Archive - Feb 2012
One week from now, I will be traveling through Rwanda — “land of 1,000 hills” — with 18 high school students.
I’m still trying to convince myself of this fact: On Sunday, I will abandon my desk here at the Addison Independent for three weeks and hop on a plane to sub-Saharan Africa, acting as a multimedia instructor for a group of students who are immersed in an unfamiliar country, a different history, a new reality.
The White House and the Obama re-election campaign should reconsider their plans for the president’s trip to Vermont at the end of March. Obama will be taking a quick trip to Burlington and to Portland, Maine, on March 30 solely for the purpose of fundraising. All the events in Burlington will be at the Sheraton.
As a rookie reporter in 1974, one of the first stories I covered was the Eastern Wilderness Act. To get some details on the new law, I called the office of Vermont Republican Sen. George Aiken.
I was expecting to get a junior aide on the phone. Instead, the receptionist asked, “Would you like to speak to the senator? He’s right here.”
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Feb. 10 cited a South Burlington man for possession of 1.89 pounds of marijuana following a 1:40 a.m. traffic stop on Main Street.
Police said that department Drug Recognition Expert Brent Newton also tested Justin B. Thayer, 24, on the scene for driving under the influence of drugs, and that Thayer could face DUI-drug charges depending on the results of a blood test administered later that night at Porter Hospital.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Jeffrey A. Drown, 30, of Middlebury for possession of heroin, following an incident outside of the Shaw’s Supermarket on Washington Street on Feb 7. A police officer alleged seeing Drown using a hypodermic needle in his vehicle. After getting consent, authorities searched the vehicle.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a report of vandalism to multiple mailboxes on Halladay Road on Feb.6.
VERMONT — A one-car accident in Poultney last Thursday sent an 81-year-old Cornwall man to the hospital.
Vermont State Police said that on Feb. 9 at around 3:30 p.m. troopers responded to a crash on Route 31 in Poultney. Trooper Purdy reported that a vehicle driven by Paul Viko left the roadway hitting multiple mailboxes, a residence and a telephone pole.
Police suspect that Viko had a cardiac event or medical circumstance that contributed to the cause of the crash.
BOSTON — At a ceremony in Boston this past weekend, The Addison County Independent won 12 awards for journalistic excellence at the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association Better Newspaper Competition. Among the more than 350 newspapers entered in the contest, the Independent won six first place awards, four seconds and two thirds.
MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Farms clerk in Vergennes who on Sept. 28 restrained a robber wielding a large knife was not responsible for her death during the incident, according to Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster.
Fenster on Wednesday afternoon released the conclusions of his lengthy review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Yemalla Sprauve, 34, who attempted to rob the Main Street convenience store at 4 a.m. and was found unresponsive by police when they arrived.