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Police warn parents in Orleans following arrest

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


Police investigating assault, abduction case in Lyndon

LYNDON — Police are investigating a reported assault/abduction that took place early Sunday morning. The incident occurred near the dorm area of Lyndon Institute at around 1 a.m. Police say a male subject believed to be approximately 5’8” to 5’10” attempted to grab a female who had been walking alone near the parking area of… Keep Reading

Guided wildlife walk at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on May 16

VICTORY — Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Northeast Kingdom Audubon are excited to partner on a birding and wildlife-viewing tour at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on May 16. Doug Morin, a wildlife biologist with Fish & Wildlife, and Tom Berriman, an experienced birder with Northeast Kingdom Audubon, will co-lead this wildlife-based exploration of… Keep Reading


Shotgun blasts at smoke detector in Barton

BARTON — A Barton man who complained about frequent false alarms from a smoke detector near his kitchen, took it upon himself to relocate it with two shotgun blasts. Leroy Mason, 68, is being charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, and reckless endangerment following the incident on Monday evening. At around 5:00 p.m. police… Keep Reading


Up to 12 years in prison for Brownington man

NEWPORT — A Brownington man was sentenced to serve up to 12 years in prison for charges related to an incident last April. Joseph A. Hoadley, 33, was sentenced on charges of 1st degree aggravated domestic assault, unlawful mischief, failure to report to the Sexual Offender Registry, and a violation of probation. Hoadley changed his… Keep Reading

News/North Troy

Hit-and-run takes down utility pole in North Troy

NORTH TROY — A driver from Connecticut was cited today after police say he snapped a utility pole in half during a hit-and-run in North Troy. At around 11:00 a.m. police received a report of a crash on VT Route 105. The Vermont Electric Company reported someone struck a utility pole, snapping it in half… Keep Reading


Newport police respond to head-on crash

NEWPORT — Police responded to a head-on crash on Highland Avenue yesterday. On Thursday, at approximately 12:17 p.m., Newport Police, the Newport Fire Department and Newport Ambulance services responded to a report of a crash near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Alderbrook Road. Two vehicles with significant front-end damage had come to rest, one… Keep Reading


Vermont Governor Phil Scott in Newport

NEWPORT — Governor Phil Scott was the featured keynote speaker at the Newport based Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and luncheon on Wednesday. The event took place at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport. Governor Scott spoke on the north country’s economy and its future. Keep Reading


Farewell to the Fence Project

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts bids farewell to the colorful Fence Project that has been on display for the past two years. Whether you viewed it as ribbons or rags, it was a community-driven artistic statement that juxtaposed the hardscape behind the chain link. The panels, produced by MAC as well as… Keep Reading


Two free justice initiatives for the community

NEWPORT — The Orleans Restorative Justice Center has launched two free initiatives. Beginning on May 2, the center will add a free legal clinic for elder issues to its regular free legal clinic. The second initiative will begin later in the month and will be a free financial coaching clinic. Dates and times for clinics… Keep Reading


Hand grenade discovered in Waterford picnic area

WATERFORD — Police say an individual walking in the area of the Moore Dam Picnic Area in Waterford, found what was suspected to be a hand grenade along the shoreline of Moore Reservoir. Recently the water level of the reservoir had been lowered, exposing ground that would otherwise have been underwater. The suspected hand grenade… Keep Reading

Derby Line/Holland/News

Caswell Avenue bridge in Derby Line closed

DERBY LINE — The Caswell Avenue bridge over I-91 at the U.S. – Canadian border is closed. Motorists using Caswell Avenue to cross I-91 are being directed down the on-ramps to a temporary traffic signal, before crossing the interstate and continuing on toward Holland or Derby Line. The Caswell Avenue bridge project will replace the… Keep Reading


Vermont receives $59 million in tobacco settlement funds

MONTPELIER — Last Thursday, the state of Vermont received $58.9 million from tobacco companies, with $29 million of the total amount the result of a recent settlement with tobacco companies. Vermont receives an annual payment each April from these companies related to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The MSA requires signatory tobacco companies to… Keep Reading


Gunshot at Maplefields, police looking for suspects

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department is seeking two individuals wanted for questioning in connection with an incident that occurred where a gunshot was fired. On Friday police received multiple 911 calls reporting that a fight was taking place at the Maplefields on Main Street. A large crowd was gathering and yelling, and there was… Keep Reading


Teen killed in Fairfax crash

FAIRFAX — A crash on Route 104 in Fairfax this morning took the life of a sixteen-year-old Vermonter. Police say Ada Sorensen, 16, of Fairfax, was headed north on Route 104 when she lost traction and control of her vehicle. Paul Bowler, 54, of St. Albans, told police he observed Sorensen attempting to regain control… Keep Reading


RuralEdge closing Scenic View Community Housing in Westfield

WESTFIELD — On Monday, the RuralEdge (RE) Board of Directors approved the decision to close Scenic View Community Housing in Westfield, because they can no longer afford to keep the facility operating. “The significant costs of running Scenic View for the past two years has caused an untenable financial situation for the RuralEdge organization that… Keep Reading

MAC to of­fer mem­oir work­shop April 28

NEWPORT — A mem­oir work­shop, draw­ing on the mem­o­ries and sto­ries be­hind pho­tographs of life events, places, fam­ily, friends, or other sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple through prose nar­ra­tives or po­etry, will be of­fered next Sat­ur­day at the MAC Cen­ter for the Arts, in the Lower Gallery. The workshop takes place on April 28, from 1 to 4… Keep Reading


Charleston man sentenced to prison

NEWPORT — A Charleston man will spend time in prison after being sentenced last week on numerous charges. Michael McFarland, 34, was sentenced on April 10, 2018, for charges of violation of conditions of release x 2, felony conspiracy to sell heroin, and sale of heroin. The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted McFarland on an additional… Keep Reading


Police trying to locate Newport woman

UPDATE: Police in Newport and New Hampshire have confirmed that Suzanne Marsh was located, and is safe. NEWPORT — Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Newport woman. According to police, Suzanne Marsh, 63, was last seen in Enfield, New Hampshire, on April 16, 2018, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Marsh is believed to… Keep Reading

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