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Mock crash for high school students in Newport

NEWPORT — Public safety officials from throughout Vermont came together on Friday to teach high school students a reality-based lesson in motor vehicle safety. A mock head-on motor vehicle crash was staged at the North Country Union High School in Newport yesterday. The crash simulated the actual events that occur in a serious motor vehicle… Keep Reading


Tenant at Mississquoi Lanes bowling alley being held without bail

LOWELL — Police say a Lowell man who lived in the one-bedroom apartment inside the Mississquoi Lanes bowling alley that was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, is being held without bail. Travis Hesler, 36, is facing charges of first degree aggravated domestic assault, unlawful mischief, and unlawful trespass, all felony charges. Police say on… Keep Reading


Tick-borne disease on the rise in Vermont

NEWPORT — Tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Vermont had 6,161 cases of illness caused by tick-borne diseases between 2004 and 2016. In total, 99 percent of all reported tick-borne diseases are caused by the blacklegged tick, the state Department of Health says. According… Keep Reading


Scenes from fire at Missisquoi Lanes in Lowell

LOWELL — A fire broke out at Missisquoi Lanes bowling alley on Route 100 in Lowell early this morning. Firefighters from Lowell and Troy departments were called to the scene at around 5:20 a.m. Missisquoi Lanes was a 10-lane bowling establishment with a bar. Firefighters remained on scene until around 8:30 a.m. An origin and… Keep Reading


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

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