November 7th, 2013
If you’re thinking of getting into a written squabble, Mark Twain once wrote, “never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”
It’s a joke most aptly applied to the days of yore when newspapers, run by mavericks like William Randolph Hearst and others in the peak of Yellow Journalism (1895-8), were, let’s say, sometimes less than ethical.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are asking the public for information on a one-car crash on Route 7 in Leicester this past Saturday that may have occurred after a red pickup truck swerved in front of the car that crashed.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police served a temporary restraining order on a man who had allegedly been involved in a domestic dispute with a woman at a Court Street residence on Oct. 29. Police said the female victim had been cut with a knife during the altercation. Authorities had not filed charges against anyone in the case as the Addison Independent went to press.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with two disorderly citizens in separate incidents this past weekend, citing one woman and stating that charges remain possible in the second incident.
On Friday, Nov. 1, police were on foot patrol when they said they heard screaming coming from near the City Limits bar on Green Street. The officer found a group of women outside the bar restraining another woman, whom they identified as Amber Jean Lowell, 29, of Ferrisburgh.
BRISTOL — Bristol police in the past week reported three cases in which they cited area residents for driving-related offenses.
On Oct. 31 at 11:42 p.m. police stopped a car driven by Bryon J. Carper, 23, of Bristol on West Street in Bristol. Police said Carper’s blood alcohol content tested more than three times the legal limit for driving and they cited him for driving under the influence. He is due to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Nov. 18.
ADDISON COUNTY — The screening in Addison County next week of a new documentary about prescription drug addiction in Vermont will shine a light on a growing problem that many would just as soon not see.
“Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in Vermont — the governor said so,” said Bess O’Brien, who produced the new documentary “The Hungry Heart.” “I want to create a level of consciousness of the issue, to get the community engaged.”
It’s hard to believe that anyone save the most rabid Republicans could have watched the goings on in the White House over the past few weeks and not be horribly disappointed in what has been revealed.
MIDDLEBURY — The fourth-seeded Middlebury College field hockey team blanked visiting No. 5 Colby in a NESCAC tournament quarterfinal on Saturday, 3-0, and will head to Amherst this weekend for the league’s final four.
The 13-2 Panthers (8-2 NESCAC) will take on the host Jeffs (13-2, 9-1 NESCAC) at 11 a.m., while No. 2 Tufts (15-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will meet No. 3 Bowdoin (13-2, 8-2 NESCAC) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.