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April 12th, 2012
You don’t see that bumper sticker on many cars in Vermont. But support for the legalization of marijuana is close to a majority sentiment, if the results of a recent statewide poll are to be believed.
The state Legislature is still taking a very cautious course toward decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
But according to this year’s 42nd annual Town Meeting Day poll by Sen. Bill Doyle, a near majority of Vermonters favor not just decriminalizing marijuana, but legalizing it altogether.
This weekend begins a new trout season and will bring many anglers out on the water. There are two things to keep in mind when fishing in the early season: trout metabolism and food availability. Actually, these are two things to keep in mind year round, and for all types of fishing. But what it means to keep these in mind varies from species to species and season to season.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police stopped a vehicle for traveling at 94 mph in a posted 40 mph zone on Route 7 in New Haven on Easter morning.
Senior Trooper Andrew Leise reported that Bianca Maria Fassbender, 23 of Bad Homburg, Germany, was driving 54 mph over the speed limit through New Haven Junction (where Route 17 and train tracks intersect with Route 7), with three passengers in her vehicle. The trooper noted that this is a busy business area with a major intersection.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes man who police said was highly intoxicated at the time of a Sunday afternoon incident is facing a felony charge of domestic assault plus two more charges: simple assault on a police officer for allegedly spitting in the officer’s face, and interfering with emergency services for damaging a phone that his alleged victim was using to call for help.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Joshua S. Cave, 35, of Leicester for aggravated assault, following a reported fight outside a Court Street residence on April 4. Police said the alleged victim sustained cuts and bruises.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Got medical help for a woman who was standing in front of the Seymour Street fire station on April 2 saying she was depressed and that she had taken around 80 Tylenol pills.
MIDDLEBURY — Police in Middlebury are warning area residents to be wary of scammers calling this week.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, the Middlebury Police Department received numerous reports of Addison County residents receiving automated phone calls that said their debit cards were “locked,” according to Middlebury Police Sgt. Jason Covey. In each case the messages prompted the potential victims to enter their account number to “unlock” the debit cards.
THE MIDDLEBURY UNION Middle School drama club will present their version of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at the Town Hall Theater on Wednesday, April 11 at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. The cast is pictured here during a rehearsal at the school last week.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
BRISTOL — Bristol police have found the local teenager who was reported missing on Sunday.
Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said on late Monday afternoon that they had found 15-year-old Destyni Cassatt, whose family reported her missing after having last seen by on Sunday.
Police began a search Sunday, including sending officers around to knock on doors in her neighborhood.
Gibbs thanked the public for help in locating the teenager, but did not provide information about how or when she was found.