March 16th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — The 9th Annual Vermont Chili Festival is officially in the books. Nearly 2,500 hearty souls braved a brisk wind and record-setting temperatures in the teens to sample chili made by local vendors, both professional and amateur.
VERMONT — Motivated by constituent outrage over unregulated coyote hunting, some legislators are asking state wildlife officials to rethink Vermont’s open season on the canine predator.
“Coyotes are important animals not vermin to be attacked,” said Rep. Jim McCullough, D-Williston. “They’re important ‘people’ that need, if you will, the honor of having controls on their hunting or their ‘taking.’ And right now they don’t have that honor.”
BRANDON — Brandon is home to a lot of unique individuals, but a truly rare bird paid a visit last week.
A beautiful white trumpeter swan attracted the interest and excitement of the birding community when a fine specimen was seen off Route 73 in the Otter Creek floodwaters hanging out with a flock of Canada geese.
Carl Phelps owner of Miller Hill Farm, Nursery and Gardens in Sudbury spotted the swan on Wednesday, March 8, south of the railroad overpass.
MIDDLEBURY — This Sunday, March 19, Middlebury’s religious community will hold the third in a monthly series of community conversations that touch on religion in contemporary America.
“Anti-Semitism: Then and Now” will take place 4-5:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Middlebury (UCC).
JOHNSON — Vermont 4-H’ers participating in this year’s Poultry Activity Day proved that they know their chickens and eggs.
University of Vermont Extension 4-H organized the event, which took place March 4 at Johnson State College. It included a poultry skill-a-thon, Jeopardy, presentations by 4-H’ers and a Crafty Chicken Show.
RUTLAND — Jake Desjadon, 30, of Vergennes on March 10 pleaded innocent in state criminal court in Rutland to three felonies and two misdemeanor charges stemming from what Vermont State Police allege are multiple burglaries and from the circumstances of his March 9 arrest by VSP and Vergennes police.
Desjadon was ordered held in the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $75,000 bail.
BRANDON — A Brandon man identified as a habitual offender with three previous felonies has been charged with three counts of felony aggravated domestic assault.
Brandon police responded to a report of a family fight in Bridge Park on Friday, March 10, and arrested Jeremy J. Young, 42.
The victim told police that Young pushed her down while she was holding their child, choked her, pulled a clump of her hair out, and pulled out one of her teeth with his bare hands.
The victim also claimed that Young threw a punch at her, missed, and hit the child.
BRISTOL — Local police worked with Vermont State Police to arrest a man in Bristol on March 10 — twice in one day.
On Friday, March 10, at around 1:31 a.m. police were called to Main Street on a report that Joshua Bley, 36, had approached a woman on the sidewalk and shouted at her from his vehicle. Bley, who was described by Bristol police as an Oregon resident and by state police as a Lincoln resident, allegedly yelled out to the female, “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid,” and attempted to engage her in conversation.