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November 26th, 2012
This week’s writer is Mike Palmer, president of Ethics By Design, which is a Middlebury company that helps nonprofit organizations, commercial enterprises and government agencies set up effective ethics programs.
BRISTOL — On Nov. 7 Bristol police arrested Chad Cook, 25, of Monkton, in connection with an ongoing burglary investigation conducted with Vermont State Police.
Cook confessed to stealing around 3,700 pounds of steel from a location in New Haven, according to Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs. He said that law enforcement officials believed Cook to be one of three or four individuals responsible for a long string of burglaries from Salisbury to Burlington. As a result of the investigation, three burglary cases in Bristol village were closed.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to a one car rollover accident on Route 30 in Cornwall on Friday, Nov. 16, at around 10:13 p.m.
Upon their arrival, troopers found that the man they believed to be the driver of the 1995 Ford Mustang, 37-year-old Joshua Laraway of Bridport, had fled the scene. The passenger, 21-year-old Justin Stone of Middlebury, was transported to Porter Hospital with serious injuries. Police said he had injuries to his neck, head, back, and possibly internal; and his condition late Friday was called “guarded.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Shawna Renee Thorpe, 31, of Middlebury for simple assault, following an alleged incident at a Route 7 North residence on Nov. 14.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a reported untimely death at a South Street Extension residence on Nov. 12. Police said the deceased — George Stabler, 69 — had died of natural causes.
• Ticketed a Middlebury Union High School student for being a minor in possession of tobacco on campus on Nov. 12.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Saturday cited a Northlands Job Corps student for disorderly conduct and simple assault following a confrontation with Northlands security personnel during which the student allegedly tied to choke one security officer and spit on another.
Editor’s note: On this Thanksgiving week, here’s a story that brings a message of being thankful for what we have. Hannah Newman is a Middlebury College senior who has been writing neuroscience-related pieces for the Addison Independentfor the past two years. While this story is about a condition called prosopagnosia, it also has a personal message to fit the occasion.
The impending demise of Hostess Brands Inc. is good for a few cheap laughs.
To start with, Hostess’s signature product, the Twinkie, is inherently funny. It has been theorized that only rats, cockroaches and Twinkies would survive the end of the world as we know it. My niece Carrie forwarded a George Takei tidbit about a looming December prediction of doom and noted the timing of Twinkies’ demise: “Well played, Mayans.”
Prescription drug abuse is a problem with numerous casualties and it is a reality that we know only too well in St. Albans. The abuse has torn families apart, led to increases in local crime, and put many peoples’ health at risk.