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September 27th, 2011

Lumbering Along

September 27, 2011

IRASBURG - Steve Baraw is busy maneuvering his skidder while on a logging job in Irasburg. Despite the economic downturn in other areas, logging seems to be holding steady.
Vermont’s wood industry goes back 250 years. The first sawmill was built in Westminster around 1739, and by 1840, there were over 1,000 sawmills in Vermont.
Vermont's forest products industry contributed about $1 billion in value of shipments to the Vermont economy in 2001 and employed almost 12,000 people. Over 78% of the land area of the state is forested.

Police: Choking, Screaming and a Pair of Scissors Dominate Domestic Brawl

September 27, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – A Newport Center man already on probation for aggravated domestic assault entered a not guilty plea to another charge of aggravated domestic assault. Monday, Judge Robert Bent ordered John Heath held on $7,500 bail.
Based on the affidavit filed in the case by Senior Trooper Callie Field, the following allegedly occurred.

September 25th

Waitsfield Bank Robbed

September 26, 2011

On Sept. 24, around 7:45 a.m., the clerk at the TD Bank in Waitsfield unlocked the front doors for customers. A few minutes later, an unknown male or female suspect entered the bank and went to one of the tellers, handing the teller a note indicating the suspect had a gun and to hand over all the money.
The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and placed the money into a black, hard leather case with a shoulder strap. A firearm was not displayed and the only communication was through the note.

Numia Medical Closes on Teddy Bear Factory

September 26, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – The medical field apparently has its eyes on Newport in a big way.
First, AnC Bio has plans to open a research facility in the former Bogner Plant. On Friday, a separate company, Numia Medical Technology of Lyndonville, purchased the former Vermont Teddy Bear Factory on Farrant Street from Bob Miller for an undisclosed amount of money.

September 22nd

Celina’s Death Ruled a Homicide

September 23, 2011

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say the death of an 11-year-old girl whose body was found in a river last month was a homicide.
Investigators say they also know how what caused Celina Cass' death, but they aren't making it public because they say doing so could harm the integrity of the investigation.
Cass was reported missing July 26. Her body was found a week later in the Connecticut River, not far from her West Stewartstown home.
A reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Second medical manufacturer coming to Newport

September 23, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – A manufacturer of medical equipment is getting closer to moving its operations to Newport, and this one isn't from South Korea, but from Lyndonville.
Realtor Jim Campbell said Numia Medical Technology will purchase the former Teddy Bear property just off the Lake Region Road on Friday. The property is about 25,000 square feet.
According to the company’s website, Numia Medical Technology specializes in the development, testing and manufacturing of infusion devices.
“It’s not a startup company,” said Campbell. “It’s a great company.”

Newport to Host State Planners Conference

September 23, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – For the first time ever, the Vermont Planners Association will hold its state conference in Newport. The conference will be at the Gateway Center on Friday, Oct. 20.
The conference will include a workshop that is primarily for municipal and other land use planners, but community leaders are also invited to attend. The topic of discussion is Complete Streets, which is a new requirement enacted by the state legislature that ensures roads are safe for all users.

Police Issue Phone Scam and Fraud Alerts

September 23, 2011

WATERBURY, VT - Several Vermont law enforcement agencies have been investigating numerous phone scams. At this time, there are several reported incidents that tend to fall into one of three types of scams: lottery/winnings, home security, or debt collector/money fraud.

Smokin’!

September 23, 2011

NEWPORT CENTER, VT - Newport City and Newport Center fire fighters responded to a van fire at the Conrad Lussier residence on the Lake Road in Newport Center Thursday afternoon.
According to Newport Center Fire Chief Kirk Flynn, property owner Conrad Lussier was working on the van with a welding torch when the van caught on fire.
No one was injured and the van is a total loss. The fire was quickly extinguished.
Flynn thanked Newport City FD for their help.

September 21st

Saving Babies’ Lives

September 22, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - Baby Jonah Phoenix struggled for his life during his first year, but now he is healthy and is celebrating his first birthday today, September 22.
Jonah is the son of proud parents Lisa Higgins and Eric Matte.
Higgins is involved with the March of Dimes, a national, non-profit organization that supports mothers and babies.
Higgins said that March of Dimes advocates were very supportive when the family was going through a trying time.
She is also deeply grateful to the local pediatricians and Dartmouth doctors for the care they provided to her baby.

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