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November 20th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed that someone had left threatening voice mail messages on the answering machine at the local office of the Vermont Department of Children and Families on Nov. 12. Police said the person also made threats against the Vermont State Police. The investigation continues.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a juvenile issue at a Water Street residence on Nov. 11.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police recently cited or ticketed five minors for alcohol offenses, including one for driving under the influence of alcohol.
That DUI citation, two tickets and two other possible charges all stem from a Nov. 16 incident. Police were alerted of three youths rummaging through cars on First Street and then leaving the scene in a car. Police pulled over the car in Panton and said it was driven by Devon M. Hallock, 18, of Burlington. Police cited him for DUI and for furnishing alcohol to minors.
Mount Abraham Union High School counselor Deb Van Schaack hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail this spring and summer. She began her journey in Georgia on March 8 and completed the trek in Maine on July 31. Van Schaack shared with the Independent some of the photos she took along the way.
BRISTOL — A 10-year battle to open a gravel pit in Bristol will likely come to end in front of the state’s highest court. A group of Bristol residents are appealing an Oct. 18 Environmental Court decision authorizing the construction of the pit to the Supreme Court.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School Board is looking for Bristol residents to fill two vacancies that have opened on the 13-member board. Board members Dick Merrill and Gary Farnsworth recently resigned before the completion of their terms.
The Bristol Elementary School board will fill the vacancies.
VERMONT — Officials from two government agencies and from the state’s largest utility are warning Vermonters to be wary of three different scams being perpetrated over the telephone.
The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) last week alerted Vermonters to scams regarding Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange. Commissioner Susan L. Donegan said that the department has received reports of fraudulent phone calls made to Vermonters by people pretending to sell health insurance in order to obtain personal information.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board, known as the VAFPDB, recently announced the election of Lynn Coale of Weybridge to serve as chair of the board.
MIDDLEBURY — A group planning Middlebury’s proposed new town offices and recreation center is planning a series of public meetings, open houses, flyers and a documentary film to educate residents about the $7.5 million project in anticipation of a March 4, 2014, referendum.