News

10/11/2019
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department is asking for public help to solve an alleged burglary that occurred at a residence near the town green earlier this month. On Saturday, Oct. 5, around 10 a.m., a person entered a home on West Street, near School Street, and stole money, according to Bristol police. The suspect, who is described by the BPD as a white male about five feet tall with a slender build, wearing dark clothing and possibly a hat, may have left on foot and headed east toward Main Street. Police ask that anyone who may have home or other security cameras on School Street, Park...
10/10/2019
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police on Thursday provided the name of the man whose body was found dead in Salisbury on Tuesday morning. The body of 34-year-old Nicholas Louras of Rutland was found off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on the morning of Oct. 8. Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Wednesday, which state police said enabled them to positively identify Nicholas Louras. They said someone shot him to death with a gun. Louras is a cousin of Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland, who died as the result of an exchanging of gunfire with Rutland City and...

PROCESSORS AT LEANING Barn Farm in Bristol feed hemp stems into an industrial “bucker,” which removes the leaves and flowers. Not only can such machines be prohibitively expensive but they can also be hard to find for purchase these days because of the rapid expansion of the hemp industry nationwide. Leaning Barn has remedied this situation in part by building a custom bucking board (not shown). Independent photo/Christopher Ross
10/10/2019
BRISTOL — The industrial hemp harvest has begun. On a gray chilly day last week in northern Bristol, Eric Durand and John Murphy crisscrossed Route 116 in a red Polaris Ranger, hauling cut hemp plants from fields on the east side of the road to the impromptu processing facility set up by Leaning Barn Farm on the west side. Durand and Murphy unloaded the harvested plants wherever there was room — on the ground, inside one of the high tunnels or on top of pizza boxes that had been laid out on a makeshift table, the remnants of that day’s lunch. Leaning Barn Farm planted 45,000 industrial hemp...

SELEEM CHOUDHURY
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Recently hired Porter Medical Center President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the aftermath of a PMC board investigation into allegations he plagiarized material for a series of weekly messages to the hospital community. Dr. Choudhury started at Porter as chief operating officer on April 29 and took the mantle as president on June 1, when previous Porter President Dr. Fred Kniffin returned to his full-time responsibility as an Emergency Department physician. However, Choudhury faced some criticism late in the summer that his weekly emails...

ANNE SCHULZE, LEFT, and Janet Schulze Swain search through the Addison Independent archives for scraps of news about their sister, Lynne Schulze, a Middlebury College student who disappeared from town on Dec. 10, 1971. Almost 48 years later, investigators continue to seek answers into what happened to Schulze. Independent photo/John Flowers
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Schulze family puts together an annual calendar matching photos with the birthdates of the many members of the Connecticut-based clan. Individuals play a recurring, starring role on the day they came into the world. Lynne Schulze’s face is featured twice in her family’s calendar. Once on Feb. 9, when she was born in 1953. And again on Dec. 10, the date on which she disappeared from Middlebury, in 1971. Lynne’s sisters, Anne Schulze and Janet Schulze Swain, are still hoping to clear up the mystery surrounding their sibling’s fate. They were in town last week for two days to...
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project has gone as smoothly as could be hoped and is ahead of schedule in some areas, project community liaison Jim Gish told the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday. But, Gish warned, the “heavy lift” lies ahead in 2020. That’s when Middlebury’s Main Street will be closed to through traffic for roughly two months, from May 27 to an estimated Aug. 5, to allow final installation of a precast concrete railroad tunnel through the heart of town. The tunnel will replace aging bridges on Main Street and Merchants Row that were...
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) and the organization called Neighbors, Together on Tuesday told the Middlebury selectboard they have been making good use of the town’s $228,750 Vermont Agency of Transportation grant awarded to the town a year ago to soften the impact of the ongoing project to replace two downtown rail bridges. That multi-year project is projected to wrap up its most disruptive phase next August, and its impact on Middlebury’s downtown is expected to be greatest next summer. That’s when both Main Street and Merchants Row will be closed...
10/10/2019
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard has scheduled a special election for Tuesday, Dec. 3, so that voters can decide who will replace Selectman Ted Lylis, who resigned suddenly last month. The selectboard had originally planned to appoint someone to the seat at a meeting this past Monday night, but after considerable deliberation, they decided to let the voters choose instead. Eight citizens had originally expressed an interest in being appointed to the seat. Two of them subsequently withdrew. At Monday’s meeting the remaining six interviewed for the position. They were Ian Albinson, Eric Carter...

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...
10/10/2019
You are invited to participate in a discussion about the lives of migrant workers in Vermont. The talk, led by author and UVM Anthropology Professor Teresa Mares, will be held at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society headquarters on Charles Avenue in Middlebury on Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Mares’s new book, “Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont,” explores the vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farm workers, and analyzes the inequities, fear and invisibility experienced by those who sustain the state’s dairy industry. The...

Pages

Login for Subscriber Access

Addison County Independent

58 Maple Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
Fax: 802.388.3100