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Middlebury Police Log: Police locate, help Porter hospital patient

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police took into protective custody an involuntarily committed mental health patient who had left Porter Hospital on May 6 at around 5:15 p.m.
When police located the patient she asked officers to shoot her.
Police said the woman had taken an Addison County Transit Resources bus, which she exited after a short distance to flee into some woods. It was there that police took her into custody and returned her to Porter.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
•  Responded to a noise complaint in the Jackson Lane area on May 3.
•  Assisted a local woman who was having a mental health episode on May 3.
•  Were informed on May 3 that trash and junk cars were being discarded on property off Piper Road.
•  Took a homeless woman to the Middlebury police headquarters on May 4 to stay in the lobby for the night until she could find another place to stay.
•  Assisted Brandon police with a man who’d been having a mental health episode in the North Pleasant Street area on May 4.
•  Helped Counseling Service of Addison County officials with a mental health patient in the Main Street area on May 4.
•  Met with a local mental health patient who on May 5 had allegedly tried to buy a flare gun to shoot at cars.
•  Helped Porter Hospital staff with a mental health patient who was trying to leave on May 5.
•  Recovered a syringe that a resident had found on Lower Foote Street on May 5.
•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) with a suicidal patient off Lodge Road on May 5.
•  With the help of Vermont State Police, broke up a fight between a “group of individuals” at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on Route 7 South on May 6.
•  Helped Middlebury Union Middle School officials with a situation involving “three unruly students,” as police described them, on May 6.
•  Launched an investigation into the alleged assault of a woman by her husband in the Seymour Street area on May 6.
•  Traced the location of an Addison County youth who on May 7 had allegedly sent suicidal text messages to another person. Police also contacted the youth’s parent, and provided a referral to mental health counseling.
•  Accompanied MREMS on a medical call in the Foote Street area on May 7.
•  Served a temporary restraining order on a local person on May 7.
•  Checked on reports of a woman screaming inside a Valley View home on May 7. Police said the woman was OK.
•  Assisted a member of the Middlebury College community who had been targeted in a social media extortion attempt on May 7.
•  Responded to a noise complaint in the South Pleasant Street neighborhood on May 8.
•  Investigated a report of a man in distress in the Court Street area on May 8. Police determined the man was having a mental health episode.
•  Responded to a dispute between some Court Street neighbors on May 8.
•  Responded to a 911 call about a shooting at a Court Street residence and ended up charging Dominick Ekroos, 20, of Middlebury with attempted murder. See full story in A section.
•  Cited Joseph E. Duffy, 43, of Middlebury for driving under the influence (third offense), following a traffic stop on Route 7 South on May 9 at 6:40 p.m. Police said they measured Duffy’s blood-alcohol content at 0.192%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08%.
•  Helped an East Main Street family resolve a dispute with a juvenile on May 9.

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