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June 27th, 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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Newport Rotarians heard from Vermontâ€™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.
NEWPORT â€“ A dinner show production last week kept the audience on the edge of their seats laughing and waiting for the next bit of satire, while actors jumped out on the stage in outrageous costumes.
The play, "The Complete History of America (Abridged)," was directed locally by Michael Chase Gosselin. History buffs and those who find history dry and boring all found amusement in the production with its zany satire, unexpected lines, and costumes.
MONTPELIER - Lola Aiken, the iconic matriarch of the Vermont Republican Party, turned 100 this week and celebrated with a multi-partisan bash at the Vermont State House.
Mrs. Aiken is the widow of George Aiken, who was well respected by politicians and citizens of the state during his tenure in Vermont politics. George Aiken, who died in 1984, served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1931-1935, as Lieutenant Governor from 1934-1936, Governor from 1937-1941, and a member of the U.S. Senate for 34 years, from 1941-1975.
DERBY - "Other business" turned into a tense and sometimes heated discussion at Monday's Derby Select Board meeting as board member Karen Jenne came under fire by board chairman Brian Smith and Derby Line Village Trustee Perry Hunt. Jenne serves as the village clerk for Derby Line as well as a member of the Derby Select Board.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Andy Carter, President and CEO of Visiting Nurses Associations of America (VNAA), was in town this week to meet with officials from area associations.Â
Carterâ€™s visit included a trip to some of the most rural areas of Essex County with representatives from Orleans/Northern Essex VNA and Hospice (ONEVNA). They also had a round table discussion at the ONEVNA office Tuesday morning.Â
DERBY â€“ The Derby Planning Commission has approved regulations on adult-oriented businesses for the town; however the decision was not unanimous. Planner Dave LaBelle voted the motion down while all others said yes. The new regulations require that any adult-oriented business locate in specific areas and not be near other entities such as schools and churches and not in residential areas.
A public hearing was held June 18 on the zoning bylaw amendment.
DERBY â€“ Come November, voters in some Orleans County communities may need scorecards as they watch their favorite politicians play a game of political shuffle.
Long time Republican Senator Vince Illuzzi is giving up his seat for a run at state auditor. Rep. Bob Lewis (Orleans-1), who replaced Loren Shaw who stepped down in 2008, is seeking Illuzziâ€™s senatorial seat. Meanwhile, Shaw has decided to throw his hat back into the political ring for another go at serving constituents.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Veterans Administration opened an outpatient clinic Aug. 12, 2010, at North Country Hospital. At first, the clinic saw patients one and a half days a week. With an abundance of patients, the clinic quickly outgrew the facilities it shared with visiting physicians.
Friday marked a turning point for the clinic when it officially held a ribbon cutting at its new quarters on the Crawford Road by the I-91 access road.
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Dr. Normand Turcotte began organizing the Soap Box Derby in Newport in 1979, and has no intention of stopping the tradition. His daughter Lisa Turcotte-Thomas raced in the event in 1983 and now his grandchildren participate.
His 10-year-old granddaughter Destiny Larocque won the event in Newport Sunday. This is her fourth year participating. Like all participants, she built her car herself, with help from her dad Ken Larocque.