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American Flags Stolen in Stamford

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STAMFORD, Mass. — An unpatriotic thief made off with nearly a dozen of the town's flags on the Fourth of July.

A resident untwisting some of the flags posted on utility poles along Main Road to make the display look better for the holiday found a number of them missing.

According to a report by state Trooper Lauren Ronan, it appeared that one or more persons had pulled down on the flags, causing them to break away from their metal brackets.

A total of nine American flags were stolen; one was recovered on the ground next to the roadway.

It is believed the flags were taken early in the morning on July 4. The state police are continuing to investigate this incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Shaftsbury barracks at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or text "CRIMES" (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

     

Stamford House Fire Extinguished Thursday Morning

Stamford Volunteer Fire Company

Firefighters quickly snuffed a fire reported in  a kitchen at Jepson Road on Thursday morning.

STAMFORD, Vt. — A fire at 316 Jepson Road on Thursday morning left a home with extensive heat and smoke damage.

About 20 firefighters responded to the fire, which was reported at 5:57 a.m, and the scene was cleared by 8:30.
 
"When we first arrived, fire was venting out the kitchen window, and the family was already out of the house," said Fire Chief Paul Ethier. "Our guys did a good job and knocked it down pretty quickly with one hand line and foam."
 
Ethier said the entire family was out of the house and safe when fire crews first arrived at 6:01 a.m.
 
"The family was in bed and was alerted to the fire by working smoke detectors," he said.
 
The cause has yet to be determined, but is not considered suspicious. The home is insured and the American Red Cross was notified of the fire an provided assistance to the family.
 
Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company and the North Adams Ambulance Service were also on the scene.
     

Stamford Accident Damages SUV, Fence

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STAMFORD, Vt. — A single-car accident on Tuesday afternoon heavily damaged a car and fence, but the four passengers walked away uninjured.

According to state police, Juik Song, 23, was southbound on Main Road in a 2000 Ford Explorer at about 1 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a mailbox, crashed through a fence and hit a tree at 1575 Main Road.

Song and his three passengers, all about the same age, were wearing seat belts and were uninjured. Police did not say where they were heading but they were all from out of state - Song and two of his passengers are from the Republic of Korea and the third from Aichi, Japan.

The conditions were dry and cloudy. The Explorer incurred damage to the front end, including both quarter panels, hood, grill, headlights, windshield, bumper and to the undercarriage.

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Stange of the Shaftsbury barracks at 802-442-5421.

     

Stamford Firefighters Respond to Report of Smoking Floor

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Firefighters were at a home on Main Road on Thursday night for reports of smoke in a floor.

STAMFORD, Vt. — Firefighters were at the scene of a reported structure fire on Main Road on Thursday evening.

The call came in around 8:40 of a possible fire in the floor of 1085 Main Road, near a woodstove. The floor was reportedly smoking.

With temperatures hovering around 10 degrees, firefighters stationed around the house while some entered with equipment. Smoke could be seen through the open front door, where firefighters appeared to be cutting through the floor.

Update: Fire Chief Paul Ethier emailed us the particulars Friday morning.

The call came in as a structure fire.

"The couple that lived at the home came home and found their house filled with smoke," said Ethier. "When we arrived on scene, we found fire burning through the floor structure below the woodstove in the living room. We knocked that down pretty quickly with one handline."

Ethier said the fire was contained to the area of origin but the home did sustain some minor structural damage. In addition, some electrical wires in the area were also damaged and will have to be replaced.

Firefighters removed two pets from the home; no one was injured.

"Our firefighters did a great job and were able to keep damage to a minimum," said the fire chief. "We initally called for mutual aid from Readsboro and Clarksburg, however, once we were able to get on scene and knock down the fire, firefighters from Readsboro were canceled."

Clarksburg firefighters stayed on the scene with their airtruck and refilled the SCBA bottles. The North Adams Ambulance Service was also on scene.

     

Accident Sends Wilmington Man to Hospital

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STAMFORD, Vt. — An early morning accident sent a man to North Adams Regional Hospital Monday.

State police responded to the accident on Route 100. The northbound driver, 44-year-old Randy DeBlois of Wilmington, Vt., spun out of control on the snow-covered road and crossed into the southbound lane, according to the report. The southbound car, driven by Nathan Braman, 27, couldn't avoid a crash — the passenger side of the spun-out, northbound car collided with the front end of the southbound truck.
 
As a result, DeBlois was hospitalized with head injuries, lacerations and possible internal injuries. His car was totaled.
 
According to the report, alcohol "appears to be a contributing factor."
     
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