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Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article

January 26th

Journalist Wants Charge Dismissed in Lowell Wind Project Case

January 26, 2012

NEWPORT – A motion hearing was held Thursday morning on the case of the journalist who was arrested while covering a protest on Lowell Mountain. Attorney Phil White representing Chris Braithwaite, Publisher of the Barton Chronicle, had filed a motion to dismiss.
Judge Robert Garety, Jr. asked both parties if either had come across a case with similar circumstances so that he could review what the other judge’s thoughts were on the matter in helping with his decision. Neither party had come across any similar cases.

Judge Gives Jail Time to Man Who “Hurt People”

January 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – David Wells, 49, of Newport, entered pleas of guilty to a variety of misdemeanor charges in Orleans County Court Thursday.
One charge was petit larceny for stealing Valerie Meggison's Teddy bear on Oct. 16, 2011.Meggison called 911 to report that Wells had fled from her residence with the bear. She told Officer Charles Moulton that she and Wells had purchased five “Tall Boy” beer cans at Azur’s Market and returned to her residence where Wells consumed the beer and vodka. Wells took the bear when Meggison refused to give him more alcohol.

North Country Doctors Support CEO, Administration

January 26, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Twenty-five physicians and medical personnel have come out publicly in support of North Country Hospital's CEO Claude Fort and the hospital's board of trustees in a letter to the Newport Daily Express.

Current Use Tax Penalties Could Soon Change Under Proposed Bill

January 26, 2012

MONTPELIER – Property owners involved in Current Use may soon pay a different amount if they decide to take their property out of the program. The bill is now in the Vermont Senate Committee of Rules. The House approved the bill last year.

Adult Store to Open Feb. 1

January 26, 2012

DERBY - Good Stuff, the adult novelty store that has caused controversy in the area, has received its Certificate of Occupancy from the Town of Derby and is opening Feb. 1 at 4267 Route 5, in the same building as Roasters Café. Good Stuff has stores in Vermont and New Hampshire.
The business started as a variety store for clothing and knickknacks, but customers demanded adult “gag” gifts and tobacco pipes, the store’s website states. That demand transformed the store into what it is today, the site says.

January 24th

City Council Declines to Act on Citizens United Article

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Newport City Council Monday turned down a request to endorse an item on Town Meeting Day that would say corporations are not people.
Vermont lawmakers and advocates plan to unveil a resolution for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would overrule a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission. The decision, made two years ago, held that corporations have the same rights as individuals to make unlimited contributions to independent groups seeking to influence elections.

Cancer Survivor Beats the Odds to Have a Family

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - With the controversy surrounding Dr. Leslie Lockridge and North Country Hospital, many cancer patients and survivors have come forward to share their stories. One such person is Gabrielle Bolton, now 25, of Morgan.
Gabrielle is recovering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She began her battle against cancer four years ago while she was expecting her first child, a boy, whom she and her partner Derik Sanville named Collin. Gabrielle is now in remission.

Eden Fight Leaves Victim Unconscious with a Broken Leg

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Philip Brown, 21, of Waterville, VT, pleaded no contest yesterday to a charge of aggravated assault for choking a man until he was unconscious at a party in Eden on Sept. 12, 2009.
The victim, Adam Kaiser, passed out from a headlock and fell, apparently over a wheelbarrow, breaking his leg in two places. Kaiser had to have a steel rod put in his leg and screwed in.

Screeching Tires and a Fight End in $10,000 Bail

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Ryan Garrow, 19, of North Troy pled not guilty Tuesday in Orleans County Court to six misdemeanor charges. Judge Robert Bent ordered Garrow held on $10,000 bail and conditions, including that, if he makes bail, he be released into the custody of a responsible adult.
The charges include simple assault, disorderly conduct (fighting), operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and three charges of violation of conditions.

January 23rd

Starr: Keep Vermont Yankee Open

January 23, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Vermont Yankee continues to be on the thoughts of many Vermonters and that was certainly the case at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant.
Three years ago, Senate Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, decided the state’s only nuclear power plant should close, said Sen. Robert Starr (D-Orleans/Essex) of North Troy. He said lawmakers started working on a bill dealing with Vermont Yankee with no plan for the state’s energy future.
“You can’t turn the switch off without a plan to turn another switch to get the lights on,” said Starr. 

 

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