hartfordHartford Police Stepping Up Patrols
Hartford VT Police are stepping up patrols at the beginning and end of the school day with the start of Hartford’s schools today. Police say they will be on the lookout for drivers illegally passing school buses at bus stops, bus routes and at the schools. . Motorists are reminded to:
• When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch for children who may be thinking about getting to school, and not thinking of getting there safely.
• Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks.
• Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
• Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street.
• Understand and follow Vermont Vehicle Law as it pertains to school buses.

Brownsville Man Killed in Crash
A Brownsville VT man is dead after a motorcycle crash in Vershire VT. Police say shortly after noon on Saturday Seaborn R. Hall‘s Honda Goldwing Trike motorcycle drifted off the right shoulder of the highway and into the guardrails on Rt. 113 in Vershire. Hall was travelling with a large group motorcyclist when the accident occurred. DART was called but Hall was pronounced dead at the scene. Hales Funeral Home removed Hall from the scene. Police say speed does not appear to be a factor.

Construction in New London
New London has several construction projects taking place from September – November that will bring challenges to motorists and pedestrians.
Work on the Academy Building begins the first week of September. There will be no parking behind the building during the re-siding and window replacement part of the project. Parking will be available on the side of the building and the driveway will be two way instead of one. There will also be parking available on Main Street.
The Elkins sidewalk project will start on September 8th and is expected to continue into November, weather permitting. The project will cause delays for those in and around Elkins near Elkins Road from the Wilmot town line to the area of Marshall’s Garage while reconstructed and sidewalks are added. Both projects should be finished by November.
Please contact Kim Hallquist at 526-4821 ext. 13 or Richard Lee at 526-6337 with questions.

Newport Opera Extends Auditions
The Newport Opera House is extending auditions for Suessical Jr. Auditions will be held this week by appointment. Those interested in trying out can email info@newportoperahouse.com or call 863-2412.

Sunapee Man to Appear in Court
A Sunapee man will be in Newport Circuit Court on Tuesday to answer charges of DWI and resisting arrest. Sunapee Police say that William Gottling of Pine Ridge Road turned himself in on an arrest warrant for the charges stemming from an incident on July 13 on Stage Coach Road in Sunapee. Gottling was released on bail pending his court date.

Beware New Scam
The Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office are warning consumers about a jury duty telephone scam. Consumers in Chittenden County have reported receiving calls from a person claiming to be a Deputy Sheriff with the Civil Division of the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office or an Elected Official. The names of actual local deputies or local elected officials are being used in the calls.
If you receive a call from someone claiming you have missed jury duty and that you owe a fine, hang up the phone. Local law enforcement of anyone in the Vermont court system asks for a fine to be paid via wire transfer or pre-paid debit card.
If you have questions or concerns about this or other scam, please contact the Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at 800-649-2424