Middlebury Police Log: Woman cited several times for incidents
MIDDDLEBURY — Middlebury police last week spent a lot of time responding to complaints about a small community of houseless people who’ve been camping off Bakery Lane, under the Cross Street Bridge. Officers also responded to more than a dozen vandalism and malicious mischief incidents, which included bricks being thrown through windows and two bullet holes that pierced the door at the Vermont Book Store on Main Street.
What follows is a rundown of last week’s Middlebury police activity — their busiest since this crime log column was launched 32 years ago — that included a local woman being cited three separate times, largely for property damage-related incidents in the downtown area. Middlebury police:
• Checked on the welfare of a man found sleeping next to the municipal building on Main Street on Sept. 18.
• Assisted a Court Street Extension business owner on Sept. 18 with a report of a man who had allegedly refused to leave the premises.
• Assisted a Washington Street business with an unwanted person refusing to leave on Sept. 18.
• Responded to the Walgreens Pharmacy on a report of a man harassing customers on Sept. 18. Police said the man was gone upon their arrival.
• Helped a local family find a minor who was late returning home on Sept. 19.
• Responded to a report of a man harassing customers at the Walgreens Pharmacy off Court Street on Sept. 19.
• Were informed of the theft of a purse from a vehicle parked off Creek Road on Sept. 19.
• Received a report of a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident in the Exchange Street area on Sept. 19. Police found the person in question, who exchanged insurance information with the other party involved.
• Assisted a Court Street business with an unwanted person on Sept. 19.
• Received a report that a cash drawer had been stolen from a Mill Street business on Sept. 19. The case remains under investigation.
• Were informed of the theft of around $5 from a vehicle parked off Route 7 South on Sept. 19.
• Took into protective custody an incapacitated woman after investigating reports of an altercation between two people at South Village Green on Sept. 19.
• Helped Vergennes police look for a man wanted for his involvement in a Hillside Drive domestic incident on Sept. 19.
• Conducted an ongoing investigation on Sept. 20 into vandalism to several cars parked in the Bakery Lane area on Sept. 20.
• Responded to a theft complaint at a Court Street business on Sept. 20.
• Arrested Cassandra J. Chasse, 32, of Middlebury for seven counts of unlawful mischief, after an officer allegedly witnessed her hit and damage a parked car with a stick while it was parked off Bakery Lane on Sept. 20. Police determined Chasse also damaged six other parked cars in the same area.
• Assisted a local parent with an out-of-control child in the North Pleasant Street area on Sept. 20.
• Removed unwanted campers from a Maple Street property on Sept. 20.
• Received a complaint about houseless people gathered behind the Memorial Sports Center off Buttolph Drive on Sept. 20.
• On Sept. 20 investigated the untimely death of a Middlebury College student, identified as Evelyn Sorensen, 20. Police have ruled out foul play in the death of Sorenson, an Oregon native who was a college junior with a double major in Geology and in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.
• Increased foot patrols in the Bakery Lane area and under the Cross Street Bridge on Sept. 21 in response to ongoing complaints about unhoused people causing disturbances in that area.
• Investigated a report of a person acting erratically while walking along Route 7 South on Sept. 21.
• Received a report about a woman experiencing a mental health crisis while in the Marble Works complex on Sept. 21.
• Responded to a report of a woman struggling with mental health issues and acting disorderly in the Mill Street area on Sept. 21.
• Helped a resident dispose of old ammunition on Sept. 21.
• On Sept. 21 assisted Shaw’s Supermarket with a man who had allegedly been harassing customers on Sept. 21.
• Received a report of an argument at the Route 7 South Maplefields that allegedly culminated in a man being threatened with a knife on Sept. 21. Police reported no arrests and said no one was injured.
• Found two suspected bullet holes in the front-door glass of the Vermont Book Shop on Main Street on Sept. 21.
• Checked on the welfare of a man who had been seen walking unsteadily on Cross Street on Sept. 21.
• Responded to reports of vandalism in the Bakery Lane area on Sept. 21.
• Responded to a report of a man yelling and banging on a trash can in the Merchants Row area at around 3:48 a.m. on Sept. 21.
• Cited Cassandra J. Chasse, 32, of Middlebury for unlawful mischief, following an incident at the intersection of Bakery Lane and Main Street on Sept. 22. It was her second citation in three days.
• Responded to what police called a “mental health emergency” in the Mill Street area on Sept. 22.
• Investigated a complaint about someone driving a four-wheeler in the municipal parking lot off Mill Street at around 8:48 p.m. on Sept. 22.
• Conducted a check on Sept. 22 on houseless people who have been camping near the Cross Street Bridge off Bakery Lane.
• Responded to a report of an “agitated” man yelling at children playing in the Mary Hogan Elementary School playground on Sept. 22.
• Responded to the reported theft of items from a vehicle that had been parked at a Case Street residence on Sept. 22.
• Checked on a report of a woman walking in front of vehicles traveling in The Centre parking lot on Sept. 22. Police said the woman ultimately boarded a bus and left the area.
• Received a report about a person entering the Mary Johnson Children’s Center in violation of a no-trespass notice on Sept. 22. Police said the matter is under investigation.
• Were informed that someone had stolen loose change from a vehicle parked off Three Mile Bridge Road on Sept. 22.
• Investigated a report of two individuals rifling through vehicles at the Maplefields store at 3201 Route 7 South on Sept. 22. Police said their investigation revealed no crime had occurred.
• Assisted a person who had lost $800 in a gift card scam on Sept. 22.
• Received a report on Sept. 22 about a local man’s bank account allegedly being drained by his grandson.
• Received a report of disorderly conduct occurring outside of the Ilsley Library on Main Street on Sept. 22.
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a service call in Leicester on Sept. 22.
• Investigated a report of a car being vandalized while parked off Bakery Lane on Sept. 22.
• Cautioned a Middlebury College student on Sept. 23 who had allegedly been throwing beer off the Cross Street Bridge onto the Bakery Lane parking lot below.
• On Sept. 23, spoke with unhoused people camping under the Cross Street Bridge, reminding them of town ordinances about open alcohol containers, littering and smoking marijuana in public.
• Separated people who had been involved in a domestic argument at a South Village Green residence on Sept. 23.
• Assisted a person who on Sept. 23 reported having been bitten by their child on Sept. 23.
• Were informed that a brick had been thrown through a window of Frog Hollow Tattoo off Bakery Lane on Sept. 23.
• Responded to a report of a woman panhandling near a bank off Court Street on Sept. 23. Police said the woman had left prior to their arrival.
• Investigated a report of someone throwing a brick through the glass door of the Stone Mill building off Mill Street on Sept. 23.
• Cited Cassandra J. Chasse, 32, of Middlebury for felony unlawful mischief and simple assault on a police officer, after she allegedly damaged a parked car off Bakery Lane with a metal pipe and then spat on the arresting officers. It was her third involvement with law enforcement in four days.
• Investigated a report that someone had damaged a Mill Street building door on Sept. 23.
• Investigated reports of two vehicles being vandalized while they were parked overnight off Mill Street on Sept. 23.
• Responded to a report of a woman pulling books out of a “Little Library” display case and throwing the books onto Seymour Street on Sept. 23.
• Assisted a local resident who on Sept. 24 reported “suspicious transactions” with a bank account.
• Received a complaint about trash left in the woods off Monarch Court on Sept. 24.
• Contacted the dog warden about a loose dog in the Case Street area on Sept. 24.
• Cautioned a person who had been driving erratically in the Kings Row neighborhood on Sept. 24.
• Received a complaint about a barking dog in the Pine Meadows area on Sept. 24.
• Received a report from a 9-year-old child that a 5-year-old had allegedly been throwing rocks at him, as well as biting his mother, in the John Graham Court neighborhood on Sept. 24. An officer spoke with both children and the parent.
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