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Vergennes Police Log: Man cited with assault on children

VERGENNES — On Monday Vergennes police cited 29-year-old Grand Isle resident David Pullman into court for domestic assault on two young children, an assault that allegedly occurred on July 16 in a Vergennes apartment.
The citation issued to Pullman followed an investigation conducted primarily by the Addison County Special Investigations Unit, with involvement from Vergennes, Milton and Winooski police, according to city police.
Police said Pullman was visiting an acquaintance in Vergennes when the assault occurred, and when he returned the children to their mother, a Winooski resident, she noticed what Vergennes police called significant “bruises and scratches” on the children. Because Pullman was staying in Milton, Winooski police involved police there and forwarded pictures to both the Vergennes and Milton departments.
Vergennes police contacted the Special Investigations Unit, which elected to take over the case, and Vergennes police issued the citation on behalf of the SIU, city police said.
In incidents between July 17 and 23, Vergennes police:
•  On July 17 checked the welfare of a male Main Street resident, who was found to be fine.
•  On July 18 tried to serve a relief-from-abuse order to a Hillside Drive apartment resident, but could not find him.
•  On July 19 worked with public works employees to clear tree trunks and branches that had fallen off a truck onto Main Street near the bridge.
•  On July 19 detoured traffic for three hours around the downtown intersection of Main and Green streets while workers installed new traffic sensors.
•  On July 19 aided Barre police by issuing a driving-under-the-influence citation to Steven Sawyer, 60, of Vergennes.
•  On July 19 served a relief from abuse order to a male Main Street resident.
•  On July 19 helped a motorist get into a locked car on East Street.
•  On July 20 responded along with the fire department to a report of a tractor on fire at a South Maple Street home; a neighbor had used a hose to put the fire out before help arrived.
•  On July 21 called the animal control officer to corral a dog running loose around the western half of the city.
•  On July 21 searched for a parent that the Mary Johnson Children’s Center director said was drunk when he tried to pick up children from the program at St. Peter’s Catholic Church’s Parish Hall. Police said they could not find the parent, but the director prevented one child from entering the car and removed another child from the car.
•  On July 21 backed up Vermont State Police at a Waltham DUI case.
•  On July 22 confiscated marijuana paraphernalia and issued a civil ticket for its possession at a West Main Street traffic stop.
•  On July 22 dealt with a two-car accident on Main Street.
•  On July 22 cited Dylan Gazaille, 23, of Enosburg Falls for driving with a suspended license, criminal offense, after stopping him on West Main Street.
•  On July 22 notified a Green Street business owner of an unlocked door after hours.
•  On July 23 responded to a late-morning complaint of a suspicious man knocking on a South Water Street door; police learned he was an antiques dealer who had previously purchased a chair at the address.
•  On July 23 checked a complaint that the city pool was open at 10:30 p.m.; police learned the Vergennes Champs swimming team was holding a late practice.

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