September 15th, 2011
BRISTOL — When a blue minivan with Florida license plates pulled into the Bristol Maplefields on West Street at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, onlookers could barely believe their eyes: A male driver got out of the car completely unclothed.
“The only things he was wearing was a pair of sandals and a credit card,” Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs reported.
On seeing the nude man, a bystander immediately called the police. But contrary to what the caller and some fellow bystanders apparently expected, the police did not arrest the man.
I took in a Levon Helm concert a couple of weeks ago, and before he even got to song number four I had a very bad feeling that I was witnessing his last performance ever. The show was a birthday gift for my son, so, needless to say, the star attraction’s demise would have put a real damper on the celebration.
When the Vermont Legislature adjourned last May, lawmakers set Oct. 18 as the date for a possible special session on the consequences of federal budget cuts on the state’s finances. The special congressional committee established in the agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling will not report until November, so the extent of federal budget cuts impacting Vermont will not be known until early next year.
It’s always hard to say you’re sorry, but anytime 50 residents turn out to a routine meeting of any community board, you know something has upset a large segment of the public and an apology may be in order. And so it was on Tuesday when a crowd addressed the Middlebury selectboard on what many perceived as overzealous work to shore-up town bridges and a retaining wall in the river that, as a consequence, has done what some say is irreparable harm.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sept. 6 cited a Panton man for drunken driving after responding to a motorcycle accident on Panton Road in Panton.
Police went to Panton Road at the request of Vermont State Police, who had been told of a motorcycle off the road. They discovered a bike driven by Leo Pratt, 44, had come to rest in a ditch after sliding about 300 feet.
Police cited Pratt for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took him to Porter Hospital for treatment.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police arrested two 28-year-old New York residents on Sunday evening and charged them in connection with thefts from unlocked cars earlier that day.
Police charged Frederick H. Beck of West Chazy with grand larceny and lodged him at the Addison County Sheriff’s Department for lack of $35,000 bail. They cited Jennifer A. Desrocher of Plattsburgh for accessory to grand larceny.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of approximately $4,000 in tools from a truck parked at a private residence off North Orwell Road in Orwell on Sept. 11.
Police said the assailant pried open a diamond plate toolbox to get at the tools. Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Andrew Leise at 802-388-4919.
In other recent activity, VSP:
When Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont two weeks ago, Vermont’s highway crews were on the front lines of the disaster. Throughout the night of the storm, I was in contact with men and women who were battling floods and torrential rain to close unsafe roads and try to assess damage to bridges and highways, often at great personal risk. The work of these highway maintenance workers during and after the flood has been nothing short of heroic. They’ve showed how much we Vermonters are capable of when the chips are down.