Vergennes Police Log: Police investigate gunshots

VERGENNES — A variety of incidents kept Vergennes police busy between Oct. 20 and 26, including car accidents, fraud, an assault, a report of bullying, and gunshots fired within city limits.
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
•  On Oct. 20 backed up Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and city fire personnel at a small fire at a White Street apartment.
•  On Oct. 22 ticketed a driver involved in a minor two-car accident on Main Street for following too closely.
•  On Oct. 22 dealt with a complaint from a First Street resident about harassing texts by telling two women to stop contacting each other about a dispute that started on Facebook.
•  On Oct. 22 reported a case of fraud to the attorney general’s office. Police said a resident told them someone posing as an IRS agent threatened that police would arrest her husband because a payment had allegedly not been received. Police called a number provided and heard a voice mail before contacting state authorities.
•  On Oct. 22 went to the Otter Creek basin area to check out a report of gunshots and discovered a man teaching his son to shoot. Police informed him shooting is not permitted within city limits, something the man said he did not know.
•  On Oct. 22 checked out a report of suspicious behavior on New Haven Road and discovered that a visitor to a home had forgotten to shut a car trunk.
•  On Oct. 23 went to Main Street to look into a possible violation of a relief-from-abuse order and determined none had occurred.
•  On Oct. 23 accepted unused pain medication for disposal.
•  On Oct. 23 responded to a report of a possible intruder at a South Maple Street business, but found no problem.
•  On Oct. 23 separated and calmed a man and woman arguing on Main Street.
•  On Oct. 24 responded to a couple arguing at a Main Street apartment and contacted WomenSafe to find a place to stay for the woman who was involved. Police said the man involved was the same man who had argued with a different woman on Main Street the day before.
•  On Oct. 24 cited Northlands Job Corps student Cameron Hooper of Lowell, Mass., for simple assault and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.
•  On Oct. 24 began investigating who had dumped a dead young brown Labrador dog in a Main Street Dumpster.
•  On Oct. 24 spoke to a New Haven Road dog owner after receiving a complaint that his dogs were acting aggressively in his yard; the dog owner agreed to move an invisible fence further away from the sidewalk.
•  On Oct. 24 dealt with a minor two-car accident on South Maple Street.
•  On Oct. 24 began investigating the theft of a credit card reader from the Merchants Bank ATM on Monkton Road.
•  On Oct. 25 were told by a relative that a Vergennes Union High School student was being bullied; police spoke to school counselors.
•  On Oct. 25 helped a motorist get into a locked vehicle in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
•  On Oct. 25 helped Vermont State Police by responding to an accident at the Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 and Stage Road.
•  On Oct. 26 helped VSP and VARS in Panton, where a man had been injured by a malfunctioning bow.
•  On Oct. 26 helped VSP by looking for a man allegedly involved in an assault in Charlotte. 

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