Middlebury Police Log: Police investigate assault claim

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a complaint from a man who claimed another man tried to steal his backpack while he was walking on South Street near Porter Field Road on Dec. 28. Police described the assailant as a white man around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a red sweatshirt, and a goatee/soul patch facial hair.
The case remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Responded to a report of a drunken woman at the Charter House on North Pleasant Street on Dec. 22. Police determined the woman was not incapacitated.
•  Investigated a domestic dispute at a Valley View Road residence on Dec. 22.
•  Received a report that a generator had allegedly been stolen from a Route 7 South business on Dec. 22. Vermont State Police are investigating the matter.
•  Served a temporary restraining order on a local man on Seymour Street on Dec. 23.
•  Investigated a family fight at a Court Street residence on Dec. 23. A woman at the residence alleged that she and her husband had had an argument and her husband had taken away her phone so she could not call the police. Police said the woman obtained a temporary restraining order against the man.
•  Responded to a noise complaint at a Court Street apartment on Dec. 24.
•  Assisted Vermont State Police in arresting a woman on an active warrant in the Route 7 area on Dec. 24.
•  Cited Charles Stinchfield, 24, of Vergennes for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop on North Pleasant Street on Dec. 24. Police said they measured Stinchfield’s blood-alcohol level at 0.113 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
•  Responded to the South Village Apartments off Court Street Extension about a report of a young girl standing outside the building on Dec. 24. Police said the child’s mother had left the building and child followed behind without the babysitter realizing it.
•  Delivered gifts to 43 local children on Christmas Day (see related news item and photos in this edition).
•  Responded to a report of a vehicle pushing shopping carts around the Hannaford parking lot on Dec. 25. Police located the driver in the parking lot, who admitted to pushing the carts, according to police. The driver said he had been pushing the carts “for fun.” Police said that fortunately for the driver, no damage had been caused as a result of the activity.
•  Arrested Mary F. Herriman, 55, of Brandon and cited her for possessing more than six ounces of marijuana, following a traffic stop on Route 7 South on Dec. 26.
•  Investigated a barking dog complaint in the Butternut Ridge Drive neighborhood on Dec. 26.
•  Checked allegations of drug activity in the Main Street area on Dec. 26. Police could find no evidence of such activity.
•  Investigated a car-versus-cyclist accident, resulting in a minor injury, on Court Street Extension on Dec. 26.
•  Were informed of the theft of a wallet from a vehicle parked on Chateau Road on Middlebury College campus on Dec. 26.
•  Investigated a burglary at Speedi-Lube on Route 7 South on Dec. 26. Police said the culprit(s) stole an unspecified amount of cash. The matter remains under investigation.
•  Investigated the report of an erratic driver on Route 7 South on Dec. 27.
•  Assisted a local resident who had received a threatening phone call on Dec. 27. The case remains under investigation.
•  Were informed that someone had damaged the bumper of a vehicle parked on Seymour Street on Dec. 27.
•  Turned over, to a relative, a man who had been found passed out on the porch of a Seymour Street home on Dec. 27.
•  Assisted a local man who reported being harassed by his ex-girlfriend on Dec. 28.
•  Received a report on Dec. 28 about a man allegedly entering a Valley View Road apartment, but then running away when observed. Police said they were unable to locate the man.
•  Responded to the reported robbery of narcotic drugs from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Court Street Extension on Dec. 28 (see related news item, this issue).
•  Were informed on Dec. 28 that someone had allegedly stolen some medicine from a home while the resident was way for three weeks.
•  Responded to a noise complaint at a South Pleasant Street home on Dec. 28.

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