Crime

Middlebury Police Log: Police respond to exploding drums

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of an explosion and billowing smoke emanating from Rouse Tire on Willow Drive at around 2 p.m. on March 23. 
The police investigation indicates a Rouse worker was preparing metal drums to be cleaned of motor oil, when one of the drums exploded. Police said the worker was taken to Porter Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. 
Middlebury firefighters put out a small fire, according to police, who added there was no damage to the building.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Called a towing service to remove a car that had become stuck on the Sand Hill Bridge on East Main Street/Route 125 on March 23.
•  Responded to a littering complaint in the Case Street neighborhood on March 23.
•  Received an allegation that a local person was possibly abusing and neglecting children on March 23. Police said the case has been referred to Addison County Unit for Special Investigations (ACUSI).
•  Responded to a noise complaint at an Elm Street business on March 24. Police said they heard no noise upon their arrival.
•  Received a report on March 24 about a man who was refusing to leave the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on March 24. Police said the man ultimately left on his own accord.
•  Resolved a child custody issue at a Valley View Drive home on March 26.
•  Investigated an illegal dumping complaint at the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects headquarters on Boardman Street on March 26.
•  Referred a local sexting allegation to the ACUSI on March 26.
•  Served a temporary restraining order on a man in the South Street area on March 26.
•  Ordered a man to leave a Case Street apartment following an investigation of a March 25 dispute.
•  Checked on a drunken man who had reportedly been lying on the ground and throwing rocks in the Buttolph Drive area on March 27. Police said the man left the area.
•  Were called to a Munson Road home on a report of a family fight on March 28. Police said two brothers had been fighting. Neither person was injured, and one of the combatants left the area, police said.
•  Investigated an unlawful mischief complaint at the Speedi Lube on Route 7 South on March 28.
•  Restored peace at a Jackson Lane home where a domestic dispute had occurred on March 28.
•  Helped Middlebury Regional EMS with a drunken man who had injured himself after having fallen on Court Street on March 29.
•  Responded to a domestic disturbance at a Bakery Lane home on March 29. Police said nothing physical had occurred, and both parties had calmed down after the officer’s arrival.
•  Responded to a report of someone vandalizing and ransacking a vehicle parked at the South Village Green development on March 30. Police said someone stole some items from the vehicle. The matter is under investigation.

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