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Vergennes Police Log: Police assist motorists

VERGENNES — Among other incidents in a busy week between March 14 and 20, Vergennes police ticketed the driver of a car reported to be driving unsafely on Route 7, helped Northlands Job Corps personnel deal with a troubled student, and aided a woman who had tried to injure herself.
In those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On March 14 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Panton Road.
• On March 14 helped a Vergennes Union Elementary School student get a bicycle back; police said another student thought the bike had been abandoned and rode off on it.
• During a March 15 special commercial vehicle enforcement detail on Route 7 near the city found 18 safety violations and ordered one truck off the road for inadequate brakes.
• On March 15 returned a male Vergennes Union High School student to school.
• On March 15 answered a woman’s questions about a relief-from-abuse order and received a tip about illegal drug use in the area from her.
• On March 15 responded to a report of unsafe passing on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh and pulled the car over on West Main Street. Police ticketed the driver, a New York State resident, for that incident and for initially refusing to provide identification to police.
• On March 16 checked the welfare of a Monkton Road resident, who was found to be OK.
• On March 16 went to Northlands at the request of employees there to help with a female student experiencing what police called a mental breakdown. Police said she refused to cooperate with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, so they drove her to Porter Hospital to meet with the Counseling Service of Addison County.
• On March 17 directed traffic until a motorist could get a disabled car off the Otter Creek bridge.
• On March 17 went to a West Main Street residence because a woman said contractors were cutting down trees on her property; police learned the trees were on a neighboring lot.
• On March 17 provided information on the department’s radar certification to a motorist who had been ticketed.
• On March 17 were told a car parked on School Street had been vandalized with scrapes on both sides.
• On March 17 searched for a man reported to be burning a book at the back of the fields behind VUHS, but found only evidence of the burned book.
• On March 17 determined evidence of a possible attempted break-in at a South Water Street home was the result of actions of house-sitters.
• On March 17 responded along with VARS to a Main Street residence because a teen might have taken too much medication; police said he seemed OK, but VARS took him to Porter Hospital to be sure.
• On March 18 went to a Second Street home to check a report of a family fight and found a drunken woman had injured her wrists with a kitchen knife; VARS took her to Porter.
• On March 19 stopped a car for defective equipment on Courtney Drive and smelled marijuana. Police, after a search, ticketed the driver for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia as well as for defective equipment.
• On March 19 on Courtney Street checked a resident’s complaint of a strange humming noise; police said it appeared to be coming from a refrigerator and suggested the resident call her landlord.
• On March 19 went to Bristol to help police with an assault and drug case there.
• On March 19 helped a motorist get into a locked car on South Water Street.
• On March 19 accepted a wallet with money, credit cards and identification that had been found among donated goods to a rummage sale; police learned the owner was deceased and took steps to contact the family.
• On March 19 helped Vermont State Police by responding to a violation of a relief-from-abuse order on Route 22A in Panton.
• Dealt with a March 19 noise complaint at a West Main Street apartment building.
• On March 20 ticketed 10 cars parked in violation of the city’s overnight wintertime parking ban.
• On March 20 received information about illegal drug use in the area.
• On March 20 asked the owner of a dead cat found outside VUHS to come and pick it up. 

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