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Vergennes Police Log: City police cite drivers for DUI, license violations

VERGENNES — Vergennes police this past weekend cited two motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and a third for a criminal count of driving with a suspended license.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, Vergennes police cited Ramesh Gurung, 23, of Burlington for DUI after receiving a cellphone alert of a southbound car on Route 7 being driven above the speed limit and crossing the center line.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, city police cited Jamie Martell, 32, of Huntington for DUI after stopping her car on New Haven Road for failing to stop at a stop sign and for not using a turn signal.
Also on the 29th, police cited John P. Lester, 22, of Brandon for criminal DLS after stopping his vehicle at the intersection of Route 7 and Middlebrook Road during a special DUI detail.
In other action between Sept. 23 and 29, Vergennes police:
•  On Sept. 23 cited a Route 7 motorist for passing recklessly after receiving a cellphone alert.
•  On Sept. 23 took over for an elderly man directing traffic around a mover’s truck stopped on South Maple Street.
•  On Sept. 23 advised a woman in a dissolving civil union that it was probably a civil issue that her partner was allegedly removing money improperly from a joint account.
•  On Sept. 23 looked for a suspicious vehicle on Route 7, but could not find it.
•  On Sept. 23 responded to a complaint from a Main Street apartment building resident that a guest wouldn’t leave and discovered the complainant was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines. Police arrested Zakk D. Neville, 23, of Vergennes and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center, and also asked his guest to leave.
•  On Sept. 24 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Panton Road.
•  On Sept. 24 warned two people at a Main Street apartment building not to violate their conditions of release by making contact with one another.
•  On Sept. 25 helped calm an unruly Vergennes Union Elementary School student, who was then turned over to his mother.
•  On Sept. 26 checked along with an Addison County Humane Society representative the welfare of a pet at a Main Street apartment; they determined the animal was OK, but will monitor its health.
•  On Sept. 26 talked to a Vergennes Union High School student who was brought to the station by school personnel and was dealing with truancy and alleged drug issues.
•  On Sept. 27 mediated a car registration issue between an ex-husband and ex-wife, at the man’s request.
•  On Sept. 27 counseled VUES administrators on developing an emergency response plan to deal with out-of-control students.
•  On Sept. 27 helped John Graham Shelter personnel try to find a female tenant; police learned she might be in Middlebury and referred the case to police there.
•  On Sept. 27 began investigating the theft of three MP3 players from Kinney Drug Store; police hope store video will prove useful.
•  On Sept. 28 helped Vermont State Police by picking up a man who had been next to and in Route 7 in Ferrisburgh for two hours; police said he was dealing with mental health issues and took him to Porter Hospital.
•  On Sept. 28 dealt with two dog issues; they picked up one animal on Battery Hill and took it to the Vergennes Animal Hospital, and untangled another from lawn chairs in Thomas Circle.
•  On Sept. 28 responded to Walker Avenue to look for a man reported to be peering into cars, but found no one.
•  On Sept. 29 went to deal with a noise complaint at a Main Street apartment, but it was quiet when they arrived.
•  On Sept. 29 went to a Main Street child custody exchange point and calmed an arguing couple, and then advised them to make peaceful exchanges and to resolve differences through Family Court.
•  On Sept. 29 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at an Ice House Court medical call. 

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