Vergennes Police Log: City police await resident’s autopsy results

VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said his department is awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of the recent death of a South Maple Street resident.
Merkel said Joni E. Martell, 59, was unresponsive when they arrived at 159 South Maple St. on Feb. 21 and died shortly afterward, and the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make a ruling within the next few weeks.
In incidents between Feb. 22 and 28, Vergennes police:
• On Feb. 22 helped Bristol police handle a domestic dispute on North Street in that town.
• On Feb. 22 took a report that a car inspection sticker was stolen from a Main Street apartment building parking lot.
• On Feb. 22 were told by a First Street resident that about 40 morphine pills had been stolen.
• On Feb. 22 ticketed a female Vergennes Union High School student for tobacco use.
• On Feb. 23 told the owner of a car blocking a School Street driveway to move it.
• On Feb. 23 delivered a relief-from-abuse order to a Comfort Hill resident.
• On Feb. 24 grounded a log truck for being overweight and ticketed its driver for driving too many hours.
• On Feb. 24 received a tip about illegal drug use in the area.
• On Feb. 25 helped a Department of Motor Vehicles agent process a tractor-trailer truck driver for meth possession.
• On Feb. 25 ticketed a New Hampshire driver for driving without a license and driving an unregistered vehicle, which they ordered towed.
• On Feb. 26 ticketed a vehicle in violation of the city’s wintertime overnight parking ban.
• On Feb. 26 took a report of a minor two-car accident nearby on Route 7.
• On Feb. 26 looked into a report of a strange odor coming from a senior housing apartment on Armory Lane.
• On Feb. 27 ticketed a Main Street driver for marijuana possession and speeding.
• On Feb. 27 backed up Vermont State Police at a Ferrisburgh incident where an individual with a knife was reported to be suicidal.
• On Feb. 28 ticketed a driver on Route 7 for possession of marijuana.
• On Feb. 26 ticketed six vehicles in violation of the city’s wintertime overnight parking ban.
• On Feb. 26 were told one of the sheep at the Ferrisburgh Solar Farm looked ill; police spoke to the sheep owner and were told it was lambing season and the sheep probably was feeling those effects. 

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