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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