Vergennes Police Log: Man fails New Year’s Even sobriety checkpoint

VERGENNES — Vergennes police joined four other law enforcement agencies at a Route 7 New Year’s Eve sobriety checkpoint near the Ferrisburgh fire station, at which one driver was cited for drunken driving, among other things.
After stopping him at the checkpoint, police cited Fred Winrock, 39, of Essex Junction for driving under the influence of alcohol, fourth offense; possession of marijuana and narcotic drugs; and driving with a suspended license.
Police — including Vermont State, Bristol and Middlebury officers and Addison County Sheriff’s deputies numbering in all about 15 — also cited Robert Roche, 39, of South Burlington for marijuana possession and issued other citations for defective equipment, open containers of alcoholic beverages and lack of insurance coverage.
In other incidents between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6, Vergennes police:
•  On Dec. 31 checked the welfare of an elderly Main Street resident, who was found to be fine.
•  On Dec. 31 handled a minor two-car accident on Green Street.
•  On Dec. 31 began investigating an email complaint from a Northlands Job Corps parent alleging that her son had been repeatedly threatened, harassed and assaulted by other students; police said the email also alleged illegal drug use.
•  On Jan. 1 cited Frank Rosalia, 20, of Rivervale, N.J., for possession of marijuana after he was stopped for speeding on West Main Street.
•  On Jan. 2 dealt with a Hillside Acres Apartments noise complaint.
•  On Jan. 2 were told by Counseling Service of Addison County personnel that a Vergennes resident in a Middlebury academic program had made a threat during a counseling session; Middlebury police returned him to counseling, and Vergennes police confiscated his firearms.
•  On Jan. 2 calmed a family issue at a Cataract Lane residence.
•  On Jan. 3 helped motorists get into their locked cars on Walker Avenue and in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
•  On Jan. 3 cited Kaitlyn Ripple, 20, of Media, Pa., for possession of marijuana after she was stopped for speeding on West Main Street.
•  On Jan. 4 provided information to Shelburne police about an incident in which ice blew off a tractor-trailer truck and struck a car.
•  On Jan. 4 dealt with a suspicious phone call to a woman who had taken out an ad seeking her lost jewelry. Police said a man called her and said he had it and would send it to her if she would send him money to ship it. Police called him and said to send it to them, and they would make sure he got paid; they said they did not hear back from the man.
•  On Jan. 4 received a tip about a crime in Panton.
•  On Jan. 4 cited Jacob Herman, 20, of Cherryville, N.J., for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and for speeding after he was stopped on West Main Street.
•  On Jan. 5 issued two tickets for speeding and one to a third driver for going too fast for the conditions after the third car almost struck the police officer as he was handling the traffic stop.
•  On Jan. 6 helped VSP search a Lower Notch Road home in Bristol.

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