- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - The city of Newport, Vermont, is going to pay $291,000 to install a new police evidence locker and holding cell as part of a renovation of the basement of the municipal building.

City officials agreed to the project that was prompted in part when a burglar broke into the existing evidence locker over the winter and stole heroin and handguns. A number of people are facing charges.

Alderman Steve Vincent says the renovations are the bare minimum that must be done to avoid lawsuits.

The Caledonian Record (https://bit.ly/1AHz1tc) reports the basement renovations will include a separate and secure entrance to the evidence locker, holding cell and interview room. On the other side of the basement, the senior center will have access to handicapped-accessible bathrooms and a ground-level entrance.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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