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Vergennes Police Log: City woman cited for assaulting her mother

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Dec. 4 cited a city resident for assaulting her 74-year-old mother at a Main Street apartment.
Police cited Kathi Lawrence, 45, for domestic assault, alleging that she struck the victim with an open hand, punched her in the arm, kicked her, and pulled her hair. Police said she was cited and then released.
Vergennes police last week also went out four times to enforce the city’s wintertime ban on overnight parking on city streets. On Dec. 4 police ticketed seven cars, on Dec. 6 they issued 10 tickets, on Dec. 7 they found no offending vehicles, and on Dec. 10 they ticketed three vehicles.
Between Dec. 1  and March 31, vehicles may not be left on city streets between the hours of 2 and 6:30 a.m. Vehicle owners may be fined and vehicles may be towed.
In other action between Dec. 4 and 10, Vergennes police:
•  On Dec. 4 helped Vermont State Police by handling a one-car accident on Panton Road in Panton.
•  On Dec. 5 found and helped obtain counseling for a young man reported to be suicidal by his father, a city resident.
•  On Dec. 6 took a report from a city resident that she had received disturbing correspondence from her ex-boyfriend’s prison cellmate.
•  On Dec. 7 helped a city resident obtain a relief-from-abuse order against her husband.
•  On Dec. 7 cited Christopher Valdez, 19, of El Paso, Texas, for retail theft for allegedly stealing items from Shaw’s Supermarket; police said he was also expelled from Northlands Job Corps.
•  On Dec. 7 investigated a complaint that a John Graham Shelter resident might have been smoking marijuana on shelter property, but found no solid evidence.
•  On Dec. 8 worked with the city fire department to investigate an explosion at the United Technologies plant on Panton Road; police set up a cordon, directed traffic, and went into the building along with firefighters to evacuate employees, look for injured, and help determine the cause. Police and the company had not announced a cause as of press time, but they said it was not suspicious.
•  On Dec. 8 searched unsuccessfully for a vehicle reported to be tailgating a northbound ambulance on Route 7.
•  On Dec. 8 determined that someone Williston police was looking for did not live in Vergennes.
•  On Dec. 8 sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to help state police at a Route 22A traffic stop.
•  On Dec. 9 cited Ernest F. Martin, 49, of Williston for driving under the influence of alcohol; police allege that Martin’s blood-alcohol content tested at 0.186 after they stopped his vehicle on Route 7 south of the city. The legal blood-alcohol content for driving is 0.08. Police also ticketed Martin for possession of marijuana and failure to yield at a stop sign.
•  On Dec. 9 helped a motorist get into a locked vehicle on Hillside Drive.
•  On Dec. 10 helped state police by responding to Middlebrook and Monkton roads in Ferrisburgh, where vehicles had slid off the roadway.
•  On Dec. 10 helped state police by checking with a driver who had left a car that had gone off the road elsewhere; police determined he was sober and OK.
•  On Dec. 10 found a Booth Woods resident who was reported to have left home and be possibly suicidal, and they determined he was OK. 
Editor’s note: This story was updated after it’s initial posting to correct the name of the woman cited in the first item.

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