Each party in town office altercation get ‘stalking’ orders against the other

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Friday conducted what Chief Tom Hanley said were the “final two interviews” in their investigation of a fight between a citizen and a municipal employee that occurred in the town offices at 77 Main St. on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
It was at around 8:30 a.m. that the Independent’s police scanner signaled news of an alleged “fight” at the Middlebury town office. A short while later, emergency responders confirmed that one of the alleged combatants had sustained a facial injury.
The physical confrontation allegedly involved Jamie Gaucher, the director of the town’s Office of Business Development & Innovation, and a local resident formerly known as Ryan Kim, who changed his name to “Rocket.”
As of this writing, police have yet to reveal who was injured, how the conflict began, nor whether any charges are to be leveled against one or both of the alleged parties. Authorities have interviewed several witnesses and reviewed security video of the incident.
In related news, Hanley confirmed on Thursday that Rocket has been granted a temporary stalking order against Gaucher, who in turn was granted a temporary stalking order against Rocket. Both have been served and will have to appear at related court hearings, according to Hanley.
The town has issued an order to Rocket that he cannot come to the town offices without first making an appointment with Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay, according to Hanley. This order will remain in effect until the investigation has concluded, he added. At the same time, Rocket can freely attend open public meetings, the chief said.

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