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Middlebury Police Log: Suspicious behavior reported at local store

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Feb. 8 received a report from Vermont Field Sports staff about suspicious behavior in their parking lot off Route 7 South that they believed might have involved drug dealing. 

Police said the same people attempted to purchase a handgun from the store a short while later, but were denied.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Checked on the welfare of a person in Jayne Court who had been experiencing mental health issues on Feb. 6.

• Investigated a report of children allegedly being left unattended inside a parked car in front of a Washington Street business on Feb. 6. Police said the vehicle was gone upon their arrival.

• Enforced the town’s overnight winter parking ban in downtown on Feb. 6.

• Executed a warrant, with state police support, at a home on Columbus Smith Road in Salisbury in connection with what authorities simply termed “ongoing investigations.”

• Helped a local drunken man get home safely on Feb. 7.

• Responded to a noise complaint on Valley View Road on Feb. 7.

• Responded to a Feb. 8 report of a person in the Court Street area offering to give away cats that had purportedly not been vaccinated against rabies.

• Assisted a Court Street resident on Feb. 8 who had been dealing with trespassing issues.

• Helped get services for a Route 7 South resident who had been dealing with mental health challenges on Feb. 8.

• Assisted state police in responding to a domestic dispute off Peddler Mill Road in Ripton on Feb. 8.

• Received what turned out to be a hoax report of a school shooting at Middlebury Union High School on Feb. 8. MUHS was one of 21 schools in Vermont that received such a hoax report, and state and federal authorities are investigating.

• Warned a person to refrain from sorting through a Court Street Dumpster on Feb. 9.

• Investigated a truancy complaint on Feb. 9.

• Responded to a report of a man banging on the window of a Tri-Valley Transit bus on Academy Street on Feb. 10. Police said they took the man into protective custody and took him to detox at Marble Valley Correction Facility.

• Referred, to state police, a report they received about an alleged domestic assault in Orwell on Feb. 10.

• Served a temporary restraining on a local person on Feb. 10.

• Cited Scott D. Lanpher, 34, of Leicester for violating the court-ordered conditions of his release, after allegedly finding drug paraphernalia in his vehicle following an investigation off Colonial Drive on Feb. 11.

• Collected evidence on Feb. 11 from Porter Hospital related to a potential sexual assault case.

• Checked on the welfare of a houseless person found camping in a stairwell of a Main Street building on Feb. 11. Police found the person temporary housing for the evening.

• Assisted Vermont State Police at the scene of a car crash on South Main Street on Feb. 11.

• Investigated a reported theft from a vehicle parked off Exchange Street on Feb. 11.

• Assisted a local resident who had been receiving scam calls on Feb. 11.

• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS and Brandon Rescue on a medical call in the Water Street area on Feb. 11.

• Served a no-trespass-order on Feb. 12 on a person who wasn’t wanted at Greg’s Market & Deli.

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