November 5th, 2014
VERGENNES — Among other incidents, Vergennes police between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 handled alcohol offenses, twice calmed a quarreling family, twice responded to youths hanging around Vergennes Union Elementary School after dark, and twice referred troubled juveniles to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
• On Oct. 27 backed up Vermont State Police at a reported burglary on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a 911 call in the Marble Works complex on Oct. 28 and found an intoxicated 20-year-old man who had recently been assaulted and claimed to not know the identity of his assailant. Middlebury Regional EMS took the man to Porter Hospital. The man was later issued a civil violation for consuming alcohol under age 21.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
SALISBURY — A Shoreham man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a misdemeanor charge of reckless/gross negligent operation of a vehicle after he allegedly rammed another vehicle while traveling on Route 7 in Salisbury on Oct. 31 in what Vermont State Police claim was a case of road rage.
ADDISON COUNTY — In Tuesday’s polling Gov. Peter Shumlin didn’t do any better vs. GOP challenger Scott Milne in Addison County than he did elsewhere in the state as he made a bid for a third term in Vermont’s top constitutional office.
With only the results for Lincoln still unreported at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Shumlin appeared to be on track to win the popular vote in Addison County and in the state — but just barely. We had him leading Milne, 5,675-5,524.
RIPTON — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, confirmed on Tuesday he will not seek re-election as House majority leader, saying he wants to return as a rank-and-file member of the Vermont House of Representatives to devote more time and energy to specific issues and constituent services.
“This was not a decision made in a moment,” Jewett told the Independent.
Because this column will run on Election Day, I feel compelled to write about local politics.
I typed that sentence, and then spent five minutes staring at my computer screen. The truth is, I'm terrified to write about politics.