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ST. JOHNSBURY — An early spring plea to the community to save the financially struggling Good Living Senior Center was heard — and thanks to a big boost in donations from two major local businesses at a critical moment, the center remained open.

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Gary W. Hale received a sentence of 2-6 years all suspended except for 30 days in jail followed by 180 days of home confinement and 12 years of probation for his conduct after the car he was driving struck and killed Lyndon resident Mattie Lynne Hale (no relation), 46, on Dec. 1 2017.

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FRANCONIA CHEF DETAINED: On April 11, 40-year-old Franconia chef Juan Pu was taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol Agents. Held for five weeks, he was granted bond and released on May 15, rejoining his wife Natalia Pu-Calan and children Jessica, 16, John, 14, and David, 4, in May. His legal battle will continue, with an immigration hearing expected sometime next year. Pu arrived from Guatemala over a decade ago and for the past year has been the chef at Plain Kate’s Riverside Saloon & All Ways Inn in Franconia. He was reportedly in the process of becoming a citizen when he was arrested for being “without documentation allowing him to enter and remain in the United States,” according to Border Patrol officials. Community support played a role in Pu’s release on bond. Over 1,300 people signed a Change.org petition demanding his release and almost 100 people have donated $4,060 to a Gofundme.com fundraiser to defray his legal costs.

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The night before Valentine’s Day, a community suffered a heartbreaking loss. The main barn building at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, which contained a gift shop, a function room, a classroom, and the local headquarters for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, was destroyed by fire on the evening of Feb. 13.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Local and state police, joined by off-duty sheriff’s deputies, converged on the area of 170 Pearl St. on July 31, 2019, after it was reported that a man had been shot inside a second-floor apartment and the man responsible had left, but was possibly still in the area.

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Former St. Johnsbury therapist and Episcopal Church deacon, Armand Henault was sentenced in May for lewd and lascivious conduct with a child to 1,088 days of time served plus an additional 17 months in prison. Judge Robert Bent said he wanted Henault to remain in prison long enough to undergo sex offender treatment behind bars.

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LAST VIDEO STORE CLOSES: Faced with stiff competition from streaming services, and a sharp decline in customers, Video King closed its doors. It marked the end of an era: Video King was St. Johnsbury’s last remaining video rental business. The business opened in 1990, when the video rental industry was thriving, competing with a half-dozen other shops locally. Those businesses disappeared as high speed Internet and streaming services arrived. There was a noticeable downturn in 2018, said owner Dawn Leroux, who began working at Video King in 1997 and bought the business four years ago. She attempted to replace lost revenue with new product lines (e.g. incense, figurines, knives and CBD products), but the downturn grew worse and movie distributors lost interest in retail stores. That led Leroux to shut down and sell off inventory, including 16,000 movies. Said Leroux, “I just didn’t want to accept the fact that this industry is going away. I just wanted to keep going. But it’s not there.”

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LYNDONVILLE — Voters in the eight towns of the 2018 newly unified Kingdom East School District — Burke, Concord, Lunenburg, Lyndon, Newark, Sheffield, Sutton and Wheelock — decisively rejected a bond vote in June seeking approval to spend up to $24 million for improvements to three schools.

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St. Johnsbury Police say Brandon A. Delude was shot twice in the back on Elm Street as he wrestled with a gunman who had pointed a 9 mm handgun at his fiancee early Tuesday morning.

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NEWPORT CITY — City resident Bill Stenger, former CEO and president of Jay Peak Resort, and Ariel Quiros, former resort owner, pleaded not guilty May 22, 2019 in U.S. District Court in Burlington to multiple charges related to conspiring to defraud immigrant investors who invested in what turned out to be a fictitious AnC Bio Vermont project in Newport City.

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We published almost 15,000 stories in 2019. The following were our most popular online (descending order), generating a per/story average of 20,500 pageviews.Man Accused Of Posting Sex Video Without Partner’s ConsentTruck Causes Major Damage To Covered Bridge In LyndonFalling Through The Cracks: Frustrated Landlord Evicts Tenant To Remove Little Children From Unspeakable SqualorAlleged Shooter Pleads Not Guilty, Smiles For The CamerasAn Incredible Tale Of Survival: Husband Saves Wife From Freezing, In Dramatic Kirby RescueJoe’s Pond Camp Resident Discovers Body Floating 30 Feet From ShoreTrio Of Darling Hill Landowners Won’t Allow KTA Mountain BikersMitchell Claims She Was Distracted By Car Warning LightsNEK Residents Caught In Statewide Drug Dealer RoundupOfficials Confirm Death Of Child Passenger In Car CrashHelp Police Find Missing St. Johnsbury ChildTractor Trailer Rollover Shuts Down I-91 In St. JohnsburyFederal Agents At Everybuddy’s Restaurant2 Local People Die In Motorcycle Crash In DerbyPolice Body Cam: Joe’s Pond Drowning Victim Erratic, Paranoid During Encounter With St. Johnsbury PoliceNEK Human Services Employee Faces Federal Child Porn ChargeMan Shot In St. Johnsbury This Morning, Suspects Are Now In CustodyLyndon Institute Teacher Accused Of Sexual Exploitation Of StudentDanville Man Charged With Shooting Neighbor’s DogSt. Johnsbury Police Bust Alleged Drug House On Allen CourtThe Latest: Police Identify Shooting VictimMultiple Emergencies Unfold Simultaneously In Caledonia County Friday EveningHead-On Crash Driver Well Known To AuthoritiesPolice Handle Hostage SituationThe Latest: Police Identify Shooting VictimFlooding Impacts The RegionBethlehem: The Rocks Estate Ravaged By FireRailroad Street McDonald’s Building Torn DownLocal Woman Gets Jail Time For Animal CrueltyThe Latest: Police Identify Shooting VictimRegion Hammered By High Water, FloodsKirby View Farm: The End Of An EraLocal Business Owner Charged With ArsonMedical Issue Leads To Crash, Death Of Paul’s Whistle Stop OwnerHead-on Accident In St. J Honking TunnelTractor Trailer Rollover Shuts Down I-91 In St. JohnsburyMasked Man Armed With Chemical Spray Robs Lyndonville SubwayMan Living Locally Convicted For Florida Homicide To Plead Guilty In Firearms CaseLisbon Man Indicted On 31 Child Pornography ChargesFire Destroys Concord HomeBarnet Woman Sues Feds, State, Town, Church, Newspaper For BillionsMarty’s First To Stop Tobacco SalesLocal Woman Affirms Faith In Face Of Family ScourgeLast Of Littleton Trio Sentenced In Murder Of Police InformantMan Shot In The Stomach In St. Johnsbury ApartmentColebrook Shootings, 20 Years Later: Remembering The Victims And The Resiliency Of A Small CommunityPeggy Fischer Tastes (More) Sweet VictoryPolice Handle Hostage SituationLyndonville Police Take Action After Reports Of School Shooting PlanBorder Patrol Agents Detain Franconia ChefMorning Fire Destroys St. Johnsbury ResidenceAfter Father’s Tragic Death, Friends Rally For SonPolice: St. Johnsbury Man Sexually Assaulted 6-year-oldNew Manufacturing Business Moving To St. JohnsburyMaking A Difference: Operation Santa Sleigh Makes The Holidays BrightEHV Founder, Community Leader Dies In CrashLancaster: Mt. Orne Bridge Faces Costly Repair After Truck HitNortheast Kingdom Couple Fined Over $21K For Junk CarsHardwick Sex Offender Released From Prison Into St. J CommunityBath Man Indicted On 50 Counts Of Possessing Child PornDanville Man Seriously Hurt In Ryegate Motorcycle CrashUNDEFEATED: St. J caps another perfect season with rivalry rompAlleged Shooting Shuts Down Part Of Derby Line On HalloweenFeds: Drug Dealers Operated In Between Elementary School & Day Care CenterConcord Man Accused Of Fleeing St. Johnsbury Police, Resisting ArrestSt. Johnsbury Driver Clocked At 110 MPH With A Toddler In CarHemp Is An NEK Growth IndustryU.S. District Court: Another Newport Woman Accused Of Dealing CrackHot Lunch Fundraiser Raises $12,000 And QuestionsBikers Bid Goodbye To Motorcyclists Killed in CrashTwo Face Federal Charges For Heroin And Crack In St. JohnsburySuspect With NEK Ties Arrested For Kidnapping, RapeSt. J Police Interacted With Drowning Victim Before DeathHit & Run Suspect Avoids JailJudge Releases Alleged Elm Street ShooterGame Warden Arrests St. J Woman For Fishing Without A LicenseNEK Residents Caught In Statewide Drug Dealer RoundupPOLICE: Drunken NEK Man Urinated On PD Floor, Stole Police RadioDrunk Driver Who Killed Kids In 1982 Charged With DUI #4Local Man To Serve At Least 7 Years For Sex Assault, Child PornMooselook Supporters Hoping For Re-Opening SoonSWAT Team Made Arrest At Busy MarketRising Stars Shine Bright, Newspaper’ss 2019 Show a Huge SuccessAccused St. Johnsbury Daycare Worker Found Dead Before Case EndsPOLICE: Barnet Man Pulled Knife On Grandfather Because He Didn’t Want To Clean His RoomPolice: Toddlers Repeatedly Found Alone On City StreetDogs’ Day: Burr and Burton overpowers Hilltoppers for D-I crown

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