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April 5th, 2012
NEW HAVEN — A New Haven man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Country Superior Court (criminal division) to a felony charge of aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, stemming from his March 29 standoff with Vermont State Police that closed down Route 7 for more than seven hours.
Thomas Jerome, 51, was released following his arraignment on conditions that he not have any contact with his wife, with whom he had been arguing the night he allegedly sequestered himself in his Route 7 home, under the influence of alcohol, with a shotgun.
A recent New York Times article by Annie Lowry was titled “Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain.” The article was about how teachers who raise students test scores in elementary and middle school have a lasting impact on those students’ lives in the form of raising their income, increasing their likelihood of attending college and lowering teen pregnancy rates.
VERMONT — The culture of the Vermont State Police is the biggest obstacle to its effectiveness, the aunt of a teenager who died on a hiking trail in January told a Senate committee last week. Alternately defensive, accommodating and apologetic, state police and state officials also testified.
BURLINGTON — “It’s good to be in Vermont!”
That was the understatement from President Barack Obama as he stepped in front of a deafening crowd at the University of Vermont last Friday afternoon. Gutterson Fieldhouse was packed with 4,500 admirers, and they let the first sitting president to visit Vermont in 17 years know he was appreciated.
Cloudless sky. 75 degrees. Palms swaying beyond the outfield fence. Two good teams in a tight, well-played game, on an immaculate, professional grade ball field.
Pitchers are throwing strikes, batters are raking, fielders are scooping ’em up and hauling ’em in.
And I don’t want to be anywhere else.
That was Arizona, where I watched Middlebury College baseball last week, six games in three days, double headers. I’m the baseball “faculty affiliate” (all Midd teams have one).
VERGENNES — Vergennes police last month cited a New Haven resident for possession of heroin, and last week in a separate incident issued her three tickets after a traffic stop.
The more serious charge police filed against Stephanie Williams, 20, came on March 18 after a clerk at the Main Street Champlain Farms called police and reported two women were taking a suspicious amount of time in the store’s rest room.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated an alleged strong-arm robbery at the Blue Spruce Motel on Route 7 South on Friday, March 30. Police said three men entered the room of a lodger of the motel and demanded money. Police said the man gave the suspects more than $100 in cash.
Police have referred the case to Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster.
In other action last week. Middlebury police:
• Were informed that a car was struck while parked on Hillcrest Road on March 26.
ADDISON COUNTY — Between March 27 and April 2, Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks closed Route 7 for about 7 hours beginning at around 5:20 p.m. on March 29 while they negotiated with a drunken man who had a gun and was threatening violence. Ultimately, the man surrendered.
In addition, VSP reported only four other incidents during the week — three marijuana busts and a burglary at the county fairgrounds. Specifically, troopers: