City resident cited for alleged elderly assault
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Feb. 1 cited a Thomas Circle resident into court for abuse of a vulnerable adult, a charge they allege stems from an assault on a 91-year-old woman committed by a relative.
Cited was Tiffany L. Gross, 34, who was released with conditions that included that she not make contact with the victim or return to the Thomas Circle home, in which police said she had been living with the victim.
Police said a caregiver for the victim had alerted Vermont Adult Protective Services, which in turn notified police, who went to the residence to check on the woman’s welfare. Police said they found she had a black eye and scratches on her right hand. In taking statements, police said they were also told that Gross had allegedly made threatening statements to the victim in the past.
In other incidents between Feb. 1 and 7, Vergennes police:
• On Feb. 1 with help from Vermont State Police identified a man who had been reported to be loitering around the National Bank of Middlebury wearing a mask; police said he did not appear to pose a problem.
• On Feb. 1 accepted from a Small City Market employee a bag of marijuana that had been found in the store’s parking lot; the bag was destroyed.
• On Feb. 1 went to a Second Street residence and removed a woman’s ex-boyfriend, who was refusing to leave, and advised him if he wanted visitation rights with children there he had to go through the court system.
• On Feb. 1 took a report from a Second Street resident that his wallet was missing.
• On Feb. 1 helped Colchester police by sending the department Drug Recognition Expert, who determined a suspect had been driving under the influence of drugs.
• On Feb. 2 checked out a suspicious car on Armory Lane and found no problem.
• On Feb. 2 stopped a car for an invalid inspection sticker at the corner of New Haven Road and East Street and ticketed the driver for marijuana possession.
• On Feb. 3 sent the department K-9 unit to Middlebury, where the dog alerted on two containers with 1.4 pounds of marijuana.
• On Feb. 3 notified family members in Waltham of the untimely death of a family member due to a heart attack.
• On Feb. 4 notified the owner of a business found with an unlocked door after hours.
• On Feb. 4 ticketed five cars in violation of the city’s overnight winter ban on parking on city streets.
• On Feb. 4 dealt with a two-car accident on South Water Street.
• On Feb. 5 issued a juvenile citation for possession of alcohol to a 13-year-old Vergennes Union High School student.
• On Feb. 5 stopped a car for speeding on North Main Street and issued court diversion paperwork to the driver for possession of alcohol by a minor and ticketed him for speeding, and ticketed a passenger for possession of drug paraphernalia and issued him court diversion paperwork for possession of marijuana.
• On Feb. 6 responded to a report of a man threatening a woman in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot; he was gone when they arrived, but police took a statement and forwarded it to the state’s attorney’s office.
• On Feb. 6 locked a door found unsecured after hours at a Main Street business.
• On Feb. 6 investigated a complaint that a female Northlands Job Corps student had been fondled twice by a fellow student, once at a downtown business and once on campus; police forwarded the case to the state’s attorney’s office.
• On Feb 7 while on a special Chittenden County detail cited Francis Houghton, 54, of Ferrisburgh for driving under the influence of alcohol, fourth offense.