Middlebury Police Log: Police seek person who hung hateful sign on bridge

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Aug. 5 removed an antisemitic sign discovered hanging from the Cross Street Bridge. Police said the sign bore the words “Henry Ford was right,” along with a red, “bleeding” Star of David.

Anyone with information on this hate crime is urged to call Middlebury police at 388-3191.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

•  Investigated a report of a possible intoxicated driver on Court Street on Aug. 1.

•  Responded to a shoplifting complaint at Hannaford Supermarket on Aug. 1.

•  On Aug.1, helped some injured drivers get from Porter Hospital to where they were being lodged.

•  Helped a cyclist who had sustained a broken arm after falling off his bike on Route 7 South on Aug. 1.

•  Received a report about an unhoused woman sleeping in bushes near the Mary Johnson Children’s Center off Water Street on Aug. 1. Police said the woman was gone upon their arrival.

•  Responded to a report of youths allegedly swimming in the town pool after hours (at 12:33 a.m.) on Aug. 1. Police said they found no one in the area.

•  Cited Travis Lafountain, 36, of Middlebury for driving under the influence of drugs after investigating a report of an intoxicated person at a Route 7 South business on Aug. 2.

•  Received a report about the possible financial exploitation of a local elderly woman on Aug. 2.

•  Received information on Aug. 3 from the Vermont Department for Children & Families about a person allegedly driving in an unsafe manner with children in the vehicle.

•  Took Larry Lanpher Jr., 31, of Leicester into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant following a traffic stop on Route 7 South on Aug. 3.

•  Responded to a report of two unhoused people loitering behind a Bakery Lane business on Aug. 3.

•  Responded to an allegation of a bomb planted at the Community College of Vermont in the Battell Block on Aug. 3. Police said the allegation was in line with similar bomb hoaxes at colleges throughout the Northeast that day. Police said CCV offices were locked and devoid of people at the time of the report.

•  Spoke with a Case Street resident on Aug. 3 who reported the possible theft of money.

•  Responded to a report of a person driving erratically on Quarry Road on Aug. 3.

•  Launched an investigation on Aug. 3 into an alleged sex offense in the Boardman Street area.

•  Warned a driver who had left their dogs inside their parked car while shopping at Shaw’s Supermarket on Aug. 3.

•  Responded to a report of a cyclist colliding with a stopped vehicle on Main Street on Aug. 3. Police said the cyclist was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 • Assisted Vermont State Police with a traffic stop on New Route 7 in New Haven on Aug. 3.

•  Provided a courtesy ride on Aug. 3 to a physically disabled person who was found on Route 7 North walking home to Bristol in the dark.

•  Spoke with some unhoused people who were cooking under the Cross Street Bridge on Aug. 4.

•  Investigated a theft that police said was related to “financial transactions” at Porter Medical Center on Aug. 4.

•  Responded to a bribery allegation at the Residence at Otter Creek on Aug. 4.

•  Euthanized an injured deer off Exchange Street on Aug. 4.

•  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a man believed to be having a mental health crisis at the Charter House Emergency Shelter on Aug. 5.

•  Investigated a reported dispute between two men about a shopping cart almost hitting a vehicle parked in The Centre shopping plaza on Aug. 5.

•  Received a report on Aug. 5 about vehicles being driven erratically and too fast on Airport Road.

•  Offered help and a bottle of water to a woman who was walking barefoot along East Main Street on Aug. 5. Police said the accepted she water but declined assistance.

•  Stood by while officials at an Exchange Street business fired a worker on Aug. 5.

•  Checked on a report of gunshots in the Munson Road area on Aug. 6. Police said they found no signs of concern.

•  Investigated a trespassing complaint in the Court Street area on Aug. 6.

•  Interviewed a woman who said she’d been assaulted in the John Graham Court neighborhood on Aug. 6.

•  Responded to an Aug. 6 report of a motorcyclist crashing into a tree off Munson Road and sustaining serious injuries. Police said the man driving the motorcycle — 29-year-old Cory Thibodeau — was airlifted to University of Vermont Medical Center.

•  Assisted a Three Mile Bridge Road resident who was concerned about a possible online scam on Aug. 6.

•  Responded to a report of a woman pushing a shopping cart on Route 125, between East Middlebury and Ripton, on Aug. 6. Police said the woman had left the area before they got there.

•  Received a report about a former guest of the Charter House Emergency Shelter allegedly threatening to harm herself on Aug. 6.

•  Received a report about a Porter Hospital patient allegedly becoming disruptive while waiting to be discharged on Aug. 6.

•  Helped two Route 7 South neighbors resolve a conflict on Aug. 7.

•  Assisted a woman found sleeping on the lawn of a South Street Extension residence on Aug. 7.

•  Provided traffic control on Aug. 7 for a portion of Route 116 that had been blocked by a fallen tree branch.

•  Responded to a noise complaint on South Pleasant Street on Aug. 7.

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