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February 6th, 2014
VERMONT — Last week Vermont State Police said their investigation showed that a Ferrisburgh man and a Milton man were responsible for a two-month-long burglary spree crossing three counties.
Since December 2013, state police have received multiple reports of burglaries in Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties, including the towns of Westford, Underhill, Jericho, Milton, Fletcher and East Fairfield. The items stolen and method of burglary revealed a pattern of crime.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Gerald Vanzyverden, 22, of Athyn, Pa., for unlawful trespass into a dwelling, after he was allegedly found asleep on a sofa inside a Monroe Street residence on Jan. 31. Police said the homeowner suspects she might have inadvertently left her door unlocked. Police said they found Vanzyverden “extremely intoxicated.”
Police took Vanzyverden to the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of bail.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — In a relatively quiet week between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2, Vergennes police handled mostly routine matters, aiding the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, dealing with car accidents, looking into two cases of alleged retail theft, and issuing one citation for driving with a suspended license.
In that time period, Vergennes police:
• On Jan. 27 helped VARS with four separate patients at Northlands Job Corps, in one case dealing with an unruly student interfering with medical and police work.
BRISTOL — Bristol police recently twice cited a town woman for driving with a suspended license.
Police on Jan. 5 saw Melodie A. Campbell, 41, driving a vehicle on East Street, and later discovered that Campbell was prohibited by conditions of release from two previous driving-with-suspended-license citations. Police again saw Campbell driving on Jan. 30, and arrested her. Campbell is due to answer the charges in Addison County Superior Court on March 3.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joy Dobson has had a very good couple of months.
President Barack Obama recently announced her selection as one of only 102 national recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Peter Welch is not among the taller members of the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Vermont Democrat can hoof it. I’ve got about five inches on him, but I’m struggling to keep up as we wind through the tunnels and alleys somewhere beneath the Longworth House Office Building.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House and Senate agriculture committees are gearing up for a showdown over changes to the state’s flagship land conservation program.
A special study committee chaired by Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Essex/Orleans, struck all the language from a bill that passed the House in 2013. The Senate version — still a rough draft — was discussed at the Statehouse on Tuesday evening at the fifth and final in a series of public hearings.
MIDDLEBURY — The Safe Routes to School Team at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School encourages students to get rid of winter blahs and try a winter walk on Wednesday, Feb. 5.