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Vergennes Police Log: City man found in trunk is cited for heroin possession

VERGENNES — Vergennes police arrested a Vergennes man this past Saturday, Nov. 11, for multiple violations of four separate conditions of release that, according to police, all have been issued by courts since August. Police also cited the man for possession of heroin and ticketed him for possession of marijuana.
Police arrested Russell Hulst, 57, for violating all four of his conditions of release by allegedly contacting an ex-girlfriend repeatedly on several occasions via text and voice mail. Vergennes police said when they found him he was hiding in the trunk of a car driven by his wife — Christina Hulst, 40, of Salisbury — who was then charged with driving with a criminally suspended license.
Police said a witness in Middlebury who saw Hulst get in the car’s trunk on High Street alerted Middlebury police, who then passed word along to Vergennes police.
City police said they were also concerned that Hulst might be armed with a shotgun, and they used what they called “high-risk stop” tactics to pull over the car near the Ferrisburgh McDonald’s Restaurant at about 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Police said as well as Russell Hulst, they found in the car a substance that appeared to be heroin, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, and they cited Russell Hulst for the drugs. Police lodged Hulst in the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility.
In other incidents between Nov. 6 and 14, Vergennes police:
•  On Nov. 7 began directed patrols on South Water Street after complaints about speeding in the area.
•  On Nov. 7 backed up Vermont State Police at a traffic stop on Route 7 for erratic driving.
•  On Nov. 8 took a report of a car leaving the scene of a parking lot crash at Shaw’s Supermarket.
•  On Nov. 8 were told that a resident of a Main Street apartment building was not answering his door; police contacted the landlord and confirmed the resident was OK.
•  On Nov. 8 were told by the city animal control officer that a shotgun was in the bushes near a Hillside Drive playground. Police said it was loaded, but had been outside so long it was rusted and unworkable; they are trying to trace its ownership.
•  On Nov. 8 continued to try to ID a suspicious caller who has been contacting an elderly South Maple Street resident.
•  On Nov. 9 calmed a domestic dispute at a Hillside Drive apartment. Police returned there the next day and served a relief-from-abuse order to the male involved.
•  On Nov. 10 alerted the public works department that a speed limit sign on South Maple Street had been knocked over.
•  On Nov. 10 went to Thomas Circle to help catch runaway horses from a nearby Waltham site.
•  On Nov. 11 called a tow truck to help folks who needed to move a car off a city street.
•  On Nov. 11 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Third Street call.
•  On Nov. 12 went to South Maple Street after a Lifeline activation; the Middlebury Regional EMS transported a resident to Porter Hospital.
•  On Nov. 12 responded to a one-car accident on Main Street. 

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