Middlebury Police Log: Man jumps through courthouse window

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted Vermont Probation & Parole officers this past Thursday with a man who had crashed through a glass window at the Frank Mahady Courthouse in an apparent attempt to flee following a court hearing. 

Police said the incident took place at around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. The man was injured when he fell approximately 15 feet after exiting via the closed window. Addison County Sheriff’s Department and Probation & Parole employees were managing the scene at the time of the incident, according to Middlebury Police Sgt. Jason Covey. Middlebury police arrived shortly after to assist the ambulance crew with the injured man.

Addison County Sheriff-elect Mike Elmore identified the man as Jeffrey Tanner, 28, of Bristol. Authorities cited Tanner for escape, unlawful mischief and resisting arrest.

Police took Tanner into custody and then took him to Porter Hospital for medical treatment.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Assisted a local parent with a child who was refusing to attend school on Nov. 28.

• Were informed a vehicle had been stolen from Middlebury College campus (the South Main Street area) on Nov. 28.

• Assisted a local person on Nov. 28 who said they had been defrauded by an acquaintance.

• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) with a drunken patient on Court Street on Nov. 29.

• Attempted to catch a loose dog on Route 7 North on Nov. 29.

• Assisted a driver who had hit a deer near the intersection of Route 7 and Exchange Street at around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.

• Interviewed a local resident who claimed to have been scammed out of a “significant” amount of money.

• Loaned an officer to participate as a “Mystery Reader” at Mary Hogan Elementary School on Nov. 29. The officer read aloud to three separate classes.

• Responded to a report of a downed tree on High Street on Nov. 30.

• On Nov. 30 checked the welfare of a local woman at the request of the Counseling Service of Addison County.

• Served a final stalking prevention order on a local woman on Court Street Extension on Nov. 30.

• Received information on Nov. 30 about an attempted local gun purchase by a person who was denied.

• Received a report of cows loose on Route 7 North on Nov. 30.

• Enforced the overnight winter parking ban in the downtown area on Nov. 30, and Dec. 1, 2 and 3.

• Responded to a noise complaint on Seminary Street on Dec. 1.

• Assisted with a student issue at Middlebury Union Middle School on Dec. 1.

• Served a temporary restraining order on an Elm Street resident on Dec. 1.

• Responded to a reported car-versus-deer accident on Painter Road on Dec. 2. Police said the deer was gone upon their arrival.

• Heard from a Forest Ridge Drive resident on Dec. 2 who alleged someone had stolen one of their checks, altered it and cashed it.

• Provided traffic control at the intersection of Court and Cross streets, where a tractor-trailer truck had broken down during the morning of Dec. 2.

• Received a report of a loud party in the South Main Street area at around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

• Responded to a report of a downed tree blocking Foote Street on Dec. 3.

• Assisted MREMS on a medical call to the Lower Foote Street area on Dec. 3.

• Checked on the welfare of a woman who was found sleeping at the town gazebo on Dec. 4 and learned that she had an active warrant out of Burlington. Police cited Abby Bray, 52, of Rutland for the infraction.

• Restored the peace at a Valley View home where there had been a family disturbance on Dec. 5.

• Assisted two Middlebury College students who had been locked out of their residence hall on College Street on Dec. 5.

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