September 13th, 2012
VERGENNES — Vergennes police arrested a 34-year-old man on Sept. 6 and charged him with domestic assault after he allegedly attacked his mother at a First Street home that evening.
Charged was Scott Murphy, who police said shares the home with his mother. Police lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center after an incident they alleged began with a dispute over how much Murphy had been drinking.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police dealt with mostly routine matters between Sept. 3 and 9, including car accidents, retail thefts, drunkenness, fake IDs and harassing phone calls.
In that week, Middlebury police:
• On Sept. 3 dealt with a Buttolph Drive complaint of an unleashed dog harassing another dog.
• On Sept. 3 responded to Porter Hospital’s emergency room to help deal with a potentially violent patient.
• On Sept. 3 received a tip about illegal drug sales in Middlebury.
SUDBURY — A fund has been established at a local bank to help the family of a local man stricken with Eastern Equine Encephalitis who was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.
The Scott Sgorbati Family Aid Fund was established last Friday at the National Bank of Middlebury to help the family of Sgorbati, one of two local men to contract EEE last month as the first human cases in the state. The other man, 87-year-old Richard Breen of Brandon, died of the disease on Sept. 4.
They were the first two EEE cases in Vermont.
NEW HAVEN — On Wednesday a little before 4 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified that someone was illegally growing marijuana in a cornfield near Route 17 in New Haven.
The grow operation was discovered when the corn was being cut down. Trooper Conway reported that marijuana was growing at around six separate sites, each containing five to six plants.
Police pulled out the marijuana and took it to the New Haven state police barracks for destruction.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission will host a panel discussion on the threat posed by mosquito-borne diseases on Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of its September monthly meeting.
WHITING/BRANDON — After lightning and bad weather forced Vermont Department of Health officials to cut short an effort last Thursday to spray pesticide over parts of Whiting and Brandon to kill mosquitoes carrying a deadly disease, they finished the job on Friday evening.
ADDISON COUNTY — Homeowners in a half-dozen Addison County towns who would like to take advantage of voter-approved Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district provisions to help finance energy-efficiency improvements will have to wait a little longer.
But an official of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (VEIC), which is expected to help the 32 Vermont PACE towns administer the program, said progress is being made in what he and others say is a complex process of putting regulations and financial backing in place for the $20 million statewide program.
SOUTH STARKSBORO — Greg Orvis easily recalls the days when the one big classroom at the Jerusalem Schoolhouse in South Starksboro was buzzing with activity. As many as 27 students in grades 1 through 8 learned their lessons under the watchful eye of Mrs. Wyman when Orvis attended the school in the late 1950s and ’60s.
“She was very organized, and some of the older kids helped the younger kids,” Orvis, 61, said of Lucy Wyman, who taught at the grade school for years.