Archive - May 2013
This week’s writer is William Sayre of Bristol, an economist formerly with the Federal Reserve and a commentator on Ethan Allen Institute’s Common Sense Radio, broadcasting from WDEV radio in Waterbury.
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — On May 7 the Vermont State Police Special Investigation Unit out of Rutland arrested Joseph N. Shackett Jr., 48, of Brandon and charged him with aggravated sexual assault.
The 12-year-old victim reported that during a sleepover in April Shackett sexually assaulted her. Shackett is known to the victim. Shackett is scheduled to answer the charge in Rutland District Court on June 17.
Aggravated sexual assault holds a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Dong Yub Song, 22, of Middlebury for sexual assault, following an investigation on the Middlebury College campus on May 13. He was released on conditions pending his arraignment at the Addison County Courthouse on Monday, May 13.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a larceny complaint at a Commodore Way residence on May 6.
• Got mental health counseling for a local man who had allegedly threatened to harm himself with a knife on May 7.
BRANDON — This spring the undefeated Otter Valley Union High School baseball team has relied on solid starting pitching, sound defense and timely hitting from the top of the order to the bottom.
The formula worked again on Tuesday, when the Otters knocked off visiting Leland & Gray, 6-1, to improve to 10-0. The Rebels dropped to 6-2.
After a first inning in which senior starter Justin Owen allowed a walk and two hits and an OV error also led to the Rebel run, both Owen and the defense settled down.
BRISTOL — The host Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ lacrosse team picked up a 12-3 victory over Otter Valley on Monday that the teams’ coaches viewed differently.
Eagle co-coach Paul Low saw a result sparked by junior attacker Travis Bachand’s five goals and three assists as a much-needed confidence boost for a team that had lost five straight after a 2-1 start, including three one-sided games last week.
FAIR HAVEN — Vergennes Union High School seniors Abbey Baker, Lane Kessler and Jon Welch won races and classmate Austin Beamish placed in several events to highlight the efforts of athletes on county high school track and field teams this past Saturday at the sixth annual Slater Invitational, hosted by Fair Haven Union.
MIDDLEBURY — A majority of the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday threw its enthusiastic support behind the proposed extension of a natural gas pipeline into town, citing the need for a cheaper fuel source to both reduce residents’ heating bills and boost local businesses.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team is heading back to the NCAA Division III final four after winning three tournament home games, capped by Sunday’s 10-8 win over Rensselaer in a regional final in Middlebury.
The Panthers opened by crunching Castleton on May 15, 20-3, and then knocked off Endicott, 13-4, on Saturday as the regional opened.