September 13th, 2012
I always loved thunderstorms as a child. My favorite place to watch them was lakeside on vacations in Maine. I still enjoy a good thunderstorm now and then. But since the flood of 1998 — and since I moved into a house on the side of a hill in the middle of the woods — my feelings have changed.
Middlebury is on a roll. Recent news that the Middlebury Land Trust will buy 38.3 acres on the southeastern flank of Chipman Hill, thereby setting aside an extremely important parcel of land for recreational uses and as a valuable community park, only adds to a string of events that are creating a very positive vibe in the community.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department executed a search at a Mountain View Street apartment on Sept. 9, finding 1,500-2,000 used hypodermic needles, heroin, morphine, and a substance that Chief Kevin Gibbs said may possibly be crack cocaine.
Police charged Amy Norton, 38, with possession of heroin and morphine. A second suspect, whose charges are pending while police await test results on the third substance, will likely face charges of possession of crack cocaine.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to an accident at the intersection of Smith Street and Witherell Road in Shoreham at approximately 3:51 p.m. last Saturday.
In their report, troopers said that 48-year-old Sheila King of Rutland was working as a traffic controller at a paving site there when she waved through a tractor towing a trailer with a load of apples. The operator of the tractor, Charles Kennett, 64, of Panton, had been making a left-hand turn onto Smith Street from Witherell Road.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police arrested a 34-year-old man on Sept. 6 and charged him with domestic assault after he allegedly attacked his mother at a First Street home that evening.
Charged was Scott Murphy, who police said shares the home with his mother. Police lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center after an incident they alleged began with a dispute over how much Murphy had been drinking.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police dealt with mostly routine matters between Sept. 3 and 9, including car accidents, retail thefts, drunkenness, fake IDs and harassing phone calls.
In that week, Middlebury police:
• On Sept. 3 dealt with a Buttolph Drive complaint of an unleashed dog harassing another dog.
• On Sept. 3 responded to Porter Hospital’s emergency room to help deal with a potentially violent patient.
• On Sept. 3 received a tip about illegal drug sales in Middlebury.
SUDBURY — A fund has been established at a local bank to help the family of a local man stricken with Eastern Equine Encephalitis who was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.
The Scott Sgorbati Family Aid Fund was established last Friday at the National Bank of Middlebury to help the family of Sgorbati, one of two local men to contract EEE last month as the first human cases in the state. The other man, 87-year-old Richard Breen of Brandon, died of the disease on Sept. 4.
They were the first two EEE cases in Vermont.
NEW HAVEN — On Wednesday a little before 4 p.m. Vermont State Police were notified that someone was illegally growing marijuana in a cornfield near Route 17 in New Haven.
The grow operation was discovered when the corn was being cut down. Trooper Conway reported that marijuana was growing at around six separate sites, each containing five to six plants.
Police pulled out the marijuana and took it to the New Haven state police barracks for destruction.