Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Albany Fire Departmentâ€™s former treasurer, Jennifer Tollman, entered a plea of guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of embezzling money from the department.
Tollman had agreed to a plea deal for a three-year deferred sentence. However, because of the severity of the charges, Judge Robert Bent decided to consider the agreement and make a decision in three weeks. For now, Tollman is free on conditions.
NEWPORT, VT - The United Nations has called the world's growing food crisis the "silent tsunami," yet here in the United States, we seemed to have escaped the worst of it. Until now.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Driving can be a hazardous activity. Add sending text messages to that and you have a combination that can be deadly.Â
On Monday, half of the driver education students from North Country Union High School drove a golf cart through an obstacle course at the American Legion. First the students drove through the course without texting and then again while texting. The students who did not go through the course yesterday will go through it today.
NEWPORT CITY - William Swett, 59, of Brownington, VT, pleaded not guilty Sept. 13 to eleven charges that include one count of felony aggregated first degree domestic assault, four misdemeanor counts of violation of an abuse prevention order, three felony charges of attempted obstruction of justice, and three misdemeanor charges of violating conditions of release.
NEWPORT, VT - Travis Collins, 21, of Derby, plead innocent Monday to charges of second degree felony unlawful restraint and misdemeanor domestic assault after he allegedly attacked and choked his wife, forced her into a car and drove her to their home where police finally caught up with the couple.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Over the weekend, firefighters from four Northeast Kingdom Communities participated in confined space rescue training at the Newport City Fire Department. The departments that took part in the four-day class include Newport City, Jay, Orleans and Newark.Â
Confined space rescue involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped in a confined space or in a place accessible through a confined space, such as underground vaults, storage silos, storage tanks or sewers.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Last Thursday, the Vermont Public Service Board held a public hearing over the Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) Network to give Vermonters input on Smart Meters and Smart Grid technology.
Smart Meters enable utility companies to read electric meters without the need of going to the customerâ€™s house. Smart meters can send data over the utility line or wirelessly over the airwaves.
ORLEANS COUNTY - A rash of burglaries and thefts have prompted state police to provide 24-hour coverage in this area.
Normally, local state police sign off at 2 a.m. and don't come back until several hours later. That is unless something major happens.
Sgt. Larry Smith from the Derby barracks said local state police added 24-hour patrols after a gunman fired shots into the windows of mini-marts in Orleans and Lyndonville on Thursday Sept. 8. Smith said no more shootings occurred and police ceased that practice for a few days but started again after the recent burglaries.
ORLEANS COUNTY- After more than 50 years, an organization of womenâ€™s groups, who worked to better themselves as well as their communities, is now coming to an end.
The Orleans County Extension Homemakers, which provided support to various groups throughout Orleans County, is officially no longer in existence.
The Derby Homemakers also disbanded. The Extension held its final annual meeting Tuesday evening in Derby Line where they enjoyed a meal and were entertained by local attorney and violinist Gertrude Miller.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ For 42 years, Vermonters turned to WCAX newsman Marselis Parsons for the latest and in-depth news. For 25 of those years, Parsons served as news director and anchor.
Even though he retired in 2009, Parsons continues to report the occasional story.
On Wednesday, Parsons spoke at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series held at the Goodrich Memorial Library.
Parsons, 67, who has an obvious passion for news and storytelling, spoke about his time as a journalist and anchor. Part of his presentation included anecdotes of his time at the station.Â