Vergennes Police Log: Cornwall man cited for assault

VERGENNES — With the help of an off-duty Shelburne police officer, Vergennes police on July 28 cited a Cornwall man for an assault in a Vergennes parking lot on West Street.
Cited for aggravated domestic assault was John H. Quesnel, 54. Police responded to a report of yelling and a woman lying on the ground in the West Street area. They learned that Quesnel had allegedly punched a female identified as his girlfriend while she was sitting in his pickup truck in the parking lot.
Police said the Shelburne officer, who was nearby, heard the commotion and saw Quesnel try to leave the scene in his vehicle. That officer then detained him until city police could arrive, sort things out and take statements — after which Vergennes police cited Quesnel.
In other incidents between July 24 and 30, including a busy weekend, Vergennes police:
•  On July 24 dealt with a barking dog complaint from a Green Street resident, who said it was an ongoing issue.
•  On July 24 handled a minor one-car accident on Main Street.
•  On July 25 went to the Route 22A-Route 7 area to look for a car reported for erratic operation, but could not find it.
•  On July 25 checked out a report of a suspicious package outside of the bank on North Maple Street and discovered it contained empty beer cans.
•  On July 26 returned a found wallet to its owner.
•  On July 26 checked out a report of graffiti at the city skate park.
•  On July 26 investigated a complaint that a South Maple Street resident had been texted and offered drugs for sale, but could not locate the sender of the text.
•  On July 27 while on foot patrol noticed an unlocked Main Street business and contacted its owner.
•  On July 27 after a report of a car’s erratic operation in the Route 22A-Route 7 area stopped it and determined the driver was tired.
•  On July 27 helped a car owner get into a locked vehicle on Alden Place.
•  On July 27 were told a church’s free breakfast sign had been stolen, but learned the Public Works Department had picked it up because it was illegally placed. Police returned the sign and told church officials they had to find a different site.
•  On July 27 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident on behalf of a family member; the man was fine, police said.
•  On July 27 checked a report of a driver slumped over the wheel of his vehicle at the intersection of New Haven Road and Church Street; the vehicle was gone when police arrived.
•  On July 27 looked unsuccessfully for a man dressed in black after dark reported to be walking on Route 7 south of the city.
•  On July 28 picked up a barefoot and shirtless man walking and drinking on a Panton Road sidewalk. Police first offered him a ride home, but he became uncooperative and they took him to the Act 1 detox facility in Burlington; when he became more belligerent, they dropped him off at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
•  On July 28 went to the John Graham Shelter to try to find a man for Vermont State Police, but he wasn’t there.
•  On July 28 checked out a report of the smell of marijuana at the skate park, but found no problem.
•  On July 28 called the department Drug Recognition Expert to help state police with a case at the city station.
•  On July 29 responded along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to the Hillside Drive apartment complex, where police said a drunken woman decided to leave an apartment by jumping out of a second-floor window and thus injured her ankle.
•  On July 29 served a no-trespass order to a Main Street apartment resident on behalf of the resident’s daughter.
•  On July 29 took a report of a one-car accident at the Whispering Pines campground in Panton.
•  On July 29 cited Tyler Dunton, 23, of Middlebury for driving under the influence of drugs; police had stopped his vehicle on Main Street.
•  On July 29 cited Cleber DaSilva, 36, of Vergennes for simple assault; police allege he punched another man at a South Water Street residence.
•  On July 30 returned to its owner a wallet that a citizen had found on Main Street.
•  On July 30 checked a report of a suspicious person on a North Street porch; he was gone when police arrived.
•           On July 28 sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to help state police at their New Haven Barracks. 

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