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Vergennes police log: City police occupied with variety of incidents

VERGENNES — Between June 1 and 7, Vergennes police dealt with a variety of cases, including helping a game warden and Vermont State Police, handling a number of animal complaints, and responding to two vandalism incidents.
In those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On June 1 received a tip from another agency that a resident might be involved with illegal drugs.
• On June 1 called the animal control officer to handle a dog reported to be running loose on School Street.
• On June 1 cited Derek Charland, 18, of Essex for driving an unregistered car with plates not assigned to it. Police said they first spotted Charland’s car turning onto Monkton Road after dark without signaling, but that when they activated their lights he turned off his lights and they could not find him. But they saw the car later and issued the tickets then.
• On June 2 were told marijuana had been found at a Thomas Circle home, a case that remains under investigation.
• On June 2 helped VSP at the scene of a fatal Ferrisburgh car crash on Route 7.
• On June 3 heard a complaint that dogs were regularly barking at a Meadow Lane home. Police contacted the owner.
• On June 4 took a report that a man had been bitten by his cat while trying to break up a fight between his cat and a neighbor’s cat.
• On June 4 found the door of a Main Street business had been taped open and called its owner to secure the building.
• On June 5 helped VSP deal with a family fight at a Shellhouse Mountain Road home in Ferrisburgh; city police took a statement from a woman involved.
• On June 5 aided VSP by sending the department’s Drug Recognition Expert to the New Haven barracks to determine if a driver was under the influence of drugs during a Leicester accident. Police said the DRE determined the driver was not impaired.
• On June 5 sent a representative to a commercial vehicle checkpoint on I-91 in Vernon as part of a national truck enforcement program.
• On June 6 were told by a South Water Street homeowner that vandals had damaged lawn ornaments and flowers. The resident said he saw two males drive off in a black SUV, but police had no luck finding it.
• On June 6 heard a complaint that late night noise had been a problem since the Champlain Farms convenience store had been open 24 hours, and that fencing and landscaping markers had just been damaged.
• On June 6 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Main Street call.
• On June 6 advised a tenant involved in a dispute with a North Main Street landlord over a security deposit that it was a civil issue.
• On June 6 responded along with fire and rescue personnel to the Button Bay State Park because a group of kayakers were running late and feared to be in distress. The kayakers arrived safely and said there was no problem.
• On June 7 were told by a 10-year-old that a teen at the skate park had told him he had “the good mushrooms.” Police spoke to the teen, who invited police to search his backpack and car. Police found nothing and spoke again to the younger boy, who acknowledged he was not sure what he had seen or heard.
• On June 7 went to Shaw’s Supermarket, where a dog had been left in a car on a 75-degree day with its windows rolled up. Police found the owner inside, and he sent his son to roll the windows down.
• On June 7 went to Falls Park at about 8:30 p.m. to help a game warden, who reported five people had fled when he asked to see their fishing licenses. Police helped corral four of them, to whom the warden issued tickets for fishing without a license; the fifth slipped away, police said.
• On June 7 while dealing with the Falls Park issue received a complaint from a School Street resident that her upstairs neighbor was disturbing her by running water every five minutes. The woman called back to cancel the complaint because police were taking too long to respond, but police later contacted her to let her know she could call them if necessary.  

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