Orwell

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Peter Pfenning, 56, of Orwell for driving under the influence (fifth offense), in the Bakery Lane area on July 26. Police said they measured Pfenning’s blood-alcohol content at 0.208 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Pfenning was lodged that evening at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of bail, according to police. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Assisted a local resident whose bank account had been hacked on July 22. • Served a no-trespass order on July 22 on a man who wasn’t wanted at the Dunkin Donuts...
From its earliest settlement and history Vermont has been defined by a powerful critical life defining sense of community with small self sustaining villages cropping up all across the state. This is the defining element of Vermont. A collective gathering of self-sufficient interactive villages, communities and ultimately some larger towns interspersed through a classic Vermont landscape of family farms. Community is defined as a unified body of individuals sharing a common history of social, economic, political and cultural interests. Society is defined as a community of interdependent...
ORWELL — On Saturday, July 27, two characters from the Revolutionary War return to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell for a time-traveling interview.  This is the annual “Inquiry into the Revolutionary Mind” program, which year featuring two men in the caring professions — Dr. Jonathan Potts and Rev. Thomas Allen. The program begins at 2 p.m. Modern day historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin will interview Potts and Allen, who were responsible for the physical and spiritual well being of the soldiers at Mount Independence. Potts was physician-surgeon for the...
ORWELL — An Orwell man pleaded innocent on Tuesday in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to felony charges — including arson and aggravated domestic assault — following an alleged drug-fueled incident at a home on Fisher Road in Orwell on Sunday. Dustin M. Shaw, 33, was ordered held without bail following his arraignment on four charges, including felony unlawful mischief, felony first-degree domestic assault, felony third-degree arson and misdemeanor domestic assault. Shaw was also wanted on three separate outstanding warrants, for simple assault, driving with a suspended license and...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an Orwell man’s appeal of his 2017 conviction on a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a minor. It was in January of 2017 that an Addison County jury convicted Rein Kolts on the felony charge, relating to allegations he had repeatedly engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts over a two-year period with a girl whom court records identified as his niece. The victim — then in her early teens — told authorities in 2014 she had been sexually assaulted by Kolts more than five times at the defendant’s Orwell home and once in Chester during the...

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