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Middlebury Police Log: Gun fire was to scare the bears

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Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of a gunshot in the Sugarwood Court area on June 17. Police said a neighbor had fired a gun in an effort to scare off a black bear.

As previously reported by the Independent, a black bear and her three cubs have been foraging for food in the Buttolph Acres area for the past few weeks. Also on June 17, one of the bear cubs was spotted in a tree in the Sugarwood Court area.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

•  Returned, to its owner, an iPhone that had been turned into the Middlebury Police Department on June 11.

•  Received a report of a vehicle allegedly leaving the scene of an accident on Weybridge Street on June 11.

•  Served a no-trespass order on June 11 on a man not wanted at a Willow Drive residence.

•  Investigated a report of yelling and swearing coming from a Court Street apartment on June 11. Police said the resident was upset about his television.

•  Received a report of a vehicle allegedly leaving the scene of an accident on Washington Street on June 11.

•  Began an investigation on June 12 into a possible theft from Kinney Drugs. Police are looking at store video of the alleged incident.

•  Received a report of a vehicle allegedly leaving the scene of an accident on Rogers Road on June 12.

•  Served court diversion paperwork on Jun 12 on a drunken man who had entered a vehicle on Shannon Street that didn’t belong to him.

•  Investigated a report of gunshots heard in the Seymour Street Extension area on June 13.

•  Helped Middlebury Regional EMS with a suicidal woman in the Kings Row area on June 13.

•  Were informed of the theft of some bags of soil from Vermont Natural Ag Products on Foote Street on June 13.

•  Served a no-trespass order on June 13 on a man who wasn’t wanted at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center.

•  Responded on June 14 to a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian on Court Street, near the north intersection of Mary Hogan Drive. Police said the pedestrian — 35-year-old James Benway of Middlebury — was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of injuries that included a head laceration. Benway was eventually transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center, according to police. Authorities said Benway was using a crosswalk at the time he was struck. Police said the incident is still under investigation.

•  Were informed of the theft of a Bluetooth speaker from a Main Street residence on June 14.

•  Responded to a report of a disorderly patient at Porter Hospital on June 14.

•  Investigated a report of some people sleeping in front of a closed business on Court Street on June 14.

•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a drunken man on Seymour Street on June 14.

•  Helped Middlebury Regional EMS with a woman believed to have overdosed on drugs near Shaw’s Supermarket off Washington Street on June 15. Police said the woman was taken to Porter Hospital.

•  Cautioned some people who had been target practicing in a field off Shard Villa Road on June 15. Police said a South Street Extension resident had complained of the group’s bullets hitting close to his home. Police said the men promised not to shoot in that direction again.

•  Assisted a local woman who was having mental health issues on June 15.

•  Located the owners of a dog that had been left in a hot car parked off Washington Street on June 16.

•  Assisted Vermont State Police with a drunken man in the Smead Road area of Salisbury on June 16. Police said the man was taken to Porter Hospital.

•  Assisted Middlebury firefighters with an out-of-control campfire off Abbey Pond Road on June 17.

•  Removed a small doe that had been killed by a car while trying to cross Quarry Road on June 17.

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