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Middlebury Police Log: Man cited on multiple charges

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Ben J. Webb, 38, of Middlebury for attempted armed robbery and a variety of other infractions, stemming from investigations by multiple police agencies in Addison and Chittenden counties on Oct. 10.

Police said they received a report at 5:33 p.m. that Webb had allegedly taken off with a vehicle belonging to a family member. Webb was later located and arrested by Colchester and Essex police after having allegedly perpetrated several crimes in Colchester, Essex, Winooski, Shelburne and Williston, according to Middlebury police.

At this point, police have cited Webb with aggravated assault (four counts), attempted armed robbery, larceny from a person, aggravated operating without owner’s consent, leaving the scene of an accident (three counts), grossly negligent driving, and violation of conditions of release. Police said the case remains under investigation, with “additional charges likely.”

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time this past weekend that police came in contact with Webb. Middlebury police on Oct. 9 cited Webb for driving under the influence, after investigating a report of a drunken man allegedly attempting to steal a four-wheeler from a Halladay Road residence. Police said they found Webb in a field near the home and that he was taken to Porter Hospital due to his “level of intoxication.”

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

•  Received a report about a pedestrian allegedly throwing rocks at a passing car on Route 7 North during the evening of Oct. 4. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

•  Investigated a trespassing complaint in the Court Street area on Oct. 4.

•  Helped mediate a child custody dispute in the Monarch Court area on Oct. 4.

•  Were informed that a wallet had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) parking lot on Oct. 4.

•  Received a report of a Middlebury Union Middle School (MUMS) student running away from school on Oct. 4. Police said the student was found safe and was picked up by a family member.

•  Served a no-trespass order on Oct. 4 on a person who wasn’t wanted at a downtown business.

•  Responded to a reported argument between two people at the Jolley convenience store off Court Street Extension on Oct. 4.

•  Assisted a Birchard Park resident with an online fraud case on Oct. 5.

•  Assisted MUMS staff in evaluating a student for substance use on Oct. 5.

•  Assisted Mary Hogan Elementary School staff with an out-of-control juvenile on Oct. 5.

•  Investigated the untimely death of Kenneth W. Burton, 79, Middlebury on Oct. 5. Authorities attributed his death to natural causes.

•  Responded to an Oct. 6 medical call at the Charter House warming shelter, after which a man was taken by Middlebury Regional Emergency Management Services (MREMS) to Porter Hospital.

•  Requested a warrant be served on Oct. 6 to charge John P. Hegarty, 32, of Burlington with stalking, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct via electronic communications, after he allegedly made “violent threats” toward the Addison County Courthouse and a local attorney.

•  Responded to the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter on North Pleasant Street on Oct. 7 on a report of a woman who was experiencing a mental health crisis and becoming violent.

•  Gave a ride home to a man found laying on the side of Route 7 South, near the intersection of Boardman Street, on Oct. 7.

•  Investigated a vandalism complaint at a Buttolph Drive apartment on Oct. 7.

•  Cited a 53-year-old Middlebury woman for driving under the influence following a traffic stop on High Street on Oct. 8. Police said the woman declined to provide a breath sample; she said she passed the standard roadside sobriety tests but that when she blew into the breath analysis machine it would not produce results. Police are looking into the matter.

•  Investigated a report of vehicles operating erratically near MUHS campus on Oct. 8.

•  Received a report on Oct. 8 about a group of customers causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the business.

•  Assisted MUHS officials with a student in crisis on Oct. 8.

•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with person that had fallen on Court Street and suffered a head injury on Oct. 8.

•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a suicidal youth in the Bakery Lane area on Oct. 8. Police said the youth was taken to Porter Hospital.

•  Responded to a noisy family dispute at an Elm Street home on Oct. 8.

•  Responded to a report of a loud party in the Weybridge Street neighborhood on Oct. 9.

•  Received a report about vehicles racing on Schoolhouse Hill Road during the evening of Oct. 9.

•  Responded to a report of barking dogs in the South Pleasant Street area on Oct. 9.

•  Responded to a report of a person allegedly trying to steal prescription drugs from a family member on Oct. 9.

•  Cited Benjamin Taylor, 40, of Middlebury for retail theft and unlawful trespass, after an alleged incident at Hannaford Supermarket off Court Street Extension on Oct. 9.

•  Warned two people believed to have been drinking alcohol on Mary Hogan Elementary School grounds on Oct. 9.

•  Investigated the report of an unlawful trespass at the Champlain Farms store off Court Street on Oct. 9.

•  Assisted a woman who was having a mental health crisis in the Jayne Court neighborhood on Oct. 9.

•  Assisted Green Mountain Power in locating a pole where a squirrel had incapacitated a transformer on Oct. 9.

•  Investigated a report of a possible prowler outside a Case Street home during the early morning of Oct. 9. Police said they didn’t find any prowler.

•  Helped a woman who was having a mental health crisis on Porter Medical Center campus on Oct. 10.

•  Responded to a report that a person was allegedly trying to sell marijuana to students on College Street on Oct. 10.

•  Were informed of the theft of a jacket from a Route 7 South parking lot on Oct. 10.

•  Responded to an untimely death report at the Residence at Otter Creek retirement community on Oct. 10. Police said 85-year-old Franklin Fisler had died of natural causes.

•  Assisted a local woman who was having a mental health crisis in the Jayne Court area on Oct. 10.

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