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January 24th, 2013
VERGENNES — Drug problems continued to keep Vergennes police busy between Jan. 14 and 20. On Jan. 15, police were notified of an untimely death of a 41-year-old resident of Walker Avenue that they said could be drug-related.
Police said they received a call from the assistant medical examiner at Porter Hospital, where Vergennes Area Rescue Squad personnel had taken the woman, asking police to investigate her untimely death.
Police said an autopsy performed by the state’s chief medical examiner would ultimately determine the cause of death.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Caleb Burkle, 30, of Salisbury for driving under the influence, third offense, following a stop on Court Street Extension on Jan. 19.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted an individual on Merchants Row who was receiving annoying phone solicitations on Jan. 14.
• Responded to a report of a drunken person in the Little Pond Road area on Jan. 14. The person was turned over to a sober friend, police said.
ADDISON COUNTY — Late on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 15, Vermont State Police were called to a home on Ethan Allen Highway in New Haven for a report of an assault.
After investigating, troopers arrested Timothy J. Williams, 24, of New Haven and cited him for simple assault, second-degree aggravated domestic assault and unlawful restraint in the second degree against two individuals at the residence. Police lodged Williams at Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $1,000 bail.
LEICESTER — The newly published book “Eighteen Months To Live” is the poignant real life story of Midge Rylander in her own words.
Rylander moved to Vermont from California in 1963. The mother of three was employed for many years as a legal secretary and then worked for the trust department of a local bank. Rylander lived on Lake Dunmore from 1977 until she died in 1992.
She succumbed after being diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is a form of lung cancer from prior exposure to asbestos.
VERGENNES — Republican leaders in the Addison-3 House district on Thursday agreed to recommend two GOP nominees as candidates to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes: Warren VanWyck of Ferrisburgh and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham.
VERGENNES — The three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union elementary school boards recently adopted spending plans for the 2013-2014 academic year that in two cases would boost their budgets by close to 5 percent, and in the third case drop spending by almost 4 percent.
The proposed Vergennes Union Elementary School (VUES) budget is up by 4.7 percent, while the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board is seeking approval on Town Meeting Day for a 4.88 percent increase.
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Thursday reiterated his support of President Barack Obama’s newly proposed gun control initiatives, lamented Congress’s inability to pass a comprehensive farm bill and said friction between the major parties is as bad as he has seen it in his six years in Washington.
The Vermont Democrat, during an interview with the Addison Independent, discussed these and other issues, including the nation’s financial woes.