VERGENNES — In a mostly quiet week between Dec. 22 and 28 Vergennes police handled relatively minor issues, including the theft of holiday decorations, traffic problems, and more violations of the city’s wintertime ban on overnight on-street parking.
In those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On Dec. 22 checked the welfare of a male John Graham Shelter resident, who had been reported to be depressed, and determined he was OK.
• On Dec. 22 helped a motorist get into a locked car.
BRISTOL — Bristol police made three arrests during Christmas week. Two were for driving-related offenses while one was related to domestic violence.
Police on Christmas Eve arrested Bristol resident Timothy Sousa, 27, on suspicion of second-degree aggravated domestic assault stemming from a dispute with his girlfriend on Dec. 22. Police said Sousa, who was previously convicted of domestic assault and also for violating an abuse prevention order, struck his girlfriend in the head during an argument.
ADDISON COUNTY — It was a quiet holiday week for Vermont State Police working out of the New Haven barracks; they reported only three incidents between Dec. 22 and Dec. 28.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a complaint from a man who claimed another man tried to steal his backpack while he was walking on South Street near Porter Field Road on Dec. 28. Police described the assailant as a white man around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a red sweatshirt, and a goatee/soul patch facial hair.
The case remains under investigation.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
Last week, my oldest daughter found a copy of our Christmas letter – the breezy family update that I’d slapped together to send out with our Christmas cards. She sat down at the kitchen table to read it, without my knowledge. (It’s still new and surprising that there are members of our family who can read besides my husband and me, and I’ve yet to take the necessary precautions.)
WEYBRIDGE — Around 20 Weybridge and New Haven firefighters responded to a blaze this morning that destroyed a horse barn at 1572 Quaker Village Road.
Firefighters arrived at the scene at around 9 a.m., according to Weybridge Fire Chief Bill Sinks. By then, the barn was fully involved.
“There was nothing we could really do to save the building,” Sinks said of the roughly 30-foot-by-40-foot structure. He identified the owner as Cindy Strate.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police yesterday cited Michael Maheu, 40, of Ripton, for assault and robbery, in connection with the theft of an unspecified amount of drugs from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Court Street Extension on Sunday, Dec. 28.
Police allege that it was Maheu who, at around 5 p.m., approached the the pharmacy clerk with a note demanding narcotics. Authorities allege Maheu was wearing a hoodie to partially conceal his face and displayed no weapon, according to authorities. He ran out of the store after being handed some narcotic pills, police said.
SHOREHAM — Vermont State Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed the Shoreham Service Center at gunpoint on Sunday, Dec. 28, at around 8:40 a.m.