Middlebury police log: police search for suspicious ‘scruffy’ man

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report about a “scruffy-looking” man, about six feet tall, who was wearing a navy T-shirt and jeans, who allegedly tried to get a young child to go with him on Court Street on June 10. Police said a parent intervened, but the man had left when police arrived.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Spoke with a Lower Foote Street resident who said on June 8 that her sister was missing. Police said they were able to locate the sister in a medical treatment facility.
• Investigated a report on June 8 that a dog had not been returned to its Court Street owner after having been watched by a friend. Police said they seized the animal and took it to the Humane Society to be evaluated for possible neglect.
• Responded to a report of a suspicious $20 bill being passed at McDonald’s Restaurant on June 8.
• Investigated a report of an untimely death at a Twin Circles residence on June 8. Police determined that John Mahoney, 80, of Middlebury had died of natural causes.
• Investigated a report of gun shots heard in the Halladay Road area June 9. Police could not determine the source of the alleged gun shots.
• Responded, along with other emergency responders, to an electrical fire at McDonald’s Restaurant on June 9.
• Investigated a possible hit-and-run accident on Seymour Street on June 9.
• Served a no-trespass order on a person on behalf of the Champlain Farms store on June 9.
• Responded to a reported gas drive-off at the Middlebury Short Stop on Court Street Extension on June 9.
• Received a report on June 9 about an alleged sexual assault that had occurred locally earlier this year.
• Were informed that someone had stolen money from a backpack at Middlebury Union High School on June 9.
• Followed up on a report that the two escaped prisoners from New York had been seen walking on Quarry Road on June 10. Police found no one fitting the prisoners’ descriptions walking on that road.
• Responded to a two-vehicle crash on Court Street involving a tractor-trailer on June 10. Police reported no injuries as a result of that crash.
• Assisted a Washington Street resident who reported receiving harassing and threatening emails from an unknown source on June 10.
• Elected to seek a search warrant for a backpack found in a vehicle parked at the municipal lot off Mill Street on June 10.
• Assisted the Counseling Service of Addison County in bringing a suicidal patient back to its headquarters on June 10.
• Cited Luke Vera, 43, of Randolph for retail theft, after he allegedly tried to steal a pair of socks from Kinney Drugs on Court Street on June 10.
• Arrested Perrine Terry, 83, of Middlebury on an outstanding warrant for bad checks on June 10.
• Investigated a domestic dispute at a Valley View Road home on June 11.
• Investigated a report of an MUHS student creating a fake on-line account and using it to send offensive messages to another student on June 11.
• Received a report that a 5-foot-by-8-foot “Wells Cargo” box trailer had been stolen from Middlebury Transit Inc. on Route 7 South on June 11.
• Responded to a report of cows loose on Route 7 North on June 11.
• Placed an intoxicated male into protective custody until he was turned over to a sober party on June 12.
• Received on June 12 a report of a bad check, amounting to $56.87, that was allegedly passed at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.
• Provided traffic control as some loose pigs were gathered from East Main Street on June 12.
• Checked on the welfare of a Lower Foote Street resident on June 13. Police received a report that the resident might have been drunk and walking along Route 7 South.
• Checked the North Pleasant Street area on a report of fireworks being set off on June 13.
• Investigated a complaint of a dog being left in a car for a long period of time while parked off Route 7 South on June 13.
• Cited Sierra Grimes, 20, of Middlebury for retail theft, stemming from an alleged incident at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op on Washington Street on June 13.
• Turned an intoxicated man over to a sober friend on Court Street on June 13.
• Assisted Porter Hospital medical staff with a dementia patient who was being physically aggressive on June 13.
• Cited Joshua Pushee, 20, of New Haven for driving under the influence of alcohol, following a stop on Court Street on June 13. Police said they recorded Pushee’s blood-alcohol level at 0.134 percent; the legal limit is 0.08 percent.
• Responded to a report of gun shots heard in the Woodbridge Lane area on June 13. Police determined the sounds to have been made from steam being released from the Agri-Mark/Cabot plant on Exchange Street.
• Responded to a report of neighbor disputes in the Valley View Drive and North Pleasant Street neighborhoods on June 13.
• Issued court diversion paperwork to three men suspected to have been smoking marijuana in the Creek Road area on June 14. Police said they were alerted to the area by a caller who reported seeing some men walking in the construction site for the town’s new recreation center. Police said they were given consent to search the men’s vehicle, during which they said they seized “contraband.”
• Searched for an alleged drunken driver on Airport Road on June 14. Police said they were unable to locate the driver.
• Cited Lewis E. Bent, 47, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, after receiving reports of an alleged drunken driver on East Main Street on June 14. Police said they stopped Bent at Mac’s Market. Bent’s blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.263 percent, according to police, which is more than three times the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

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