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Driver arrested for DUI after high-speed chase in Coventry

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COVENTRY — A 28-year-old man from St. Johnsbury was arrested early this morning after a police chase in Coventry.

A trooper with the Vermont State Police says he was monitoring traffic on US Route 5 when he observed a white truck traveling at 80 miles-per-hour in a posted 50 miles-per-hour zone.

The trooper attempted to stop the truck, but it fled at a high rate of speed for about five miles.

Police say the driver attempted to evade law enforcement by stopping on a dead-end road and turning off its lights.

The driver was identified as Alan Tanguay.

Police say while being taken into custody, Tanguay resisted arrest.

He was transported to the Derby barracks for processing and lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility.

He is facing charges of attempting to elude, excessive speed, negligent operation, DUI, and resisting arrest.

Police: 16 arrested during month-long NEK drug sweep

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

NEWPORT — Authorities say a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort has been focusing on drug trafficking in the areas of Newport and Saint Johnsbury.

During the month-long operation conducted by federal, state, local, and county officers, and federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement arrested or charged 16 individuals, searched 3 residences, and seized approximately 700 bags of fentanyl and heroin, 100 grams of cocaine base, 2 firearms, and $4,000 in drug proceeds.

Those charged in federal court include:

Jen Thompson, 39, of Newport, Vermont, for maintaining a drug-involved premises and distribution of cocaine base.

Juliana Graves, 49, of Newport, Vermont, for possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base.

Elijah Wheeler-Watson, 23, of Clinton, Massachusetts, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin.

Adis Djozo, 26, of Essex Junction, Vermont, for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Alicia Parenteau, 36, of Newport, Vermont, for distribution of cocaine base.

Chakeshia Watts, 40, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Jerry Watts, 62, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Randy Devoid, 50, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for distribution of cocaine base.

Shaquille Carter, 26, of New York, New York, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and heroin.

Christina Thompson, 42, of Lyndonville, Vermont, for distribution of cocaine base.

Morgan Cleveland, 39, of Newport, Vermont, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Those arrested on state warrants and violations include:

Soloman Little, 26, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested and cited for fraud.
Christopher MacKay, 52, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested on an extraditable warrant for violation of probation in Maine, and multiple failures to appear in Vermont court proceedings.

Mark Houston, 30, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested twice in the same day for violating the conditions of his release by breaking curfew restrictions.

Michael Barry, 26, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested for failure to appear in Vermont court proceedings.

Michelle Churchill, 34, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, who was arrested for violating conditions of furlough and returned to correctional custody with the Vermont Department of Corrections.
Defendant Carter is currently a fugitive.

Defendant Cleveland is at large. All other defendants were arrested during the operation.

“Today, as we did earlier this year in Brattleboro, we announce the results of a team effort by law enforcement to combat drug trafficking in one of the hardest hit areas of the state,” United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan said. “The Northeast Kingdom is suffering greatly under the weight of the drug crisis, and we deployed a sustained surge of enforcement resources to bring consequences to those selling deadly drugs in the area.”

Authorities say this operation stemmed from careful planning and collaboration by Vermont law enforcement at all levels.

Congressman Peter Welch meets with NEK Young Professionals

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Vermont U.S. Representative Peter Welch recently visited with young professionals in the Northeast Kingdom at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury.

The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network helped to organize the breakfast with Congressman Welch’s office.

Young entrepreneurs and professionals from local non-profit organizations, serving youth and families, the service industry, and marketing, tourism and beyond joined together to share with Welch their thoughts and feelings regarding life in the Kingdom for young professionals.

Painting an honest and sincere picture, there were laughs yet also valid concerns shared about job opportunities, childcare, healthcare, homeownership, access to broadband and faith in state and local governments.

Welch offered a heartfelt thanks for the input and shared that he felt a responsibility to go back to Washington and try to help the hard workers in NEK continue to succeed.

The NEK Young Professionals Network is excited to air more of its work over the coming months, with several initiatives on the precipice of being announced.

You can join the group for a networking mixer on Thursday, June 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Essex House in Island Pond.

This will be the first event the group has held in Essex County.

North Country Hospital and NVRH open new sleep clinic

in Health/News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — The Northern VT Center for Sleep Disorders held a grand opening and ribbon cutting of its new space in St. Johnsbury last week.

Local community members, as well as staff from North Country Hospital and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), enjoyed a summer afternoon at the entrance to the newly developed space.

The center is located in the Shippee Family Eye Care building at 468 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury.

Sleep center staff members proudly offered tours of the new space, which has the capacity for four sleep rooms and four examination/consult rooms.

Guests were able to meet with providers and learn about local sleep and pulmonary services.

Dr. Veronika Jedlovszky is the Medical Director and is board certified in Sleep and Pulmonology.

Other staff includes Dr. Weili Gray and nurse practitioner Danielle Speer, as well as sleep techs and registered polysomnographers.

Dr. Jedlovszky added that there is a long history of Newport providing sleep services to the Northeast Kingdom and beyond, having outgrown its space more than once.

The original sleep center began on the second floor of North Country Hospital in 1997 and is certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“The comprehensive team can provide evaluation and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, breathing and movement disorders, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, as well as narcolepsy,” Dr. Jedlovszky explained of the services. “Over the years, the sleep center has also provided services in Morrisville and St. Johnsbury. In 2010 a 2-bed sleep clinic was started at NVRH and since then has been outgrowing its space time and again.”

The Newport clinic at North Country Hospital will remain, and this new center opened officially on May 30 now adds capacity in the St. Johnsbury region.

Efforts are also underway to recruit an additional pulmonologist to work mostly at the St. Johnsbury site.

Leaders from the two organizations agreed that this type of collaboration is important to sustain specialized health care services in Northern Vermont because of cost and geography.

NVRH, NCH expand joint sleep medicine venture with new facility

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) in St. Johnsbury and North Country Hospital (NCH) in Newport have collaborated to enhance sleep medicine services in Vermont with the opening of an expanded Northern Vermont Center for Sleep Disorders location

The center will open February 4.

The new clinic, which offers the latest in comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of sleep-related conditions, is conveniently located off I-91 (Exit 22) at 468 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury.

The joint venture between NVRH and NCH currently has two locations – one in Newport, at North Country Hospital, which will remain open, and one on the NVRH campus, which will transition to the new clinic location in St. Johnsbury.

“Through this partnership, the two hospitals are demonstrating a commitment to addressing the growing need for sleep medicine services in the Northeast Kingdom and beyond by investing in this new and expanded second location,” NVRH CEO Shawn Tester said.

The new clinic features four sleep rooms and four treatment rooms.

Each sleep room is equipped with a bed, television, adjustable lighting, individual climate control, and other features.

It is staffed and managed by Medical Director Veronika Jedlovszky MD, Weili Gray, MD, and Danielle Speer, ANP, as well as technicians to conduct the night time studies.

“The new clinic will provide more comprehensive and timely care for both consults and sleep studies for patients throughout the region,” Jedlovszky said.

Nearly 100 million Americans report problems with sleep disorders, which can affect an individual’s ability to function throughout the day and lead to other health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“Having seen the growth of the sleep center partnership over the last six years, it really was imperative that we make this expansion to meet the demand,” added North Country’s COO and the sleep clinic’s project lead, Tom Frank. “Our top-notch physicians, nurse practitioner and sleep technicians will complement both centers with sleep medicine and pulmonary care services, second to none.”

The center evaluates for and treats the full spectrum of sleep disorders in adults and children, including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, nocturnal hypoventilation, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, other hypersomnia conditions, REM behavioral disorder, and other parasomnias.

Services include sleep consultation for adult and pediatric patients, sleep consultation for CDL exam, positive airway pressure therapy, CPAP, BIPAP, ASV, and other modes, oral appliance therapy, sleep hygiene education, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and medication management of various sleep disorders.

Tests available through the center include adult and pediatric diagnostic polysomnogram, adult and pediatric titration polysomnogram, multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), and home sleep study.

Sleep studies are available both weeknights and weekends.

Patients are encouraged to talk with their primary care provider about a referral to the sleep clinic and may also call 802-748-7901 with questions.

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An official ribbon-cutting and community open house will take place in late spring 2019.

NEK Chamber seeking input on issues to be discussed at first legislative breakfast

in News/Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — There will be a notable change at the Northeast Kingdom Chamber Legislative Breakfast to be held Monday, Jan. 28, at 8 a.m., at the St. Johnsbury House, 1207 Main St., St. Johnsbury.

Unlike in years past, when local legislators gave committee reports during their allotted time, there will be far more discussion on the issues that directly affect the businesses and residents of the Northeast Kingdom.

“In the past year, the NEK Chamber received quite a bit of feedback from people who want the sessions to be more Kingdom-centric, so we will be soliciting issues and concerns prior to each monthly breakfast for the chamber to either research or the local legislative contingent to address,” said Darcie McCann, chamber executive director.

McCann noted the chamber has worked very hard to carve out more time for breakfast guests to ask questions of the legislators in past years and this latest change is the logical next step in making these sessions as responsive and relevant as possible.

“The chamber bears a responsibility to cover as many of the necessary and critical issues affecting the region as we can and we will work closely with the legislators to ensure they are well prepared to answer any concerns,” she said.

Topics that might be discussed include health care, labor issues, the carbon tax, permitting concerns, economic development issues, taxes and, fiscal policies, all issues that affect the Northeast Kingdom.

Individuals wishing to express any comments or region-wide issues may contact McCann at 802-748-3678 or

These monthly programs provide area business people and residents an overview of the session and legislative issues affecting the region.

The Northeast Kingdom Chamber organizes the monthly forums and provides a brief legislative report each month.

Following legislator updates, there is always time allotted at the end of each breakfast for questions from the public.

The breakfasts are held the last Monday of each month from January to May, from 8 to 9 a.m.

There is a small fee to attend the breakfast.

Manhunt underway for St. Johnsbury man accused of kidnapping and sexual assault

in St. Johnsbury

UPDATE: Simpson was taken into custody in Pennsylvania. He is being evaluated at a hospital after crashing another stolen vehicle into a telephone pole during a police chase.

ST. JOHNSBURY — The FBI and the Vermont State Police are actively searching for a dangerous man who is wanted for numerous crimes including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of Everett Simpson, age 41, most recently of St. Johnsbury, to call 911.

Law enforcement advises people to use extreme caution and not approach Simpson but instead immediately call the police to report any potential sightings.

Simpson is last known to be driving a stolen 2014 silver Kia Forte sedan with New Hampshire license plate 396 7479.

He is described as white, standing about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 255 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair, and balding.

The incident began at around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, outside the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester, when a man later identified as Simpson forced a woman and her child into their car and drove to Vermont.

On reaching White River Junction, police alledge Simpson forced the woman to rent a room at a local hotel, where he proceeded to sexually assault the victim.

Police say the victim is a stranger who was targeted at random.

When Simpson left the hotel room, the victim and child were able to reach safety and contact the police.

According to police, the investigation indicates Simpson had stolen a car and escaped from a substance-abuse rehabilitation facility in eastern Vermont three days earlier.

Law enforcement authorities have searched locations where Simpson is known to have resided or may have connections, including an apartment in St. Johnsbury, but as of 2:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, no contact with Simpson had been reported.

He has had previous interactions with the police, including a September vehicle theft, high-speed pursuit and aggravated assault on a Vermont State Police trooper in Lyndonville.

Bahamas chamber representatives visit NEK

in Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY – Representatives from two chambers in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas visited with the Northeast Kingdom Chamber executive director on Oct. 20 as part of a mutual initiative with the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the United States Department of State.

According to Executive Director Darcie McCann, the intent of the trip was to discuss the role of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber in supporting small businesses, economic development and tourism in the region. However, the visit took on a different turn as the representatives from the Bahamas and Northeast Kingdom each discussed the challenges and opportunities their respective organizations face in these challenging times.

“I was very pleasantly surprised at how similar our chambers were in our missions and reach,” McCann said. “They face many of the same issues we encounter, although the Commonwealth is more than 1,300 miles away.”

The 700 islands that comprise the Bahamas are north of Cuba.

McCann admitted that although she has attended thousands of meetings in her 22 ½ years as chamber director, she was actually quite nervous and excited to be introduced to chamber colleagues from another country.

She noted this particular gathering will go down as one of the highlights of her time at the chamber.

“I have met with travel reporters from all corners of the globe, but I had never had such an encounter with fellow chamber colleagues. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to sit down with them and hear what it was like to be part of a chamber in another part of the world,” she said.

The guests included Ruth Saunders and Brenda Jenoure, from the Abaco Chamber of Commerce; Charles Pratt, Grand Bahama Port Authority and Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; and Dawnea Brown and Nadia Williams, from the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation.

The chamber representatives met for more than two hours over homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee before the group departed for a meeting with another chamber in Vermont.

The Bahamas delegation had already met with five chambers in New York and will leave for meetings in Arizona in the coming days.

McCann was encouraged to hear feedback from the group that they were quite impressed with the scope and volume of work that the Northeast Kingdom Chamber does, despite its small staff.

“It made my month to hear one of the women say this was their best meeting yet and another saying that our time together felt more like home than a meeting. It, sincerely, touched me, and I will keep in touch with this delegation,” she said. “I would love to go down and visit them and hope I can at some point in the future.”

At the end, as is customary, the two groups exchanged gifts. The Northeast Kingdom Chamber presented the chamber representatives with fountain pens, a personal gift from the director, and the Bahamas delegation gave the NEK Chamber a large map of the commonwealth, Bahamian chocolates, literature on their regions and a special presentation on the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

“We started with handshakes and departed as friends, hugging,” said McCann. “Isn’t that the way the world is supposed to be?”

Two men accused of human trafficking, sexual assault in Lyndonville area

in Lyndonville/News/St. Johnsbury

LYNDONVILLE — Two men are facing charges of human trafficking and sexual assault involving a juvenile in Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury, according to Vermont State Police.

Back in May, police investigators and the Department of Children and Families began a joint investigation into a report of a human trafficking case.

Police say the two men, identified as Harry Williams, 41, and Kenneth Johnson, 58, both of Staten Island, New York, were having sex with the juvenile in exchange for money, drugs, and other items.

Authorities say Williams was arrested and arraigned on Thursday.

When police confronted him, they say he attempted to run. After a short struggle, officials say Williams was taken into custody. He was arraigned on charges of aggravated human trafficking, sexual assault, and resisting arrest.

He is being held without bail.

Johnson was arrested on Friday without incident, police say. He is being charged with aggravated human trafficking and sexual assault.

Authorities say he is being held on $50,000 bail, and due in court on Monday.

Scenic train rides offered at Colors of the Kingdom Festival in St. Johnsbury

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY – On Saturday, Sept. 16, two locomotives and six historic coaches will depart from the historic downtown St. Johnsbury train depot and head south on one of the most beautiful train rides in New England.

The train rides, part of the daylong Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival being held in downtown St. Johnsbury, will start at 9:30 a.m. and be repeated at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. from the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center.

The train follows the tracks of the Connecticut and Passumpsic Railroad, established in 1850, and clings to the banks of the Connecticut and Passumpsic rivers, cutting through massive rock ledges and crossing many bridges.

The train travels all the way to East Ryegate, where the train will be reversed for the trip back to St. Johnsbury.

The ticket fare is the same price as last year: $13 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under, with “lap kids” free.

Food and snacks are available at the vendor fair being held throughout the day at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center.

“We really try to make the train rides as affordable as we can,” said Darcie McCann, executive director of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber, which organizes the event.

She credits festival sponsors for their assistance in keeping ticket prices lower. Train passengers are encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras on the train excursions, as bald eagles and other wildlife are often seen along the route.

The train rides are just one part of the autumn festival, with events held all over downtown St. Johnsbury on Sept. 16.

Festival activities include an arts & crafts fair, farmers’ market, parade, pancake breakfast, pie sale, book sale, craft events, music and free admission to Fairbanks Museum and its planetarium shows and more.

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Man, woman from Newport in head-on motorcycle crash in St. Johnsbury

in Newport/News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — A man and woman from Newport were taken to the hospital after their motorcycle was hit head-on in St. Johnsbury over the weekend.

Stephen Ellis, 45, and Kristy Ellis, 43, were riding a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Memorial Drive at around 7:30 p.m., when the incident took place.

Bradford King, 77, of St. Johnsbury, was headed in the opposite direction and attempting to turn into a parking lot, when he struck the motorcycle head-on.

The collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles, police say.

Both Stephen and Kristy Ellis were injured and taken to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

According to the police report, Kristy Ellis suffered abrasions, cuts and bruises to the body.

The bike was totaled in the crash.

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.

Missing St. Johnsbury man found dead

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Polce say that they have located the body of a 45-year-old man from St. Johnsbury who has been missing since January 9.

Today, at approximately 12:15 p.m., a body was located off the side of an old logging road east of Breezy Hill Road in St. Johnsbury, by an individual who was walking their dog.

Vermont State Police Detectives and an Assistant Medical Examiner responded to the scene. The victim was later positively identified by family members as Henry “Bucky” Morey.

Police say at this time there is no indication of foul play.   

As first reported, Morey was last seen on January 9, near 48 Eastern Avenue in the Village of St. Johnsbury.

Police say the investigation continues pending autopsy results, and they are seeking assistance from the public.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the State Police at 802-748-3111.

22-year-old man killed in single-vehicle crash in St. Johnsbury

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — A 22-year-old man was killed in an early morning accident in St. Johnsbury.

Police were called to investigate a single-vehicle crash on Severance Hill Road at around 4:00 a.m., Saturday morning.

They say the investigation revealed a 1998 Subaru Legacy was traveling south when it traveled off the east side of the road and struck a tree. 

The sole occupant and operator of the vehicle was identified as Peter Lavoie II, age 22, of Concord, Vermont.

Lavoie was found deceased at the scene.

Police are asking that anyone with additional information in regards to the crash to contact Vermont State Police Trooper Shawn McGarvin at (802) 748-3111.

Arrest made after false traffic stop in St. Johnsbury

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — An arrest has been made in connection with a false traffic stop that took place in St. Johnsbury back on Christmas of 2015.

Police say that after an investigation, Obadiah Croteau, 19, of Burlington, was issued a criminal citation to appear in Caledonia Criminal Court, to answer a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

The incident took place on December 25, 2015, on U.S. Route 5. Police say Croteau was driving a rental vehicle and flashed his high beams as well as his amber emergency flashers to get the victim, an 18-year-old man from St. Johnsbury, to stop.

The victim advised police that someone wearing camouflage had approached his vehicle wearing a gun and told him he was speeding and to slow down.

Police say that their investigation identified Croteau as the one who initiated the false traffic stop, and that he was located in Bennington last week.

Police have not said if there is any connection with this incident, and a similar one that took place in St. Johnsbury in January, when a woman was falsely pulled over.

Police are reminding the public that Law Enforcement Officers in Vermont have blue lights and clear strobes on their vehicles.

A statement issued by police reads:

“If you suspect that you are being stopped by someone other than Law Enforcement, you are encouraged to call 911 and verify that an actual Law Enforcement Officer is stopping you, or in the event that you cannot call, you are encouraged to safely drive your vehicle to the nearest Police Department or State Police Barracks for further assistance.”

Police still searching for missing St. Jay man

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Police are still searching for a 45-year-old man from St. Johnsbury who went missing on January 9, 2016.

Henry Morey was last seen at 48 Eastern Avenue (Republican Block) in the Village of St. Johnsbury. Police say he was at this location at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Morey may have been wearing black sweat pants, a black or dark color jacket and hiking style boots.  He also had a camouflage hunting style backpack with him. 

Morey is a white male approximately 5’11” and approximately 195 pounds. He had a mustache and otherwise clean shaven face when he was last seen. He has brown eyes and black hair. 
Police are asking anyone with abandoned buildings or outbuilding in the St. Johnsbury Village area to check their abandoned buildings and sheds.

The Vermont State Police have been investigating this missing persons case since it was reported on January 16.

If anyone saw Morey at anytime since the disappearance, they are asked to contact police at 802-748-3111

Police warning public after another false traffic stop in St. Jay

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Police are reporting another incident of a man impersonating a police officer and conducting a false traffic stop in St. Johnsbury, this time taking place on Thursday at around 10:30 p.m.

Police say a woman called after being pulled over by a man dressed in dark clothing. She told police that there were no blue lights activated during the stop, and that the vehicle, described as a dark colored Buick sedan, turned on a red strobe light as well as a bright white light to initiate the stop.

Police say the man approached her vehicle with a hat pulled down over his face.  

The woman told police that the man said she had a taillight out and asked her to roll down her window. He never identified himself as law enforcement or a member of the armed services. She told police she did not believe that his vehicle had a rear license plate.

The suspect is described as approximately 6 foot tall with a medium build.

If you have any information regarding this vehicle or the man operating the vehicle, contact the State Police Barracks in Saint Johnsbury at 802-748-3111, or Northeast Kingdom Crime Stoppers at 802-748-2222.     

A similar incident happened on Christmas Day in St. Johnsbury, but police have not said if the incidents are related.

Police are reminding the public that if you are being pulled over by a vehicle failing to show emergency blue lights or clear strobes, that you suspect is not a law enforcement vehicle, to dial 911 and confirm with dispatch that an actual member of law enforcement is attempting to pull you over, and/or drive to the nearest police department in a safe manner for further assistance.

Armed man conducts false traffic stop in St. Jay

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Police are alerting the public about an incident that happened in the St. Johnsbury area on Christmas Day, when someone dressed in camouflage and wearing a gun conducted a false traffic stop.

The incident took place at around 6 p.m. on U.S. Route 5. The victim called police and reported being pulled over by someone dressed in camouflage.

He advised police that a man approached his vehicle wearing a gun and told him he was speeding and to slow down.

The victim told police that the man never identified himself as a law enforcement officer, and that there was no blue light activated during the stop. The suspect flashed his high and low beams while flashing his hazard lights, when pulling the vehicle over.

The suspect is described as being about 5’9” with a slim build and short black hair, driving a silver Nissan, possibly an Altima with New York plates.

Police are asking the public to contact them with any information regarding this vehicle or the man operating this vehicle.      
Police are also reminding the public that if you are being pulled over by a vehicle failing to show emergency blue lights or clear strobes, to dial 911 and confirm with a dispatcher that an actual police officer is attempting to pull you over.

You should also drive to the nearest police department or barracks, in a safe manner for further assistance.

Gun threats send Northeast Kingdom Human Services office into temporary lockdown

in News/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Police say that they are investigating a series of threatening phone calls that sent the Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) office in St. Johnsbury into lockdown this morning.

Police say that starting on Wednesday evening, the NKHS offices in St. Johnsbury started receiving phone calls threatening gun violence against the facility. The calls were picked up through the office answering machine. The calls came in again Thursday morning, and are reported to have escalated.

Vermont State Police were alerted and responded from the Derby and St. Johnsbury barracks, with assistance from the St. Johnsbury Police Department.  At that time, everyone was escorted from the building and a search of the facility was conducted. 

Police say no suspicious individuals or items were discovered in or around the building. 

Following the search, all staff and visitors were allowed back in the facility, and the lockdown was lifted at around 12 p.m.  

Investigators say that they have determined the calls originated from outside the country.

Police have said that despite rumors circulating, there was no ongoing threat.

“All area facilities and schools are currently open and fully operational,” a statement issued by police this afternoon read. “At this time, investigators do not believe there is an ongoing threat to NEK Human Services personnel or patients.” 

The investigation is ongoing.

Driver hits bear in Danville

in News/St. Johnsbury

DANVILLE — A woman from St. Johnsbury had her car heavily damaged after she hit a bear yesterday.

The incident happened at around 6:50 p.m. on U.S. Route 2 in the town of Danville.

Tracy Verge, 44 of St. Johnsbury, was traveling east when she struck the black bear as it was attempting to cross the roadway.

Verge’s vehicle sustained heavy damage to the front driver’s side and had to be towed from the scene.

She was uninjured in the crash.

Police say that the bear did not survive the incident.

Missing St. Johnsbury man found drowned in Connecticut River

in News/St. Johnsbury

LITTLETON, N.H. — Authorities say that the body of a 24-year-old St. Johnsbury man was pulled from the Connecticut River in Littleton, New Hampshire, on Sunday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as Scott B. Way.

Way was reported missing by his family Saturday afternoon, which set off a search party that used K9 teams, sonar, and a dive team.

Investigators interviewed witnesses, searching the shoreline over the weekend.

New Hampshire Fish and Game report Way was located near the Pine Island Picnic Area in Littleton, New Hampshire, at around 1 p.m. Sunday.

The death has been classified as a drowning.

The incident remains under investigation.

St. Johnsbury crash victim succumbs to injuries

in Lyndonville/News/St. Johnsbury

LYNDON — Almond Fletcher, 66, of St. Johnsbury, who was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash in Lyndon over the weekend, tragically succumbed to his injuries, police say.

On Tuesday police issued a statement saying that Fletcher was pronounced dead on Monday at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

Fletcher was traveling north on Elliot Road in Lyndon on Saturday, July 4, when he left the roadway, collided with a tree, and went down an embankment.

He was ejected from his vehicle during the crash.

State Police, Lyndon Rescue, and Lyndon Fire Department responded to the accident. Fletcher was transported to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital at the time.

An earlier report by police listed Fletcher as suffering head injuries as a result of the crash, but police said on Tuesday that the accident is still under investigation.

Man ejected from vehicle during crash in Lyndon

in News/St. Johnsbury

LYNDON — A 66-year-old resident of St. Johnsbury was involved in a single-vehicle crash that took place in Lyndon on Saturday afternoon.

Police say that Almond Fletcher was traveling north on Elliot Road at around 2:10 p.m., when he left the roadway, collided with a tree, and went down an embankment.

Fletcher was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

State Police, Lyndon Rescue, and Lyndon Fire Department responded to the accident.

Fletcher was transported to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital for his injuries.

A statement issued by police says that Fletcher suffered head injuries during the accident.

Body of missing St. Johnsbury woman found in Albany

in Albany/News/St. Johnsbury

ALBANY — Authorities say that they located the body of a 34-year-old woman from St. Johnsbury who went missing on Thursday. On Friday police located her vehicle in the town of Albany, and on Saturday afternoon her body was found about 1/4-mile from where her vehicle was located.

Police say that the body of Kimberly Willis, who was last seen at about 4 p.m. on Thursday, was located near the junction of Shutesville Road and Burbank Road.

Police say that she left home telling her two sons she would be back soon, but never returned.

Willis was last seen leaving in a black 2006 Suzuki Aerio. On Friday, the vehicle was located abandoned.

On Saturday morning the search resumed and at around 11:30 a.m. her body was located approximately 1/4-mile from where her vehicle was found.

Authorities say at this time the cause of death is undetermined and investigators are waiting for autopsy results to come back.

“The preliminary scene investigation is not indicating a heightened risk to the public at this time,” the Vermont State Police said in a statement.

The investigation is ongoing and an update will be provided when more information is released.

Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Police say road conditions a factor in deadly crash on I-91

in Lyndonville/News/St. Johnsbury

5191cab844293_FotorLYNDONVILLE — Police have released the names of the two victims in the deadly crash that took place northbound on I-91 near the Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury line Friday night. They are also saying that speed and road conditions were factors in the crash.

According to a statement issued by police, 29-year-old Justin Stephenson, and 38-year-old Ryan Nadeau, both of Essex Junction, were the two victims in the accident.

The two were traveling northbound in a Ford Taurus on I-91 when they came upon a two-car crash that took place moments before.

In the first collision, a 2009 Toyota Corolla lost control and came to rest sideways in the passing lane. A tractor-trailer then collided with the Corolla, also coming to rest in the passing lane.

The Taurus, being driven by Stephenson, ended up smashing into the tractor-trailer, killing the driver and passenger. Police are saying that both were not wearing their seat belts at the time.

The highway was closed from exit 22 in St. Johnsbury to exit 23 in Lyndonville after the deadly crash. Traffic had to be redirected, with that section of I-91 North closed until around 3 a.m. Saturday.

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