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Vermont’s oldest fair opens in Lyndonville

in Lyndonville

LYNDONVILLE — The Caledonia County Fair, Vermont’s oldest and longest running fair, opens its gates at 4 p.m. today in Lyndonville.

Although smaller, old-fashioned fairs previously ran throughout the county, the Caledonia County Fairground Company formed and first opened the fair on September 15, 1855.

The fair, which originated in St. Johnsbury until it found its current home in Lyndonville, has celebrated over 160 years of carnival rides, tractor pulls, and cattle shows.

This year’s county fair opens on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday night.

The schedule boasts a wide range of activities from carnival rides and pie eating contests to quilt demos and rug hooking to mini-horse pulling and Redneck Competitions.

For the full schedule and ticket information, check out

Lyndonville man arrested after traffic stop turns up 18 bags of heroin, police say

in Crime/Lyndonville

LYNDONVILLE — Police say a traffic stop led to the arrest of a Lyndonville man found to be in possession of several bags of heroin.

On Saturday, police say they pulled over a vehicle on Broad Street being driven by Derrick O’Keefe, 25, of Lyndonville, after learning he had a warrant for his arrest.

During the stop, police allege O’Keefe attempted to discard several bags of heroin.

He was arrested on two outstanding warrants and possession of heroin.

The passenger in the vehicle, Barbara Chase, 35, also of Lyndonville, was found to be in possession of a regulated drug and was issued a citation for possession of heroin and possession of a regulated drug.

A search warrant executed on the vehicle yielded several more bags of heroin, bringing the total seizure to 18 bags.

O’Keefe was lodged on the arrest warrants and issued a citation for possession of heroin.

Assault at KFC parking lot in St. Johnsbury

in Crime/Lyndonville/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Police say a Lyndonville man was assaulted in the parking lot of the KFC in St. Johnsbury back on October 7.

Police responded to the attack at KFC located at 985 Memorial Drive on October 7.

According to the report, Branden Rosengren of Lyndonville was the victim of the attack.

Police identified the accused as 20-year-old Sean A. Lamphear of St. Johnsbury.

Police say they interviewed Lamphear at his residence where he admitted to assaulting the victim.

Repeat offender arrested for DUI after police chase in Lyndonville

in Crime/Lyndonville

LYNDONVILLE – A man with a suspended license was arrested for his second DUI after a 7.5-mile police chase in Lyndonville on Friday.

At approximately 12:19 a.m., police attempted to stop a vehicle on Back Center Road for a motor vehicle violation.

According to the police, the driver ignored the blue lights and siren, leading police on a high-speed chase.

Police say they caught up with the driver in Kirby where they made the arrest.

Police identified the driver as Brandon Bolton, 25, of North Concord.

Bolton was transported to a correctional facility and faces charges of DUI, driving with a suspended license, attempting to elude law enforcement, excessive speed, and gross negligent operation of a vehicle.

21-year-old Lyndon State student killed in early morning crash

in Accidents/Lyndon/Lyndonville

LYNDONVILLE — A 21-year-old driver from Massachusettes was killed in a crash on McGoff Hill Road in Lyndon early Monday morning.

At around 2 a.m. police were dispatched to a report of a vehicle that crashed into a telephone pole on McGoff Hill Road.

Alex Paduch, 21, of Middleborough, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

Paduch was traveling north on McGoff Hill Road when his vehicle went off the east shoulder and struck a telephone pole.

Police say he was the only occupant of the vehicle.

He was a student at Lyndon State College.

The crash is still under investigation and anyone with any information regarding this crash is urged to contact police at (802) 748-3111.

BMW hits deer in Lyndonville

in Accidents/Lyndonville

LYNDONVILLE – A Massachusetts driver of a BMW X5 was involved in an accident with a deer in the road in Lyndonville on Tuesday.

Police say they received the report of a single-vehicle accident on I-91 at approximately 8:24 p.m.

According to the report, the driver was headed northbound on I-91 when a deer jumped in front of his vehicle.

Police identified the driver as 51-year-old James Polakiewicz from Middleton, Mass.

The BMW had moderate damage to the front and passenger side.

Polakiewicz walked away uninjured.

Two women from Lyndonville charged after shoplifting incident at Green Mountain Mall

in Crime/Lyndonville/St. Johnsbury

ST. JOHNSBURY — Police say they caught up with two shoplifters in Lyndonville, after they allegedly stole several items from the Green Mountain Mall.

On Wednesday police were notified that several items were stolen from JC Penney and Olympia Sports.

The Vermont State Police were given a description of the suspects and vehicle involved, and say with the assistance of the Lyndonville Police Department, the vehicle was later located in Lyndonville.

Police say after a search of the vehicle, several of the items were recovered.

Savanna Sarazin, 29, and Amber Baker, 32, both of Lyndonville, were charged with possession of stolen property.

Sarazin was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing and more charge may be filed.

Two men from St. Johnsbury charged after violent assault, police looking for Lyndonville man

in Crime/Lyndonville/St. Johnsbury
From left to right: Azariah Goff, Kenneth Stowell, and David Poginy.

STOWE — Two men from St. Johnsbury have been arrested, and police are looking for a third man from Lyndonville after they allegedly took part in a violent assault in Stowe on Saturday night.

Police say that Azariah Goff, 23, of St. Johnsbury, David Poginy, 24, also from St. Johnsbury, and Kenneth Stowell, 22, of Johnson, have been charged with assault. They are currently looking for Michael Solarz, 21, from Lyndonville.

At 10:16 p.m. on Saturday, Stowe Police responded to a report of an assault taking place on the Mountain Road in the area of the Golden Eagle Resort.

The victims, including three adults and four juveniles, were walking back to the Golden Eagle Resort when a vehicle drove by shouting obscenities at the victims.

The vehicle then stopped and the occupants got out and charged after the people walking, assaulting the adults.

Police say at one point the operator of the vehicle started to back up toward the victims, bumping one of them and almost hitting the others.

According to police, the suspects punched the adults and tried to choke one of the victims.

One victim was able to call 911 from his cell phone as the incident was taking place, another received a laceration over his eye and was treated at the hospital. None of the juveniles were assaulted.

According to a statement issued by police, the victims include:

William Van Order, Age 45, from New York
Adam Gee, Age 44, from New York
Peter Cook, Age 49, from New York

The driver, who police identified as Michael Solarz, left the scene prior to police arriving. Solarz is currently wanted by police.

The vehicle involved has been described as a black Subaru, and police say it has been reported that these individuals may have been involved in a road rage type incident in Johnson, approximately one hour before the attack. That incident is being investigated by the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department.

Police say additional charges are pending.

Anyone who knows where Michal Solarz may be located or has any other information should call the Stowe Police Department at (802) 253-7126.

Proposal to unify Lyndon State and Johnson State College moves forward

in Lyndonville

LYNDONVILLE – A proposal to unify Lyndon State College and Johnson State College under one administration is moving forward.

Spearheaded by Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges, Jeb Spaulding, the merging of the two schools would create one larger and expectantly stronger college with two distinct campuses, each with its own identity.

According to the proposal, Lyndon and Johnson will share administration and academic programs while retaining their names.

Spaulding presented the recommendation to the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees and received a provisional approval to combine the colleges by July 1, 2017, with Dr. Elaine Collins as the recommended president of the unified college.

The board of trustees will make a final decision, based on a unification report and analysis by Spaulding, at a trustee meeting in September.

According to Spaulding, unification will combine the best qualities of the colleges, increase opportunities for students, focus limited resources on students and learning, and allow both campuses to succeed.

“I understand that unification represents significant change, and that the Lyndon family has had its share of change in the past few months,” a statement issued by Spaulding reads. “At a time when all of our colleges are challenged by external pressures like declining demographics, increased competition, low state support, and competition from new delivery modes, we must be proactive and position ourselves for a strong future. We must reach a critical mass of students in order to balance budgets. Shared administration and robust academic programs will help us get there.”

The unified college will have a single accreditation and budget, and each campus will have its own identity.

The NCAA has confirmed that each campus is allowed to have its own mascot and array of sports teams under the unified model. The Lyndon State Hornets and the Johnson State Badgers would continue to compete in a Division III conference.

Two women involved in drunken brawl in St. Johnsbury

in Lyndonville/St. Johnsbury/Waterford

ST. JOHNSBURY – Police broke up a drunken altercation between two women in a St. Johnsbury parking lot on Monday evening.

Police responded to the fight, described in their report as a “mutual affray,” in a parking lot at 105 Mountain View Drive at approximately 6 p.m.

According to the report, both suspects had assaulted each other resulting in injuries.

Police identified the women as Emily West, 32, from Lyndonville, and Brooke Rowell, 33, from Waterford.

West was arrested and processed for simple assault and brought to a correctional facility for detox.

Police say Rowell was cited and released.

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