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February 16th, 2012
As a rookie reporter in 1974, one of the first stories I covered was the Eastern Wilderness Act. To get some details on the new law, I called the office of Vermont Republican Sen. George Aiken.
I was expecting to get a junior aide on the phone. Instead, the receptionist asked, “Would you like to speak to the senator? He’s right here.”
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Feb. 10 cited a South Burlington man for possession of 1.89 pounds of marijuana following a 1:40 a.m. traffic stop on Main Street.
Police said that department Drug Recognition Expert Brent Newton also tested Justin B. Thayer, 24, on the scene for driving under the influence of drugs, and that Thayer could face DUI-drug charges depending on the results of a blood test administered later that night at Porter Hospital.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Jeffrey A. Drown, 30, of Middlebury for possession of heroin, following an incident outside of the Shaw’s Supermarket on Washington Street on Feb 7. A police officer alleged seeing Drown using a hypodermic needle in his vehicle. After getting consent, authorities searched the vehicle.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a report of vandalism to multiple mailboxes on Halladay Road on Feb.6.
VERMONT — A one-car accident in Poultney last Thursday sent an 81-year-old Cornwall man to the hospital.
Vermont State Police said that on Feb. 9 at around 3:30 p.m. troopers responded to a crash on Route 31 in Poultney. Trooper Purdy reported that a vehicle driven by Paul Viko left the roadway hitting multiple mailboxes, a residence and a telephone pole.
Police suspect that Viko had a cardiac event or medical circumstance that contributed to the cause of the crash.
MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Farms clerk in Vergennes who on Sept. 28 restrained a robber wielding a large knife was not responsible for her death during the incident, according to Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster.
Fenster on Wednesday afternoon released the conclusions of his lengthy review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Yemalla Sprauve, 34, who attempted to rob the Main Street convenience store at 4 a.m. and was found unresponsive by police when they arrived.
This is part two in a three-part video series highlighting my late-January interview with the human-like robot Bina48.
ADDISON COUNTY — When winter rolls into the Green Mountains, many Vermonters gear up for a season of fun. But while some look forward to the colder months, others, like Starksboro’s April Parent, see only struggle on the horizon.
“Before winter even comes, in August or September, we start worrying about making it,” said Parent. “What are the heating bills going to run? What are the electric bills going to run? It’s really a struggle every year.”