Crime

Middlebury Police Log: Police investigate a sexual assault

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report about the alleged sexual assault of a woman by a man at a Court Street residence on Dec. 13. Police said the case is under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Were informed of the theft of cash from a wallet that had been left near the TJ Maxx store on Dec. 9.
• Served a temporary no stalking order on a man in the East Main Street area on Dec. 9.
• Were informed of possible “inappropriate activity” between two juveniles in the Charles Avenue area on Dec. 9.
• Investigated a report of possible drug activity at 6:45 p.m. on Washington Street on Dec. 10. Police said they found no such activity at that time.
• Responded to a report of a kayaker going over the Otter Creek Falls on Frog Hollow on Dec. 10.  Police identified the man as a Middlebury College student from Idaho who was an experienced kayaker getting in some practice at the falls.
• Took, to Porter Hospital, a Charter House warming shelter guest who had threatened self-harm on Dec. 10.
• Met with a local juvenile who was refusing to attend school on Dec. 10.
• Warned a woman who had been drinking in public on Court Street on Dec. 11.
• Received a report on Dec. 11 through the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations about possible lewd and lascivious conduct at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol. The matter is under investigation.
• Responded to a report of an argument in the parking lot of the Briarwood Apartments off Valley View Road on Dec. 12. Police said no one was in the lot when they arrived.
• Responded to a reported car-deer collision on Seminary Street Extension on Dec. 12.
• Ticketed cars that were parked on College Street in violation of the town’s winter parking ban on Dec. 12.
• Responded to a reported robbery at the Champlain Farms store on Court Street on Dec. 13 (see related story on this page). Police said a man hit the store clerk with a blunt object, stole money from the cash register and then left. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Middlebury police at 388-3191.
• Responded to a family argument at a Ridgeline Road residence on Dec. 13.
• Cited Kristina Howlett, 22, of Bridport for driving under the influence following a traffic stop on Court Street on Dec. 13. Police said they measured Howlett’s blood-alcohol content at 0.119 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
• Discovered a person sleeping outside of a closed Route 7 South business at around midnight on Dec. 13.
• Assisted a local guardian with an out-of-control juvenile on Dec. 14.
• Were informed that a “transient” woman has stolen a cup of coffee from the Middlebury Short Stop on Court Street Extension on Dec. 14. Police issued a no-trespass order to the woman at the store’s request.
• Responded to a report of a woman sleeping outside the Walgreen’s Pharmacy on Court Street on Dec. 14. Police said the woman left upon request.
• Responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the Court Street Extension area on Dec. 14.
• Assisted rescue officials with a woman who had taken pills in the Happy Valley Road area on Dec. 14.
• Received a call from a North Pleasant Street resident who reported feeling suicidal on Dec. 14. Police said the man was taken to Porter Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS on Dec. 14 with a Buttolph Drive resident who had allegedly overdosed on medication with the intent of taking his own life.
• Investigated a report of a woman confronting another woman in a bank ATM vestibule on Creek Road on Dec. 14. Police said one of the women had been sleeping in the ATM vestibule, and she as asked to leave.
• Investigated an unlawful mischief complaint in the South Pleasant Street area on Dec. 15.
• Quieted a loud party at a Middlebury College-owned residence on Weybridge Street on Dec. 15.
• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a patient at a Court Street residence on Dec. 15.
• On the evening of Sunday, Dec. 15, responded to a report of a man having a loud argument with a woman at Mr. Ups restaurant. The man left as Middlebury police were arriving and did not stop when told to by the officers. Police said Justin C. Villa, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., struck two Middlebury police cruisers with his vehicle and fled the parking lot. Middlebury police called in help from Vermont State Police as Villa’s car took off down Exchange Street. State police continued the pursuit and Villa eventually stopped in New Haven; troopers cited him for driving under the influence.
Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley said damage to the police cruisers was cosmetic — scratches on the bumpers. He said. Middlebury police charged Villa with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, attempting to elude police and disorderly conduct.
• Responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Mary Hogan Elementary School parking lot on Dec. 16. Police said the vehicle had left upon their arrival.

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