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Vergennes Police Log: Door-to-door salespeople draw suspicion

VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, including looking into suspicious person complaints that turned out to be door-to-door salespeople, offering parenting advice, and ticketing one motorist for driving more than twice the posted speed limit.
In those seven days, city police:
• On Oct. 26 served an abuse-prevention order to a female resident of First Street.
• On Oct. 26 dealt with an illegal dumping complaint at the New Haven Road car wash.
• On Oct. 27 issued a ticket to a truck operator on Monkton Road for driving an overweight vehicle.
• On Oct. 27 were told by a Second Street homeowner that someone had sprayed green paint around the door to his home.
• On Oct. 27 heard complaints about suspicious persons knocking on doors on South Water Street and Mountain View Lane; in both cases police learned the people were selling vacuum cleaners.
• On Oct. 27 checked a report of the smell of marijuana at a Main Street apartment building, but could not pinpoint its source.
• On Oct. 28 went to the American Legion clubhouse on Armory Lane to help Legion officials retrieve keys from a terminated employee.
• On Oct. 28 were told by a Comfort Hill resident that a van with New York plates stopped at a home and claimed to be selling meat.
• On Oct. 28 told a Creekview Apartment resident to turn down loud music.
• On Oct. 28 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Third Street medical call.
• On Oct. 29 helped a motorist get into a locked car at Vergennes Union Elementary School.
• On Oct. 29 were asked by a VUES parent how to deal with a 4-year-old who was stealing from the school. Police advised the parent to have the child speak with a school-based clinician.
• On Oct. 30 stood by at a Green Street residence while one person removed belongings from the premises.
• On Oct. 30 dealt with minor two-car accidents on School Street and in the Merchants Bank parking lot on Monkton Road.
• On Oct. 30 ticketed the driver of a car for possession of drug paraphernalia at a traffic stop.
• On Oct. 30 assisted Vermont State Police at an accident that occurred at the intersection of Route 7 and Greenbush Road.
• On Oct. 31 cited Anthony Pearce, 46, of Lorton, Va., for excessive speed; police alleged he was traveling 74 mph in a 30 mph West Main Street zone.
• On Oct. 31 sent the department canine unit to help VSP search a car at a Route 7 traffic stop. 

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