Middlebury Police Log: Traffic accident ends in arrest

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police arrested two men following a three-vehicle accident on Route 7 North at around 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Police said the accident occurred in the northbound lane of the road when Brian Baldwin, 42, of Middlebury allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in front of him that had stopped.
That second vehicle, driven by Travis Gero, 21, of Middlebury, then pushed into a third vehicle that had also stopped. Police said they cited Baldwin for driving under the influence (second offense), and took Gero into custody for being wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant out of Franklin County Superior Court. Police said they took Gero to the Addison County Courthouse.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•Tended to several truancy reports at Middlebury Union Middle School on March 17.
•Responded to a report on March 17 of an iPhone 5S recently being stolen from an unlocked car either at McDonald’s Restaurant or the Middlebury Short Stop.
•Checked on a local man suspected to be emotionally distraught on March 17.
•Assisted a Basin View Road resident who on March 18 reported that some jewelry was missing from the home.
•Ticketed a Middlebury woman for driving with a suspended license, no insurance, and a fake Vermont inspection sticker on Washington Street Extension on March 18. Police said the vehicle was towed from the scene.
•Ticketed a Middlebury woman for driving with a suspended license on Route 7 North on March 18.
•Investigated a report of a female walking up and down Brookside Drive on March 18. Police said that although the woman was wearing her sunglasses at night, it was determined that she was OK and just walking with friends.
•Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with an elderly male who had fallen and hit his head on Harrow Way on March 18.
•Responded to a report of skis being stolen from a vehicle parked at Middlebury Union High School on March 19.
•Received a report that someone had stolen various items from three unlocked cars parked off Bakery Lane on March 19.
•Were informed that a laptop and TomTom GPS system had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked off Court Street on March 20.
•Investigated a truancy complaint at MUMS on March 20.
•Responded to a report about a man who appeared to be looking into vehicles in the Mary Hogan School parking lot on March 20. Police said the man was apparently looking for a “shortcut” and that none of the vehicles appeared to have been entered.
•Ticketed a California man for trying to purchase alcohol using a fake identification card on March 20.
•Assisted Vergennes police with a combative woman at their office on March 20.
•Investigated a truancy complaint at MUMS on March 21.
•Received a report that someone had stolen a large leather bag from an unlocked vehicle parked in the Porter Hospital lot on March 21.
•Were informed of the theft of an inspection sticker from a vehicle parked off Elm Street on March 21.
•Investigated a report of a vehicle driving off of Foster Circle and onto a lawn on March 21.
•Arrested Christina Desjadon, 29, of Middlebury for retail theft and for violating her conditions of release, after an alleged shoplifting incident at Hannaford Supermarket on March 21.
•On March 21 arrested Jerry Hoffman, 21, of Middlebury on an active warrant stemming from a 2012 retail theft case. Police encountered Hoffman after being called to Middlebury College campus to help deal with an “uncooperative, intoxicated male.” Police said Hoffman was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center.
•Served court diversion paperwork on four youths who had allegedly been using alcohol and marijuana on Middlebury College campus on March 22. Police said the youths were also served no-trespass orders for the college campus.
•Warned a man not to make any further phone contact with a local woman on March 22.
•Received a report about an alleged bullying incident at Middlebury Union Middle School on March 23. Police said the school resource officer is following up on the case.
•Cited Laryssa Dutton, 19, of Leicester for retail theft, following an alleged shoplifting incident at Hannaford Supermarket on March 23.
•Assisted the driver of a tractor trailer unit that was having engine trouble on both Main Street and North Pleasant Street on March 24.

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