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October 8th, 2014
This week’s writer is Chief George Merkel of the Vergennes Police Department, who is writing in his role as president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police.
I call on the Public Service Board to re-open discussion of the permit for Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline. Here are some of the reasons.
Your extensive and excellent coverage of the People’s Climate March in New York accurately portrayed the remarkable gathering of people who came together to express our deep concern about climate change. The mood at the march was overwhelmingly hopeful, but as your guest editorial asked, “What, really, was accomplished?”
There are many reasons to support Betty Nuovo and Amy Sheldon in the coming election for state representative from Middlebury. One reason is that both Nuovo and Sheldon have already demonstrated their commitment to the town of Middlebury through their many constructive contributions over the last two decades.
ADDISON COUNTY — For the past few years, Vermont State Police have not disclosed the blood alcohol level shown by defendants at traffic stops for driving under the influence. But late last week the agency changed its policy and began releasing that information again.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Justin Cutler, 30, of Middlebury for allegedly trying to obtain narcotics by fraud on Oct. 2. Police arrested Cutler after investigating a report of someone using a prescription pad from the Middlebury Animal Hospital in an attempt to buy narcotics.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Met with a WomenSafe client regarding safety concerns on Sept. 29.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5 handled a variety of incidents, including dealing with two cases of driving under the influence, one case of bearing false witness, two cases of valuable property found and one case of excessive speed, and twice having to determine deaths were of natural causes.
During that seven-day time frame, police conducted a number of foot patrols in response to reports of drug issues and potential criminal activity, and also:
NEW HAVEN — Town officials in New Haven announced on Monday that they had closed part of Plank Road for 30 days in order to replace a culvert. The road is used by some drivers to get from Route 7 to Bristol.
The road is closed between South Middlebrook Road, which is on the New Haven/Waltham town line, and Leduc Road, which is also called Pea Ridge Road to the north of Plank Road. Specifically, the culvert is being installed east of the railroad tracks that cross Plank Road.
There are detour signs around the construction.