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Vergennes Police Log: Cops help multiple vehicles stranded in snow

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Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Last week’s snowstorm kept Vergennes police busy dealing with a series of mishaps and incidents.

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, city police went to Woodman Hill to direct traffic around trucks stranded trying to climb Woodman Hill on Route 7 just south of Vergennes and to the intersection of Main and School streets to direct traffic around downed power lines.

On Wednesday, they helped Vermont State Police with traffic control after a truck slid off Woodman Hill and another truck rolled over on Route 22A south of Vergennes; directed traffic around trucks that went off the road in Vergennes on West Main Street and near Kayhart Crossing and another tractor-trailer truck that couldn’t make it up the hill near the Otter Creek bridge; and directed traffic when a pickup slid off Panton Road.

On that Thursday, police also responded to a report of suspicious people near the intersection of East and School streets and discovered three youths sledding.

On Dec. 11, Vergennes police directed traffic around downed power lines on Main Street.

In other incidents between Dec. 8 and 14, Vergennes police:

•  On Dec. 8 ticketed two vehicles in violation of the city’s winter overnight street-parking ban.

•  On Dec. 8 took two reports that cars on School Street had been ransacked, with prescription sunglasses valued at $300 stolen from one. Police said another such incident was reported on Dec. 7, and that an investigation could end this week.

•  On Dec. 8 warned the driver of a overweight fuel delivery truck that drove on Monkton Road in violation of its permit.

•  On Dec. 8 received a tip about illegal drug use in the area.

•  On Dec. 8 checked the welfare of two boys who live in Vergennes but attend Bristol Elementary School and were accidentally sent home on a bus instead of to a childcare provider; police stayed with the boys until they could be picked up.

•  On Dec. 8 dealt with a minor two-car accident in the Champlain Farms parking lot.

•  On Dec. 9 joined Department of Motor Vehicles personnel to operate a commercial vehicle checkpoint on Route 7 near Vergennes.

•  On Dec. 11 ticketed and ordered towed a car parked overnight on a city street.

•  On Dec. 11 helped a parent deal with an out-of-control 8-year-old at a First Street home.

•  On Dec. 11 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Armory Lane.

•  On Dec. 11 calmed a child custody dispute at a North Green Street residence.

•  On Dec. 12 returned a wallet to its owner; it had been found in the Small City Market parking lot.

•  On Dec. 12 helped motorists get into their locked cars on South Maple and Green streets.

•  On Dec. 12 were told an elderly man was walking in the middle of Main Street; police found him and learned he was walking in the road because of icy sidewalks, and they gave him a ride home.

•  On Dec. 13 spoke to a Short Street resident who public works department employees told police had thrown snowballs at their plow trucks. The man told police he threw the snowballs because he was upset the truck’s back-up alarms had woken him up and he wanted them turned off. Police informed the resident that silencing safety equipment was not an option.

•  On Dec. 13 helped VSP by handling an accident at the intersection of Route 7 and New Haven Road.

•  On Dec. 13 were told chicken legs had been dumped at the intersection of Main and School streets, but found nothing.

•  On Dec. 13 could not find a car with New York plates after its driver left Champlain Farms without paying for $20 of gas.

•  On Dec. 13 responded to Mt. Philo Road in Ferrisburgh on behalf of VSP when a resident reported a suspicious man with a flashlight in a yard; police learned the man was lost and took him home.

•  On Dec. 13 cited Patrice Eisenhower, 48, of Addison for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said they saw a car stuck in snow in the park-and-ride lot near Kayhart Crossing and after stopping to help discovered the operator was impaired; they alleged her blood-alcohol level tested at 0.152. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.

•  On Dec. 14 ticketed a car parked overnight on a city street.

•  On Dec. 14 dealt with a minor two-car accident on South Maple Street. 

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