Crime

Middlebury Police Log: Woman cited for stalking, threatening

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police apprehended Megan Smith on Halpin Road at a little after 6 p.m. on Sept. 21. They cited the 53-year-old Weybridge resident for stalking and criminal threatening. 

Police released Smith on conditions and cited her to respond to the charges in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division.

In other recent activity, Middlebury police:

• On Sept. 19 at 3:07 a.m. assisted a woman experiencing a mental health crisis on Main Street.

• On Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. assisted the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) with a person having a mental health crisis on Main Street. The person was taken to Porter Hospital for emergency evaluation.

• On Sept. 19 at 2:35 p.m. logged a report of a homeless person asking people for money. Police went to check it out, but the person was gone. 

• On Sept. 19 sent a public nuisance report to out-of-state property owner of a rental property on Cross Street where multiple noise ordinance complaints originate.

• On Sept. 19 at assisted Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) with an intoxicated man, who ultimately was taken to Porter Hospital.

• On Sept. 20 at 8:37 a.m. investigated a broken window at a Creek Road home. Police collected evidence; investigation continues.

• On Sept. 20 at 9:50 a.m. issued a no trespass order to a man on Boardman Street.

• On Sept. 20 at 12:06 p.m. investigated a property damage accident on Washington Street.

• On Sept. 20 at 12:37 p.m. logged a report of a two-vehicle property damage accident in an Exchange Street parking lot.

• On Sept. 20 at 12:49 p.m. were told of a minor two-car crash in a Court Street parking lot.

• On Sept. 20 at 4:19 p.m. responded to a Court Street Extension restaurant on a report that a group of juveniles damaged a bathroom.

• On Sept. 20 at 5:02 p.m. logged a report of a minor crash reported for insurance purposes.

• On Sept. 20 began a joint investigation with Adult Protective Services into a possible case of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

• On Sept. 21 at 7:13 a.m. looked into a report of a burglary at a Route 7 South business.

• On Sept. 21 at 8:57 a.m. began investigation into an intentionally broken window at a Court Street business.

• On Sept. 21 at around 11:20 a.m. the School Resource Officer investigated a physical altercation at a Middlebury school.

• On Sept. 21 at 1:07 p.m. responded to a report of a dog alone in a car on Maple Street and in distress. Police found the dog was perfectly fine and the owner was nearby.

• On Sept. 21 received a firearm that had been inadvertently left behind in a Florida hotel safe and was sent to MPD for return to the owner.

• On Sept. 21 at 3:44 p.m. served a temporary relief from abuse order to a man at the police station.

• On Sept. 21 at 4:31 p.m. responded to a report of an unresponsive person at the Abbey Pond Trail access off Court Street. When police got there they found that the person was OK and just napping.

• On Sept. 21 at 5:47 p.m. responded to a report of a potential domestic disturbance at a local apartment complex.

• On Sept. 21 at 6:41 p.m. received a call from a person who saw a woman or girl running away from a vehicle that appeared to be chasing her. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle or the female.

• On Sept. 22 at 9:12 a.m. got a report from someone who borrowed a car from a friend and then discovered the car was stolen. Police determined that the owner had picked up the car on their own.

• On Sept. 22 at 9:39 a.m. responded to Mary Hogan School to help with an out-of-control student.

• On Sept. 22 at 10:26 a.m. attended to an incident on Foote Street in which two women were arguing. The two women separated on their own.

• On Sept. 22 at 5:51 p.m. got a call from a person who said they were discriminated against by a former employer due to the person’s sexual orientation.  

• On Sept. 22 at 6: 53 p.m. logged a report of a backpack stolen from Middlebury Union High School.

• On Sept. 22 at 8:22 p.m. cleared debris from Route 7 at Boardman Street.

• On Sept. 22 at 11:25 p.m. helped an intoxicated man on College Street find a safe place to sleep for the night

• On Sept. 23 at 10:36 a.m. received a call that someone had vandalized a vehicle parked in the Hannaford supermarket parking lot.

• On Sept. 23 at 11:59 a.m. investigated an untimely death on Overbrook Drive. Police determined that Herbert Henryson, 82, of New York, N.Y., had died of natural causes. 

• On Sept. 23 at 7:15 p.m. investigated a road rage incident on Weybridge Street.

• On Sept. 23 at 10:47 p.m. assisted MREMS with a medical call.

• On Sept. 24 at a few minutes past midnight stopped a vehicle on Route 7 South and in the end arrested Jared Litch, 32, of Middlebury and cited him for driving under the influence, second offense. Police said that Litch refused to provide an evidentiary sample of his breath. 

• On Sept. 24 at 8:46 a.m. got a report of a young person standing in the roadway on Court Street Extension holding a sign for a car wash. Police directed the youngster not to stand in the road.

• On Sept. 24 at 9:03 a.m. logged a call reporting fraudulent charges on an account.

• On Sept. 24 at 11:05 a.m. recorded a complaint about an attempted fraud.

• On Sept. 24 at 12:54 p.m. looked into a report that someone was approached on Court Street by people offering to sell what police called a “welfare food stamp card.” Police found the people in question and they denied that such an incident had happened.

• On Sept. 24 at 5:34 p.m. served a no trespass order on a person on behalf of a Court Street business after an incident there.

• On Sept. 25 at 1:16 a.m. responded to a report that a large number of college students were in the road on Route 7 near Foote Street and police determined that a large party had just let out and the students were waiting for rides.

• On Sept. 25 at 11:49 p.m. responded to a report from Washington Street Extension of a loud party.

• On Sept. 26 at 12:30 a.m. assisted MREMS with a medical call in the Lower Foote Street area.

• On Sept. 26 at 2:30 a.m. took a report of money and prescription medicine stolen.

CLARIFICATION: In last week’s Middlebury Police Log we reported that MPD had arrested Henry Romp, 31, of Middlebury on a warrant for his arrest. After being asked for clarification by Mr. Romp, the Independent talked with Sgt. Jason Covey who said that the officer did not transport Romp anywhere and likely didn’t even put him in handcuffs, so he was not “arrested” in the way people may think of an arrest. Covey explained that Romp was technically in police custody for whatever time they were with him, and he was not free to go, so in that sense he was “arrested.” Covey said, “It really is semantics.”

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