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Middlebury Police Log for March 17: Middlebury police investigating flagger’s death

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident on Route 7 near Middlebury Beef Supply in East Middlebury on the morning of Friday, March 11. Police said the pedestrian — Lawrence Kaminski, 75, of Wallingford — was flagging traffic for Green Mountain Flagging when he was struck by a Eustis Cable Enterprises truck that was backing up in the southbound breakdown lane.
Kaminski was pronounced dead at the scene, and his remains were taken to Burlington for an autopsy. The case remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Assisted Middlebury firefighters on March 8 with an upset man who feared his indoor cat had run away from a fire scene on Water Street on March 8. Police said the cat was located safe and sound inside the home.
•  Arrested William Liberty, 27, of Westford on an outstanding warrant on March 8. Police said they also issued a final relief-from-abuse order on Liberty.
•  Responded to a report of an aggressive driver who was allegedly speeding and cutting people off on Route 7 North on March 8.
•  Responded to a reported dispute between a man and a woman near a car parked off Court Street on March 8. Police said the man and woman had left in the vehicle prior to their arrival.
•  Were informed of the alleged theft of an iPhone from a woman at a Mainelli Road business on March 8. Police said the woman called back later to report the phone had been returned and that she didn’t want to pursue any action.
•  Assisted Middlebury Union High School officials with an uncooperative student on March 8.
•  Issued a juvenile citation for simple assault to an MUHS student for allegedly striking another student on campus on March 8.
•  Investigated a larceny complaint at a Route 7 South business on March 9. Police cited Melanie Sargent, 46, of Middlebury for retail theft.
•  Assisted an MUHS student who on March 9 reported receiving some inappropriate images on an electronic device.
•  Served a temporary restraining order on March 10 on a man who was not wanted at a Creek Road residence.
•  Served a no-trespass order on March 11 on a person who was not wanted at an East Munger Street property.
•  Ticketed a man for littering on Cross Street on March 12. Police said they saw the man throw a beer can off the Cross Street Bridge.
•  Were informed of the theft of a backpack and jacket from outside a student apartment building off Middlebury College’s Chateau Road on March 12.
•  Responded to a report of a drunken man on Court Street on March 12.
•  Returned, to Porter Hospital, a drunken patient who had wandered away from the facility on March 12.
•  Received a report of gunshots heard near Middlebury College’s Ridgeline Road on March 12. Police were told that gunshots have been heard repeatedly in recent days.
•  Investigated a report on March 12 of a partially clad man beneath the footbridge joining the Marble Works and Mill Street. Police could not find such a person.
•  Spoke with a Creek Road resident who believed that someone had tampered with his propane tank in a deliberate effort to hurt him on March 12. Police said the complaint was unfounded.
•  Investigated a report that someone had driven away from the Middlebury Short Stop on Court Street Extension without paying for the gas they had pumped on March 13.
•  Assisted a local woman with a child visitation rights dispute on March 13.
•  Disposed of a hypodermic needle that had been found in a parking lot off North Pleasant Street on March 13.
•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a Lifeline activation at a Commodore Way home on March 14.

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