Vergennes Police Log: Copper theft suspects cited for additional violations

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on May 27 arrested a Bristol man on an outstanding warrant and cited a Salisbury man for driving with a suspended license, criminal offense, after stopping a car in Vergennes following a Vermont State Police alert.
Police jailed Kaleb Gorton, 19, of Bristol in the Addison County Sheriff’s Department on an outstanding warrant for violation of conditions of probation, while 26-year-old George Niles Devoid of Salisbury, the driver, received the DLS citation.
Vergennes police stopped the car after VSP told local departments to be on the lookout for the two, who had allegedly stolen copper from a Salisbury farm. Vergennes police said the two discussed that case with them, and police passed on information to VSP. Police also said they performed a consent search of Devoid’s vehicle and found drug paraphernalia.
In other action between April 23 and 29, Vergennes police:
•  On April 24 cited Thomas Fitzgerald, 28, of Hastings, N.Y., for driving 50 mph in a 30 mph zone on West Main Street and for DLS, civil offense.
•  On April 24 responded to a one-car accident on North Street.
•  On April 24 while on a grant-funded detail clocked a car driving 86 mph on the Bristol-Monkton Road, but decided not to pursue; police have a possible ID on the driver and are pursuing the issue.
•  On April 24 while on the special detail cited Paul Szczerbak, 46, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding on Route 7; police said his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.108 percent; the legal limit is 0.08 percent.
•  On April 25 helped the operator of a car disabled at the intersection of New Haven Road and Route 7.
•  On April 25 handled a complaint of a loose dog in Thomas Circle.
•  On April 26 dealt with a minor two-car accident at the Small City Market.
•  On April 26 were told there were chickens running loose on North Main Street, but found none.
•  On April 26 looked into a complaint that flag holders had been stolen from St. Peter’s Cemetery.
•  On April 27 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Monkton Road.
•  On April 27 told a man to stop making harassing phone calls to a Walker Avenue resident.
•  On April 28 cited Northlands Job Corps student Robert Cross, 24, of Canastota, N.Y., for retail theft. Police said they were told by a Champlain Farms clerk that a man had grabbed a six-pack of beer and cigarettes and fled the store; police found Cross in possession of the goods on a side street and caught him after a brief foot chase, cited him, and turned him over to Northlands security.
•  On April 28 helped VSP handle an unstable Addison resident.
•  On April 29 calmed two men arguing on a West Main Street sidewalk.
•  On April 29 helped with traffic control at a fire on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

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