Vergennes Police Log: Police deal with two domestic assault cases

VERGENNES — Vergennes police last week issued two citations in domestic abuse cases, both originating from Hillside Drive apartments.
On Oct. 6 police cited Duane Peacock, 41, of Vergennes into court for aggravated domestic assault, alleging that he choked his wife during a dispute at a Hillside Drive apartment.
On Oct. 2 Vergennes police dealt with a case originally reported as a kidnapping and ended up citing Matthew L. Davis, 24, of Burlington for two counts of violation of a relief-from-abuse order. Police alleged he threatened an ex-girlfriend, a Hillside Drive apartment resident, until she agreed to get into a car with him and drive to a Middlebury bank and withdraw money that he claimed she owed him.
Vergennes police alerted Middlebury police, who took Davis into custody at the bank and brought him to Vergennes. After consultation with the state’s attorney’s office, police cited Davis for the two violations of the court order.
In other business between Oct. 2 and 8 Vergennes police:
•  On Oct. 2 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at an Ice House Court call.
•  On Oct. 2 checked out a report of someone shining flashlights into cars near the post office and learned it was a woman wearing a headlamp looking to protect loose cats.
•  On Oct. 3 conducted a background check on behalf of the Vermont National Guard.
•  On Oct. 3 took a report from Denecker Chevrolet of the theft of a used-car dealer plate.
•  On Oct. 4 dealt with a minor two-car accident on North Maple Street.
•  On Oct. 4 were told by a female city resident that a male resident had violated a relief-from-abuse order; police had as of Monday not found the man.
•  On Oct. 4 took a report that a Hillside Drive resident’s pain medication had been stolen.
•  On Oct. 5 began looking into the theft of an iPhone from a Northlands Job Corps employee.
•  On Oct. 5 helped VARS at a call at Northlands Job Corps.
•  On Oct. 5 investigated a report that two Northlands Job Corps students had entered Vergennes Union High School through a door that had been left ajar and, in the words of Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, made two female VUHS students “uncomfortable.” Vergennes police issued both Job Corps students no-trespass orders to stay off VUHS property and, according to Merkel, were terminated from the Northlands program later that afternoon. Merkel said the behavior did not meet criminal harassment standards that would have justified a citation. See a full story in the Oct. 9 edition.
•  On Oct. 6 took a complaint about an alleged road rage incident from a motorist, but could not find the other motorist involved.
•  On Oct. 6 were told by Northlands security of an alleged sexual assault involving unwanted comments and touching, but according to the state’s attorney could not pursue a case because the alleged victim would not cooperate.
•  On Oct. 7 issued a no-trespass order to a Vergennes woman on behalf of the City Limits nightclub.
•  On Oct. 7 calmed a rowdy party at a First Street home after someone who left the scene said horseplay bordering on assault had taken place.
•  On Oct. 8 responded to Champlain Farms after two teen girls tried to steal wine. Police said an employee confronted them outside the store and retrieved the bottle but could not identify them; police as of Monday were planning to review store video in hopes of identifying the pair.
•  On Oct. 8 went to the Small City Market to check out a report that a wanted man was nearby; police spotted him, but he fled successfully on foot.
•  On Oct. 8 were told of erratic driving on Main Street, but couldn’t find the vehicle. 

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