Middlebury Police Log: Threat at McDonald’s warrants a citation

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited 21-year-old Ronald E. Blakeslee III of Brandon, for disorderly conduct at McDonald’s Restaurant on Court Street Extension, after he allegedly threatened to shoot employees after they had made mistakes preparing his lunch order this past Saturday afternoon.
Police report that on Sept. 13 at about 2:51 p.m., a customer at McDonald’s called 911 after he overheard another male in the restaurant become upset with employees and threaten to go get a shotgun and return.
The suspect left the restaurant in a vehicle and police located him traveling northbound on Court Street and stopped the vehicle. Middlebury police were joined at the stop by Vermont State Police troopers and Addison County Sheriff’s deputies at the stop.
Police identified the suspect as Blakeslee and said their investigation led them to determine that Blakeslee had become upset with errors involving his lunch order and told a manager he was going to go get his shotgun and shoot employees of the restaurant. Blakeslee did not have a firearm in his possession in the vehicle.
Authorities arrested Blakeslee and cited him for disorderly conduct; he is scheduled to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Oct. 20.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Contacted a local parent who had failed to return children to another parent, per court order, on Sept. 8.
•  Responded to a student discipline issue at Middlebury Union Middle School on Sept. 8.
•  Responded to noise disturbances in the Shannon Street and Valley View Drive neighborhoods on Sept. 8.
•  Heard complaints about construction noise coming from near the Seymour Street underpass at around 9:40 p.m. on Sept. 9. Police found out that construction work was nearing an end.
•  Were informed that someone had broken into a Woodbridge Lane home and stolen a slot machine on Sept. 9. A police investigation into the matter continues.
•  Warned a juvenile against skateboarding in the middle of Seymour Street on Sept. 9.
•  Responded to a reported single-motorcycle accident on Seymour Street on Sept. 9. Police said the motorcyclist had lost control on some loose graveling after exiting the Pulp Mill Bridge.
•  Investigated a report of someone throwing a large object over the Battell Bridge into Otter Creek on Sept. 10. Police determined the object to have been a piece of furniture.
•  Responded to a report of some swearing juveniles in the Seymour Street area on Sept. 10. Police contacted the juveniles’ parents.
•  Investigated a report of juveniles vandalizing property on Creek Road on Sept. 11.
•  Served a no-trespass order on a person who had sent harassing emails and text messages to a local resident on Sept. 11.
•  Quieted down loud parties at residences on Cross Street and South Pleasant Street on Sept. 12.
•  Were informed of a man on Main Street allegedly in need of mental health counseling on Sept. 12.
•  Responded to an E-911 call that came from a South Street residence on Sept. 12. Police said parents at the home were teaching their child how to dial 911.
•  Received a report of a possible sexual assault at a Woodbridge Lane residence on Sept. 12. Police are investigating the matter.
•  Investigated a car-bicycle accident on Court Street on Sept. 12. Police said the cyclist sustained minor injuries.
•  Responded to an E-911 call from a Fields Road residence on Sept. 12 in which the caller disconnected after saying “fire.” Police and fire officials arrived on scene and found the homeowner’s computer burned up.
•  Interviewed a local woman on Sept. 12 who said she believed she was being stalked in the Main Street area.
•  Warned a man for violating the town’s open container ordinance on College Street on Sept. 12.
•  Responded to a report of a woman threatening to jump into the Otter Creek from the footbridge off Mill Street on Sept. 13. Police sped to the scene and saw a man restraining the woman, who was later taken to Porter Hospital to receive counseling, according to police.
•  Were informed of the theft of a package from a Leno Lane residence on Sept. 13.
•  Responded to a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 7 and Cady Road on Sept. 13. Police said the accident occurred as a result of three vehicles traveling too close together.
•  Received a complaint about a drunken man knocking on the door of a Morse Road home looking for a female friend on Sept. 13.
•  Responded to a domestic disturbance at a Butternut Ridge Drive home on Sept. 13. Police said one of the parties left the residence.
•  Investigated a trespassing complaint on Middlebury College campus on Sept. 14. Middlebury College Public Safety served a no-trespass on the man in question.
•  Ordered a man to retrieve an empty bottle he had tossed into the woods off Route 7 south on Sept. 14.
•  Assisted Vermont State Police with a drunken driver that had been stopped at the intersection of Routes 7 and 17 on Sept. 14.

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