Vergennes Police Log: Investigation leads to drug dealing citations
VERGENNES — After a four or five month investigation by the Vergennes Police Department, authorities on Tuesday cited 29-year-old Joshua Michael Gordon for two counts of selling narcotics and one for selling heroin in Ferrisburgh.
Police described Gordon as homeless, but said his last known abode was in Vergennes. Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said his officers could not find Gordon, but that Burlington police did spot him and cited him on behalf of Vergennes.
Although this investigation is wrapped up, Merkel said police are looking into other drug cases.
In other recent activity, Vergennes police:
• On Aug. 1, in response to a report to be on the lookout for a car swerving all over Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, pulled over a car driven by Bhesh R. Poudyel, 32, of Burlington at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A. Police said Poudyel stopped his vehicle on Meigs Road, parked on the wrong side and obstructed traffic. Vergennes police said they couldn’t test Poudyel’s blood alcohol level because he wouldn’t cooperate with them, but they cited him for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a criminally suspended license, and they took him to the Act One detox center in Burlington, where a blood alcohol test was to be administered.
• On Aug. 1 went to the intersection of North Green and Main streets to direct traffic around a charter bus that had broken down.
• On Aug. 1 went to the Northlands Job Corps campus, where they cited Tysan J. Sykes-Hunter, 20, Brooklyn, N.Y., for disorderly conduct. Police were told that Sykes-Hunter had grabbed and held another student from behind, spun him around and held him by the neck. Police transported him to court.
• Aug. 1 responded to a report of a dog locked in a car on Main Street on a hot day, but couldn’t find the car or the dog.
• Aug. 1 checked out a report of a health and safety violation at a Meadow Lane residence and worked with the health officer to resolve the situation.
• Aug. 3 directed traffic around a car that had broken down on Canal Street.
• On Aug. 3 inspected a commercial tractor-trailer truck in the Vergennes Union High School parking lot and found that all checked out fine.
• On Aug. 3 at 11:30 p.m., heard a loud bang in the area of Main and School streets. The officer found that a vehicle had hit a crosswalk sign. The driver of the car told police that he lost control of his vehicle when he reached to fix his shoelace. After smelling marijuana and getting the OK to search the car, the officer found marijuana and issued the driver a civil ticket for possession of marijuana.
• On Aug. 4 went to the Job Corps campus on the report that one student may have verbally threatened to shoot another student with a gun. The first student did not display a gun, so that didn’t prompt police action. But school officials removed him from the school for violating school policy and police issued a no trespass order.
• On Aug. 4 received a report that a vehicle had been parked in the same spot on Main Street for three weeks. Police found the vehicle had no registration; tried unsuccessfully tried to reach the owner, and had the vehicle towed.
• Aug. 4 assisted Vermont State Police with a domestic assault in Ferrisburgh. Vergennes authorities said troopers cited two people for disorderly conduct and sent one person to detox.
• On Aug. 5 received a be-on-the lookout request for a car swerving on Route 22A in Addison. Vergennes police stopped the car on Route 17 and issued tickets for not having an inspection sticker and for driving left of center.
• On Aug. 5 assisted state police by looking into a 911 hang up in Panton. Police said people at the residence took off when they showed up; no action was taken.
• On Aug. 5 assisted a woman who reported a dog locked in a car at Shaw’s.
• On Aug. 5 got a call from Job Corps about an unresponsive 17-year-old female. Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took her to Porter Hospital.
• On Aug. 5 went to Job Corps on a report of an assault. Officials told police that one student punched another in mouth with a closed fist. Police took statements and notified the state’s attorney’s office. The school sent the student home.
• Early in the morning of Aug. 6 and again later in the day checked out false alarms at a Meigs Road business.
• On Aug. 6 looked into a report of vandalism on East Street. A resident reported that a car was spinning its tires in the Vergennes Elementary School lawn, but police could find no damage.
• On Aug. 7 found an open door at a Monkton Road business and contacted a keyholder.
• On Aug. 7 called a tow truck for a vehicle broken down at Falls Park.
• On Aug. 7 helped a city resident check on the welfare of her aunt in South Carolina.
• On Aug. 7 logged a report that a grave in a South Maple Street cemetery had been vandalized. The person who made the report told police that her ex-husband had cut off a sunflower at the grave.
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