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Vergennes Police Log: City police look into alleged child abuse

VERGENNES — Vergennes police capped a busy week on Sunday by issuing citations for driving under the influence of alcohol and for theft. They also that day began two investigations, one involving a man who allegedly physically abused children and another involving a sex offender.
On Sunday, July 16, Vergennes police cited Michelle Heitkamp, 38, of Vergennes for DUI, after stopping her vehicle for allegedly failing to honor a stop sign at the intersection of School and South Water streets. Police allege that her evidentiary blood-alcohol count tested at 0.096; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
Police also backed up Vermont State Police at a separate DUI case at the junction of Route 7 and Monkton Road prior to this incident.
Next on Sunday, police said they began investigating an incident in which a man allegedly physically assaulted two young children, causing injury. Police said they expect charges to be filed at some point this week.
They also began an investigation of a possible failure of a registered sex offender in Vergennes to comply with conditions of release, an investigation conducted along with Bristol police.
Finally on Sunday, Vergennes police cited Kyle Kingsley, 19, of Vergennes for larceny, alleging he took $120 from a cash register at Shaw’s Supermarket.
In other incidents between July 10 and 16, Vergennes police:
•  On July 10 told the owner of a car blocking traffic on South Water Street to move it.
•  On July 10 served a relief-from-abuse order on a Hillside Drive apartment resident.
•  On July 10 helped find a dog that had been reported stolen from a Panton home. When police put out word to other departments that the dog was missing, Shelburne police told them the dog had been dropped off there by a motorist who had seen the dog loose near the road in Panton and picked it up because he feared for its safety. The dog was returned to its owner.
•  On July 10 and 11 checked out reports of dogs left in cars; in both cases the cars were gone when police arrived.
•  On July 11 handled minor two-car accidents in the Shaw’s parking lot and at the intersection of Main and South Water streets.
•  On July 11 received a tip about illegal drug activity in the area.
•  On July 11 advised a woman concerned about her husband’s compliance with a relief-from-abuse order she needed to go through Family Court.
•  On July 12 were told a car parked on Main Street had been struck by another vehicle that had left the scene.
•  On July 12 determined that an untimely death at a South Maple Street home was due to natural causes.
•  On July 12 checked the welfare of a South Maple Street resident, who was found to be fine.
•  On July 14 handled a minor two-car accident on Main Street after which one car had to be towed.
•  On July 14 checked the welfare of a Waltham resident on behalf of state police; the resident was fine.
•  On July 14 called another family member to pick up a 17-year-old girl who was arguing with her mother on a South Water Street sidewalk.
•  On July 15 issued a DUI citation to a Mountain View Lane resident on behalf of Barre police.
•  On July 15 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Main Street.
•  On July 15 helped state police by dealing with a drunk and belligerent woman at Button Bay State Park; a friend of the woman took her home. 

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