Middlebury Police Log: Police find man dead on Case Street

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police last Tuesday responded to a report of a body located in a vehicle on Case Street. 

Authorities received the report at a few minutes past 7 a.m. on Jan. 24. Police began investigating and identified the deceased as Joel Merrill, 45, of Proctor. 

Police said the investigation is continuing, pending autopsy results, but no criminal activity is suspected.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Received a report of unspecified items stolen from a vehicle parked off Court Street on Jan. 23.

• Checked on a report of an explosion in the Exchange Street area at around 4 p.m. on Jan. 23 but found nothing amiss.

• Defused a dispute between two Sugar House Motel neighbors on Jan. 23.

• Interviewed a suspected stalking victim on Jan. 23.

• Received a report of an alleged retail theft at Hannaford Supermarket on Jan. 25.

• Responded to a report of a vehicle that had been vandalized in the Valley View Road area on Jan. 25. Police later identified William Alexander Jr., 35, of Shoreham as the person who had allegedly damaged the vehicle and subsequently cited him for unlawful mischief.

• Enforced Middlebury’s overnight winter parking ban in downtown on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

• Were informed of the theft of a package that had been delivered to a Park Street address on Jan. 26.

• Assisted the state’s Sex Offender Registry in locating a local person who had allegedly not been complying with registry requirements on Jan. 26.

• Served no-trespass orders on two men suspected to have stolen items from a Washington Street store on Jan. 26.

• Located a vehicle that had slid off Creek Road on Jan. 26. Police said the owner was ticketed for driving with a suspended license.

• Directed a local resident to appropriate services on Jan. 27 after they complained of being victimized by a phone scam.

• Assisted an elderly Middlebury resident who on Jan. 27 reported being wooed and subsequently scammed and threatened on Facebook by a man masquerading as Engelbert Humperdinck, a British pop singer active beginning in the 1960s.

• Received a report on Jan. 28 about the alleged theft of some merchandise from the Tinker & Smithy store off Main Street on Jan. 28. The case remains under investigation.

• Cited Gary R. Atwood of Brandon for driving with a criminally suspended license following a traffic stop on Storrs Avenue on Jan. 28.

• Were informed on Jan. 28 that someone had broken a front window of a Weybridge Street apartment on Jan. 28.

• Responded to a report of a group of snowboarders trespassing at a Bakery Lane property on Jan. 29. Police said the group agreed to leave the property.

• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS on Jan. 29 with an out-of-control elderly resident of the EastView at Middlebury community off South Street.

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