Middlebury Police Log: Gun threats draw police attention

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on July 7 responded to two separate incidents involving men either threatening to use a firearm, or publicly displaying one.
Police first investigated a report of a man who had allegedly threatened to shoot people outside of the Champlain Farms store on Court Street. Police said the man left the store and went back to his home, where authorities took him into custody and took him to Porter Hospital to be evaluated by Counseling Service of Addison County officials. Police said they found no weapon on the man, nor in a backpack he had been carrying at the store.
The second case involved a report of a man allegedly “behaving in a threatening manner with a shotgun” in the Lindale Trailer Park. Police said the man told them he had been carrying the shotgun “due to threats” that had allegedly been made against him. Police said the man told them he had no intention of using his weapon, though authorities cautioned him not to carry the shotgun in the neighborhood.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Were asked to investigate a fraud case at Middlebury College on July 6. That investigation continues, according to police.
•  Cited Michael K. Hallock, 54, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, fourth offense, following a stop on Route 7 South on July 6. Police said they had received a report about Hallock driving erratically in Burlington. Police, following the stop on Route 7, said they measured Hallock’s blood-alcohol content at 0.154 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
•  Responded to a report of a loose cow near the Salisbury town line on July 6.
•  Responded to a family dispute at a Valley View Drive home on July 6.
•  Were informed of the possible physical abuse of a child in the Route 7 South area on July 6. Police continue to investigate the matter.
•  Assisted a couple having a verbal dispute in the Washington Street area on July 7.
•  Received a set of Toyota car keys that had been found on Route 23 in Weybridge on July 7.
•  Transported a suicidal female to the Porter Hospital Emergency Department on July 7.
•  Were informed on July 7 of the theft of 10 shrubs and trees from the new “pop-up park” on Printer’s Alley.
•  Received a report about a 14-year-old allegedly out of control and throwing things in Catamount Park off Exchange Street on July 7. Police cited the juvenile for unlawful mischief and released him to a family member.
•  Investigated a child custody dispute between estranged parents on Middle Road North on July 8.
•  Received a report on July 8 that some headphones had been stolen from a vehicle parked on Seminary Street on July 8.
•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with an intoxicated patient on Cedar Court on July 8.
•  Destroyed alcohol and fireworks that authorities found on the property of a Court Street Extension business on July 9.
•  Cited Christopher J. Shores, 21, of Middlebury for driving with a criminally suspended license, following a stop on East Road on July 10.
•  Spoke with the driver of a motorcycle who was reported to have been operating erratically on Lindale Circle on July 10.
•  Were informed on July 11 of a theft from the Hannaford Supermarket on July 11. Police said the case remains under investigation.
•  Received a report that someone slashed two tires on a vehicle parked off Woodbridge Lane on July 11.
•  Investigated a report of a Shard Villa Road mailbox being pulled out of the ground and being stomped on July 11.
•  Took to the Porter Hospital Emergency Department a drunken woman located near Two Brothers Tavern on Main Street on July 12.
•  Assisted Vermont State Police with a report of a suicidal man in New Haven on July 12.
•  Spoke with the owner of a South Village Green dog that had been barking for a long time on July 12.
•  Responded to a report that someone had written graffiti at various locations around Middlebury College campus on July 12.
•  Investigated a report of someone breaking into the coin changer at Mountain Fresh Cleaning on Washington Street on July 12.
•  Responded to a report of a drunken woman on Merchants Row on July 12. Police said a sober person took custody of the woman.
•  Issued court diversion paperwork to a group of youths determined to be minors in possession of alcohol while in a vehicle on the Mary Hogan Elementary School grounds on July 12.
•  Responded to a noise complaint at a Weybridge Street home on July 12.
•  Helped Porter Hospital officials calm a patient on July 13.

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