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January 17th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Newport woman accused of embezzling from her former employer pleaded not guilty to the felony charge in Orleans Court yesterday.
Jennifer Messier, also known as Jennifer Stace, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $500.
Sept. 8, 2011, George Azur told Newport City Police Sgt. Seth DiSanto that Messier had embezzled money while employed at his business. Azur said he fired Messier when he found out she took money from the storeâ€™s cash register.
BROWNINGTON - Winter in Vermont does have its beauty. Here, bitter cold and an icy wind sweep across a field adjacent to the Old Stone House in Brownington, VT. Imagine those students, many years ago, looking up from their chalkboards at this scene outside the window.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ North Country Union High School, built in the late 1960s, has seen little changes, with the exception of a recent complete overhaul of the North Country Career Center.Â School officials are now turning their attention to other areas of the complex.
Last Wednesday, during a Business Operations Committee meeting, Principal Bill Rivard talked about remodeling plans. Part of the upcoming discussion will be if school officials want to phase the project in over several years.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Not having a front license plate on his pickup truck left a Newport Center man facing a felony charge of driving under the influence.
Dale Chaput, 42, pleaded not guilty in Orleans County Court Jan. 10, to a felony charge of third offense driving while intoxicated.
Newport City Police Officer Corey Marcoux was watching traffic Dec. 24, 2011, when he saw a pickup truck without a front license plate traveling west by the intersection of East Main Street and Western Avenue.
BARTON - Thereâ€™s nothing like a small community to rally around someone during their time of need and that is exactly what is happening for the Nicole Matten family.
Mattenâ€™s family is planning a benefit dance and raffle for Feb. 11 at the Elksâ€™ Club. There is also an account set up at Community National Bank.
The family will use the money to cover funeral expenses and for a headstone for their daughter, seven-year-old Kaylynne Matten, who passed away Dec. 6, four days after her Well Child Checkup. Â
NEWPORT, VT - North Country Hospital CEO Claudio Fort sent a letter last week to 500 of Dr. Leslie Lockridge's patients telling them that the popular and much-loved oncologist would be leaving the hospital employ as of Feb. 10. This has angered the doctor's patients, staff, friends and local elected officials, who are all demanding reasons for this action.
One item at issue is the fact that Fort has reported to the hospital's board of directors, the legislators, and the press that the doctor only has 25 patients and that is not enough to support a full-time oncologist.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Lowell woman will not serve any time for using stolen credit card numbers she obtained while working at CRMI.
Tuesday, Jan. 10, Anna Quesnel, 22, entered guilty pleas to two felony charges of identity theft and one misdemeanor charge of false pretenses.
NEWPORT - In December 2006, Dr. Leslie Lockridge, MD, was hired by North Country Hospital to organize a fulltime oncology department. At that time, oncology was a one-day arrangement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.
Lockridge was hired to provide full-time oncology and hematology services to patients suffering from cancer in the Northeast Kingdom. Patients would not have to travel to Hanover (about 110 miles each way from Newport) to receive their chemotherapy treatments, which are usually three times a week.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is in the middle of launching the Governorâ€™s Career Ready Certificate Program.
The program is free to participants approved by the Department of Labor. The 10-week course will meet three to four hours twice a week. Mercedes Pour, Academic Coordinator at CCV, told the Economic Restructuring Committee, which is part of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), that the school will be able to run a full class. A second class for those who canâ€™t attend an evening one may be held later.
NEWPORT, VT - This has been a tough week for Danielle (Bathalon) Wright of Coventry. It is the week she began to lose her beautiful head of hair to the ravages of her cancer treatment.
â€śMy hair is beginning to fall out in clumps,â€ť Danielle said. â€śWell, at least it will grow back. At least that is what I keep telling myself.â€ť