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September 20th, 2011

Burglars Heist $10,000 in Weapons from Brighton Gun Shop

September 21, 2011

BRIGHTON, VT - Tyler Hebert was busy replacing a front window to his store on Tuesday afternoon, after a thief broke in during the early morning hours.
Hebert said the alarm at the store was activated sometime after 3:30 a.m. and although police responded very quickly, the burglars were long gone. “Obviously they knew exactly what they wanted,” lamented Hebert.
He said that it took only minutes for the determined thief or thieves to smash out a front window and snatch an item worth over $10,000 from a glass display case only a few feet from the front door.

Bear Seen Stalking St. Laurent Street

September 21, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Last Thursday evening, Sharon Dukett of St. Laurent Street heard her dog barking. When she started to look around, Dukett observed a bear behind her house. The bear came out of the woods and remained behind her house for about five minutes before retreating into the woods. Dukett estimated the bear was about waist high.

Tollman Plea Deal On Hold

September 21, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – The Albany Fire Department’s former treasurer, Jennifer Tollman, entered a plea of guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of embezzling money from the department.
Tollman had agreed to a plea deal for a three-year deferred sentence. However, because of the severity of the charges, Judge Robert Bent decided to consider the agreement and make a decision in three weeks. For now, Tollman is free on conditions.

Rising Food Prices Hard to Swallow

September 21, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - The United Nations has called the world's growing food crisis the "silent tsunami," yet here in the United States, we seemed to have escaped the worst of it. Until now.

September 19th

Texting and Driving is Hazardous to Your Health

September 20, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Driving can be a hazardous activity. Add sending text messages to that and you have a combination that can be deadly. 
On Monday, half of the driver education students from North Country Union High School drove a golf cart through an obstacle course at the American Legion. First the students drove through the course without texting and then again while texting. The students who did not go through the course yesterday will go through it today.

Wife Lives In Fear

September 20, 2011

NEWPORT CITY - William Swett, 59, of Brownington, VT, pleaded not guilty Sept. 13 to eleven charges that include one count of felony aggregated first degree domestic assault, four misdemeanor counts of violation of an abuse prevention order, three felony charges of attempted obstruction of justice, and three misdemeanor charges of violating conditions of release.

Police respond to screams for help in Derby choking case

September 20, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - Travis Collins, 21, of Derby, plead innocent Monday to charges of second degree felony unlawful restraint and misdemeanor domestic assault after he allegedly attacked and choked his wife, forced her into a car and drove her to their home where police finally caught up with the couple.

September 18th

Rescues in Tight Spaces

September 19, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Over the weekend, firefighters from four Northeast Kingdom Communities participated in confined space rescue training at the Newport City Fire Department. The departments that took part in the four-day class include Newport City, Jay, Orleans and Newark. 
Confined space rescue involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped in a confined space or in a place accessible through a confined space, such as underground vaults, storage silos, storage tanks or sewers. 

Smart Meters Technology Challenged at PSB Hearing

September 19, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Last Thursday, the Vermont Public Service Board held a public hearing over the Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) Network to give Vermonters input on Smart Meters and Smart Grid technology.
Smart Meters enable utility companies to read electric meters without the need of going to the customer’s house. Smart meters can send data over the utility line or wirelessly over the airwaves.

Thefts Up, Police Get Extra Hours

September 19, 2011

ORLEANS COUNTY - A rash of burglaries and thefts have prompted state police to provide 24-hour coverage in this area.
Normally, local state police sign off at 2 a.m. and don't come back until several hours later. That is unless something major happens.
Sgt. Larry Smith from the Derby barracks said local state police added 24-hour patrols after a gunman fired shots into the windows of mini-marts in Orleans and Lyndonville on Thursday Sept. 8. Smith said no more shootings occurred and police ceased that practice for a few days but started again after the recent burglaries.

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