Bridport

12/05/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — On Nov. 30 Vermont State Police wrapped up their role in investigating a bad crash on Route 22A that had sent four people to the hospital with major injuries. On Oct. 27 at 6:05 p.m. troopers from the New Haven state police barracks were dispatched to two-car, head-on crash on Route 22A near North Cream Hill Road in Bridport. Police report that a 2018 Jeep Compass driven by Tre W. Nichols, 21, of Burlington was traveling north at a speed of 58-59 mph, crossed the yellow centerline, and struck a southbound 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by Tammy Simmes, 53, of Fair Haven. Each...
11/11/2019
BRIDPORT — The Legislative Study Committee on Wetlands will hold a public hearing on the regulation of wetlands in Vermont on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Bridport. The hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bridport Community/Masonic Hall at 52 Crown Point Road. The committee was charged by Act No. 64 of 2019 to recommend to the General Assembly updates and clarifications to the requirements for the regulation of wetlands. The committee is reviewing wetlands permitting standards, exemptions from wetlands permits, permit fees, and other issues related to wetlands regulation....
10/31/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — At around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, Vermont State Police were dispatched to an address on Creek Road in Salisbury for a motor vehicle complaint. A resident told the dispatcher that a vehicle had driven onto his property, gotten stuck and was then yelling.  Troopers arrived and located three subjects; one of them was 32-year-old Mark Kennedy of Weybridge. Police report that during their investigation, Kennedy began acting in a belligerent manner by yelling obscenities. Kennedy became uncooperative and was placed under arrest for impeding public officers and disorderly conduct....

Photo by Dana Entrott, Ethereal Photography
10/28/2019
Brittany and Ryan’s lives have been aligned almost their whole lives. Their initial meeting would date back to Evergreen preschool in Vergennes. They then reconnected at Vergennes Union High for middle and high school. Brittany went off to Castleton University and Ryan went to Vermont Technical College. Their lives probably crossed hundreds of times, but it wasn’t until their second year of college that the two recognized the extra-special nature of their friendship. After college, the pair settled into their first shared home in Ferrisburgh, and brought three dogs into their home: Scout,...

Photo by Megan Panek of Mae Meadows Photography
10/21/2019
Though neither had high hopes for the platform, Brad and Alicia had initially met online. They started off tentatively, just talking for well over a month before they finally agreed to meet in person. But then their relationship blossomed and they slowly started thanking the clever the algorithms that initially brought them together! On a chilly December day in 2018, Brad asked Alicia if she wanted to go for a hike up to Silver Lake. Always game for a hike, Alicia excitedly agreed. On the way up Brad was a little quiet, but Alicia says she didn’t think too much of it at the time. At the top,...

BRYAN ASHLEY-SELLECK, left, Christian Leggett and Christopher Thompson were arrested on third-degree arson, aggravated stalking and other citations in connection with a series of offenses connected to an alleged feud between local farm families.
10/10/2019
BRIDPORT — Three Bridport men on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to charges they engaged in a series of crimes targeting multiple farm families in Bridport through this past summer. Bryan Ashley-Selleck, 26, faces 14 charges, including two felony counts of aggravated stalking with a deadly weapon and felony third-degree arson. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, creating unreasonable noise, multiple counts of unlawful mischief, and providing false information to a police officer. Christopher Thompson, 26, faces two misdemeanor...

BOB AND NANCY Sunderland walk with their five children through a barn at Rolling Acres Farm in Bridport. The family is implementing newer practices and technology to keep the farm healthy for a sixth generation.
09/19/2019
BRIDPORT — Meet Bob, Nancy, Brittany, Abigail, Vanessa, Laila and Beau. Farmers Bob and Nancy, and their five kids, make up the Sunderland family. Despite their busy lives, they wouldn’t change a thing because they love where they live and what they do. Their dairy operation in Bridport consists of 440 head of cattle, 450 acres of tillable land, 160 acres of corn, and state-of-the-art technology that helps them manage their dairy workload. A commitment to community and conservation are at the heart of this remarkable and close-knit family. Rolling Acres Farm, located off Crown Point Road,...
09/12/2019
I read with some relief when the state police claimed that the recent harassment at and vandalism to Mexican farmworkers’ homes in Bridport was the result of a feud over access to a fishing spot, and not directed at these folks for who they are. That relief vanished after talking with the main victim of this harassment, whose home was visited two nights by a group of men yelling, firing shots or setting off fireworks and hitting the house, including his air conditioner that was in an unlocked window. He is a Mexican immigrant and so is his wife. They have young kids. He is a dedicated husband...

BRYAN ASHLEY-SELLECK, left, Christian Leggett and Christopher Thompson were arrested on third-degree arson, aggravated stalking and other citations in connection with a series of offenses connected to an alleged feud between local farm families.
09/05/2019
BRIDPORT — Vermont State Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of three Bridport men on third-degree arson, aggravated stalking and other citations in connection with a series of offenses connected to an alleged feud between local farm families. Some of those targeted were migrant workers, according to authorities. In addition to the stalking and arson counts, state police cited Christopher Thompson, 26; Christian Leggett, 19; and Bryan Ashley-Selleck, 26, with providing false Information to police, petit larceny, noise in the nighttime, and unlawful mischief for a series of what state...
08/29/2019
BRIDPORT — An activist group alleges that a group of people recently surrounded farmworkers’ homes in Bridport, shouting insults and firing guns. The group Migrant Justice has called on police to investigate, which they are doing. Following publication of the incidents on social media, Vermont State Police announced Tuesday that troopers have been investigating multiple incidents and vandalism on farms and at nearby residences near Bridport over the past three weeks. VSP Lt. Jeff Danoski, commander of the New Haven state police barracks, confirmed on Wednesday police are interviewing three...

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