February 4th, 2015
VERGENNES — Among incidents between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, Vergennes police issued court diversion paperwork to two Vergennes Union High School students, recovered a stolen bicycle, and dealt with two more in a recent rash of cases of cars being entered and rummaged through.
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
• On Jan. 27 issued court diversion paperwork to two VUHS students seen smoking marijuana near the school. Police confiscated the drug and also ticketed one student for possession of paraphernalia.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a missing person report in the Forrest Lane area on Jan. 26. Police received a call from a woman who said her husband had been missing since the previous night.
Authorities located the man in a vehicle on the emergency access road east of the Residences at Otter Creek retirement community. Police said the man had traveled off the road and had spent the night outside in that area.
Middlebury Regional EMS took the man to Porter Hospital for treatment, police said.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Jan. 30 arrested a Middlebury woman on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
Police stopped a vehicle driven by Rebecca M. Steinhauer, 25, just after midnight on West Street after a check of her registration determined that the owner of the vehicle, which was registered to Steinhauer, had a suspended license because of a driving under the influence conviction.
BRANDON — In the past 23 months Brandon residents have voted on municipal budgets nine times — four times in 2013 and five in 2014. In both of the last two budget cycles, townspeople have engaged in intense debate, emotional wrangling and numerous re-votes that led to budget approval in the summer months after the start of the fiscal year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has officially added a proposed Route 7/Exchange Street roundabout to its list of priority projects and is now determining the price tag of such an undertaking and how it would be paid for.
The Middlebury selectboard has been lobbying VTrans since 2004 to install a roundabout at that intersection north of the village.
HANCOCK — Attention young folks planning on spending some time at the Snow Bowl over February school break: Middlebury Community Television will offer a fun activity for when you are taking a break from the slopes.
ADDISON COUNTY — Oil prices are subject to change. If anyone knows this, it’s Tom Jackman, owner of Jackman Fuels Inc. in Vergennes. His grandfather started the company in Bristol in the 1930s and he still has receipts from years ago when the price of oil was 13 cents per gallon.
“Then, it was a big deal if it went up to 14 cents in a year,” he said. “In 2008, we were seeing increases of 40 cents overnight.”
MIDDLEBURY — At their meeting this past Tuesday, members of the Middlebury selectboard agreed to spend $23,468 for a Ford Interceptor utility vehicle for the Middlebury Police Department. Middlebury police Chief Tom Hanley said the vehicle will offer more versatility and comfort than a conventional cruiser.
The vendor, G. Stone Motors of Middlebury, is accepting in trade (for $5,200) a 2010 cruiser from the department as part of the deal, according to Hanley.
In other action at that Jan. 27 meeting, the selectboard: