January 15th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 8 cited a Huntington man for refusal to submit to testing for driving under the influence of alcohol, an action taken after he allegedly pulled into the Champlain Farms convenience store and approached two members of the department and asked them to help him pump gas.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of an out-of-control man at Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road on Jan. 12. Police said the man — who authorities perceived to be under the influence of some kind of stimulant drug — ran from the chapel.
Police said they caught him at the college library and then took him to Porter Hospital for treatment.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department reported three recent arrests.
On Jan. 3 at 12:25 p.m. police arrested Thomas John Coleman, 18, of Bristol at a Basin Street residence on a warrant for escape. The Vermont Department of Corrections had issued the warrant on Dec. 30. Bristol police lodged Coleman at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership welcomes Vermont native Matt Dunne, head of community affairs at Google, to the Middlebury Inn on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. for a free talk titled “Innovation and the New Vermont Economy.” A discussion will follow.
[Abridged version: Stay indoors. Drink Scotch.]
MONKTON — Vermont State Police are investigating a rash of thefts across two counties in the early hours of Jan. 13 that targeted both homes and vehicles.
Police believe the three burglaries and five larcenies that occurred in the towns of Charlotte and Monkton are related.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board is looking at a budget draft that if adopted as it stands could, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials, trigger a 20-percent hike in the VUHS portion of the property tax rates in the five ANwSU towns.
Around 100 students, residents and teachers attended a Wednesday VUHS board meeting at which board members wrestled with a preliminary budget draft that could boost school spending next year by about 5 percent to almost $10 million, not including a separate $100,000 Capital Improvements Fund.
MONTPELIER — In his fourth annual state of the state address this past Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin used his bully pulpit to home in on one topic: the “epidemic” of opiate addiction in Vermont.
It was an unusual strategy. Typically, governors (and as Shumlin has in the past) use the state of the state address to give Vermonters the administration’s vision for the coming year on a variety of perennial topics, such as the economy, education, health care and the environment.