Middlebury Police Log: Two-car accident ends with trips to hospitals

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a two-vehicle crash on North Pleasant Street on March 2 that resulted in both drivers being injured, one of them seriously. Police said their preliminary findings suggest a southbound vehicle being driven by a Noreen Booska, 76, of Clarendon crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound vehicle being driven by Marc Rishforth, 45, of Essex Junction.
Police said Middlebury Regional EMS officials took Booska to Porter Hospital, though she was ultimately airlifted to UVM Medical Center with suspected fractures to her arms, legs and back. The Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took Rishford to UVM Medical Center for treatment of a fractured foot and lacerations to a leg and arm.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Received a report of a Middlebury Union High School student allegedly threatening another student on Feb. 26. The case is under investigation.
• Responded to a domestic disturbance at a Court Street residence on Feb. 26.
• Interviewed a man on Feb. 26 who believed someone had recently entered his Cross Street apartment. The man said he didn’t find anything missing.
• Responded to a noise complaint at a Cross Street apartment on Feb. 26. Police told the tenant to keep the noise down.
• Received a report of someone pitching a tent on private property off Sarah’s Way on Feb. 25. Police suspect some local youths set up the tent.
• Checked the welfare of a Buttolph Drive resident on Feb 27.
• Responded on Feb. 27 to a single-vehicle roll over on Case Street that resulted in minor injuries to the driver.
• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) officials with a medical call on Elm Street on Feb. 27.
• Responded to a noise complaint at a Cedar Court home at around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 27.
• Served a no-trespass order on Feb. 28 on an intoxicated, disorderly patron of Two Brothers Tavern. Police found a sober person to take the Middlebury College student back to his dorm room.
• Responded, with MREMS officials, to an elderly man in distress at a Parkline Place home on Feb. 28. Upon their arrival, emergency responders found the man’s neighbors and family had broken a window to get into the locked residence, where the man was seen laying on the floor. MREMS officials gave medical treatment to the man.
• Investigated a report of a man hollering and screaming under the Cross Street Bridge during the late morning of Feb. 28. Police said the man was fine and didn’t need assistance.
• Helped MREMS officials with a patient at a Kings Row home on Feb. 28.
• Received a report that a spare tire had been stolen from a vehicle parked off Lodge Road on Feb. 28. Police located the complainant’s tire in the trunk of her vehicle.
• Towed several vehicles on Feb. 28 that were in violation of the town’s winter parking ban on Merchants Row.
• Responded to Middlebury College campus on Feb. 28 on a report of a student experiencing a mental health crisis.
• Investigating a report on March 1 of someone taking an iPad from Middlebury Union Middle School and throwing it off the Cross Street Bridge, destroying it.
• Assisted a College Street resident on March 1 whose credit card had been fraudulently used.
• Responded to a report of a loud party at a Seymour Street Extension home on March 2. The complainant specifically voiced concerns about loud music, yelling and parked vehicles, according to police. Police said the party was shutting down when they arrived.
• Conducted a welfare check on March 2 on an East Main Street resident who had been experiencing health problems.
• Collected and destroyed an unspecified quantity of an “unknown white powder” found in the women’s restroom at McDonald’s Restaurant on March 2.
• Responded to a report of someone had allegedly spilling groceries on Court Street Extension on March 3. Police said they found garbage spread “a couple hundred feet” along the roadway. Police suspect that garbage had spilled out of a truck. Officers and neighbors picked up the garbage and disposed of it.
• Responded to a call from a South Pleasant Street resident who claimed to have seen what he believed to be a “ghost or an alien” outside his front door at around 5:30 a.m. on March 4. Police said the man acknowledged having been “a little worked up” due to some medication he had taken.
• Contacted the owner of a vehicle that had veered off Gorham Lane on March 4.

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