home in Barton is still standing thanks to the work of local firefighters, after a garage fire broke out on Tuesday.

The incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. at a home owned by Mark LaCoss on New Dublin Lane.

Local firefighters responded to battle the blaze, working to keep the fire from spreading from the garage.

Through their efforts they managed to contain the fire, leaving only some damage to one side of the home, however, the garage was a total loss.

The fire chief says the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Firefighters from Barton, Glover, and Orleans responded to help save the home.

Shoplifting incident turns into assault, man and woman from Orleans arrested

in News/Orleans/St. Johnsbury

ORLEANS — A man and a woman from Orleans are facing a slew of charges after police say the man assaulted a 67-year-old security guard who tried to question them about shoplifting, then hit him with their car as he chased them into the parking lot of the Green Mountain Mall.

Police say Amanda Gilbar, 26, and Dennis Saxton 24, were stopped by security as they left the Ocean State Job Lots at the Green Mountain Mall in St Johnsbury, on Tuesday, March 15.

Saxton agreed to speak with security guard Joe Perrault, 67, of St. Johnsbury, about shoplifting items from the store.

According to police, while up in the office Saxton assaulted Perrault as he fled the store. Perrault attempted to stop the vehicle in the parking lot.

Authorities say Gilbar backed into Perrault, striking him above the knees with the vehicle bumper, before fleeing the scene.

The vehicle was stopped a short time later in Lyndonville. Gilbar and Saxton had their infant daughter in the vehicle during the incident. 

Saxton is charged with assault and retail theft.

Gilbar is charged with aggravated assault, retail theft, leaving the scene of an accident and cruelty to a child under ten by someone over 16.

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Upcoming exhibition at the MAC will take viewers on a photographic journey to ANTARCTICA

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/Orleans

NEWPORT — While the Northeast Kingdom has been experiencing an unusually warm winter, replete with green grass and significant absence of snow and ice; there is one spot in Newport that you can glance the glaciers and feel the chill.

The MAC Center for the Arts is proud to announce the exclusive exhibit, opening February 20 in the downstairs gallery: ANTARCTICA – a Photographic Journey, by photographer, Stephen K. Malshuk.

Malshuk was born in Newport, Vermont in 1952. He holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, University of Vermont, 1974 and J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1985.

Steve spent his formative years in Orleans before going to Burlington, Vermont to attend college. To keep him from being too bored growing up; he spent lots of time at the Jones Memorial Library. While there, he found his favorite magazines contained the most photographs. What Orleans lacked for excitement, the photos in those publications compensated for.

He tends to favor photographing landscape since a landscape subject has never made a comment on what he could do to make it look “better.”

The photos in this exhibit are part of his “bucket” list of visiting all seven continents. Recently, he visited Asia. His remaining two continents are Africa and Australia.

Malshuk’s photographs have appeared in “California”, 1980, (Polaroid Type 52), Camera Arts Magazine, April, 1983; “Mt. Rainier”, 1986, Seattle P-I, June 17, 1999; “Self Portrait – watching my children at the beach”, 2001, (quad-black digital print) Seattle .

Investigators try to determine if fire during Orleans church vandalism was deliberate

in News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Police are saying that the man accused of vandalizing a church in Orleans has denied deliberately setting a small fire inside the building, and that fire investigators are still unable to determine if the fire was set deliberately or not.

On December 14, Justin Roy, 20, of Orleans, was arrested after police responded to a report of a fire at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on East Street. During the vandalism a tablecloth had been set on fire, causing damage to a wood panel. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Today, fire investigators opened an investigation trying to determine if the fire was set, or possibly accidental. Police say Roy, after being arrested for burglary and vandalism, denied deliberately setting the fire.
 
Investigators say the suspect had previously wrapped a knife with a cloth, lit it on fire and used it as a light source while inside the church. They say he used the torch until some candles were located as a source of light.

The tablecloth that burned the wall was ignited from the bottom, and burned upward towards the top of the table. Investigators say no evidence of an ignition source was located at or near the fire.

Detective Sergeant Larry Smith says he believes the ignition source was probably from a lighter or candle, but that no remnants of the candle was found in the area to indicate an accidental ignition.

The source of the fire is still undetermined.

On Tuesday, Roy pled not guilty to charges of burglary, unlawful mischief, and unlawful trespass.

Suspect arrested after Orleans church vandalized

in News/Orleans

ORLEANS — An Orleans man is facing numerous charges after St. Theresa’s Catholic Church was vandalized on Monday night.

Police say that Justin Roy, 20, of Orleans, was arrested for burglary, unlawful mischief, and unlawful trespass, after a call came in at around 8 p.m. of a fire at the church, located at 44 East Street.

Father Timothy Naples said that items were broken and a tablecloth had been set on fire, causing damage to a wood panel in the building, however, the fire was extinguished by a neighbor.

Police say that the damages are estimated at around $3,000, with much of the damage labor intensive to clean up, after several fire extinguishers were discharged throughout the building.

Entry into the church was made by breaking out a window, and Fr. Naples said that the perpetrators cut themselves in the process, and that there was a significant amount of blood at the site.

The church usually holds services on Saturday evening, and say that they will work to get the building cleaned up in time. They say there is also the possibility of holding services in the parish hall.

Roy was lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility for lack of bail.

Photo taken by Linda Willey-Campbell.

Fire in Orleans destroys home

in News/Orleans

ORLEANS — Fire destroyed a home in Orleans on Tuesday, leaving a local family temporarily homeless.

The fire broke out at around 1 p.m. on South Street, at a two-story home built on the edge of the Barton River, near the Ethan Allen plant.

The home was owned by Jeremy Glodgett and Jessica Ortiz.

There was nobody home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported.

The Orleans Fire Department was assisted by several area departments to help battle the blaze throughout the afternoon.

The family of five have been in contact with the American Red Cross, who are helping them with their immediate needs. In the next few days a caseworker with the Red Cross will help direct the family to needed services.

There is no word yet as to what may have caused the fire.

Photo taken by Linda Willey-Campbell.
Photo taken by Linda Willey-Campbell.
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