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March 29th, 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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ 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.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
â€śWe certainly have our share of muddy back roads this season, thatâ€™s for sure,â€ť said Charleston Selectman Dean Bennett. However, he wouldnâ€™tgo so far as to say itâ€™s any worse than previous years. â€śIt just came a little earlier.â€ť
DERBY â€“ 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.
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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Nicholas Woodard, 21, of Coventry, has been charged with sexual assault following a sexual encounter with a woman in the bathroom of a local bar. The woman, who was described by one witness as being about 50 years of age and whose name was withheld by police, told police that she had been raped by a man named "Chris" at Griff's Pub and that the rape had been video taped by other people in the bar.
Woodard pleaded not guilty to the charge; Judge Robert Bent held Woodard on $25,000 bail Tuesday.
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - Police are not confirming that the body of a woman found near the Comerford Dam Road in Barnet belongs to that of missing St. Johnsbury Academy physics teacher and basketball coach Melissa Jenkins until a positive identification can be made. In the meantime, the body has been sent to Burlington for an autopsy.
Although police are calling the death suspicious, they are releasing very few details, Major Ed Ledo said yesterday evening.
NEWPORT, VT - The "Art Post: Positive Images of Support by Our Vermont Art Students," has opened at the MAC Center for the Arts, Newport, with almost 1,500 postcards created by students in the North Country School District.
LYNDON â€“ Sorry Kermit, but it's easy to be green.Â
Forty-five exhibitors proved that fact at the NEK Energy Expo held at Lyndon State College Saturday. The Northeastern Vermont Development Association sponsored the fourth annual event. Exhibits included hybrid and electric cars, biomass burn trailers, a solar contractor and everything else thatâ€™s environmentally friendly.Â
Renewable energy and energy conservation is very important. As Lorna Higgs, project manager for NVDA pointed out, fuel oil prices continue to rise and most energy experts believe that will continue.Â