Vergennes Police Log: City police find bag of pills at high school

<p> VERGENNES &mdash; Vergennes police issued two drug citations to Vergennes Union High School students last week.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> On Sept. 12, city police cited Jake Wrightington, 18, for illegal possession of controlled substances. Police allege Wrightington had in his possession a &ldquo;sandwich bag full&rdquo; of pills that they said were Ritalin and were not prescribed to him. Police confiscated the pills.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> Police said an investigation is ongoing related to this case in which other charges are possible, including against other VUHS students.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> On Sept. 15 school officials called police to VUHS because they had discovered what they believed to be marijuana in the possession of a 16-year-old student. Police cited the student into juvenile court for alleged possession of about 3.5 grams of marijuana.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> In other incidents between Sept. 12 and 18, Vergennes police:</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 12 cited Douglas Yantz, 89, of Vergennes for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk in a Sept. 7 accident that injured two youths. Police had believed that it was a hit-and-run accident, but determined Yantz had stopped and spoken to the youths, ages 12 and 15, who were both treated at Porter Hospital and released.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 12, checked out a report of a car being driven recklessly in the Goodrich Corp. parking lot and on West Street; police found the car in a driveway, but it was unoccupied.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 12 were told of writing on a window at Country Home Products accusing an employee of stealing from the Meigs Road firm; police determined nothing had been taken.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 12 dealt with a barking dog complaint on Monkton Road.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 12 looked for kids reporting to be throwing vegetables put out for sale on Panton Road, but did not find them.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 12 could not find a man reported to be hanging around outside a South Water Street apartment wearing a mask.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 13 began trying to determine the identity of a man contacting a 17-year-old Vergennes girl via Facebook, at the request of her mother. Police said they were enlisting other agencies in the effort after the man declined to identify himself.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 13 warned a city man out of jail on conditions to abide by his curfew.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 13 accepted unused pain meds for destruction.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 13 arrested Michael Mortier, 39, of Bristol for simple assault. Police allege that Mortier, who was on furlough from the Marble Valley Correctional Center, threw an unprovoked punch at a woman outside a city dental office. Mortier was returned to MVCC by the Addison County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department; there, police said the Counseling Service of Addison County would reevaluate his case.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 13 aided Immigration and Naturalization Services officials in a local investigation.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 14 looked into the theft of a bicycle from VUHS and found it nearby off Monkton Road.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 15 were told by a Main Street gas station employee that a woman in a Jeep with New York plates gave him part of a marijuana cigarette as a tip for pumping gas; police could not find the Jeep.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 15 cited William Thiess, 65, of Vergennes for forgery and larceny. Police allege that Thiess stole a check from his mother without permission and wrote it to himself for $300.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 15 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Main Street.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 16 closed a car trunk found open at the commuter lot off North Main Street.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 16 cited Andrew Saad, 21, of New Jersey for possession of marijuana after a Main Street traffic stop.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 17 went with the department canine unit to help Drug Enforcement Agency personnel at a Burlington drug arrest in which heroin and crack cocaine was seized.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 17 met with a Hinesburg resident who believed some tools recovered in a recent burglary case might be his; police are checking the claim.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 17 issued a no-trespass order to a man on behalf of Subway restaurant personnel.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 18 dealt with two dog complaints, speaking to the owner of a noisy dog on Ice House Court and picking up a stray on West Main Street and bringing it to the Vergennes Animal Hospital.</p><p class="Bodycopy" style=""> &bull;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>On Sept. 18 called in experts to investigate a possible attempted arson case at a Thomas Circle home that had been previously damaged by a fire; police said an accelerant had been sprayed inside the home.</p>

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