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Vergennes Police Log: Police to conduct drunk driving checkpoint

VERGENNES — The Vergennes Police Department has announced that its personnel, along with other Addison County law enforcement agencies, will during the weekend of July 30 be conducting a special drunk-driving checkpoint somewhere in the county.
The city department and other agencies will be also be conducting roving patrols throughout Addison County in order to identify and arrest drivers who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The Vergennes police are joining other law enforcement agencies in requesting drivers to make sure that if they are going to drink and have to travel afterwards that they do so with designated drivers.
Vergennes police also recently cited a juvenile for a mid-June incident in which three city children reported an individual with a gun had threatened them.
On July 6 they cited a male juvenile from Vergennes for reckless endangerment/juvenile acts. City police allege the juvenile pointed an air-powered BB gun at the three children, ages 6 to 9, while they were playing in a roadway. 
In incidents between June 11 and 17, Vergennes police:
• On July 11 helped motorists get into locked cars on School Street and Panton Road.
• On July 12 responded to the Small City Market, where a driver left without paying for gas. Police said they have identified the driver, but were still looking for him earlier this week.
• On July 12 went to the Country Home Products plant along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to help a man who had fainted and hit his head; VARS took him to Porter Hospital.
• On July 12 accepted from a citizen a purse with cash found on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh and contacted its owner.
• On July 12 called the public works department to handle a downed telephone line on South Maple Street.
• On July 12 cited Bridget J. Wedge of Ferrisburgh for driving with a suspended license, criminal offense, at a West Main Street stop triggered by defective equipment.
• On July 12 investigated a complaint that a man at the Eagles Club on New Haven Road was violating conditions of release, and determined the complaint was unfounded.
• On July 13 responded to a fender-bender at a Main Street gas station.
• On July 13 searched the Monkton Road area unsuccessfully after a rock was thrown into a windshield at about 9 p.m., cracking it.
• On July 13 wrote 12 tickets and issued four warnings during a directed patrol on West Main Street. Police did a number of such patrols in those seven days, with no other results as dramatic, although they cited one motorist on Green Street on July 15 for going 54 mph in a 30 mph zone and driving without a license.
• On July 14 looked into an explosion reported near Vergennes Union High School and discovered an electrical transformer on nearby Mountain View Lane had blown.
• On July 14 helped a motorist get into a locked car at VUHS.
• On July 14 went to a West Main Street residence, where a homeowner was complaining that development work there would block access to one end of a driveway. Police advised her to speak to the city manager and said they also recovered a tape measure and returned it to workers.
• On July 15 spoke to a couple panhandling at gas pumps at a city business.
• On July 15 responded to a fender-bender at a Main Street business parking lot.
• On July 16 began an investigation for theft of services after getting a complaint from a Ferrisburgh marina that a boat had been taken without payment for storage; police stopped a vehicle towing the boat on Route 22A in Panton.
• On July 16 went to a Green Street residence because a woman said her daughter’s boyfriend had spoken inappropriately to the daughter during an argument; police said the situation calmed when the boyfriend apologized.
• On July 16 ticketed one of two drivers involved in a minor two-car accident in the parking lot of a Main Street business.
• On July 16 looked into a report of someone firing a handgun in a field near Creek View Apartments, but found no one.
• On July 17 called a friend to help a man they found drunk and passed out on the doorstep of a Canal Street home.
• On July 17 cited Jacob Plankey, 32, of Vergennes for driving under the influence of alcohol following a West Street traffic stop; police allege his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.094; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
• On July 17 helped Middlebury police find a Vergennes resident whose wallet had been found. 

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