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October 8th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — For the past few years, Vermont State Police have not disclosed the blood alcohol level shown by defendants at traffic stops for driving under the influence. But late last week the agency changed its policy and began releasing that information again.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Justin Cutler, 30, of Middlebury for allegedly trying to obtain narcotics by fraud on Oct. 2. Police arrested Cutler after investigating a report of someone using a prescription pad from the Middlebury Animal Hospital in an attempt to buy narcotics.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Met with a WomenSafe client regarding safety concerns on Sept. 29.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5 handled a variety of incidents, including dealing with two cases of driving under the influence, one case of bearing false witness, two cases of valuable property found and one case of excessive speed, and twice having to determine deaths were of natural causes.
During that seven-day time frame, police conducted a number of foot patrols in response to reports of drug issues and potential criminal activity, and also:
NEW HAVEN — Town officials in New Haven announced on Monday that they had closed part of Plank Road for 30 days in order to replace a culvert. The road is used by some drivers to get from Route 7 to Bristol.
The road is closed between South Middlebrook Road, which is on the New Haven/Waltham town line, and Leduc Road, which is also called Pea Ridge Road to the north of Plank Road. Specifically, the culvert is being installed east of the railroad tracks that cross Plank Road.
There are detour signs around the construction.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
MIDDLEBURY — The Residence at Otter Creek may soon feature a 150kW solar array that could defray around 25 percent of the retirement community’s annual energy bill.
Bullrock Corp. — former owners of The Residence (then known as The Lodge at Otter Creek) — proposed installing a solar array consisting of roughly 700 panels on a total of 35 racks dispersed on one acre of land located at 57 Star Point Drive, adjacent to the retirement community off Middle Road in Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — As most Vermont drivers know, a new law that went into effect this past Wednesday makes it illegal to use a variety of electronic devices — including hand-held cell phones and MP3 players — while driving on Vermont roads. Violators are subject to fines and points assessed against their driving record.
In the early days, local police had not charged anyone for infractions of the law, but they said they fully intend to enforce it.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Chamber will be hosting a candidates’ forum Tuesday, Oct. 7, focusing on contested races for the Vermont House of Representatives.
The forum will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ilsley Library Community Room in Middlebury. Paul Ralston, owner of Vermont Coffee Company and outgoing Vermont state representative, will be moderating the event.