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Free Discover Girl Scouts events Jan. 30 and 31 in Orleans County

in Irasburg/Troy

NORTH TROY — Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will be hosting two free information sessions for girls and parents in Orleans County.

The first will be on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Troy School, located at 126 Main Street in North Troy.

The second event will be on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Irasburg Village School, located at 292 Vermont Route 58, in Irasburg.

Girls and their families will meet local Girl Scouts and volunteers, as well as learn about expanded STEM and outdoor programs.

Participants will also enjoy fun, girl-led activities, explore programs, learn about volunteer opportunities, and register to become a Girl Scout.

Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Scouts embroidered patch.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

The organization offers hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered activities in STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org, or call 1-888-474-9686.

[VIDEO] Meet the Candidate event: Kendall Lambert

in coventry/Irasburg/Newport/News/Troy

NEWPORT — Kendall Lambert is an independent candidate seeking to represent the residents in the towns of Coventry, Irasburg, Newport, Newport Center, and a portion of Troy in the Vermont House of Representatives.

Lambert hosted a Meet the Candidate event last week at Kingdom Brewing in Newport.

During the event, she talked politics and enjoyed some craft beer.

Newport Dispatch shot this video to allow those who were unable to attend the opportunity to hear from the candidate.

Car stolen in Troy

in News/Troy

TROY — Local police are seeking the public’s help in locating a vehicle stolen in Troy.

On Thursday morning police responded to East Main Street to take the report of a stolen vehicle.

The owner, identified as 26-year-old Anthony Mead, told police he noticed his car was missing at approximately 5:30 a.m.

The car was last seen parked in the driveway at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say the vehicle is a black, 1995 Chevy Lumina, with Vermont plates GRE527.

The Chevy has red pinstriping down both sides and two stickers on the windows, one of the brand “Chrome Head,” the other of pigs.

Police: Troy man facing numerous charges

in News/North Troy/Troy

TROY — A 32-year-old man is facing numerous charges after an incident that took place in North Troy on Friday morning.

Police say at around 9:40 a.m. they received a report of a suspicious vehicle with an unconscious operator parked in the caller’s driveway.

The driver left when confronted and was followed to a vacant building in the area of Main Street in North Troy.

He was confronted by residents again, before allegedly fleeing the scene in an unsafe manner, striking and damaging a telephone pole and nearly striking the witnesses.

The vehicle was located shortly after by a trooper on Kennison Road in Westfield, where the driver was stopped and identified as Adam Gallant, 32, of Troy.

While speaking with Gallant, police say they observed indicators of drug activity and drug impairment.

“Subsequent investigation and DUI screening indicated Gallant was operating a vehicle while under the influence of depressant drugs,” the report reads.

A K9 was deployed and the vehicle was seized pending a search warrant application.

Gallant was placed under arrest and processed in Derby, where he was released with a citation to answer to the charges of DUI drugs, leaving the scene of an accident, negligent operation, reckless endangerment, as well as numerous moving violations.

Two-car crash in Troy

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Three people were injured during a crash in Troy on Sunday.

Police responded to the scene on VT Route 100, just north of Loop Road at around 5:35 p.m.

The crash took place near the top of a hill and a sharp corner.

The drivers were identified as Amos Cassidy, 20, of Newport, and Stanley Cota, 65, of Troy.

Police say Cassidy was headed south, driving left-of-center of the road. The vehicles collided causing severe damage to both.

All three occupants in Cassidy’s vehicle were uninjured.

All three passengers traveling with Cota suffered what police describe as minor injuries.

They were taken to North Country Hospital for treatment.

According to police, speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Troy couple find purpose and spirit in restorative justice

in News/North Troy/Northeast Kingdom/Troy

TROY — Annie and Irv Fellows of Troy have long sought to make a difference in the world. For more than 30 years, Irv and Annie worked for the government, attempting to bring their passion for helping people through that venue.

“When I retired, Annie and I made a commitment that we would seek other ways to help people in need,” Irv said.

Then, about 4 years ago, Irv met Orleans County Restorative Justice Center’s Executive Director, Barbara Morrow during an effort to set up a Newport area warming shelter.

“She asked me if I would like to be on a ‘Circles of Support and Accountability’, called CoSA for short,” he said. “I initially had no idea what that was, but I found the concept challenging and well aligned with my spiritual principles. At first, I had little confidence that I could contribute anything, but, as time went by, I realized my perspective and life experiences could be supportive. Annie saw that I was finding CoSAs rewarding, and she decided to do volunteer as well.”

A CoSA is a team of usually three volunteers who, with a trained facilitator, work with someone called a “core member,” a person reentering the community from incarceration, for a year.

The team works with the person to figure out what problems they face and how they might address those problems. The team and the core member come up with a plan for the future and identify skills the core member has or could develop that will help them overcome present or future barriers. The CoSA group also acts as a source of accountability and a sounding board.

The Fellows said there are many rewards and frustrations to volunteering as a CoSA team member, but that the rewards are worth it.

“I’ve become aware of many bureaucratic barriers a person faces when they are trying to successfully reenter the local work environment,” Irv said. “For instance, a person needs to have their social security card to get a job. Seems like a simple thing, unless their card has been lost and they have no transportation. Obtaining a new copy of that card often involves seeking a copy of a long-misplaced birth certificate and a long bus ride to Montpelier. The lack of a driver’s license can also be a barrier. Without public transportation in the area, a person trying to get back on his or her feet often has to settle for a minimum wage job within walking distance. They often end up living on a financial knife’s edge, and even a small unexpected expense can make them vulnerable to frustration and depression, and the temptation to return to old ways.”

With that said, Irv Fellows said there are beautiful successes, often helped along by a core member with a good attitude about the process and support their receiving.

It can happen, the Fellows say, that amazing things take place in a person’s life through the process.

“My first CoSA involved a person who had alcohol and anger issues. When he started, he was adrift. He did not know how to handle money, he was isolated and he had very few prospects for employment. He worked very hard to avoid alcohol and completed training to control his anger. We taught him how to handle his money, and he listened to our advice. Soon, he began to bloom. He gained confidence in himself and his ability to control his own life. We sought people willing to give him a chance as an employee, and his work ethic soon convinced them he was a valuable worker. It has been more than a year since his CoSA ended, and his hard work continues to bring him success.”

Irv and Annie have served on a number of CoSA teams, and they say each one is a very different experience. What isn’t different, they said, is the caliber of volunteers they share this work with.

“There is a real reward in getting to know other CoSA volunteers,” Irv Fellows said. “I find them to be remarkable people.”

The Orleans County Restorative Justice Center’s Executive Director, Barbara Morrow, shares Fellow’s outlook on the volunteers, and welcomes interested people to find out how they can take part too.

“We will have a Circles of Support and Accountability training in Lyndonville May 3rd and 4th,” Morrow said.

This is required of all CoSA volunteers, has received rave reviews, and is a great orientation to work with our clients. We invite people to attend even if they’re not sure yet that they would volunteer, but are thinking about it.”

To learn more about OCRJC services, visit their website at www.kingdomjustice.org, email bmorrow@kingdomjustice.org or call 802-487-9327.

Rollover in Westfield, single-vehicle crash in Troy

in Newport/News/Troy/Westfield

NEWPORT — State police say they responded to a few car accidents on Sunday evening.

At around 5:30 p.m. troopers were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle rollover at the base of North Hill Road in Westfield.

The vehicle was off the roadway and at rest upright in a snow bank. The driver was identified as 24-year-old Kylie Kellard of Jay.

Police say Kellard was headed south when she lost control of the vehicle at a curve and struck a snow bank, causing the vehicle to overturn.

According to the report, there were no injuries during the accident.

Crash in Troy

At 6:15 p.m. police received a report that a vehicle had slid through the stop sign at Route 242 and 101 in Troy, striking the guardrail and causing damage.

An AOT truck was following the vehicle and police caught up with the driver on 101 in Troy village.

He was given a ticket for driving at speeds unreasonable for conditions with an accident resulting.

Lyndon State College men’s basketball team tours local schools

in Brighton/Charleston/coventry/Troy

NEWPORT — The entire LSC men’s basketball team met with junior high students at Coventry Village School, Troy Elementary School, Brighton Elementary School and Charleston Elementary School last week.

They met with over 263 students and talked about the transition to college, moving away from home, financial aid, scholarships, the recruitment process and the importance of working hard in school so they are prepared for college.

Coach Dave Pasiak talked with students about focusing on academics in high school and their own personal development to strive to be a good teammate, family member, and community member.

The junior high students had the opportunity to ask the players questions about their majors, why they chose Lyndon State, and how they developed their skills as basketball players.

While at Brighton Elementary School, the LSC student-athletes also met with younger students in preschool and third grade.

There will be free admission for students and their families to attend the LSC home game on January 20, when they play Husson University.

The women play at 1 p.m. and the men play at 3 p.m.

Police: DUI crashes in Troy and Coventry

in coventry/Newport/News/North Troy/Troy

NEWPORT — Police say two drivers are facing DUI charges after separate single-vehicle crashes that took place last night in Orleans County.

At around 9:15 p.m. police received a call of a crash in the town of Troy.

While speaking with the operator, Gilles Desjarlais, 71, of Troy, police say an odor of intoxicants was detected.

Desjarlais willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was transported to Newport Police Department where he was processed and released.

Later in the evening, just before midnight, police received another call of a single-vehicle crash in the town of Coventry.

Police say an odor of intoxicants was detected emitting from the driver, Gaetan Corderre, 25, of North Troy.

According to the report, Corderre also willingly completed standardized field sobriety exercises and was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI.

He was transported to the Vermont State Police Derby barracks, where he was processed and released.

Derby man racks up charges after incident at Troy General Store

in Derby/Newport/News/Troy

TROY — A 44-year-old man from Derby racked up a list of charges after a drunken outburst at the Troy General Store on Thursday.

At around 7:20 p.m. State Police and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call that an intoxicated male was threatening patrons at the store.

Police say their investigation revealed that Stephen Heath, 44, of Derby, was under the influence of alcohol, which was a violation of his conditions of release.

They say Heath was engaging in violent and threatening behavior in a public area. He was placed under arrest.

While in custody, police say Heath made two attempts to assault members of the State Police.

He was lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility.

He is facing charges of violation of conditions of release, disorderly conduct, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Drunk driver leaves crash scene in Newport Center with another drunk driver, both arrested

in Newport/News/Troy

NEWPORT — Two men from Troy were arrested for DUI after a crash in Newport Center on Thursday.

Police say they responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash into a utility pole near 1665 Cross Road at around 4:00 p.m., and that the driver had left the scene.

Police identified the driver of the crashed vehicle as Casey Bonneau, 24, of Troy.

Shortly afterward, police spotted Bonneau in the passenger seat of a black, 2003 Nissan Maxima, pulling out of a local service station.

The vehicle was subsequently stopped and Bonneau identified himself as the operator of the motor vehicle that crashed on Cross Road.

Police say he provided a preliminary sample of his breath and his BAC measured at .206 percent.

The driver of the Nissan, identified as Francis Beveridge, of Troy, provided a preliminary sample of his breath and his BAC measured at .087 percent.

Both men were placed under arrest.

Bonneau was issued a citation to appear in court to answer to the charge of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Beveridge was issued a citation to appear in court to answer the charge of DUI.

Sandy Hilliker receives Community Service Award

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Community National Bank’s (CNB’s) Marketing Assistant Tia Drake recently presented Sandy Hilliker with the bank’s Community Service Award.

The award was developed to recognize “unsung heroes” that make our communities better places to live, work and play.

Hilliker has poured her heart and soul into helping the Newport Center Methodist Church thrive. She has been part of the church’s Handbell Choir for over 10 years.

Her keen musical ear and caring personality have made her a successful director. She holds practices once a week to prepare the choir for monthly church service rings, orders music, makes weekly calls to remind choir members of practice sessions, and schedule changes.

As a member of the United Methodist Women’s Group, Hilliker plays an active role in the Church’s fundraising dinners. She organizes food donations and is always onsite to help serve food and stays to clean up.

Due to the shortage of ministers in our area, she has recently been working with a group of church members to seek out a minister. Despite the difficulty of finding someone to lead Sunday services, she always remains positive and finds a way to make sure Sunday services are held.

To celebrate Sandy’s commitment and dedication to her community, we are proud to present her with the Bank’s Community Service Award for the fourth quarter of 2016.

CNB’s Community Service Award honors and recognizes recipients by making a $500.00 contribution to a local, non-profit organization of the recipient’s choice.

Hilliker has requested that her donation is made to the Newport Center United Methodist Church.

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Conley Country Real Estate | 448 Brown Road | Troy, Vermont

in Troy

End of the road, picture-perfect 90 acre parcel. Town maintained to the brick house.

No visible neighbors. Minutes to Jay Peak. Three separate houses including a 19th century brick home with attached garage.

A three bedroom home that was a horse stable. Both with two baths. Huge swimming pond.

Pastures and wood land. Some is in current use.

Main home has three bedrooms and three baths.

Also, a 30 cow dairy barn that was most recently an art studio.

Stanchions are still there.

Brown Road looks more like a private drive way but is town maintained.

For more information on this listing, CLICK HERE.

Troy farmers help protect Missisquoi River water quality and flood resilience

in Troy

TROY — Young dairy farmers Ben Moulton and Amanda Taylor worked with the Vermont Land Trust and the Department of Environmental Conservation to protect more than a mile of Missisquoi River frontage by selling conservation restrictions on 38 acres abutting the river.

The strategy employed on their farm includes protection and restoration.

The conservation restrictions create a buffer where the river can meander naturally. In addition, more than 2,300 trees and shrubs were planted along the river’s edge. This will create a section of natural vegetation that will stabilize the banks and decrease erosion while providing habitat for wildlife that lives in and near the river.

Many of the trees suffered during the drought this year, but there will be a replanting in the coming week.

This buffer area is located on a 70-acre parcel of cropland that Moulton and Taylor bought two years ago to grow more feed for their dairy herd.

Formerly part of the Judd Farm, the land was conserved with the Vermont Land Trust in 1997. The original conservation easement also protects public pedestrian access along the river, which is restricted only during hunting season.

“Amanda and Ben have been great to work with,” said Bruce Urie of the Vermont Land Trust. “This is a beautiful piece of land that grows tremendous crops. It serves as a spillway for the Missisquoi River during high rain events, so that the water can slow down and lose momentum before it flows through the town of Troy.”

The couple milks 60 cows at their home farm just down the road, and have been certified organic for close to 10 years. Moulton works closely with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and knew that selling heightened protections along the river would allow his farm to comply with water quality standards.

“This project makes it possible for the next generation to be able to have the use of the land,” said Moulton. “We’re using funds from selling conservation restrictions to contribute towards water-quality improvements on our home farm.”

With funding from NRCS, the couple has enclosed a barnyard with a cement base, installed two manure pits and added gravel to roads leading to the paddocks. These infrastructure additions will help improve local water quality.

Car crash in Coventry sends two to hospital

in coventry/News/Troy

COVENTRY — Two people were injured during a car crash in Coventry this afternoon.

At around 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, police were dispatched to the two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105.

Both drivers, Rose Blais, 75, of Troy, and Shirley Kasanoff, 67, of Troy, were headed east, when police say Kasanoff decreased her speed to enter a parking lot.

According to the report, Blais rear-ended Kasanoff in the eastbound lane.

Both drivers were transported to North Country Hospital to be treated for what police describe as “minor injuries.”

Cindy LaGue of Troy promoted to Senior Vice President at Community National Bank

in Troy

NEWPORT — Community National Bank announced the promotion of Cindy LaGue, of Troy, to Senior Vice President of Retail Banking.

LaGue started her banking career at the bank in 1989 as a part-time Teller in the Troy office, where she later assumed responsibilities as Head Teller.

She worked at the Newport office from 1995 until 1999, when she accepted the Derby Office Supervisor position. In 2003, she was promoted to an Officer of the bank and in 2005, promoted to Assistant Vice President. In 2007, LaGue was promoted to Vice President of Branch Administration.

LaGue plays an active role in her community serving on several boards. She is the Secretary and Treasurer for the Troy Volunteer Fire Department, serves on the Northeast Kingdom Human Services Standing Committees and is the Chairperson of the Auditing Committee for the American Legion Jay Peak Post 28.

She resides in Troy with her husband Rene.

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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.

Judith Jackson of Irasburg announces candidacy for Vermont house

in coventry/Irasburg/Newport/News/Troy

IRASBURG — Judith Jackson, a member of the Irasburg Planning Commission, announced on Thursday her candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives to represent the citizens of Irasburg, Coventry, Newport Town, Newport City, and Troy.

Jackson, running as a Democrat, joins her neighbor and fellow Irasburg Ridge Alliance (IRA) organizer Dr. Ron Holland on the ballot for State Representative for the district of Orleans.

“I’ve seen the huge impact of policies and decisions made in Montpelier on almost every aspect of life in Vermont towns,” Jackson said. “With our Northeast Kingdom towns facing so many critical issues, from energy siting to education to our economy, it seemed like a good time to speak up.”

Before moving to Irasburg with her husband Peter Limon in 2010, Jackson spent most of her professional life as the communication director for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located near Chicago and dedicated to research in particle physics, the science of the fundamental nature of the universe.

“From the western suburbs of Chicago to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont was quite a change,” Jackson said. “My work at Fermilab took me to countries all over the world. However, I grew up on a Vermont dairy farm, so moving to Irasburg felt like coming home. I do know from personal experience the effect of the price of milk on a farm family’s livelihood. Now I’d like to put my Vermont heritage and a lifetime of experience in communication to work on behalf of my neighbors in Orleans County. ”

Besides serving as the clerk of the Irasburg Planning Commission, Jackson is a trustee of Irasburg’s Leach Public Library and a founding member of the Irasburg Ridgeline Alliance, a citizens’ group dedicated to the responsible development of renewable energy and the preservation of Irasburg’s ridgelines.

She is the mother of three children, including her daughter Annie Jackson, who lives at Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick.

Dr. Ron Holland of Irasburg announces candidacy for Vermont House of Representatives

in coventry/Irasburg/Newport/News/Troy

IRASBURG — Dr. Ron Holland, the senior emergency physician at North Country Hospital, announced his candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives to represent the citizens of Irasburg, Coventry, Newport City, Newport Town and Troy.

He filed the required petition with the District Clerk in Newport yesterday.

“I’ve been practicing medicine since 1972, and every day I see both the successes and failures of the health-care system,” Holland said. “A revolution in healthcare is impossible. Instead, we need a health care system that can learn and gradually decrease costs and increase effectiveness. With my years of experience in both medicine and policy analysis, I have decided that it is time to reframe the debate so that health care providers, not politicians, can improve the system.”

Dr. Holland began practicing medicine in Orleans County in 1979. After completing an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Vermont, he opened a primary care practice in Barton.

Since 1989 he has practiced emergency medicine and completed a graduate program in health policy at Harvard University and a National Library of Medicine Fellowship in decision and policy analysis at Tufts University.

He has professional publications on the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions.

His analysis on the placement of dialysis facilities in Vermont was the basis for state approval for the “Ron Holland, M.D. Community Dialysis Facility” at North Country Hospital that garnered federal, state and community support.

The facility celebrated its tenth anniversary this week.

He also performed a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Lowell Wind Project that demonstrated that this project is eight times more costly than other options to reduce carbon emissions.

He says ridgeline wind projects generate generous profits for developers but are far too expensive as options for meaningful carbon emission reduction, even without consideration of the damage they do to ridgeline ecosystems.

Dr. Holland and his wife Laurie live in Irasburg. Their family includes four children, Abe, Larson, Jesse, and Althea.

He also has five horses, two dogs, and a barn cat.

Pigs killed during barn fire in Troy

in News/Troy

TROY – A fire broke out Sunday night at 3490 Loop Road, in Troy.

The incident occurred at around 8:10 p.m.

When firefighters arrived they discovered a small barn fully engulfed in flames.

Crews were able to successfully keep the fire from spreading to another nearby barn, but the structure was fully involved and police say several pigs were consumed by the fire.

There were no other injuries.

Detectives from the State Police Fire Investigation Unit in conjunction with an investigator from the Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene the following morning, and say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this fire to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-524-5993 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32-ARSON.

Court: Man accused of harassing local family, stealing cat, not competent to face charges

in News/Troy

NEWPORT — The man charged with entering a Troy family’s home multiple times and stealing a cat, was found not competent to face charges.

Mark Frady of North Troy was in court on Monday where both the public defender and the State’s Attorney agreed that the 54-year-old man was incompetent to stand trial.

Frady earlier pleaded not guilty to felony charges of unlawful trespass and burglary.

Police say back in January, Frady entered a local family’s home looking for a cat he claimed was his. The family’s teen-aged daughter told police that he eventually left, but he was caught later on a surveillance camera walking away with the family’s cat.

Vermont State Police were called again on February 1, after he had entered the family’s locked home while everyone was asleep.

A family member told police she woke up to a male named Mark sitting in her basement, talking to himself while eating a lollipop, drinking coffee and smoking marijuana.

Witnesses told police they recognized the man as Mark, who used to live down the street from them.

If Frady makes bail, he will have to obey a 24-hour curfew, as well as stay away from the family in Troy he is accused of harassing.

UPDATED SUSPECT CAUGHT: Police looking for suspect harassing local family, stealing a cat

in News/Troy

UPDATE: Mark Frady was located in North Troy and arrested without incident. He was lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000. He will be arraigned in Orleans Court on 2/3/16 at 1 p.m. The cat taken on Saturday was returned to the owner unharmed.

TROY — Police are looking for a man they say has been harassing a local family in Troy, entering their home on more than one occasion, and stealing a cat.

The man wanted by police for this incident is Mark Frady, age 54. Police say he used to live down the street from the victim’s home.

Police say Frady first entered into the home on Sunday, and returned later to take a cat. At this time no one knew who he was.

By the time the police were called Frady had already left.

At 4:38 a.m. the Vermont State Police were called again after he had entered their locked residence while everyone was asleep.

Chris Nelson told police she woke up to a male named Mark sitting in her basement at 4:00 a.m., and he was talking to himself while eating a lollipop, drinking coffee and smoking marijuana.

Nelson told police she recognized the man as Mark Frady, who used to live down the street from her.

The vehicle Frady was operating yesterday morning was a 1999 blue Toyota Camry, bearing VT PC GRE 724. When the victim’s son tried to stop Frady, police say he showed him a hand gun. 

At this time the whereabouts of Frady are unknown, but police say he made a statement he would be returning to the residence to return a cat.

At this point, the cat has not been located.

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Police looking for a man who entered a home in Troy and stole a cat

in News/Troy

TROY — Police are investigating a bizarre incident that took place on Sunday in Troy, where a man broke into an occupied home and stole a cat.

The theft took place at around 5:42 p.m., at a home located at 1866 Vermont Route 105 East.

Police say after entering the home, the suspect told the resident he was looking for a cat named “Mason,” prior to taking the cat from the residence.

The cat is described as a darker striped tiger with white paws.

The suspect was described as an older male, approximately 5’5” tall, with grey hair, stubble beard, and was reportedly wearing a black or dark blue hooded coat and blue jeans.

He was seen leaving the residence in a smaller dark-colored four-door sedan.

According to a statement issued by police, the victim in the case is Dan Logan, 23, of Troy.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 878-7111.

Man who stole guns and drugs from Newport Police evidence room pleads no contest

in Lowell/Newport/News/Troy

NEWPORT — The 20-year-old man who was charged with breaking into the evidence room at the Newport City Police Department and stealing guns and drugs, as well as burglarizing homes and businesses in Troy and Lowell, was in court on Tuesday where he pled no contest.

According to court records, Mikeal Rivers, of Troy, could end up serving anywhere from eight to 25 years behind bars for his crimes. As part of his plea deal Rivers had some charges dismissed, and he will be able to contest the length of his sentence, which will be decided by Judge Howard VanBenthuysen.

The crimes Rivers will be sentenced for go back to November 2014, with an overnight crime spree that occurred in Troy and Lowell.

Police say Rivers, along with an accomplice, began the night in a stolen vehicle that arrived at a home on Route 100 in Troy. They abandoned the vehicle on the property, and entered a garage and stole two ATVs. They then embarked on a rash of burglaries throughout the night in Lowell, ending in three homes and one business being broken into, most of which were occupied at the time of the robberies.

One of the charges Rivers had dismissed on Tuesday was grand larceny.

Then back in February of 2015, Rivers was arrested again after probation and parole officers notified the Newport City Police Department that they were at an apartment and discovered numerous evidence bags with the contents missing. The evidence bags had Newport City Police Department case numbers on them. Residents at the apartment told police they were left there by Rivers.

Officers went back and discovered that the secured evidence room had been entered by force. The room was locked at the time, and police say Rivers gained access by breaking a window in the door.

While police were on their way to the apartment they saw Rivers walking on Main Street. He attempted to run, but was apprehended and found to be in possession of the stolen evidence, including guns and drugs.

In court on Tuesday, Rivers pled no contest to 17 charges ranging from burglary and possession of heroin, to providing false information to implicate another. He could face up to 25 years behind bars for his crimes.

Rash of break-ins hits Troy, Big Bear Real Estate burglarized

in Jay/News/Troy

TROY — Police say that four incidents of burglary and larceny took place during a crime spree that happened in Jay and Troy Tuesday night.

In total, one business, one construction site, and two residents were targeted during the rash of break-ins.

Police say that Big Bear Real Estate was burglarized sometime between 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A theft also occurred at a Whitcomb Construction work site located on Leavitt Circle in the Town of Jay.

Two residents in Troy were also targeted, with a police report listing the victims as Daniel Pepin, 40, at one location, and Gregory Dunn, 36, at the other location.

Police say that numerous items were stolen in each incident, and are requesting that anyone with any information regarding this crime spree contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks.

18-year-old man airlifted to hospital after car accident in Troy

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TROY — An 18-year-old man from Westfield was airlifted to the hospital after a serious accident that took place near Troy on Friday.

Authorities have not released much information about the accident, but say that Cody Rosenberger, 18, of Westfield was traveling south on Vermont Route 101 toward the village of Troy, when he crashed his truck into the back of a Jeep. The incident took place at around 5:40 p.m.

Police say that the Jeep was being driven by Adam Judd, 30, of Derby, who was attempting to turn left onto Starrs Drive.

Both Judd and Rosenberger were the only occupants in their vehicles.

Rosenberger was transported to North Country Hospital, and subsequently transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center via helicopter for the injuries he sustained in the crash.

There is no information as to the nature of his injuries, and police have not said if Judd was injured during the accident.

Both vehicles were totaled during the incident.

Troy Fire Department Chief and North East International Mutual Aid (NEIMA) member Bobby Jacobs accepting a new U.S. Flag from Community National Bank Vice President Cindy LaGue.

Community National Bank donates flag to Northeast International Mutual Aid

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TROY — In a recent show of respect and admiration, Community National Bank Vice President of Branch Administration Cindy LaGue presented a 25 by 40 foot U.S. Flag to Troy Fire Department Chief and Northeast International Mutual Aid (NEIMA) member Bobby Jacobs.

The flag is a gift from the bank to NEIMA to replace the current flag that has been used for many years at various ceremonial events and local firefighters’ funeral services.

NEIMA is a nonprofit association made up of numerous fire departments across two countries.

Member departments include Albany, Ayer’s Cliff, Barton, Brighton, Charleston, Craftsbury, Derby Line, Glover, Irasburg, Jay, Lowell, Mansonville, Newark, Newport, Newport Center, North Troy, Orleans, Stanstead, Stanstead Township, Troy and Westmore.

The organization permits member departments to work together when extra resources are needed during an emergency, at no extra cost to the requesting department.

NEIMA also serves as a voice for its member departments when conversing with state officials on issues of interest to all of the members.

Each year, NEIMA hosts a regional fire school open to member and nonmember departments with course offerings to beginners and experienced firefighters to ensure safe and effective techniques are being used.

Troy Fire Department Chief and North East International Mutual Aid (NEIMA) member Bobby Jacobs accepting a new U.S. Flag from Community National Bank Vice President Cindy LaGue.
Troy Fire Department Chief and North East International Mutual Aid (NEIMA) member Bobby Jacobs accepting a new U.S. Flag from Community National Bank Vice President Cindy LaGue.

Most of the firefighters serving our communities are volunteers.

“Community National Bank thanks all departments and their members for their dedicated service,” a statement issued by the bank reads. “We appreciate all of your efforts.”

Police: Two Irasburg women charged with simple assault

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IRASBURG — Police are saying that two women from Irasburg were charged with assaulting a woman from Troy last Sunday.

The Orleans County Sheriffs Department is reporting that Kasaundra Phillips, 18, and Sierra Phillips, 20, were issued a citation to answer the charge of simple assault, after an incident that took place on March 29.

The victim was a 41-year old woman from Troy.

Deputy Jonathan Macfarlane issued the following statement:

“I received a complaint about an assault that took place on Route 58 in Irasburg. The victim stated that she had been assaulted by two females. Throughout my investigation, both accused admitted to hitting the victim and were subsequently charged with simple assault.”

The two women are scheduled to answer to the charges in Orleans County Superior Court on May 26, 2015.

Troy man leads police on high-speed chase through Newport Center

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police chase irasburg vermont lowell newportNEWPORT — A 54-year-old man from Troy was arrested Wednesday night after sending police on a high-speed chase that started in Newport Center at around 6:30 p.m.

Police say Gregory McAllister was clocked traveling 82 miles-per-hour, headed south on Vermont Route 100. The speed limit at that section of Route 100 is 50 miles-per-hour. McAllister was seen by police passing another vehicle at the time.

“I activated my emergency blue lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not make any attempt to stop,” Trooper Abigail Drew said in a statement.

The statement goes on to say that the vehicle, a tan Buick, continued to pass other cars in the left hand lane at speeds in excess of 90 miles-per-hour.

The pursuit continued south on Vermont Route 100 through the towns of Newport Center and Troy, before stopping at the intersection of Loop Road, in the town of Troy.

The vehicle stopped after McAllister spun out while attempting to make a left hand turn on Loop Road.

Police say McAllister was the only occupant of the vehicle, and was taken into custody and lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500.00 bail.

Crash in Troy leads to attempting to elude and DUI charges

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Car accident Newport VermontTROY — Police say that they have charged a 29-year-old man from Lowell with attempting to elude and DUI, after a crash that took place in Troy on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by police, Seth Comley was driving a silver vehicle on Vermont Route 101 at around 9:20 p.m., when Trooper Steven Fauteux witnessed the car traveling at a high rate of speed.

Police say that after the trooper activated his sirens, Comley attempted to elude, subsequently losing control of the vehicle and colliding with a snow bank.

“While speaking with Comley, the odor of intoxicants was immediately detected,” Fauteux said in a statement. “Field sobriety exercises were not performed and Comley was subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI.”

Comley, who was injured in the crash, was transported to North Country Hospital where he refused the evidentiary test.

Troy man arrested for stealing guns and drugs from Newport Police evidence room

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NEWPORT — Police are saying that a 19-year-old-man from Troy broke into the evidence room at the Newport Police Department and stole evidence bags, including drugs and handguns.

According to a statement issued by police, Mikeal Rivers is being lodged at the Northern State Correctional Center, and is being charged with burglary, possession of narcotics, obstruction of justice and grand larceny.

Police say that at around 9 p.m. Sunday night, probation and parole officers notified the Newport City Police Department that they were at a residence in Newport City, where they discovered numerous evidence bags with their contents missing.

The evidence bags had Newport City Police Department case numbers on them. Officers of the Newport Police Department went back to their office and discovered that the secured evidence room at the office had been entered by force.

The room was locked at the time and entry was gained by breaking a window in the door.

While Newport Police officers were on their way back to the residence where probation and parole officers were, they saw Rivers walking on Main street.

Rivers was a suspect in an earlier incident and attempted to run away from the officers when they saw him. He was apprehended and found to be in possession of evidence that had been taken from the evidence room.

The Vermont State Police were notified and requested to assist. Detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to assist in the investigation as did officers from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

Currently the Newport City Police are in the process of completing an inventory of the evidence room and its contents to determine what was taken.

As a result of the investigation Rivers was taken into custody, and is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:00 p.m. in Orleans County.

Crime spree hits Lowell early Monday morning

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TROY — An investigation is underway after a stolen car was abandoned at a residence in Troy, which kicked off a series of burglaries in Lowell that lasted throughout Sunday night, and early Monday morning.

Police say that the crime spree started when a white, 1997 Saturn that had been stolen on November 19, arrived at the home of Bill Lantagne, 24, located at 6380 Route 100 in Troy. The unknown individuals driving the Saturn abandoned the vehicle on Lantagne’s property, at which point they entered his garage and stole two ATVs.

One of the ATVs, a 90cc youth model, was recovered mid-morning on Monday, parked behind Newport Center Elementary School. The other, a 2007 Honda Rancher, was recovered later that day parked behind an apartment building located at 236 Highland Avenue, in Newport.

Police believe the suspects that were driving the stolen vehicle made off with the ATVs, then embarked on a rash of burglaries throughout the night in Lowell, ending in three homes and one business being broken into, most of which were occupied at the time of the robberies.

Kenneth Dufour, 61, of Lowell, was home when the suspects entered through an unlocked door and stole cash, a digital camera, and a pair of binoculars. They also entered his garage and went through his vehicle.

Another victim, Juanita Tetreault, 54, of Lowell, was home when the suspects entered through an unlocked door and stole her purse, which included her wallet, cell phone, and cash.

They then forced their way through a side window at Flash’s Fix It Shop, a small engine repair business owned by Andre Tetreault, 71, of Lowell. The break-in caused extensive damage, and the suspects made off with cash taken from the shop.

Merle Crawford Sr., 69, of Lowell, had cash and medication stolen, after the suspects entered his home through an unlocked rear door. It’s believed that they also forced their way into Crawford’s other residence through a side door, located at 2156 Route 100, however, nothing was missing from this property.

Police say that the burglaries are all believed to be tied to the stolen car. They are seeking the public’s help as they continue to investigate, and anyone with information is being asked to contact VSP Derby at: 802-334-8881.

Woman taken to hospital after crash in Troy Sunday morning

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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.

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