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Community Forum: City police need new quarters

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By Bill Benton et al.



This week’s community forum was submitted by four Vergennes aldermen: Bill Benton, Joe Klopfenstein, Randy Ouellette, and Renny Perry, who chairs the Police Station Planning Committee.

Last summer, while opera house patrons waited in line to purchase tickets to an event in the downstairs atrium, a Vergennes police officer entered with two people in handcuffs and passed by the line of anxious people to enter the office.

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Bristol chief reprimanded, will pay restitution to town

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard last week disciplined Police Chief Kevin Gibbs for his handling of a grant over three years.

On Dec. 17, the board held a disciplinary hearing in executive session to discuss Gibbs’ handling of a Department of Health grant. In public session, the selectboard voted to direct Town Administrator Bill Bryant to issue a written reprimand to Gibbs, and to require Gibbs to pay $6,895 in restitution to the police department by June 30, 2013.

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City reveals more info about proposed police station

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at a Tuesday public information meeting at the city fire station released for the first time purchase price details of their proposed North Main Street site for a new police station, and they updated funding plans for what is estimated as a $1.75 million project.  

They told a gathering of about two-dozen residents, plus Police Chief George Merkel and several members of his department, that the chosen parcel could cost up to $259,000.

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Bristol woman struck by car, killed as she crosses street

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — A tragic one-car accident at the intersection of North Street and Park Place in Bristol on Saturday evening claimed the life of an 86-year-old pedestrian, Ann Roscoe of Bristol.

Bristol police responded to the scene at approximately 5:51 p.m. on Nov. 24. Roscoe was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, where she died later that evening, according to a press release from the Bristol Police Department.

Ashley Nancollas, 19, of Bristol, was operating the car. No charges have been filed.

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Survey shows half of Bristol residents favor expanded police district

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — The results of a survey distributed by the Bristol Police Advisory Board outside the polls on Election Day indicate that a very slim majority of Bristol voters favor an expansion of the police district to a town-wide police force — just more than 50 percent.

Jim Quaglino, chair of the police advisory board, said that next steps would include the police department and selectboard looking into what the expansion would cost Bristol taxpayers.

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Vergennes sets public forum on 6,000-square-foot police station

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed on Tuesday to adopt a 6,076-square-foot, 24-room building as a working model for a new police station, and they set a Nov. 27 public informational meeting to explain to residents why city officials believe the building is necessary and hear feedback from taxpayers.

Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said the draft plan has won approval from law enforcement officials around Vermont and is designed to meet the needs for a 10-man city department now and for the foreseeable future.

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Bigger Bristol police district eyed

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — The Police Advisory Board plans to take a first step to gauge public support for expanding the police district beyond the village limits to include the entire town of Bristol.

The board this week announced it will conduct a survey of Bristol residents outside of Holley Hall on Election Day.

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Heffernan gets 33 months in jail of gun crime

Posted on October 22, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — A Bristol man who was originally charged with attempted murder in a 2011 shooting incident that apparently revolved around a heroin deal gone bad, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and been sentenced to nearly three years in jail.

Dean C. Heffernan, 28, of Bristol was sentenced late last week in U.S. District Court in Rutland to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

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Bristol seeks solutions to crime problem

Posted on October 22, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — At its third crime forum last Wednesday at Mount Abraham Union High School, Bristol public safety officials introduced members of a steering committee charged with addressing a perceived increase in crime and drug use.

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UPDATE: Middlebury man killed in shootout with police

Posted on October 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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UPDATED Friday, 5:30 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — After a six-hour standoff, a Middlebury man with a history of threatening others died on Thursday evening during a firefight with local police in the woods off Case Street.

George Demarais, 57, died after he allegedly goaded authorities to shoot him.

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