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March 29th

Out with the old...

March 29, 2012

DERBY - Jim Mulkin, under the name JM & MM Properties LLC, is in the process of buying the Village Pizza building from Erik Lawson.
Plans submitted to Derby include tearing down the building and constructing a new, larger place, which would include space for Village Pizza and a handful of other spaces for retail businesses.
The proposed building is 12,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $875,000. Plans call for a completion date of fall 2012.

Saying Good-bye to Lo’s

March 29, 2012

DERBY - Lauri Kelly of Lo's Tavern in Newport is calling it quits after four and a half years at her current location and 18 years in the business.
Kelly now lives in Waterford and has been commuting.
She said she is excited about getting done but is really going to miss the place and the functions.
Saturday is the last day the business will be open.

Music Festival This Weekend

March 29, 2012

NEWPORT - The 68th annual Northeast Vermont Music Festival, sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club, will be held Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at North Country Union High School.
Students from all over will come and perform in a gala that has become a tradition in the Kingdom.
Students from different schools practice together for the event.

Four Charged With Breaking Into Cars on New Year’s Eve

March 29, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Three Newport men and an unnamed juvenile face multiple charges for allegedly stealing items from parked cars in Newport New Year’s Eve.
Dereck Collins (20), Robert Knox (21) and Glen Boule (19) entered not guilty pleas in Orleans County Court Tuesday. All three men face felony charges of grand larceny and of having stolen property. They also face multiple misdemeanor charges.
Judge Robert Bent held Boule on $5,000 bail Tuesday. Bent released Collins and Knox on conditions.

If Microsoft Calls, Hang Up

March 29, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Scammers pretending to be from Microsoft are trying to rip off your computer access information.
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell recently issued a warning to computer owners about a scam in which people receive calls from a "Microsoft" certified technician who will inform you that your computer is badly infected by a virus and you need to take immediate action to fix the problem.
The goal of the scammer is to get the victim to log onto a certain website that allows the scammer to take remote access of the computer.

March 28th

Barton Man Faces Six Counts of Child Molesting

March 28, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Joshua Fontaine, 21, of Barton, is out on conditions after entering not guilty pleas to six felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
On Feb. 3, 2012, someone told state police that Fontaine forced a friend to perform sexual acts on him.

Accused Killers Brought To Court

March 28, 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont snowplow driver who wanted to "get a girl" was accused Wednesday along with his wife of luring a popular prep school teacher from her home by pretending their vehicle had broken down, then beating and strangling her, stripping her body naked and throwing it into the Connecticut River.
Allen Prue, 30, and Patricia Prue, 33, of Waterford, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Melissa Jenkins, whose SUV was found idling along a remote road near her St. Johnsbury home on Sunday with her unharmed 2-year-old inside.

March 27th

Mud Season Strikes

March 27, 2012

ORLEANS CO. - Ah, spring! Time for robins, green grass, warmer weather and - mud.
The severity of mud season this year seems to be dependent on where you go. Some motorists are finding themselves up to their hubs in mud and needing tows while others are making the pass with ease.
“We certainly have our share of muddy back roads this season, that’s for sure,” said Charleston Selectman Dean Bennett. However, he wouldn’tgo so far as to say it’s any worse than previous years. “It just came a little earlier.”

Derby Wind Hearing Draws Large Crowd

March 27, 2012

DERBY – Approximately 100 people turned out for the Public Service Board (PSB) hearing on the proposed Derby Line Wind Farm, held Monday evening at the Derby Elementary School.
Comments were mixed between those who support the project and those who oppose it. But opponents dominated the time and provided much of the testimony. The comment period lasted more than two hours.
Encore Redevelopment of Burlington is seeking two Certificates of Public good from the PSB to build a 400-plus-foot turbine on Grandview Farm and another one at Smugglers Hill Farm.

Arson investigation underway in Albany

March 27, 2012

ALBANY - Fire destroyed a building on Pitkin Road in Albany Saturday night.
The Albany Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire and found the structure fully engulfed. They were unable to save any portion of the building, which was primarily used for storage and wasn't occupied.
No one was at the property at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
Later, investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and it as been ruled an arson.

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