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March 27, 2013

Orleans County Sheriff Kurk Martin talks to the Lowell select board about crime. May 7, voters will have an opportunity to renew the town's contract with the department. Photo by Christopher Roy

LOWELL – Voters will have the opportunity May 7 to reconsider sheriff patrols in Lowell.
In Vermont, the towns pay for sheriff patrols and the state pays for the operational costs. Voters at their annual town meeting earlier this month rejected by 59 to 56 the Orleans County Sheriff's Department budget of $11,186.22. That money would have given residents five hours of patrol time a week. Now, with the exception of the state police, there is no law enforcement in town.
The select board decided to hold the special meeting after property owners Jeff Hill and Richard Dingee presented a petition asking for a revote.  
Crime was rampant even before the voters turned down the sheriff's budget. Now some are concerned that crime will worsen.

For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 28, 2013.

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