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December 16th

HISTORY IN RUINS

December 16, 2012

NEWPORT– In 1995, the Orleans County Sheriff's Department closed the jail situated behind the county courthouse in Newport and moved next door to the Daley House during a transition period before moving to their current Derby Road location.
Built in 1903, the mail order jail (Literally – the cells were built by Pauly Jail Company of St. Louis, Missouri, and shipped by train to Newport.) was created to eventually hold 45 prisoners. But the jail house and administrative offices have sat idle for 17 years and are starting to show signs of neglect.

WOMAN CHARGED IN DOUBLE FATALITY

December 16, 2012

NORTH TROY, VT - Vermont State Police have charged Alexis Gabree, 26, of St. Albans, with careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle and driving while under the influence, both resulting in the deaths of 82-year-old Edmund Moran and his 76-year-old wife Margaret, of Jay.
The crash occurred on Aug. 5, 2012, around 9 AM, on VT RT 105 in North Troy, VT. Police reported that Gabree had "failed to maintain her lane of travel" and crossed the centerline before striking the Moran's vehicle.
Edmund Moran died at the scene and Margaret Moran died later at North Country Hospital.

December 13th

SHOP JAY

December 13, 2012

JAY – Guests coming to Jay Peak Resort now are traveling from far and wide to see what the buzz is all about. If travelers happen to forget to bring something they need, no problem. Or if guests want to shop for souvenirs, clothing, or even food, they don't have to travel further than the resort.
The new Vermont country store, called Provisions General Store, just opened on the mountain.

COUNTY BUDGET FUELED BY ROOF

December 13, 2012

NEWPORT – Orleans County Side Judges Ben Batcheldor and Robert Goodby held the first of two informational meetings yesterday for the public to review the little-known county budget, which funds the courthouse and sheriff's department.
An increase of $50,000 over the current year's budget is driven primarily by an appropriation of $75,000 for the replacement of the slate roof, which is over 100 years old. In the current year's budget, $40,000 was appropriated and the new appropriation is expected to cover the cost of replacing the roof in 2013.

Connecticut Man Sentenced in Charleston Shooting

December 13, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Last Friday, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a 10-15 year sentence, all suspended, with the exception of six years to serve, to Deontae McNeil, 23, of Putnam, CT.
McNeil’s accomplice, Andrew Ladouceur, 26, of Derby, entered a guilty plea Oct. 20, 2011, to a charge of attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling. He is currently serving 4 -10 years with credit for time served. The state dismissed charges of aggravated assault, first degree unlawful restraint and attempted assault and robbery with a weapon.

December 12th

FIRE GUTS HOME

December 12, 2012

BARTON – Fire displaced a family from their home Tuesday evening.
Firefighters responded to the Merrill and Emily Crawford residence at 150 Laurette Lane for a structure fire at 7:25 p.m.
Fire Chief David Clayes said a wood burning stove on the porch of the trailer caused the fire. The fire is not considered suspicious.
Firefighters had the blaze under control in less than five minutes. The trailer is a total loss. The fire got so hot that it melted a television set 20 feet away.

DON’T MESS WITH THE PRESS

December 12, 2012

Emails indicate GMP wanted to avoid the publicity associated with arresting a journalist.

NEWPORT – Just days before the start of the trial of Chris Braithwaite, the state abruptly dropped the trespassing charge against him, claiming that emails from GMP had nothing to do with the dismissal. However those emails seemed to indicate that GMP implicitly permitted Braithwaite to be on the property.

SCAMMERS TARGET COMMUNITY BANK MEMBERS

December 12, 2012

DERBY – Community National Bank officials and the Vermont State Police are warning customers of a scam.
Trooper Amy Borsari wrote in a press release that scammers are sending text messages that read “CNB ALERT” and requesting customers call a phone number in regards to their debit card either being deactivated or canceled.

December 11th

PAYING THE PRICE

December 11, 2012

NEWPORT – The six protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain last December were in court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing.
Judge Martin Maley issued the sentence but delayed execution pending an appeal before the Vermont Supreme Court. If the defense loses the appeal, the sentence will be a $250 fine or 25 hours of community service.
Deputy State’s Attorney Sarah Baker asked for a $250 fine or two to three days on a work crew because it cost the state money to send deputies to Lowell Mountain to arrest the protesters.

SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER

December 11, 2012

GLOVER – Looking for a little Christmas Cheer? Then join Deveney Choquette and Tod Pronto from WMOO-FM. Between now and Friday, Dec. 21, the pair will be going to area nursing homes, one each day, to sing Christmas carols to the residents.
Yesterday the duo sang at the Union House in Glover.
Marie Guertin, social services director for Union House, said Pronto and Choquette brought Christmas cheer to the residents. “I think it’s good for their well being and I think it will make them happy,” said Guertin. “I really thank them (Pronto and Choquette) for coming."

 

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