Middlebury Police Log: Police aid in suspected homicide investigation

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Friday, June 2, stopped a vehicle driven on John Graham Court by Peter Leary, 51, of St. Albans at a few minutes before 8 p.m. Police cited Leary for driving under the influence.

In other recent activity, Middlebury police assisted Vermont State Police in investigating a suspected homicide on Route 7 in Leicester just north of the Four Corners at a little after 9 p.m. on June 4. Anyone with information should call the VSP New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919 or leave an anonymous tip online at See the full story on Page 2A.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• On May 29, arrested Kenneth Gilbert III, 47, on an outstanding warrant, and took him to the Frank Mahady Courthouse.

• Responded to reports of a loud party at 14 Cross St. on May 29. Police said it was the second complaint of the night and the tenants agreed to shut down the party.

• Assisted a Seminary Street resident who was being harassed by an ex-partner on May 29.

• Assisted two individuals with a custodial issue in the Lindale Circle area on May 29.

• Helped a North Pleasant Street business get a no-trespass order on an unwanted person on May 30.

• Investigated a report that a cow had gotten loose from a trailer near the intersection of Ossie Road and Route 7 South on May 30. Police said the owners had secured the cow in the trailer upon their arrival.

• Were informed on May 30 that someone had submitted a fraudulent application for housing assistance to the non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects. The case is under investigation.

• Were informed that drug paraphernalia had been found at Middlebury Union High School on May 30.

• Took a report about a person believed to be missing on May 31. Police are working with the family on the case.

• Checked the welfare of a person on Porter Medical Center campus who had allegedly been considering self-harm on May 31.

• Received a report on May 31 from a local resident about an alleged phone scam in which people masquerading as Publishers Clearing House representatives are requesting money for tax purposes in order to release prize money.

• Investigated a report that some car keys had been stolen in the downtown area on June 1.

• Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS in responding to an emergency call at a Foote Street residence on June 1.

• Cited Timothy G. Farr, 70, of Middlebury for two counts of violating his conditions of release in the Court Street area on June 1. 

• Responded to a report of a potentially drunken person in a vehicle parked off Court Street on June 1.

• Assisted MREMS with an emergency call at the Jayne Court housing development on June 1.

• Took, to receive detox services in Rutland, a drunken man who was laying on the ground off Three Mile Bridge Road on June 2.

• Provided an escort for the MUHS softball team as it traveled to a playoff game on June 2.

• Assisted a North Pleasant Street resident who was involved in a property dispute on June 2.

• Received a report on June 2 of a parking-related dispute between some Shannon Street neighbors.

• Cited Stephan Belanger, 29, of Middlebury for violating the conditions of his release on Court Street on June 3. Belanger was slated to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, to answer the charge.

• Investigated a report of a suspicious person who was reportedly soliciting money from people in the McIntyre Lane area on June 3.

• Cited Kevin R. Larochelle, 59, who is houseless, for simple assault, disorderly conduct and violation of the conditions of his release, following an alleged incident in the North Pleasant Street area on June 3.

• Assisted MREMS in responding to an emergency call in the South Leno Lane area on June 4.

• Responded, along with Middlebury firefighters, to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of East Road and Valley View Drive on June 4. Police said a pickup truck backed out of a driveway and into the front of a stationary car. No injuries reported. Middlebury firefighters cleaned up fluids leaking from one of the vehicles, which was towed.

• On June 4 cited Colby Berthiaume, 19, of Middlebury for operating without owner consent, after he allegedly stolen a car from a Munger Street residence. Police said the vehicle was quickly found in New York state.

• Responded to a report of two people have an argument in a vehicle parked on Seymour Street, near Elm Street, on June 4.

• Assisted Porter Hospital staff with a man who was having a mental health episode on June 5.

CLARIFICATION: An item in our May 25 Middlebury Police Log include the police department’s report that Dorothy Oliver, 97, of Middlebury had died of natural causes. We have since learned that family members were with Oliver when she passed away at home and the only reason police were involved is because Medicare officials asked them to verify the death. 

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