Archive - May 2012 - News Article
NEWPORT CITY - The freezers at the Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) food shelf are full this week, due in large part to a donation of meat and cheese totaling around $3,000 from Fran and Melanie Azur, owners of the Vermont Highland Cattle Company. The meat was a mixture of ground beef, assorted cuts and selections along with several pounds of cheese. The meat comes from animals that were grass fed and locally raised. It is high quality and low in fat.
DERBY - Firefighters battled a fire that completely destroyed a garage on Grumpy Drive in Derby yesterday afternoon.
No official details were available at press time, however there were unconfirmed reports of at least one explosion.
The Derby Line Fire Department responded.
BURLINGTON â€” Hundreds of athletes from across the state will converge at the University of Vermont this weekend for the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games.
Special Olympic games provide a competitive sporting atmosphere in a fun and friendly atmosphere for individuals with disabilities. Games will include aquatics, track and field, bocce, and softball. Events start this morning and continue through Sunday.
Opening ceremonies included law enforcement officers and other public safety officials carrying the the "Flame of Hope" from all four corners of the state.
ALBANY, VT - The storm on Tuesday afternoon whomped Albany with downed trees, power lines, and flooded pastures and roads. The Albany Volunteer Fire Department responded to several calls. A tree pulled down a power line near the Hayden House on Route 14.
Phil, Jason, and Tim Rowell's pasture was flooded to the top of fence posts. The water spilled over the road and gushed down into a pasture on the other side with a loud sound of gushing water and newly made waterfalls.
Debris, pieces of wood, and even green plastic Mountain Dew soda bottles were flushed out and rode the stew of mud.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Some Northeast Kingdom residents had tense moments when thunderstorms, hail and a tornado warning moved through the region.
The storms were part of a front that brought hard rain and lightning in the morning. By midday, a cold front with severe thunderstorms moved in and lasted until the evening hours.
Southern Orleans County and Lamoille County were some of the hardest hit areas.
National Weather Service officials were in the region yesterday to determine if any tornadoes touched down.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A former University of Vermont (UVM) Extension employee, who worked out of the Newport office, has admitted to stealing more than $45,000 over the course of about five years from her employer.
Celine Bernier, 47, of Newport, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of embezzlement in Orleans Country Criminal Court on May 23. She is facing time in prison.
In September 2010, UVM police learned of a possible fraud or embezzlement case at the UVM Extension office in Newport.
NEWPORT, VT - Ty Morrison Jr. of Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport negotiated the dismissal of two counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools in exchange for pleading guilty to three counts of burglary. Each conviction will be punished with 2 years and 6 months to 7 years in jail, running concurrently. Morrison will also have to pay restitution to be determined at a future date.
DERBY â€“ In what was going to be a sad weekend for patrons of Hellbilly Hideaway turned out to be anything but.
Hellbilly Hideaway is located at the Border Motel on Route 5.
Up until last week, co-owners Serena and Ira Morgan faced closing the popular bar because the town planned to sell the property at a tax auction. The Village of Derby also shut off the water because the owner had not paid the water taxes. However, that has all changed and the future of the bar is safe for now.
DERBYâ€“â€“ The developer for the proposed Derby Line Wind Project filed to withdraw from the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) proceedings on May 24th. Encore Redevelopment of Burlington wanted to construct two turbines, each more than 420 feet tall at the tip of the blade, on two farms in Derby Line. However the developer, Chad Farrell who is withdrawing for now, plans to file again in early 2013, but for only one turbine.
NEWPORTâ€“â€“Saturday, May 26, 2012 Newport City Police received a call at approximately 10:45 p.m. of a one vehicle accident on Route 5 South in Newport City before the intersection of the Airport Road. The vehicle, a 2007 Blue Chevy truck, had been traveling South on Route 5 when the vehicle lost control and struck a tree on the east side of Route 5.