April 15th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â Judge Robert Bent handed down a 48 month to 10-year prison sentence, with credit for time served, to 25-year-old Andrew Ladouceur of Derby for attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling.
In exchange for a full confession and testifying against co-defendant, Deonate McNeil, 24, the state gave Ladouceur a lighter sentence and dismissed felony charges of aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and attempted assault and robbery with a weapon.
Ladouceur turned himself in to police on Oct. 15, 2010, in Derby. He pleaded guilty Oct. 20, 2011.
NEWPORT CITY â Treating children just got easier for Newport Ambulance Service (NAS) and Northern Emergency Medical Services (NEMS).
The ambulance services, following a number of serious pediatric cases in the region, changed the way they respond to calls involving children. Last month, both ambulance services color-coded each backboard they own. The colors correspond to which medical bag to use on a child.
DERBY, VT - For generations, area youth were able to experience going to camp at Coutts-Moriarty located on Salem Lake in Derby, VT. The six-week camp could entertain 450 day and overnight campers with a variety of outdoor activities, including access to the lake.
Thanks to a new community building on the upper level, the camp is nearly ready for it's spring opening, with the ability to do more and offer more year round.
NEWPORTâThe Falcon baseball team had a rough go of it on Saturday morning against Lyndon Institute. After falling behind early, rallying back to take the lead through the middle innings, a tough seven run top of the sixth sealed the boys fate as they lost 14-8 to the Vikings.
"This was a game that wasn't played well," said Coach Brian Bonvechio. "Both teams played like very inexperienced teams and the game was very sloppy as a result."
The Vikings came out ready to play, touching Jon Boyer for three runs in the first inning off of two hits, two walks and an error.
NEWPORTâNorth Country's softball team welcomed in Lyndon Institute for their home opener on Saturday morning, but fell short in their effort to pick up their first win, losing to the Vikings 7-3.
While they did not get the win, coach Leslie Dunn was very pleased with the girl's efforts compared to their first time out against St. Johnsbury.
"It was night and day," said Dunn. "Defensively we had some miscues, but we were right on it. We made some really big secondary plays, some real heads up stuff.â
The game kicked off with both teams getting on the scoreboard in the first.
RICHFORDâThe Richford Rockets plated five runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to secure a come from behind 9-8 victory over the Lake Region Rangers in girls fastpitch action Thursday.
An undermanned Ranger crew struck early with 2 runs in the first, 3 in the second and 3 more in the fourth inning to build an 8-4 lead after four innings of play.
JERICHOâThe North Country Track and field team traveled to Mount Mansfield Union on Friday for their first meet of the season and came home with positive results.
The girlsâ squad took second place on the day earning 118 points, and the boys were in third with a score of 103.
"It was a good first meet for us. The freshman got to get their feet wet while the veterans were able to see some competition instead of just practicing," said coach Lonnie Wade.
DERBY, VT - Not that long ago, a woman in law enforcement was an oddity unless she was working behind a desk. The television show "Cagney and Lacey" (1981-1988) attempted to break the stereotype, but the number of women police officers in the field didn't start growing until years later. Today, women make up about 20% of the approximately 40 graduates of a Vermont Police Academy class.
STANSTEAD, QUE./DERBY LINE, VT - Many Canadian citizens are very concerned over the proposal to build two industrial size wind turbines just east of Derby Line near the U.S.-Canadian border.
Stanstead, a Quebec town immediately north of the border, was not officially notified about the Derby Line Wind project, even though they are abutters. When the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) discovered this, the developer was directed to officially notify Stanstead. Stanstead received notification after the PSB public hearing.