Vergennes Police Log: Accidents, disputes keep police busy

VERGENNES — A variety of incidents kept Vergennes police busy between Feb. 13 and 19, including family problems, an untimely death that police said was of natural causes, and traffic stops that included one drunk-driving citation.
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
•  On Feb. 13 checked the welfare of a driver at a Monkton Road bank drive-through window who was reported to be acting erratically; police determined he was OK.
•  On Feb. 13 accepted pain medication and drug paraphernalia for disposal.
•  On Feb. 13 took information for insurance purposes about a two-car accident in Addison.
•  On Feb. 13 calmed a family dispute on Monkton Road.
•  On Feb. 13 helped the FBI by providing information for a background check.
•  On Feb. 13 calmed an arguing couple in a Main Street apartment.
•  On Feb. 14 helped the Department of Children and Families remove a child from a South Maple Street residence.
•  On Feb. 14 returned a truant student to Vergennes Union High School.
•  On Feb. 14 after a West Main Street traffic stop ordered the car of a New York resident towed and ticketed him for driving with a suspended license and speeding.
•  On Feb. 14 checked reports of suspicious noises behind a Main Street apartment building and Champlain Farms, but found nothing in either case.
•  On Feb. 15 responded to an untimely death in a MacDonough Drive residence, but found nothing to indicate the passing was not due to natural causes.
•  On Feb. 15 responded to Vergennes Union Elementary School to handle a dispute between a man and a woman there, and issued the man involved a no-trespass order to stay away from VUES.
•  On Feb. 15 helped a motorist gain entrance to a locked car on South Water Street.
•  On Feb. 15 on behalf of Vermont State Police cited Michael E. Spillman, 28, of Vergennes for leaving the scene of an accident in Williston.
•  On Feb. 15 along with the department canine helped VSP search unsuccessfully for the occupants of a car involved in an accident near Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. The car had been chased by troopers, crashed and the two occupants ran into the woods. As of Feb. 22, VSP said they were still searching for the men and had some leads.
•  On Feb. 16 did a canine demonstration at VUES and read to a 4th-grade class there.
•  On Feb. 16 checked the welfare of a Green Street resident and discovered she had been hospitalized.
•  On Feb. 16 cited Patrick Hotte, 32, of Middlebury for driving under the influence of alcohol after stopping his vehicle for driving too fast in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot; Hotte’s alleged blood-alcohol content was not immediately available.
•  On Feb. 17 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Main Street.
•  On Feb. 17 backed up VSP at a Plank Road traffic stop.
•  On Feb. 18 checked Short Street for a dog reported to have been hit by a car, but found nothing.
•  On Feb. 19 went to a Monkton Road home to deal with an intoxicated man possibly threatening a woman with a knife during a domestic dispute; police determined the man was not making threats with the knife and took him to the Act 1 detoxification facility in Burlington, where he was refused admission, before taking him to the Chittenden County Correctional Center.

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