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July 4th, 2012

Attempted Bedroom Burglary in Derby

July 4, 2012

DERBY - Vermont State Police have reported an attempted burglary at the Lague residence on Ridegehill Drive in Derby.
According to police, a man attempted to punch out a window into a basement bedroom but was confronted by the occupant, Joshua Lague, who was woken by the sound of broken glass. Lague gave chase on foot but the thwarted burglar escaped.
Police believe the burglar may have escaped to a nearby car because evidence suggests a vehicle peeled out, leaving skid marks behind.

July 2nd

Wind turbine parts arrive in Island Pond

July 2, 2012

BRIGHTON – The wind turbine parts destined for Green Mountain Power’s (GMP) wind turbine project on the Lowell Mountains are arriving in Island Pond’s train yard. The parts will wait at a staging area at a nearby lumber yard.
Joel Cope, the administrative assistant in Brighton, said there were concerns but the town has worked closely with GMP, the state, and the trucking companies to ensure any issues are addressed.

Police Called to Local Restaurant

July 2, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Police and rescue personnel responded to the area around Habanero’s Mexican Grill yesterday. What actually happened is a bit unclear.
Newport Ambulance Service responded to the restaurant around 10 a.m., for a report of an unresponsive male in his late 30s. According to scanner reports, the person apparently declined to be transported the hospital. Sources close to the Express state that a local resident found a wallet in a nearby parking lot and turned it over to police.
Police are mum on what actually happened, except to say that they had a call at the restaurant.

July 1st

NVDA Supports Wind Moratorium

July 1, 2012

NEWPORT – The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) board voted by a wide majority to support a three-year moratorium on industrial size wind developments. The vote Thursday evening at an NVDA’s dinner meeting at Le Belvedere in Newport was about 40 "yes" to about three "no" by a show of hands.
The Executive Committee had asked for a three-year period to suspend new wind turbine projects proposed at over 200 feet tall pending the study of impacts of such developments, costs versus benefits, and potential health effects.

Batchelor & Shaw Team Up for Orleans-1

July 1, 2012

DERBY – Two well-known residents are hoping voters will send them to the state house. 
Incumbent Lynn Batchelor of Derby Line is seeking her second term. Meanwhile, Loren Shaw, after a four-year hiatus, wants to return to his seat. Batchelor and Shaw, both Republicans, are running unopposed.
Batchelor called serving the people an honor and enjoys being at the statehouse. She serves on the Human Services Committee, which works closely with hospice care, the Department of Children and Families and the Area Agency on Aging.

Coutts Kicks Off Summer with New Building, Traditional Programs

July 1, 2012

DERBY - Coutts Moriarty Camp held an open house Friday to celebrate the opening of the new Education Lodge and Dining Hall.
Two years ago this was just a dream, but through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and community businesses, organizations, and board members, the vision for the facility took shape and is now complete and ready for the upcoming season.

June 28th

Car Trashed in the Night

June 28, 2012

CHARLESTON – In the middle of the night June 24 Charleston residents were awakened by loud sounds outside their home. Looking out the window Mary and Alan Esposito saw what appeared to be someone breaking into their vehicle. Alan Esposito ran outside and found a man thrashing a vehicle with concrete pavers, a lawn mower, and his children’s toys from the front lawn.

Guyette for Senate: More Business, Permit Reform and Better Jobs

June 28, 2012

DERBY - Jim Guyette of Derby Line is running for the Vermont State Senate as a Democrat. Guyette had been considering throwing his hat into the ring about a year and half.
Guyette is seeking office for what he calls "simple" reasons. “The economy sucks, up here in particular, and our politicians don’t seem to be interested in doing anything about it,” he said. “I feel there are a number of things that can be done to improve the economic situation up here.”

June 27th

Mistrial Declared in McNeil Case

June 27, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Deontae McNeil, charged with attacking Donelle Morin in an apparent attempted robbery that went awry Oct 14. 2010, in Charleston, dodged a bullet last night when the jury told the court that it could not come to a decision. The court declared a mistrial.
McNeil's alleged accomplice, Andrew Ladouceur, who made a deal with the state that netted him a 4-12 year prison term, testified against McNeil.

Top Cop Talks of the Challenges of the Job

June 27, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Newport Rotarians heard from Vermont’s top cop, Commissioner of Public Safety, Keith Flynn, during their weekly meeting at the Gateway Center Tuesday.
Flynn spoke about his job and some of the issues facing the state.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is comprised of the Vermont State Police, Emergency Management, Division of Fire Safety and the Criminal Justice Services. DPS has about 650 people and it administers a budget of about $92 million a year.

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