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August 14th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury has received unsolicited inquiries from a handful of entrepreneurs interested in developing the so-called “economic development initiative (EDI)” parcel off Bakery Lane in the downtown. Town officials are now drafting a formal request for proposals intended to yield one or more applications to transform the 1.7-acre property into a commercial-retail-office hub.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Leo F. Hotte Jr., 46, of East Middlebury pleaded innocent at the Addison County Courthouse on Monday to four misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged domestic assault that occurred on July 4.
VERGENNES — A Vergennes man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, in connection with an alleged incident in the Little City on June 6.
BRISTOL — A Bristol man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony count of sexual assault without consent, stemming from allegations that he had non-consensual sex earlier this month with a woman described by authorities as being of “diminished mental capacity.”
Andrew A. Carter, 42, was ordered held for lack of $25,000 bail as he answers to a charge that carries a potential punishment of three years to life in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems announced on Tuesday that it is employing a new tactic to secure land rights necessary to construct a natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury — the company will now provide independent mediators to help landowners negotiate with the company.
“We’re going to be offering neutral mediation for those landowners who we have not been able to reach agreements with,” company spokesman Steve Wark said.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday agreed to take $200,000 from the town’s local option tax fund that is reserved for Cross Street Bridge-related expenses in order to bankroll the relocation and undergrounding of utilities and power lines associated with the soon-to-be built new municipal building at 77 Main St.
NEW HAVEN — They came in single file on a recent Friday morning, marching across the road without regard for their safety, grinding traffic to a halt during the morning rush hour on Addison County’s busiest highway.
For several minutes, they waddled one by one across the pavement, without an ounce of haste in their step. When they all safely crossed, the traffic, by then backed up a dozen cars in each direction, resumed.
VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes could soon have another reason to celebrate in addition to its 15th anniversary (see related story): Although hurdles remain, the club might have found its first permanent home.