Middlebury Police Log: Man cited for disorderly conduct at Porter Hospital

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on April 5 cited a man for disorderly conduct after responding to a request from Porter Hospital to remove a man who had allegedly been experiencing a mental health crisis. Police said the man then became “increasingly agitated” while being given a ride to the Tri-Valley Transit bus stop on Academy Street. 

Police said they then arrested the man — Jeffrey Stewart, 60, of Williston — and cited him for disorderly conduct after he decided to stand in the road and block traffic. After being booked, Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services took Stewart back to Porter for a psychiatric evaluation. Hospital staff and mental health personnel determined it unnecessary for him to be kept there, according to police. 

Stewart was discharged from the hospital, and Middlebury police gave him a courtesy ride to his residence in Williston, they said.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Responded to a report of a man staggering along Route 7 South at around 5:47 p.m. on April 3.

• Investigated the theft of a wheelbarrow and kayak from the garage of a North Pleasant Street residence on April 3.

• Found a Middlebury Union High School student to be in possession of a marijuana vape on April 3.

• Arrested Timothy G. Farr, 69, of Middlebury on an outstanding warrant, on April 4. Police said Farr was taken to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility pending his arraignment.

• Reunited a runaway youth with their East Middlebury family on April 5.

• Were informed on April 5 of the theft of jewelry and checks from an Ossie Road home. Police said some of the stolen checks had been cashed at a Middlebury bank. The case remains under investigation.

• Responded to a report of a disorderly juvenile at a Court Street home on April 6.

• Received a report on April 6 from a Town Hall Theater (THT) employee that a local resident was threatening him by pointing his fingers at him in an imitation of firing guns. Police said the THT employee told them that the man had violated a trespass notice by coming onto the property. But police said they believe the employee had invited the man onto the property to fight. 

The employee also told police that the man also had dropped his pants to expose his rear. Since public nudity is not criminal in Vermont, police said, they determined no violation had been committed.

• Assisted the Middlebury Walgreens Pharmacy in disposing of a small bag of suspicious powder that had been found in the business’s restroom on April 6.

• Responded to a truancy complaint at MUHS on April 6.

• Served a no-trespass order on April 6 on a man who wasn’t wanted at a Main Street business.

• Responded to a noise complaint on Weybridge Street on April 7.

• Found a Middlebury Union Middle School student to be in possession of a vape device on campus on April 7.

• Assisted a Main Street business with an upset customer on April 7.

• Heard from a local resident on April 7 that someone had written two fraudulent checks using his account number.

• Began an investigation into a burglary at Mister Up’s Restaurant on Bakery Lane on April 7.

• Assisted MREMS with a 911 call at a Cedar Court residence on April 7.

• Assisted Vermont State Police in investigating a burglary at the Bristol Country Store on Route 116 on April 8.

• As a result of a suspicious vehicle complaint at around 10:43 p.m. on April 8, found a vehicle off Case Street that was occupied by four juveniles — each of whom police contend had been drinking alcohol. Police issued the juveniles court diversion paperwork and turned the them over to their guardians.

• Ticketed a person for littering near Cross Street on April 8.

• Investigated a report of people driving ATVs on Happy Valley Road on April 8.

• Investigated an illegal dumping complaint on Exchange Street on April 8.

• Received a false report about an active shooter at the David Family Library on Middlebury College campus at around 10:30 p.m. on April 9. See story in this edition.

• Received a report about an alleged theft from a Court Street store on April 9.

• Cited a local juvenile for aggravated domestic assault following an alleged incident in the Airport Road area on April 9.

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