Vergennes Police Log: Winter snows bring accidents and parking ban violations

VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with three one-car accidents during Sunday’s major snowstorm, all between midnight and about 8 a.m.
First, city police responded on behalf of Vermont State Police to a car reported to be off Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh, and called a wrecker to help out.
Later that morning, police went to a Main Street accident in which a car struck a utility pole. The operator told police he was forced off the road by a car coming from the other direction.
At about 8 a.m. Vergennes police also helped another motorist whose car slid off Monkton Road.
Last week also brought the first violations of the Vergennes winter ban on parking on city streets during the overnight hours. City police issued 11 tickets on Dec. 9, four tickets on Dec. 12, and three tickets on Dec. 14.
In other action between Dec. 9 and 15, Vergennes police:
•  On Dec. 9 checked the welfare of a Walker Avenue resident, who was found to be fine.
•  On Dec. 9 attended an anti-bullying meeting at St. Peter’s Parish Hall.
•  On Dec. 10 were told by a Vergennes Union High School staff member of students apparently offering drug paraphernalia for sale on Facebook; police are following up on the information and also notified the Department of Children and Families.
•  On Dec. 10 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the Vergennes area.
•  On Dec. 10 contacted the owner of a boat on a trailer parked on North Maple Street, an action taken on behalf of the public works department, who were trying to plow the road; the owner moved the trailer.
•  On Dec. 10 following an alert that a southbound car on Route 7 was being driven erratically, joined VSP and an Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputy at a traffic stop at the intersection of that highway and Route 22A. The city department’s Drug Recognition Expert determined the operator was impaired by marijuana, and the driver was taken to Porter Hospital for a blood test that could result in an impaired driving charge if it is positive.
•  On Dec. 11 went to a Ferrisburgh home on behalf of VSP to counsel an upset man threatening to harm himself.
•  On Dec. 12 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Green Street.
•  On Dec. 12 aided Vermont State Police at a South Water Street vehicle stop.
•  On Dec. 13 issued a notice of no-trespass to a man who was allegedly stalking a female employee of a city business.
•  On Dec. 13 were told a dead fox had been dumped in an Armory Lane recycling bin.
•  On Dec. 13 operated a drunk-driving checkpoint along with the sheriff’s department.
•  On Dec. 13 helped VSP with a suicidal man at a Panton home; he was taken to Porter Hospital.
•  On Dec. 13 referred a road rage incident to the state’s attorney’s office for possible charges; police were told a man followed a woman’s car after she had to swerve to avoid him south of the city, got out of his car when she pulled over in Vergennes, struck her car, and called her vulgar names.
•  On Dec. 14 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Panton Road.
•  On Dec. 15 took a report of an alleged violation of a relief from abuse order that took place in Shelburne.
•  On Dec. 15 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident, who was found to be fine.

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