Middlebury Police Log: Culprits disrepectful of veterans

MIDDLEBURY — Two separate incidents that Middlebury police are investigating show disrespect to veterans.
First, on April 11, police received a report that some American flags had been torn off of veterans’ graves at the West Cemetery near the intersection of South Main Street and Service Road — just south of Middlebury College campus.
The, police were called to an Airport Road home on April 17 to look into a burglary during which the culprit(s) stole a Purple Heart decoration — a medal given to a member of the U.S. armed services who is injured. The thief also reportedly took miscellaneous jewelry, Dewalt-brand tools and black powder rifles.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call police at 388-3191.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Checked on the welfare of a resident who had made some suicidal comments on April 11.
• Assisted in locating a juvenile who had walked away from a Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) worker on Exchange Street on April 11.
• Assisted a local woman who reported receiving unwanted text messages from an ex-boyfriend on April 11.
• Were informed on April 11 of the recent theft of a metal A&W Restaurant sign from the exterior of the Route 7 South eatery.
• Investigated an online stalking complaint reported by a Middlebury woman on April 11.
• Received a call on April 11 about a man allegedly seen walking a bike across the Cross Street Bridge, pretending he was pointing a gun to his head and leaning over the bridge. Police said a CSAC counselor who was fortunately in the area at the time was able to intervene.
• Were informed that someone smashed a window out of a work truck parked at a Seymour Street business on April 12.
• Received a report on April 12 that someone had made some fraudulent withdrawals from a local resident’s checking account.
• Received a report that someone had broken into a construction trailer parked off McIntyre Lane and damaged a window on April 12.
• Assisted CSAC workers with a mental health patient in Catamount Park on April 13.
• Investigated a local resident’s complaint of fraudulent debit card use on April 13.
• Assisted a resident who said he had been scammed by an on-line business on April 14.
• Investigated a trespassing complaint in the Court Street area on April 14.
• Helped calm a neighborhood dispute on Jackson Lane on April 14.
• Investigated a report that two Middlebury Union Middle School students had sent each other inappropriate images on April 14.
• Investigated the report of an intoxicated man on Merchants Row on April 15.
• Responded to a report of an out-of-control student at Middlebury Union High School on April 15.
• Cited Cheryl Barrows, 51, of Salisbury for retail theft and driving with a criminally suspended license, following a stop on Route 7 South on April 15. Police said Barrows was suspected to have taken a Radio Flyer wagon from the Agway store on Exchange Street. Police said they recovered the wagon.
• Responded to a report of parent-child argument at a Lower Foote Street residence on April 16.
• Investigated a report of a vehicle driving into the Middlebury Inn building off Court Square on April 16. Police said that while the vehicle was damaged, no one was hurt.
• Cited Heath Bougor, 35, of Middlebury for petit larceny, for allegedly stealing items from a Delancey Lane resident’s truck on April 16.
• Called Middlebury Regional EMS officials to assist a “highly intoxicated” man seen walking down Shannon Street on April 16. Rescue officials took the man to Porter Hospital.
• Responded to a one-vehicle crash, with minor injuries, on Case Street on April 16.
• Seized alcohol from minors during a traffic stop on College Street on April 16.
• Served a no-trespass order on April 17 on a person not wanted at McDonald’s Restaurant.
• Reported, to the local game warden, an alleged fishing violation while responding to a noise complaint on Creek Road on April 17.
• Responded to a report of a drunken, out-of-control Middlebury College student on campus on April 17. Police said they found the young woman “very uncooperative,” and took her to the Rutland Regional Medical Center after she was denied entry at the Grace House and Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland.
• Issued court diversion paperwork to a drunken Middlebury College student who had allegedly been causing a disturbance in the Washington Street area on April 17.
• Located a drunken man who had lost his sense of direction on Springside Road on April 17. A sober person helped the man find his way home, according to police.
• Warned the hosts of a loud college party on Washington Street on April 17.

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