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March 21st, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — State police at the New Haven barracks are working with several police agencies in California investigating numerous recent reports of fraud. The investigation does not suggest that the recent cases are linked in any way.
Trends have been phone calls or Internet orders to rural businesses around Addison County where an order is made and money is exchanged. In some cases, purchases are being bought with stolen credit cards and, in other cases, businesses are swindled into sending money to the offender(s) via MoneyGram or Western Union to California.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a call from a shocked Buttolph Drive resident who had found a male college student from Alaska sleeping on her couch on March 13. The student told authorities he was trying to find the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.
Police said the Buttolph Drive resident ended up taking the student to the hotel.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to an unlawful trespass complaint in the Case Street area on March 11.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union Board on Wednesday evening offered the job of superintendent to Peter Burrows, principal of Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., and Burrows accepted.
Burrows will replace Superintendent Gail Conley, who will retire at the end of June.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont State Police reported on Wednesday morning that they had found a Ferrisburgh woman who was reported missing by her husband on Sunday.
Troopers at the New Haven barracks responded on the evening of Sunday, March 17, to a call from John Gould, who was concerned about his wife Krista Malaney’s health and welfare.
After Malaney left their home, Gould called for police assistance. Troopers attempted to locate Malaney on Sunday evening and Monday morning without luck.
MIDDLEBURY — The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its approval to WhistlePig’s proposal to establish a whiskey distillery at its property off Quiet Valley Road.
But WhistlePig founder and owner Raj Bhatka cannot take that zoning board approval to the bank — at least not yet. George Gross and Barbara Wilson, owners of the nearby Solar Haven Farm LLC, have already served notice they will appeal the zoning board’s decision to the Vermont Environmental Court.
BRIDPORT — A wind turbine is up and running at the Audets’ Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, the second in Addison County that was constructed especially for the Green Mountain Power’s Wind Power Program. The turbine, which sits atop a 121-foot-tall tower just off Route 22A, generates around 165,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, about enough to power 23 homes. It also will save around 191,807 lbs. of carbon emissions annually.
VERGENNES — Although permitting and organization is going well, the clinical head of a proposed program to help troubled young women at 1 Alden Place in Vergennes said it is not expected to open there for several months.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School eighth-grader Ronan Howlett has an expansive vocabulary for a 14-year-old, but two words in particular will always resonate with him even if he rarely gets an opportunity to use them in a sentence: “Qualitative” and “desultory.”
Those are the two words that have won him consecutive titles as Vermont’s top student speller.