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April 1st, 2012
BARTON â€“ Demonstrators gathered in Barton Friday to call attention to a number of issues they feel passionately about. About a dozen people turned out and several held signs regarding the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed in Florida late February. Others held signs in memory of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher who was brutally murdered last week, while others held signs for peace and other issues.
Some demonstrators said they are part of the Peace and Justice Group, some said they are part of the Occupy 99 percent group.
NEWPORT, VT - People throughout the Northeast Kingdom and beyond wore pink Friday to honor the memory of Melissa Jenkins, the single mom and St. Johnsbury Academy teacher and coach who was slain last Sunday evening.
United Christian Academy (UCA) students, faculty and staff joined in the remembrance and brought in donations totaling hundreds of dollars for the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund.
UCA Headmaster Dr. Richard O'Hara said that the school wanted to help any way it could. O'Hara noted that UCA can relate, having lost one of their own last year to tragedy.
DERBY - Jim Mulkin, under the name JM & MM Properties LLC, is in the process of buying the Village Pizza building from Erik Lawson.
Plans submitted to Derby include tearing down the building and constructing a new, larger place, which would include space for Village Pizza and a handful of other spaces for retail businesses.
The proposed building is 12,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $875,000. Plans call for a completion date of fall 2012.
DERBY - Lauri Kelly of Lo's Tavern in Newport is calling it quits after four and a half years at her current location and 18 years in the business.
Kelly now lives in Waterford and has been commuting.
She said she is excited about getting done but is really going to miss the place and the functions.
Saturday is the last day the business will be open.
NEWPORT - The 68th annual Northeast Vermont Music Festival, sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club, will be held Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at North Country Union High School.
Students from all over will come and perform in a gala that has become a tradition in the Kingdom.
Students from different schools practice together for the event.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Three Newport men and an unnamed juvenile face multiple charges for allegedly stealing items from parked cars in Newport New Yearâ€™s Eve.
Dereck Collins (20), Robert Knox (21) and Glen Boule (19) entered not guilty pleas in Orleans County Court Tuesday. All three men face felony charges of grand larceny and of having stolen property. They also face multiple misdemeanor charges.
Judge Robert Bent held Boule on $5,000 bail Tuesday. Bent released Collins and Knox on conditions.
NEWPORT, VT - Scammers pretending to be from Microsoft are trying to rip off your computer access information.
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell recently issued a warning to computer owners about a scam in which people receive calls from a "Microsoft" certified technician who will inform you that your computer is badly infected by a virus and you need to take immediate action to fix the problem.
The goal of the scammer is to get the victim to log onto a certain website that allows the scammer to take remote access of the computer.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Joshua Fontaine, 21, of Barton, is out on conditions after entering not guilty pleas to six felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
On Feb. 3, 2012, someone told state police that Fontaine forced a friend to perform sexual acts on him.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) â€” A Vermont snowplow driver who wanted to "get a girl" was accused Wednesday along with his wife of luring a popular prep school teacher from her home by pretending their vehicle had broken down, then beating and strangling her, stripping her body naked and throwing it into the Connecticut River.
Allen Prue, 30, and Patricia Prue, 33, of Waterford, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Melissa Jenkins, whose SUV was found idling along a remote road near her St. Johnsbury home on Sunday with her unharmed 2-year-old inside.
ORLEANS CO. - Ah, spring! Time for robins, green grass, warmer weather and - mud.
The severity of mud season this year seems to be dependent on where you go. Some motorists are finding themselves up to their hubs in mud and needing tows while others are making the pass with ease.
â€śWe certainly have our share of muddy back roads this season, thatâ€™s for sure,â€ť said Charleston Selectman Dean Bennett. However, he wouldnâ€™tgo so far as to say itâ€™s any worse than previous years. â€śIt just came a little earlier.â€ť