Vergennes Police Log: City police check out suspicious behavior

VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Nov. 16 and 22 dealt with a variety of incidents, including an arguing couple, retail theft, a domestic dispute, a simple assault and a driving-under-the-influence case.
In those seven days, city police:
•  On Nov. 16 checked out a report of suspicious behavior involving people inside and outside a van near the intersection of First and Second streets. The van was gone when they arrived.
•  On Nov. 16 fielded five calls from School, Green and Main street businesses and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes about an apparently emotionally challenged person wandering in the area and entering buildings. Police said he posed no danger, and they spoke to him twice and contacted a caregiver and the Counseling Service of Addison County to resolve the situation.
•  On Nov. 17 at a South Maple Street residence calmed an arguing couple that had recently separated.
•  On Nov. 17 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Short Street.
•  On Nov. 17 stood by while an individual retrieved belongings from a Walker Avenue residence.
•  On Nov. 18 took a report that a school bus had struck a car parked on School Street.
•  On Nov. 18 and 21 helped residents dispose of prescription medications.
•  On Nov. 18 heard from a New York resident that a missing acquaintance might come through Vergennes.
•  On Nov. 18 issued a relief-from-abuse order to a South Maple Street resident.
•  On Nov. 18 on behalf of Bristol police cited city resident Melissa Sird, 34, for retail theft.
•  On Nov. 18 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Main Street apartment.
•  On Nov. 18 and 21 received tips about illegal drug activity in the Vergennes area.
•  On Nov. 18 responded to a Main Street apartment to deal with a domestic dispute; police said a woman and two men were involved and they had conflicting stories; the incident remains under investigation.
•  On Nov. 19 arrested Alex Paulino, 20, of Danbury, Conn., for simple assault and lodged him in the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. Police allege he slapped a fellow Northlands Job Corps student.
•  On Nov. 19 dealt with a report of a loose dog on Main Street; police said the owner caught the dog, and they warned him about keeping the animal leashed.
•  On Nov. 19 relayed to New York and Vermont state police a report from a Ferrisburgh resident that a New York man was threatening him.
•  On Nov. 20 advised North Street residents how to deal with a man who had been staying at their apartment but was no longer welcome and refusing to leave; police also spoke to the man on Nov. 21.
•  On Nov. 22 cited Casey Babcock, 24, of Whiting for DUI after stopping his car on Green Street for defective equipment. Police alleged his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.143; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

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