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Middlebury Police Log: Police investigate possible hit, run

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of a vehicle striking a woman on Halladay Road on April 21. Police arriving to the scene interviewed someone they described as “an extremely intoxicated woman” who said she wasn’t sure if she had been struck, or merely brushed, by the vehicle.
Police said the woman, who could provide no description of the vehicle, bore no signs of physical injuries. Middlebury Regional EMS officials took the woman to Porter Hospital for evaluation, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Investigated a report of a man dressed in black allegedly throwing rocks at a Morgan Horse Farm Road resident’s porch window on April 19.
•  Received a report of a used syringe that had been discarded in the parking area next to the Otter Creek trail head on Morgan Horse Farm Road on April 19.
•  Received a report of an iPad being stolen from a Route 7 South residence on April 20.
•  Checked on a vehicle parked on Court Street that an informant alleged contained stolen guns on April 20. Police said they found no indication of guns inside the vehicle.
•  Responded to a noise complaint in the South Main Street area on April 21.
•  Assisted Middlebury fire officials in dealing with an illegal burn in the Blake Roy Road area on April 21. Police said they issued a warning to the person responsible for the fire.
•  Asked a loitering man to leave a North Pleasant Street business on April 21 after he had stayed inside the store for almost 14 hours.
•  Served a temporary restraining order on a local man on April 21.
•  Investigated a scam phone call reported by a local resident on April 21. As previously reported by the Independent, the scam is being perpetrated by callers claiming to be Internal Revenue Service representatives looking to obtain personal tax information. They are telling people they owe money and they will be sued/arrested if they do not comply.
Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley warns people not to accept calls from numbers you don’t recognize, nor from those who don’t list identifying information on the caller ID. And don’t identify yourself or divulge any personal information. The calls in some cases have originated from a 720-249-9928 telephone number, which is an AT&T number out of Denver, Co. Denver police have said they have received many complaints and so far have been unable to trace the phones, as the culprits are using disposable devices, Hanley said. The Federal Trade Commission has been notified and the reference number is 71834004, Hanley said. Anyone receiving a scam call should call the FTC at 877-382-4357 with information.
•  Assisted a Seymour Street resident who was being harassed through social media on April 22.
•  Helped an elderly Buttolph Drive resident clear smoke from her home on April 22 after she had burned food in her oven on April 22.
•  Responded to a report of a man and woman screaming at a small child outside of Shaw’s Supermarket on Washington Street on April 22. Police said the mother claimed she had been disciplining her child, and the child had not been injured. Police made a report about the incident to the Vermont Department of Children & Families.
•  Responded to a report of someone breaking windows at Middlebury College’s Old Chapel building on April 22. Police said college officials had identified a student as the culprit and said they would handle the matter internally.
•  Responded to a loud party at a Washington Street residence on April 24. Police said the tenants acknowledged the gathering had gotten out of hand, and they agreed to end the function.
•  Checked the IDs of two people who attempted to buy alcohol at a Court Street Extension business on April 23.
•  Investigated a report of a man who allegedly stole items from the console of a Jeep parked off East Main Street on April 23.
•  Assisted a Vermont State Police trooper in screening a driver for possible drunk driving on North Pleasant Street on April 23.
•  Assisted a woman who believed a man had been following her in the Court Street Extension area on April 24. Police determined the man had been waiting for his family to exit a store.
•  Met with members of the Church of Latter Day Saints in connection with some complaints about their random visits to homes in the Washington Street area on April 24.
•  Collected a Canon camera lens and a purple camera bag found on the Trail Around Middlebury on April 24.
•  Investigated an accident, with minor injuries, at the intersection of Court Street Extension and Middle Road on April 24.
•  Were informed that someone had thrown a flower pot down the stairwell of the Edgewater Gallery on Merchants Row on April 24. Police said they have no suspects at this time.

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