Bristol man brandished a gun at police, is arrested

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Aug. 15 cited Benjamin Emmons, 32, of Bristol for three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, felony operating without owner’s consent, criminal threatening, and a probation violation, following an investigation into “numerous property thefts” in the area. At around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 14, police received a tip about Emmons allegedly being in possession of a firearm and a stolen truck but couldn’t locate him that day. The next day, police said they found Emmons i … (read more)

Police improve response to rising number of mental health calls

Middlebury police have seen the number of calls requesting mental health-related help rise from 54 in 2018 to 259 in 2021.

Police investigating pharmacy break-ins in Vergennes, Bristol and Brandon

VERGENNES/BRISTOL/BRANDON — Police in Vergennes, Bristol and Brandon are seeking help from the public in providing information about two recent attempted break-ins into pharmacies and one burglary at Kinney Drug Store in Vergennes in which police said thi … (read more)

Committee backs Vergennes citizen police oversight

Should Vergennes form a community panel to help city officials oversee and work with the police department? For the second time in 17 months the local committee charged with studying the question said “yes.”

UPDATED: Police called in as flag conflict escalates at Mt. Abe

Officials from three county law enforcement agencies stood by this morning at Mount Abraham Union High School, which was on full alert after some students had threatened to bring weapons to school following a school ban on flag-related attire.

City police-study panel eyes collaborative model

VERGENNES — For the past few months a rebuilt Vergennes Citizen Review Board Exploratory Committee has been researching options for a possible citizen police advisory panel to present to the Vergennes City Council. On Feb. 23 that study committee’s chair, … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Police should work together

Article in Addison Independent, Jan. 14: “MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton is seeking community support in raising $1.5 million to transform his organization into a one-stop shop for law enforcement and community services ranging from jump … (read more)

Distressing case in Middlebury reveals cracks in system

MIDDLEBURY — Folks walking past the Middlebury police station off Seymour Street during the night of Jan. 12-13 caught an unusual and disturbing sight. A woman camped out in a snow bank, just a few feet away from warmth, nourishment and companionship. It’ … (read more)

Vergennes leads effort for police and social service collaboration

VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel — along with a dozen area nonprofits and state agencies — is working on bringing to northern Addison County a collaborative effort among social services and police that Merkel and others believe will better … (read more)

Letter to the editor: ‘Support your local police’

I was relieved to notice a sign outside Greg’s Meat Market encouraging us to “Support Your Local Police.” It was indeed nicely planted and well watched. I’ll admit — at first I didn’t get it at all. “Support Your Local Police?” I imagined an implicit thre … (read more)

Vergennes council fills police study committee amid tension

VERGENNES — After a couple of fits and starts and a split vote, the Vergennes City Council on Nov. 10 filled out the ranks — plus one — of the committee that’s exploring whether the city should create a citizen review panel to help oversee and/or work wit … (read more)

City council fills police study committee amid tension

VERGENNES — After a couple fits and starts and a split vote, the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday filled out the ranks — plus one — of the committee that is exploring whether the city should create a citizen review panel to help oversee and/or work with … (read more)

City police panel hopes to complete work

VERGENNES — The three remaining members of the committee charged with studying whether Vergennes should establish a civilian police oversight panel are not sure they can complete their mission or how much backing they have from city officials. But Vergenn … (read more)

Six loose cows shot dead in Orwell (updated)

ORWELL — Six loose cows appear to have been shot and killed Friday night in Orwell, according to a press release issued by Vermont State Police Saturday. The cows had been running wild most of the summer and fall, said Brian Kemp, who owns Mountain Meadow … (read more)

Vergennes traffic-stop data reflect bias

VERGENNES — An analysis of more than 10,000 traffic stops conducted by Vergennes police between 2015 and 2019 shows that Black, Asian and Hispanic drivers were more likely to be stopped and ticketed, while Black and Hispanic drivers were more likely to be … (read more)

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