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September 3rd, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — On the evening of Aug. 29 Vermont State Police joined with Vergennes police and Addison County Sheriff’s deputies to conduct a Labor Day Weekend sobriety checkpoint on Route 22A in Vergennes.
During the operation, police encountered 246 vehicles with 589 occupants. Thirteen people were found to be unbelted. Police tallied eight designated drivers.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Kaden Odell, 21, of Brandon for simple assault, after he had allegedly been involved in a fight in The Centre parking lot off Route 7 South on Aug. 27.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police in an arrest on Lower Foote Street on Aug. 25.
• Warned an Elm Street business for violating the town’s noise ordinance on Aug. 26.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Friday morning arrested four people on drug charges during a bust that also netted more than $4,000 in cash and thousands of bags of heroin.
Bristol Police Department Chief Kevin Gibbs said he believes the operation dealt a “significant hit” to a large, out-of-state drug operation. He added that in recent years he has seen a pattern of out-of-state dealers come to Bristol to operate.
VERMONT — The state’s transmission utility has set a price for Vermont Gas to use its utility corridor as part of Phase 1 of its natural gas pipeline extension through Addison County.
Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark late last month said the company intends to pay $450,000 for about 51 acres within the utility corridor. The price includes access roads, he said.
VERGENNES — The Vermont Department of Health will host a regional follow-up to the Governor’s Summit on Opiate Addiction from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at St. Peter’s Parish Hall at 85 Maple St. in Vergennes.
The agenda will include an overview of Addison County’s substance abuse treatment options and drug-related crime data; an overview of Rutland’s “Project Vision”; and an opportunity for input into how to move treatment programs forward.
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new publication and video to provide agricultural employers and workers with simple, clear information on the laws governing employment of agricultural and farm workers.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Monday heard a few North Main Street and downtown business and building owners express concerns about restrictions in the proposed Vergennes city plan update.
Plans do not create zoning, but form the basis on which zoning laws are written. Vergennes’ 2009 plan is set to expire on Sept. 29.
BURLINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, flanked by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch at a press conference in Burlington last Thursday, announced a new dairy insurance program to protect farmers against volatile price swings.
“I would urge farmers to sign up to this program for $100,” Leahy said. “It is a great investment and a chance to stop the boom and bust cycle we have.”