Vergennes police log: City police deal with many calls

VERGENNES — Vergennes police between June 8 and 14, among other incidents, dealt with egg-tossing vandals, a disorderly bar patron, an overweight truck on Monkton Road, two allegedly drunk drivers, a report of a prowler, several car accidents and a house fire.
During those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On June 8 helped Vermont State Police by responding to a two-car accident at Addison Four Corners.
• On June 8 heard from a South Maple Street resident that a computer hacker was demanding $500 to fix an infected computer; police advised the resident not to pay and to contact a local expert.
• On June 8 were told that a motorist had followed a woman from Panton Road to the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot yelling and tailgating; police could not find his vehicle.
• On June 8 checked a report of a suspicious car with its door open at a Second Street home, but learned it was the homeowner’s.
• On June 9 went to Second Street because several people were seen outside a vacant home, but determined nothing was suspicious.
• On June 9 checked the welfare of a New Haven Road resident who had not been seen for several days and determined he was on vacation.
• On June 10 listened to a noise complaint from one School Street tenant about another tenant and determined it was an ongoing civil dispute.
• On June 10 checked out a car parked in Falls Park after the sunset curfew and cited its driver, Desiree Farnsworth, 22, of Marshfield for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police allege her roadside blood alcohol content tested at 0.129 and her evidentiary test came in just above the legal limit of 0.08.
• On June 11 responded to a minor two-car accident on Monkton Road near Champlain Farms.
• On June 11 took two reports of eggs being thrown from moving vehicles at other vehicles. First, they heard that an egg thrown from a dark Ford pickup on Panton Road had gone through an open window of a car and struck a passenger. Later, they were told an egg tossed from an unidentified vehicle on Route 22A had broken a piece of molding on a 2009 Mini Cooper.
• On June 11 helped VSP by going to a Waltham home to check the welfare of a man there; he wasn’t home, and VSP later found him in Bridport and in good health.
• On June 12 looked for but could not find a prowler who was reported to have looked in an Otter View Apartment window and made unwanted remarks to a woman in bed inside.
• On June 12 helped city firefighters and personnel from three other departments on Meigs Road fighting a home fire by blocking off traffic on the dead-end road.
• On June 13 cited Chad Jerome, 24, of Bristol for DUI after stopping his car on Plank Road in Waltham for failing to stop at the intersection of New Haven Road and Route 7; police allege his blood alcohol content tested at 0.143.
• On June 13 dealt with four accidents: two fender-benders in a Main Street apartment building parking lot and near the city green, an incident in which a work truck knocked the mirror off a car parked on Main Street, and one in Ferrisburgh on Monkton Road in which a motorcycle hit a guard rail and the driver was injured and taken to the UVM Medical Center.
• On June 13 calmed Otter View Apartment neighbors arguing about a child bicycling on a sidewalk.
• On June 13 issued a $9,000 ticket to the parent company of a trucker who drove an overweight vehicle on Monkton Road, and ticketed the driver for several logbook violations.
• On June 14 cited Melissa Preston, 36, of Starksboro for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following an incident at the City Limits bar. Police allege she became combative and refused to cooperate outside the bar when she saw someone she believed had thrown a beer bottle on the dance floor, which shattered and then cut her foot. Police said other witnesses said an unrelated shoving match caused a glass to break and cut her bare foot, which Vergennes Area Rescue Squad personnel had just treated before she became disorderly. Police described Preston as under the influence of alcohol.
• On June 14 were told the back window of a car parked on Walker Avenue had been damaged.
• On June 14 took a report from a Thomas Circle resident that someone in Michigan had fraudulently purchased two iPhones on his Verizon account, an incident that remains under investigation. 

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