June 27th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT - Deontae McNeil, charged with attacking Donelle Morin in an apparent attempted robbery that went awry Oct 14. 2010, in Charleston, dodged a bullet last night when the jury told the court that it could not come to a decision. The court declared a mistrial.
McNeil's alleged accomplice, Andrew Ladouceur, who made a deal with the state that netted him a 4-12 year prison term, testified against McNeil.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Newport Rotarians heard from Vermontâ€™s top cop, Commissioner of Public Safety, Keith Flynn, during their weekly meeting at the Gateway Center Tuesday.
Flynn spoke about his job and some of the issues facing the state.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is comprised of the Vermont State Police, Emergency Management, Division of Fire Safety and the Criminal Justice Services. DPS has about 650 people and it administers a budget of about $92 million a year.
NEWPORT â€“ A dinner show production last week kept the audience on the edge of their seats laughing and waiting for the next bit of satire, while actors jumped out on the stage in outrageous costumes.
The play, "The Complete History of America (Abridged)," was directed locally by Michael Chase Gosselin. History buffs and those who find history dry and boring all found amusement in the production with its zany satire, unexpected lines, and costumes.
The Kingdom Crush soccer club accomplished something this past weekend no team from Lake Region has ever done before.
The Crush won the Essex United Soccer Tournament, the largest tourney of itsâ€™ kind in the state.
The two day soccer bonanza featured teams from VT, NY, CT and NH. Their performance over the weekend capped off a perfect 13-0 season.
Winning five soccer games in two days, including 3 hours of games on Sunday, required the contribution of every player to overcome the grueling heat and tough competition.
ESSEXâ€“This past weekend it played out like a survivor series. The U-14 Girls Wildcat team outwit, outplayed,and outlasted 11 other teams to become Champions of the 2012 Essex Soccer Tournament hosted by the Essex soccer clubs. Under a cloudless sky, the Island, otherwise known as the Tree Farm, was a swarm of soccer players and their families who came to cheer the girls on to the finish. There were multiple age groups from U-8 to U-17. Derby was well represented sending 16 teams to the tournament.
Bronson–– Charleen Ida (Wood), 63 of Morgan, Vermont, died peacefully on June 24, 2012 with her husband and family close by. A private memorial service will be held at a future date. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
For the full obituary see Wednesday's Express.
MONTPELIER - Lola Aiken, the iconic matriarch of the Vermont Republican Party, turned 100 this week and celebrated with a multi-partisan bash at the Vermont State House.
Mrs. Aiken is the widow of George Aiken, who was well respected by politicians and citizens of the state during his tenure in Vermont politics. George Aiken, who died in 1984, served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1931-1935, as Lieutenant Governor from 1934-1936, Governor from 1937-1941, and a member of the U.S. Senate for 34 years, from 1941-1975.
DERBY - "Other business" turned into a tense and sometimes heated discussion at Monday's Derby Select Board meeting as board member Karen Jenne came under fire by board chairman Brian Smith and Derby Line Village Trustee Perry Hunt. Jenne serves as the village clerk for Derby Line as well as a member of the Derby Select Board.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Andy Carter, President and CEO of Visiting Nurses Associations of America (VNAA), was in town this week to meet with officials from area associations.Â
Carterâ€™s visit included a trip to some of the most rural areas of Essex County with representatives from Orleans/Northern Essex VNA and Hospice (ONEVNA). They also had a round table discussion at the ONEVNA office Tuesday morning.Â