July 5th, 2012
BRISTOL — On June 26, two Mountain Street residents informed the Bristol Police Department that contents from their cars were stolen.
Among the items stolen from one car were a smartphone charger, a Fletcher Allen hospital pager, a white wallet with butterflies on it, five credit cards, two debit cards, a driver’s license, $80 in cash, a Madison clutch purse, four pairs of sunglasses, an Albuterol inhaler, two bottles of prescription medication and four buckeye nuts.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Elizabeth R. Murphy, 41, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, second offense, and a criminal charge of driving with a suspended license, following an investigation in the Champlain Farms store parking lot on July 1.
Police said they measured Murphy’s blood alcohol level at 0.195 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Served a no-trespass order on June 25 on a man who was not wanted at Vermont Country Soap on Exchange Street.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited a 34-year-old Bridport man for driving under the influence of alcohol on June 30 after he allegedly spun his car’s tires, raced its engine and rapidly accelerated at a downtown city intersection.
Police said they spotted Shawn Gero perform those actions at the intersection of School and South Water streets, and then pulled him over. After observing signs of alcohol use police performed roadside and office tests of Gero’s blood-alcohol content.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Wednesday, June 27, at 6 a.m., Vermont State Police in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal Service executed a search of a residence in Salisbury. They found the target of the search — Jamal Hall, 35, of Troy, N.Y. — hiding inside the residence.
Hall was wanted on multiple felony warrants out of New York state. The Associated Press reported that Hall was a member of the Bloods street gang.
For months, the chattering class occupied itself with the self-appointed task of telling people how the court would rule on “Obamacare” and why. And they were wrong. Almost without exception. No one predicted that Chief Justice John Roberts — nominated by former President George Bush — would side with the court’s four liberal justices to give President Barack Obama his most sought-after victory.
Probably my favorite moment of our family’s enjoyable Saturday night trip to see the Vermont Lake Monsters came when my older daughter gained new perspective on the quality of her internship here at this newspaper.
Not all work at the Independent is as glamorous as it appears when readers see us at school board meetings, zoning hearings and ribbon-cuttings.
President Obama and supporters of a greater government role in providing and financing health care were overjoyed at last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. A closer reading of Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion should dampen that enthusiasm. The ACA still faces political challenges, and the Court has erected barriers to future expansions of federal social policy.
SALISBURY — As a self-employed paint contractor, Salisbury resident Tim Ryan has navigated through some choppy financial waters during the past four years while the economy has faltered.
And through it all, Ryan believes his fortunes — and those of other small business owners — could have been improved if state government had done more to relieve the tax burden and reduce regulations on struggling enterprises.
Now Ryan, 45, has decided he will try to change state economic development policy from within.