Missing VT Teen May Be with Sex Offender

Vermont State Police continue to search for missing 16-year-old Mickayla Lozell who left her mother’s home on June 4, in Alburgh VT. Police believe that Lozell may be with William Smith a 47-year-old register sex offender in VT. Police say Smith is currently out of compliance and has no known address and that law enforcement is actively seeking an arrest warrant for Smith.
On Tuesday, Lozell phoned an acquaintance and said she was ok and was in New Hampshire. Investigators believe that Lozell may be in New Hampshire with Smith, possibly in the Concord or Hampton Beach areas. Investigators are working with local, state and federal authorities in New Hampshire in an attempt to locate Lozell.
There is no indication of foul play or that Lozell is being held against her will, however, investigators want to check on her welfare. An Investigation found that Lozell was previously acquainted with Smith in recent weeks. Police believe Smith is operating a gold colored Dodge Intrepid with VT license plate GST 814. If you see, this vehicle and/or Smith and Lozell contact the police immediately.
Rotary Awards Five Mini Grants to Newport School District
The Newport Rotary awarded five mini-grants to support new programs and services in the Newport School District. Each award is $1000 and supports the programs and services listed below.
The Washing Machine Project: Award will go toward the costs of a new washer and dryer for cleaning and sanitizing towels used by the cosmetology program. The old machines will be available for homeless student to wash their clothes.
VEX Robots: Award will purchase supplies to jumpstart an afterschool program to foster awareness and excitement in the fields of engineering, computer science, and manufacturing.
Moss garden and wetlands feature: Award is to create a moss garden and water feature in the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center greenhouse and incorporated it into the school curriculum.
Have a Great Weekend Project: Award to expand on the food pantry delivery of food that goes home on the weekends for children in need.
Expansion of Media Center Graphic Novel Collection: Award will allow students who read below grade level to find materials that are of high interest and visually appealing to them.

Vermont to Establish Racial Disparities Advisory Panel
Vermont will soon have a Racial Disparities in Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel. VT’s Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan, Jr. announced Wednesday that he will name members of Advisory Panel within 30 days. The law provides for the Attorney General to appoint five members, drawn from diverse backgrounds to represent the interests of communities of color throughout the State, who have experience working to implement racial justice reform.
The Attorney General asks interested Vermonters to submit a statement of interest by Monday, June 19th, to Assistant Attorney General David Scherr. You can reach Assistance Attorney General Scherr by calling (802) 828-3189.

Sullivan County Health Center Receives High Marks
Sullivan County Health Care received no deficiencies in its 2017 Health Recertification Survey. The annual survey, conducted by the NH Department of Health and Human Services is a comprehensive assessment of the center’s compliance with the Federal Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities.

The survey focuses on the environment of care, including resident rights, quality of life and quality of care. Ted Purdy, the Administrator of Sullivan County Health Care thanks the staff for their dedication and commitment to resident care. This is the second consecutive year that Sullivan County Health Care had no deficiencies during the survey.

Sullivan County Health Care is a 156-bed nursing facility in Unity, New Hampshire. Licensed by Medicare and Medicaid, the facility provides post-acute nursing and rehabilitation, along with long-term care services to the elderly.