BRISTOL — Vermont State Police called to a domestic disturbance at a home on Lower Notch Road in Bristol Tuesday night shot a resident of that home who police say was armed. VSP and a Bristol Police Department officer immediately rendered first aid to the man, identified as 28-year-old Greg West, and he was eventually transported by helicopter to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he underwent surgery for his wounds. As of 9 a.m. on Wednesday West was listed in “critical but stable condition.” At about 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday a relative of West made a 911 call and...

VERGENNES POLICE CHIEF George Merkel is joined by Children’s Librarian Rachel Plant during a presentation to more than a dozen kids at Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes last week.
VERGENNES — On the evening of Monday, Nov. 18, a group of approximately 20 children and almost an equal number of parents came to the Bixby Library to share an evening of reading, laughter and chocolate chip cookies (made by Mrs. Merkel) with Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel. The Bixby Library Children’s Librarian Rachel Plant handed out a stuffed animal to each child, who were dressed in pajamas and slippers.  “The Bixby Library provides some wonderful opportunities to both children and parents to experience the wonders of reading,” Merkel said. “I am and will always be an advocate of...
VERGENNES — Talks between the newly unionized Vergennes Police Department and the City of Vergennes began on Oct. 10, but neither side would discuss any details of the meeting, including where it was held, who attended, how long it lasted, what issues were discussed, or when the two parties might meet again. The only indication that the two parties were going to meet came at the Oct. 8 Vergennes City Council meeting, when Vergennes City Manager Matt Chabot informed council members talks were scheduled for Thursday the 10th. “We collectively agreed that no information would be shared outside...

LEADERS OF ST. STEPHEN’S Episcopal Church on the green will likely soon install a fence and perimeter lighting to deter people from relieving themselves in the building alcove that fronts the town park. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Increasing numbers of homeless folks seeking services in Middlebury are putting a strain on local police, who said they’re spending many hours responding to trespassing, assaults, disturbances and a variety of behavioral problems associated with some of those availing themselves of shelter and food in Addison County’s shire town. Time spent sorting out complaints with transients — many of whom are from out-of-state and who are dealing with myriad mental health and substance addiction problems — is precluding police from devoting adequate time to regular patrol activities,...
VERGENNES — According to Tim Noonan, the executive director of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, he will oversee an election at the Vergennes Police Department either later this month or in early September. The vote will determine if the officers of the city police force will unionize. City officials in July made it official they would not oppose the officers’ wish to affiliate with the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a union that represents many law enforcement agencies in New England, including in Vermont. The proposed union includes non-supervisory personnel only, and...

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