Vergennes Police Log: Cops nab fleeing suspect

VERGENNES — Vergennes police arrested a 21-year-old Bristol man after a quarter-mile foot chase on Saturday.
Police said they saw Kaleb Gorton, who they said has a lengthy history of arrests and was wanted on an outstanding warrant, “hiding in the bushes” off School Street.
When he realized police had seen him, they said Gorton ran off on School Street toward East Street and then turned into the back parking lot of Luigi’s Italian Specialties before police collared and handcuffed him. Police cited Gorton for resisting arrest and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.
In other action between Oct. 14 and 20, Vergennes police:
•  On Oct. 14 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Main Street.
•  On Oct. 14 heard from a woman that a man against whom she had a relief from abuse order had made contact through Facebook; police are investigating.
•  On Oct. 14 while in Starksboro on a case spoke to the driver of a car that was reported to be driven erratically.
•  On Oct. 14 received a request from John Graham Shelter personnel to serve a no-trespass order; police as of Monday were still seeking the man.
•  On Oct. 14 checked out a man reported to be acting suspiciously at the Champlain Farms store.
•  On Oct. 14 received a complaint from a woman that a man had threatened her on the phone, but determined that a statement he was going to file a civil complaint against her was not a threat.
•  On Oct. 15 found an abandoned bike on Meadow Lane; police hope someone will identify and collect it.
•  On Oct. 15 helped Vermont State Police from the Williston barracks find a city man who is a Chittenden County burglary suspect; VSP took a DNA sample from the man.
•  On Oct. 16 took a report from an area scrapyard that a couple had sold them about $4,000 of catalytic converters, which police determined had been stolen; police said they are investigating and have suspects in the case
•  On Oct. 16 helped the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office by serving a subpoena to a witness.
•  On Oct. 16 collected an unlicensed teen driver from Vergennes Union High School who had taken his father’s car without permission, and then worked out the issue with the family.
•  On Oct. 16 helped VSP at a traffic stop on Route 7 in Waltham.
•  On Oct. 17 spoke to two men who had been noisily arguing outside a Main Street apartment building.
•  On Oct. 17 heard from someone who had seen an apparent drug deal on Church Street.
•  On Oct. 17 accepted two car key fobs found by citizens, one for a Ram truck found near the intersection of Botsford Road and Tuppers Crossing in Ferrisburgh, and another for a Dodge, probably a van. Police hope someone will claim them.
•  On Oct. 17 cited Albert Thorndike, 49, of St. Johnsbury for driving with a suspended license, civil offense, after stopping his car for speeding on Monkton Road.
•  On Oct. 17 spoke to people in a car that had been parked for a long time outside Champlain Farms; they said they were using the available free wi-fi, but police suggested they move along if they did not intend to do business at the store.
•  On Oct. 18 were told a man’s car had struck a pedestrian crossing sign on Main Street.
•  On Oct. 18 helped VSP by directing traffic at the scene of a two-car accident on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
•  On Oct. 18 advised a landlord dealing with a squatter about the eviction process.
•  On Oct. 18 checked the welfare of a West Main Street woman, who was found to be fine.
•  On Oct. 18 stopped a car after spotting it being driven erratically on Route 7, and after an evaluation of the driver by the department’s Drug Recognition Expert took a blood sample from him to be checked for drugs. Police said a driving under the influence of drugs charge is possible based on the results of blood test.
•  On Oct. 18 helped a motorist get into a locked car at a Main Street business.
•  On Oct. 19 responded to a family fight at a West Street home; an investigation is ongoing, police said.
•  On Oct. 19 dealt with a dispute at a Hillside Drive apartment among four tenants, one of whom allegedly assaulted another; police are sorting out statements as part of an investigation.
•  On Oct. 20 cited Jeffrey Fortune, 21, of Vergennes for driving under the influence of alcohol after being told by a Champlain Farms employee that a drunken man was driving off; police stopped Fortune on New Haven Road.
•  On Oct. 20 secured an unlocked door at the Merchants Bank on Monkton Road and called a manager after being notified by a citizen.
•  On Oct. 20 helped VSP by responding to a verbal family fight on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
•  On Oct. 20 spoke to the owner of a barking dog on Sunset Drive after receiving a complaint.

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