October 29th, 2012
WATERBURY â€“ A state of emergency remained in affected Monday as Vermonters hunkered down and waited for the arrival of hybrid storm Sandy.
The state emergency operations center started opening around 7 a.m. Monday and was fully opened by noon. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) held a telephone conference with the mayors throughout the state to get ideas on their communityâ€™s preparations and what, if anything, the DPS could do to assist them. DPS also held a telephone conference with various legislators to obtain input on any identifiable needs in their communities.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Twenty-four-year-old Lee Sykes of Island Pond appeared in court Monday sporting a shiner as he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of assault with a weapon, specifically a 40 caliber pistol. Sykes is charged with shooting Eric Baker, 35, at a party held in Charleston.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen ordered Sykes held on $25,000 bail.
Around 1 AM Sunday, state police responded to a shooting at a residence on VT RT 105 in Charleston. When police arrived, a group of people pushed Skyes against the cruiser and said he had shot Eric Baker.
BURLINGTON, VT â€“ A Florida woman was indicted Friday on charges of smuggling firearms into Canada from Vermont. The woman, Annette Wexler, 46, allegedly used the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line for the operation.
The Haskell Library straddles the international border and can be accessed by both U.S. and Canadian residents without going through customs.
THETFORDâ€“This year's State Meet had the best running conditions in 4 years with dry trails, temps in the 50s and a bank of fog that didn't lift until the girls challenge race.
The Division I girls varsity race started off the day, and NCU was running with a depleted squad.
We were missing our #2 and #3 runners due to season ending injuries earlier in the month.
Haley Jo Tetreault was not at 100% for the day's race, but she worked though the race finishing 23rd in Div I (34th in the State).
Junior Jade Dandurand was our second scorer with her best time at Thetford in 25:04.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Gov. Peter Shumlin has declared a state of emergency for Vermont following reports from the National Weather Service that Hurricane Sandy, which has now merged with two other storms to create what's being called a "superstorm," is headed up the coast.
Forecasters say Sandy will continue to travel up the eastern part of the United States today.
NEWPORT, VT - For the 12th year in a row, the North Country Union High School JROTC program has received the Honor Unit with Distinction award given by the U.S. Army.
This is a unit award given to some of the best schools in the nation. The award is only given to schools that can handle a full inspection and get at least a 90 percent in drill and ceremony, color guard, a full staff briefing, and a full battalion formation inspection.
VERMONT â€“ Local utility companies and those across the northeast and eastern seaboard are preparing for the behemoth storm predicted to hit with fury over the next few days.
The Northeast Kingdom and other areas of Vermont are under a high wind warning beginning Monday afternoon and continuing into Tuesday morning. In Vermont, winds are predicted to gust up to 60 miles per hour, and up to 80 mph in the western slopes of the Green Mountains and at higher elevations, above 2,000 feet.
ORLEANSâ€“Meghan Livingston broke a 1-1 tie with 11:37 remaining in the second half to lift the twelfth ranked Mount Abraham Eagles (10-4-2) over the number four seed Lake Region during the Division II quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.
The goal came after a solid seventeen minutes of sustained Eagle pressure in the Ranger end of the field.
"The girls gave an awesome effort out their," said Eric Degre. "Unfortunately in the second, they got a bunch of shots in a row and eventually scored."
As the action unfurled in the first half, both teams looked fairly equal.
NEWPORTâ€“Jacob Buckles broke two school records on Friday night as the Falcons fell to Milton 55-26 to wrap up their regular season.
"Those records... I've been wanting to beat them all year," said Buckles.
"I have been hoping, hoping, hoping to finally beat them and to do it is awesome. I can't describe the feeling."
"I can't say enough good things about Jacob Buckles," said coach Tim Simoneau. "He is going to the North/South game and there is no reason he shouldn't be in the Shrine game, representing North Country."
BELLOWS FALLSâ€“ In the biggest surprise of the weekend, the seventh ranked North Country field hockey team knocked off number two Bellows Falls (11-2) 1-0.
"We called a time out with five minutes left and I told them that we didn't drive all of this way for nothing, that we were not leaving without a win, and we got it," said a joyous coach Chantelle Bouchard.
Brittany Fortier scored with 1:55 left to play in regulation to give her team the win.
The goal came after a dash-mark hit, which Brittany Verge put into the circle.