Bus Accident Closes Rt 5 in Newbury VT
Route 5 in Newbury VT was closed for five hours on Wednesday after a school bus landed on its side and crossed both lanes. The accident happened just before 4:30 pm and the road stayed closed until 9:30 pm when the bus was removed. No children were on the bus and no injuries were reported. The Newbury Fire Department and DMV inspectors were on the scene and the crash remains under investigation.
Jake Maxfield Connection Donates 200 Books
The Jake Maxfield Connection donated more than 200 new books to Newport’s Towle School Project RABBIT (Read A Book Because It’s Terrific). Students were able to choose their first free book on Wednesday. Co-President Fred Maxfield and Board Member Becky Bates were on hand to witness the joy. The Jake Maxfield Connection is a non-profit foundation founded in 2009 after Jake Maxfield died tragically at the age of 21. The foundation mission is to provide scholarships, literacy support for young learners, and to promote community service.
Investigators Rule Springfield Fire Undetermined
Fire investigators say the cause of a fire at 5 Church Street in Springfield VT on Monday is undetermined but not suspicious. Fire officials say the fire appears to have started in the the area of a pellet stove vent pipe. Although damages are estimated to be in excess of $25,000, no one was injured and all family pets were saved. The Red Cross is assisting the family.
Two VT Men Charged with Trafficking Heroin
Two Vermont residents are charged with possession and trafficking of heroin. Vermont State Police say they stopped a 2004 Camry driven Rufus Humphries 28, with passenger Killian Lynes 19, both of Poultney,VT for a traffic stop. After learning that Humphries did not have a valid license a search of the car yielded 600 bags of heroin. The estimated street value of the drug is $12,000. Both were arrested and are due in Windham County Superior Court on April 14, 2015.
Lebanon Arrests Two on Drug Charges
Lebanon Police arrested a Hartford CT man and a Lebanon NH woman on Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited on Wednesday. Police say they found a large quantity of heroin inside the Mechanic Street residence after executing a search warrant for the property. Cruz Robles, age 44, of Hartford, Connecticut is charged with Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited.
Desree Townsend, age 23, of Lebanon, New Hampshire is charged with Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited and Common Law Indirect Criminal Contempt.
Both are being held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $15,000 cash bail each, pending arraignment today.
Incumbent Newbury Selectman Thorson Keeps Seat
Newbury’s incumbent Selectman Ed Thorson kept his seat with 299 votes over challenger Perry Clay Rucker with 190 votes. Incumbent board member Gary Budd was not so lucky losing his seat with 138 votes to challenger Russell Smith who received 237 votes for the three-year Selectboard seat. David Kinsman another challenger for the three-year seat received 107 votes. All school warrant articles past.