April 2nd, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to look into an assault that occurred at the Big Wheel gas station on Route 116 South in Bristol on Monday, March 31, at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: The lead item in this log was updated on Friday, April 4.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Monday said an allegation made early last week of embezzlement at the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union office remains under investigation.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on March 26 received a request from a local woman to destroy what was allegedly a bag of heroin that she had found in her husband’s laundry.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Quieted a noisy Jayne Court couple who said they were “play wrestling” while watching the TV show “Duck Dynasty” on March 24.
MONTPELIER — Hunters took 14,107 deer during Vermont’s four deer hunting seasons in 2013, according to a report on last year’s hunting success released March 20 by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
The number of legal bucks with at least two points on one antler totaled 8,831, up 8 percent from the year before.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Watershed Center, a nonprofit conservation group that maintains hundreds of acres of wilderness, mostly in northwestern Bristol but also in New Haven, held its annual meeting March 16 to plan its agenda and public events for the coming year, including a spring celebration and a birding outing.
The group promotes conservation practices and holds regular events on its two tracts of land for residents and school groups.
BRISTOL — An expanding food program at Bristol Elementary School will give more children access to healthy food during the week, and also on weekends.
The initiative, called “Bites in a Bag,” is a partnership between the Bristol Have-A-Heart Food Shelf, the Bristol Elementary food service staff and parent volunteers.
The group sends students home at the end of each week with a snack bag stocked with foods such as cheese sticks, yogurt, popcorn, fruits and vegetables.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase of 2.5 percent to $45,637 for the 2014–2015 academic year. This is the fifth consecutive year that Middlebury College has limited the increase in tuition to 1 percentage point above inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI increased by 1.5 percent in 2013.
MIDDLEBURY — A former Vergennes man will serve a prison term of 20 years to life in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old Addison County girl back in November of 2012.
Addison County Superior Court Judge Robert Mello passed the sentence on Leo Pratt, 46, following an extensive hearing at the Addison County Courthouse on Thursday, March 27. Pratt was convicted of the charge of aggravated sexual assault in October, a trial that Judge Mello presided over in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, last October.