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February 18th, 2015
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had a safe and successful hunting season in 2014. Hunters took 567 black bears during the 84 days of the two-part “early bear season” and “late bear season.” There were also no hunting-related shooting incidents.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Feb. 14 arrested a Waitsfield man on suspicion of committing multiple offenses.
Police pulled over Erik P. Lundblad, 35, just before 1 a.m. for driving an unregistered vehicle on Stoney Hill Road. Police found that his driver’s license had been suspended for life for previous DUI convictions, and that he had a pending third DUI charge. Police said Lundblad was under conditions set by a judge that he not drive nor buy or possess alcohol. Police suspected Lundblad was intoxicated, and found an open can of beer in the vehicle.
VERGENNES — Vergennes and Vermont State police, with some help from a number of upset motorists, on Feb. 13 issued a number of citations to the driver of an empty southbound log truck that Vergennes police said ran two vehicles off Route 7 and nearly struck three more.
City police said VSP cited Kenneth Willard, 67, of Leicester, for careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Vergennes police cited Willard for 13 violations of federal trucking laws, most notably, they said, for fatigue and failure to maintain driving logs properly.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police referred to the Vermont State Police a report on Feb. 15 that a 17-year-old youth had allegedly videotaped an 8-year-old girl undressing in his Addison County home.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to noise complaints in the Court Street and South Pleasant Street neighborhoods on Feb. 9.
• Received a report about an out-of-control student at MUHS on Feb. 9. Police said school officials were able to solve the problem internally.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
VERGENNES — On Town Meeting Day voters in Vergennes, Panton and Waltham will be asked to approve a $4.7 million Vergennes Union Elementary School budget that would increase spending by about 7.7 percent over the current level of about $4.36 million.
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning said the VUES board adopted that spending plan on the recommendation of administrators.
BRISTOL — Scores of Bristol Elementary School parents, teachers and community members attended the school board meeting this past Monday night to voice their concerns on the proposed school budget.
In a marathon meeting that lasted more than three hours, staff and residents raised concerns about layoffs that the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget would likely necessitate, and the process by which the budget is created.
Bristol residents will vote on the proposed $4.9 million spending plan on March 3, Town Meeting Day.
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Jan. 12 cut the ribbon on a new state office building in the heart of St. Albans. Vermont Integrated Architecture (VIA) of Middlebury designed the building as part of a team assembled by development firm ReArch Co. in South Burlington. Replacing a vacant and crumbling brick building on Federal Street, the 45,100-square-foot office building, which will house approximately 168 employees in six departments of the Agency of Human Services, is a large part of the planned revitalization of the city of St. Albans.