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Vergennes Police Log: City cops busy with minor accidents

VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a half-dozen traffic accidents between Oct. 6 and 12, five within city limits and one in Ferrisburgh as a favor to Vermont State Police.
No one was hurt in any of the accidents, and the most significant came on Oct. 8. On that day a tractor-trailer truck tried to back into the Maverick gas station on Main Street and became stuck, damaging the grass median and a street sign in the process. Police directed traffic around the truck until it could be towed back onto the road.
Also, Vergennes police on Oct. 6 dealt with a pair of accidents, first responding to a crash on Main Street in which two vehicles suffered moderate damage, and then heading on behalf of VSP to the Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 and Greenbush Road to handle another two-car crash.
On Oct. 9 and 10, they responded to minor two-car accidents on Main Street, and finally on Oct. 10 Vergennes police dealt with a fender-bender in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
In other incidents between Oct. 6 and 12, Vergennes police:
•  On Oct. 6 went to Northlands Job Corps and calmed three female students, two of whom had allegedly threatened the third, police said, because the students believed she had snitched on them to Job Corps staff.
•  On Oct. 7 heard from a newspaper delivery person that a possibly drunken female Hillside Acres apartment resident had threatened him while he made an early morning delivery. Police could not find the woman, and told the complainant to call them immediately if he was approached again.
•  On Oct. 7 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Battery Hill home.
•  On Oct. 8 stood by while a man and a woman exchanged belongings, an act that was necessary because the man had been issued a no-trespass order.
•  On Oct. 8 checked the welfare of an 8-year-old girl at a Main Street apartment and determined she was fine.
•  On Oct. 9 accepted a ring found on South Water Street and contacted its owner, who said it had been stolen; police are holding it as evidence.
•  On Oct. 9 were asked if anyone had turned in a cushion that might have blown off a boat that had been towed along Main Street.
•  On Oct. 9 arrested Patrick L. Cota, 21, of New Haven on an outstanding Chittenden County warrant for failure to answer to a charge of driving with a suspended license. Police had been asked by Bristol police to issue a citation to Cota, who was staying at a Vergennes apartment, on another matter and then discovered the outstanding warrant while running a check. They lodged Cota at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.
•  On Oct. 10 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Panton Road.
•  On Oct. 10 went to Walker Avenue to check a complaint of a car parked improperly in a handicap parking place, but learned the driver had just forgotten to display the handicap placard.
•  On Oct. 10 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the area.
•  On Oct. 10 discovered that what was reported to be a fight outside a Main Street building was youths playing with water guns; police told them to keep the noise down.
•  On Oct. 11 issued a ticket for excessive speed to a motorist driving 63 mph in a 30 mph West Main Street zone.
•  On Oct. 11 were told a man who had banged on a Main Street apartment window in the middle of the night had cracked the window; the resident could not ID the man, who he had seen “staggering” away from the building, even though the man left a pair of sneakers on the scene.
•  On Oct. 11 called VARS to take a drunken young woman found at the corner of Main and Green streets to Porter Hospital.
•  On Oct. 11 arrested Johnathan J. Alvarez, 22, of Waterbury, Conn., for simple assault by physical menace and resisting arrest. Police lodged Alvarez at the Chittenden County Correctional Center and also issued court diversion paperwork to three underage Northlands students for consumption of alcohol. Police had been called to Northlands by center security to help deal with students. Police allege Alvarez tried to strike and threatened another student, spat upon a Northlands security officer, and fought the arresting Vergennes officer as he was taken into custody. 

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