Vergennes Police Log: Winter parking ban starts Dec. 1

VERGENNES — Tis the season — to remember that the Vergennes winter parking ban takes effect every year when the clock strikes midnight on Nov. 30.
Between Dec. 1 and March 31 vehicles may not be parked on city streets between the hours of 2 and 6:30 a.m.
As for those that are left out on the streets during those hours?
“Vehicles are subject to being ticketed and towed,” said Police Chief George Merkel.
Vergennes police during the early morning hours of Nov. 20 tried to give car owners fair warning: They placed notices explaining the city ban and when it would take effect on about 150 vehicles left out overnight on that date.
In other action between Nov. 20 and 26, Vergennes police:
•  On Nov. 20 calmed an arguing couple on Thomas Circle.
•  On Nov. 20 cited Dillon Costigan, 20, of Cornwall for excessive speed and possession of marijuana and ticketed him for possession of paraphernalia. These actions were taken after police tracked him down in a Main Street apartment following a citizen complaint about a northbound car on Route 7 being driven recklessly and too fast.
•  On Nov. 20 calmed an argument at a Hillside Drive apartment.
•  On Nov. 20 cited a juvenile male Northlands Job Corps student for aggravated assault, alleging he grabbed a female student by the throat hard enough to leave marks; the student was kicked out of the program, police said.
•  On Nov. 21 began investigating the theft of a drug-testing kit from Kinney Drug Store.
•  On Nov. 21 checked an unoccupied Panton Road home after a report of a flashing light being seen inside it; police found no problem.
•  On Nov. 22 checked the welfare of a child at a Hillside Drive apartment on behalf of the Department for Children and Families; police found nothing wrong.
•  On Nov. 22 joined Vermont State and Bristol police and State Fish and Wildlife officials at a Route 7 drunk-driving checkpoint in New Haven; city police said the checkpoint processed about 550 drivers.
•  On Nov. 22 checked a report of two people arguing at a Hillside Drive apartment, but found no problem.
•  On Nov. 24 helped a car owner get into a locked vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
•  On Nov. 24 operated a drunk-driving checkpoint on New Haven Road and processed 42 drivers, checked three for possible impairment, and cited one for driving with an open alcohol container.
•  On Nov. 25 cited Dustin M. Hirtle, 22, of Vergennes for driving under the influence of alcohol after stopping his vehicle on East Street. Police allege Hirtle’s blood-alcohol tested at 0.109; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
•  On Nov. 26 responded along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to help a despondent woman at a South Maple Street home; police and VARS decided the woman was OK.
•  On Nov. 26 cited Aaron DaCosta, 22, of Burlington for DUI-drugs following a stop for speeding on Main Street; police also ticketed DaCosta for speeding and drove him to his Burlington home. 

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