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Republican committee recommends sheriff nominee to governor

Dec. 12, 2019 9:20 AM EST

DERBY, Vt. (AP) — The Republican committee in Vermont's Orleans County recommended to the governor that the deputy chief of the sheriff's department replace the retiring sheriff. The county committee met Tuesday to interview two nominees. Chet Greenwood, head of the committee, told the Caledonian Record...

Vermont city to allow snowmobiles on downtown streets

Dec. 8, 2019 10:45 AM EST

NEWPORT CITY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city will allow snowmobiles to drive on several streets to reach the downtown area, officials said. Newport City's council voted unanimously this week to give snowmobile riders limited access to downtown streets, The Caledonian Record reported. Riders will be permitted to...

Vote planned over whether to allow ATVs on city streets

Dec. 4, 2019 12:36 PM EST

NEWPORT CITY, Vt. (AP) — A vote has been scheduled on whether to allow all-terrain vehicles on some streets in a Vermont city next year. The Newport City Council in October voted in favor of an ordinance to allow ATVs on some streets. A trial period was planned for May to October of next year. Opponents...

Commission urges cooperation on Vermont-Quebec lake

Dec. 2, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — An organization that focuses on international water issues between the United States and Canada is recommending that the state of Vermont and province of Quebec work together to prevent algae blooms in Lake Memphremagog, which straddles the border. The draft report by the International...

More stay-to-stay weekends for potential new residents

Nov. 24, 2019 8:18 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has announced its latest round of weekends aimed at helping tourists who enjoy visiting Vermont move to the state full time. The four “Stay-to-Stay Weekends” will be held on Dec. 13-16 in Newport and at Jay Peak; Feb. 21-24, 2020 in Brattleboro and at Mount...

Petition could force vote on ATVs on streets in Newport

Nov. 23, 2019 1:34 PM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Opponents of a plan to allow ATVs on some city streets in Newport next summer say they have enough signatures to require a public vote on whether to appeal the ordinance. They plan to present their petition to the city clerk on Tuesday. Organizers told the Caledonian Record that they...

Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty at farm, cows neglected

Nov. 18, 2019 10:28 AM EST

NEWPORT CITY, Vt. (AP) — A man has accepted a plea deal in connection to a case of animal cruelty in which at least 20 cows and other animals were deprived of food and care and died on a farm in Brownington, Vermont. Authorities say the owners of the farm left the animals in the care of their son,...

16 arrested in Vermont drug trafficking investigation

Nov. 15, 2019 5:01 AM EST

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Sixteen people have been arrested in a month-long drug trafficking investigation in northern Vermont. The United States attorney announced Thursday that 11 suspects from Newport, St. Johnsbury, Clinton, Massachusetts, and New York City are facing charges ranging from possession...

Prison inmate pleads guilty to holding guard hostage

Nov. 10, 2019 12:54 PM EST

NEWPORT CITY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont prison inmate has admitted to holding a guard hostage for ransom. Former Northern State Correctional Facility inmates Mehmed Devac and Leroy Hughes were accused of taking a corrections officer hostage in August 2016. The inmates allegedly threatened to stab the guard with...

Northern Vermont city to allow ATVs next year on trial basis

Oct. 22, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The northern Vermont city of Newport will allow ATVs on its streets on a trial basis next year. The City Council voted 3-1 on Monday in favor of the ordinance. The trial period will run from May to October. Newport Mayor Paul Monette said at the meeting that he thinks allowing ATVs will...