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Vacant Newport jail could be sold and reused

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NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - The long-unused Orleans County jail could become the home of the police department in the northern Vermont city of Newport.

The two Orleans County assistant judges say they have heard from a potential buyer who, if the deal goes through, would most likely rehabilitate the building then lease it to the city for use as the headquarters of the police department.

Assistant Judges Robert Goodby and Benjamin Batchelder, who handle administrative tasks for the county, had considered demolishing at least part of the building located on Newport's Courthouse Square.

They wouldn't name the potential buyer.

The brick jail and attached wooden frame jailer's quarters have not been used since 1995.

The Caledonian Record reports the county purchased the mail-order, pre-fab jail in 1903.

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