Vergennes Police Log: City police seek information on injured man

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are seeking more information about the circumstances surrounding a man found unconscious and unresponsive in a Green Street parking lot at about 5 a.m. on Nov. 28.
Police said the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took the man to Porter Hospital, but he was soon transported to the UVM Medical Center. There he was diagnosed with what they described as internal head trauma, and police said as of earlier this week he remained in an induced coma.
Police also said the man had fallen the week before, and that they do not suspect foul play; for that reason they asked that the patient’s name not be made public.
However, police would like to understand how the man came to be lying in the parking lot that morning, and are asking anyone who might have seen anything or has any information to please call Chief George Merkel at 877-1152.
In other action between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, Vergennes police:
•  On Nov. 28 went to Bristol Road in Monkton to help the Addison County Sheriff’s Department screen a motorist for impaired driving and to search a vehicle, in which drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana was found.
•  On Nov. 28 placed flyers on windshields of cars parked downtown to remind residents of the city’s winter parking ban; cars may not be left on streets between 2 and 6:30 a.m. between Dec. 1 and March 31.
•  On Nov. 29 took a report that a man’s personal information had been fraudulently used to open a credit card account at a city bank; the case remains under investigation.
•  On Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 helped motorists get into their locked cars at the Small City Market, on South Water Street and on Main Street, respectively.
•  On Nov. 30 contacted the owner of a wallet turned in by a resident, who found it in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
•  On Nov. 30 ordered to be towed and grounded a tractor-trailer truck that had stalled on Meigs Road, action take after police learned the driver had falsified his log and failed to keep it up to date; the driver was ticketed for those offenses.
•  On Dec. 1 began trying to contact the Ferrisburgh owner of a MasterCard that a resident had turned in after finding it at Champlain Farms.
•  On Dec. 2 checked the welfare of a Monkton Road resident who had reportedly screamed and ended a phone call; police learned she had seen her dog hurt and taken it to be cared for.
•  On Dec. 2 ordered a car to be towed after stopping it at the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A for lacking a registration sticker; police discovered the car was unregistered and warned the driver, and ticketed the motorist for driving without insurance.
•  On Dec. 2 cited Veronica Woodhouse, 36, of Middlebury for driving with a criminally suspended license and violating the conditions of her release (no driving), after a Route 7 traffic stop.
•  On Dec. 3 began investigating an allegation made by a city business owner that his girlfriend was stealing from the firm.
•  On Dec. 4 helped VARS lift a patient on White Street. 

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