ADDISON COUNTY — It was a quiet holiday week for Vermont State Police working out of the New Haven barracks; they reported only three incidents between Dec. 22 and Dec. 28.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a complaint from a man who claimed another man tried to steal his backpack while he was walking on South Street near Porter Field Road on Dec. 28. Police described the assailant as a white man around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a red sweatshirt, and a goatee/soul patch facial hair.
The case remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
Last week, my oldest daughter found a copy of our Christmas letter – the breezy family update that I’d slapped together to send out with our Christmas cards. She sat down at the kitchen table to read it, without my knowledge. (It’s still new and surprising that there are members of our family who can read besides my husband and me, and I’ve yet to take the necessary precautions.)
WEYBRIDGE — Around 20 Weybridge and New Haven firefighters responded to a blaze this morning that destroyed a horse barn at 1572 Quaker Village Road.
Firefighters arrived at the scene at around 9 a.m., according to Weybridge Fire Chief Bill Sinks. By then, the barn was fully involved.
“There was nothing we could really do to save the building,” Sinks said of the roughly 30-foot-by-40-foot structure. He identified the owner as Cindy Strate.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police yesterday cited Michael Maheu, 40, of Ripton, for assault and robbery, in connection with the theft of an unspecified amount of drugs from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Court Street Extension on Sunday, Dec. 28.
Police allege that it was Maheu who, at around 5 p.m., approached the the pharmacy clerk with a note demanding narcotics. Authorities allege Maheu was wearing a hoodie to partially conceal his face and displayed no weapon, according to authorities. He ran out of the store after being handed some narcotic pills, police said.
SHOREHAM — Vermont State Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed the Shoreham Service Center at gunpoint on Sunday, Dec. 28, at around 8:40 a.m.
BRISTOL — The five elementary schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union this month created draft budgets for the 2015-2016 school year, giving residents the first idea of what they’ll be asked to approve on Town Meeting Day.
The district disclosed draft budgets for Bristol Elementary, Beeman Elementary, Robinson Elementary, Monkton Central and Lincoln Community schools last week.
Each school estimates a spending increase, and those hikes range from 3.9 to 9.8 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Chamber of Commerce announces that Yankee Farm Credit has opened its new office at 320 Exchange St., Middlebury. Yankee Farm Credit had been located elsewhere on Exchange Street since 1986. An open house for the public will be held at a later date in January.
Built by Bread Loaf Corp., a Middlebury-based planning, design, and construction services firm, the new 4,300-square-foot building features:
• Daylight harvesting with bi-level LED light fixtures and occupancy sensors.