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Vergennes Police Log: City police busy dealing with DUI cases

VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5 handled a variety of incidents, including dealing with two cases of driving under the influence, one case of bearing false witness, two cases of valuable property found and one case of excessive speed, and twice having to determine deaths were of natural causes.
During that seven-day time frame, police conducted a number of foot patrols in response to reports of drug issues and potential criminal activity, and also:
•  On Sept. 29 contacted the owner of a wallet that a citizen had found on Main Street and brought to the station.
•  On Sept. 29 picked up a loose dog in Maple Manor and took it to the Vergennes Animal Hospital.
•  On Sept. 29 ticketed the driver of a car traveling 71 mph in a 30 mph West Main Street zone.
•  On Sept. 29 cited Svetlana Newman, 23, of Vergennes for false report, a charge that police said stemmed from providing false testimony about an earlier alleged assault in the Hillside Acres apartment complex parking lot.
•  On Sept. 30 responded to a report of a loud argument at a Main Street apartment building; police found a dresser drawer had apparently been thrown out of the front door, but no one was home.
•  On Sept. 30 were told by one man that another man had tried to start a fight with him while at Shaw’s Supermarket; police said the dispute centered over their relationship with a woman.
•  On Sept. 30 responded along with firefighters to a South Maple Street home to a possible carbon monoxide issue.
•  On Sept. 30 received a tip about illegal drug activity.
•  On Oct. 1 stood by while an evicted tenant retrieved belongings from a West Street apartment.
•  On Oct. 1 heard a complaint from a West Main Street apartment resident that her dwelling had regularly been entered, including by someone who left laundry in her washing machine; she said her landlord was uncooperative about securing her door and had threatened her.
•  On Oct. 1 talked with Vergennes Union Elementary School personnel who had confiscated three bullets and a piece of glass from a student.
•  On Oct. 1 took a report about a minor two-car accident on Monkton Road.
•  On Oct. 1 advised a White Street tenant to deal with a landlord about a car left in a parking spot for a month.
•  On Oct. 2 helped Vermont State Police determine a Panton resident reported to be suicidal was OK.
•  On Oct. 2 looked unsuccessfully for skateboarders on MacDonough Drive.
•  On Oct. 3 cited Allen Anderson, 56, of Pittsford for DUI-drugs after seeing him allegedly stumble around his disabled car on Main Street; he was taken to Porter Hospital for a blood test after testing by the department’s Drug Recognition Expert.
•  On Oct. 3 during a welfare check on New Haven Road discovered a dead body; police determined no foul play was involved.
•  On Oct. 3 took a report about a minor two-car accident on Monkton Road.
•  On Oct. 3 accepted a payroll check found on the floor of the Small City Market; as of Monday police were still trying to contact the person to whom the check was made out.
•  On Oct. 4 were called to the City Limits nightclub because a disruptive patron was refusing to leave; police said he left peacefully and was issued a no-trespass order.
•  On Oct. 4 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad lift a patient on High Street.
•  On Oct. 4 issued court diversion paperwork to a male Northlands Job Corps student who had been drinking.
•  On Oct. 4 helped VSP by responding to a one-car accident at the junction of New Haven Road and Route 7.
•  On Oct. 5 helped VARS on South Water Street.
•  On Oct. 5 looked unsuccessfully for skateboarders on MacDonough Drive.
•  On Oct. 5 determined that a death at a South Maple Street residence did not involve foul play.
•  On Oct. 5 cited Laurence Couture, 23, of Burlington for DUI, second offense, and defective equipment after a Panton Road traffic stop.

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