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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County District Court Judge Cortland T. Corsones on Tuesday rejected, as too lenient, a proposed plea deal for a 71-year-old-man who was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old, developmentally disabled Bristol girl last year.
At issue is a case involving Robert J. Boehmer, formerly of Bristol, who had been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, sexual assault and luring a child — all felonies — in connection with his alleged conduct with a Bristol girl whose family had taken in Boehmer, an acquaintance who had no other place to stay.
Well, it’s silly season for baseball again, where some pitchers are awarded salaries (a reported $17 million a year for John Lackey) that are more than 400 times the average annual income for folks who actually do something productive for society, teachers.
But that’s an argument for another day. I can’t stop the Yankees from giving A-Rod $32 million a year, an amount that is almost exactly double the total of the combined preliminary Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school budgets.
BRANDON — Hannaford Supermarkets has announced plans to buy two Grand Union grocery stores located in Brandon and Swanton.
The Maine-based chain has reached an agreement in principle to buy the two stores and the deal is expected to be finalized in early 2010, Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton said on Monday.
BRANDON — On Friday in Brandon, the Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team led for most of the game against visiting Middlebury, but crucially not the final 2:35.
That’s when the visiting Tigers capped a comeback from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to take a hard-fought 53-46 win in the crowded House of Noise.
MUHS coach Cindy Atkins believes her team — which was shorthanded due to injuries and dressed just eight players — did well to win in a challenging environment against a tough foe.
ADDISON COUNTY — As powerful winds swept through Addison County on Wednesday afternoon, Middlebury residents Mike and Marcia Adams kept a close eye on the wind gauge installed at their Munger Street home.
The wind was howling at a pretty steady 50 or 60 miles an hour, Mike Adams said. It was three or four o’clock in the afternoon by then. Outside, trees cracked and shimmied in the wind.
The gusts that plowed through Bennington, Rutland and Addison counties that afternoon toppled trees and power lines, leaving an estimated 19,000 Vermont households without power.
MIDDLEBURY — It was shaping up to be a dismal Christmas for Megan Wood, her partner Robert Costa, and their three young children.
The young family had recently moved back to their native Vermont after some extended time in Florida taking care of Wood’s ailing mother. When Wood’s mom died last year, they had come to a crossroads.
“There was nothing down there for me anymore,” said Wood, 25. “I was in a deep depression and decided I needed to get back with family.”
ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) confirmed on Friday that an Idaho-based firm has been picked to demolish the Champlain Bridge, and that the event will be publicized for safe viewing.
In other related news, work continues on a new ferry service that is being established just south of the Champlain Bridge, and Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) has given more than 2,000 rides to commuters seeking alternative routes across or around the lake since the 80-year-old span closed to traffic on Oct. 16.
MIDDLEBURY — This holiday season, the view through the window of one Middlebury home isn’t just holiday lights. Instead, in the biggest windowsill in the Hathaway house off Halladay Road, 88 nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes are already on display.
Cullen Hathaway, a seventh-grader at Middlebury Union Middle School, owns the large collection. Every December, the 12-year-old pulls the nutcrackers out of their storage boxes in the attic and sets them out on the windowsill.