October 15th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating a rash of firearm thefts in the county. Two thefts last week bring the total to three since Sept. 20, each in a separate town.
BRISTOL — Police in Bristol dealt with a variety of incidents in July, as was seen in an activity log recently submitted by Chief Kevin Gibbs. Among the incidents was one in which police returned to a local couple a handgun they had accidently donated to a charity event.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent proceedings in the Addison County Superior Court, criminal division:
Chelsea Barrows, 22, (no address given) pleaded guilty to an Aug. 9 charge of careless or negligent driving, amended from a charge of driving under the influence, and was fined $607.
Shane Branchaud, 31, of Addison pleaded guilty to a July 20 charge of unlawful mischief and was sentenced to 29-30 days in jail, interrupted daily, and was fined $147.
MONTPELIER — The 11-year saga of the proposed Lathrop gravel pit inched toward a resolution this past Wednesday morning when the Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case.
BRISTOL — Dozens of volunteers came out to help construct the new playground on the Bristol green Oct. 4 and 5, but a delayed shipment prevented the crew from completing the project.
“Each day, 20 to 40 people came and we did as much as we could,” said Jill Kopel, a project organizer and Bristol parent. “We’re very close.”
MIDDLEBURY — A feature-length documentary film that chronicles the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team’s surprising 1983 undefeated season and state title will be aired on a Vermont TV station eight time over the next week.
Vermont PBS Plus, Vermont Public Television’s new high-definition channel, will broadcast “The Green Mountain Upset” between Wednesday, Oct. 15, and Tuesday, Oct. 21.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents are mourning the loss of their selectboard chairman, Paul Saenger, who died on Oct. 5 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Former Selectwoman Karen Shackett has been appointed to serve the balance of Saenger’s one-year term, which will be up for grabs next March on Town Meeting Day.
MONTPELIER — Sportsmen and women should be optimistic about the upcoming deer hunting seasons, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
“Our overall herd health is good, and people are seeing a lot of deer right now,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Hunters who scout early should do well as favorite fall foods for deer — apples and nuts — appear spotty. Hunters should key in on these fall food areas, because deer will concentrate in them.”