Vergennes Police Log: Truck vandalized in theft attempt

VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of incidents between Feb. 6 and 12, including two involving excessive speed, one in which they helped Vermont State Police in Panton; other traffic violations; vandalism to a truck; and the continuing failure of some residents or their guests to honor the city’s wintertime ban on overnight street parking.
During those seven days, Vergennes police:
•  On Dec. 6 conducted a background check on a candidate for the Vermont Army National Guard.
•  On Dec. 9 responded to Union Street, where a resident was concerned about loud banging outside of a home. Police discovered wind was blowing hanging lanterns against the building.
•  On Dec. 9 picked up a dollar bill from the National Bank of Middlebury because employees were concerned about a small amount of an unknown white powder sticking to it.
•  On Dec. 10 and 11 ticketed and ordered towed cars left out overnight, one each on Green and North streets.
•  On Dec. 10 cited Japheth Kehoe, 33, of Bridport for driving with a civilly suspended license, driving with plates not assigned to a vehicle, and driving without a registration and insurance. Those actions were taken after stopping the vehicle Kehoe was driving on West Main Street for defective equipment.
•  On Dec. 10 cited Kaillas Ghayalod of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., for excessive speed; police allege he was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph West Main Street zone.
•  On Dec. 11 looked into the attempted theft of an inspection sticker from a pickup parked in the city, a theft in which a truck window was broken to gain access to the sticker.
•  After a Dec. 11 citizen alert, warned a driver on Route 7 in Waltham for crossing the highway’s centerline.
•  On Dec. 12 helped VSP at a traffic stop in Panton in which a driver allegedly drove 80 mph in a 45 mph Panton Road zone; city police evaluated the driver for impairment by marijuana and searched the car for the drug, but determined he was not impaired and found only traces of marijuana.
•  On Dec. 12 saw a car with flashers on in a Hopkins Road driveway and checked to make sure all was OK; it was. 

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