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Middlebury Police log: Local man wanted for assaulting officer

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were on the lookout for 46-year-old Christopher L. Ardell of Middlebury early this week after he failed to appear at a court hearing where he was to be arraigned on several charges of assault — including assaulting a police officer.
Police said it was at around 8:35 p.m. on Jan. 11 that they received a call about a possible domestic disturbance at a Seymour Street apartment. Police interviewed the victim, who alleged she had been assaulted and injured by her partner — Ardell — who was still in the home.
When police attempted to take Ardell into custody, Ardell assaulted and injured two officers, according to police. Authorities ultimately subdued Ardell and took him into custody.
Per a judge’s order, police released Ardell after citing him for first-degree aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest. Ardell failed to appear at his scheduled Jan. 12 arraignment at the Frank Mahady Courthouse, and his family is now concerned about his welfare, police said in a press release issued over the weekend.
A warrant has been issued for Ardell’s arrest, according to police, who urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to call them at 388-3191.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Checked the welfare of a woman in the Buttolph Acres area on Jan. 9. Police said they had received reports that the woman might be suicidal.
•  Cited Carol J. Coon, 68, of Middlebury for retail theft, after she allegedly tried to steal $189 in groceries from Hannaford supermarket on Jan. 9.
•  Investigated, at the request of the Vermont Department for Children & Families, a report of “inappropriate messages/images” being sent through Snapchat on Jan. 9.
•  Gave a ride to a man who had been walking in dark clothes along Route 7 North during the evening of Jan. 10.
•  Responded to a noise complaint at a Court Street apartment building on Jan. 10.
•  Served a temporary restraining order on a South Pleasant Street resident on Jan. 10.
•  Responded to a two-car crash on Seymour Street on Jan. 11. Police said one of the drivers left the scene of the accident.
•  Ticketed a youth for being a minor in possession of tobacco on Middlebury Union High School property on Jan. 11.
•  Responded to a one-vehicle accident on Case Street on Jan. 11, involving someone who had driven into a tree. Police said the driver was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment.
•  Broke up a verbal argument between some roommates at a Court Street Extension apartment on Jan. 11.
•  Took into custody a suicidal woman who had allegedly been jumping in front of cars on South Street on Jan. 12.
•  Conducted a welfare check on a Seymour Street resident at the request of Vermont Probation & Parole officials on Jan. 12.
•  Cited Dale A Vanleuven, 56, of Bristol for retail theft, after she was allegedly caught leaving Hannaford supermarket without paying for more than $80 in merchandise on Jan. 12.
•  Responded to a noise complaint at a Seymour Street home on Jan. 13. Police told the homeowners to turn down their music.
•  Were informed a man had left the Hannaford supermarket without paying for some groceries on Jan. 13.
•  Helped remove a downed tree that had been blocking both lanes of Halladay Road on Jan. 13.
•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a heart attack patient in the Buttolph Drive area on Jan. 14.
•  Responded to a report of a young child walking alone on Court Street on Jan. 14. Police said they turned the child over to his babysitter.
•  Investigated reports of people allegedly driving while drunk on Halladay Road on Jan. 14.
•  Issued court diversion paperwork to a driver after police detected the odor of marijuana in his vehicle, which they had stopped for speeding on Court Street on Jan. 14.
•  Broke up a Middlebury College student party at a Washington Street home on Jan. 14.
•  Received a report that an allegedly intoxicated person had driven away from Porter Hospital on Jan. 15. Police said they were unable to locate the person.
•  Issued court diversion paperwork to a youth for underage drinking on Middlebury College campus on Jan. 15.
•  Investigated a burglary in the Court Street area on Jan. 16.
•  Searched in vain for a man who allegedly asked Dunkin Donuts employees about buying drugs during his brief Jan. 16 visit to that Court Street business.

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