Vergennes Police Log: Typical calls occupy city police

VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of incidents and violations between Jan. 15 and 21, including continuing violations of the city’s winter overnight parking ban, minor car accidents, a student drug case, an untimely death, and two animal control issues, all while working on a couple more serious investigations on which they were not yet ready to comment.
During those seven days, Vergennes police:
On Jan. 15:
•  Ticketed a car in violation of the parking ban.
•  Responded to a report of a suspicious car parked near a First Street driveway and learned it belonged to a neighbor’s friend.
•  Heard from a woman whose brother-in-law had allegedly made three harassing phone calls; police said to let them know if more were made.
On Jan. 16:
•  Were told someone was shining a flashlight in John Graham Shelter windows; police learned it was a shelter manager.
•  Helped Vermont State Police by responding to a minor two-car accident in Waltham.
•  Heard that a dog had attacked another dog being walked on Union Street; police are hoping the dog walker can ID the owner of the attacking dog.
•  Ticketed a car in violation of the winter parking ban on South Water Street.
•  Talked to a man riding a bicycle on Monkton Road who had reportedly fallen off it twice on Route 7 in snowy weather. Police contacted a family member to give him a ride home.
•  Referred a child custody dispute to state police because it was an Addison case.
•  Helped a car owner get into a locked vehicle on McKnight Lane in Waltham.
•  Heard from a Vergennes Union High School student that his father had no license and might be driving to the school; police could not find him.
On Jan. 17:
•  Helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a South Maple Street call.
•  Ticketed three cars in violation of the parking ban around the city.
•  Helped state police by directing traffic around a disabled truck on Route 22A in Panton.
•  Handled a Main Street accident in which a truck struck two parked cars in snowy weather.
On Jan. 18:
•  Issued nine traffic tickets while on special patrol on West Main Street.
On Jan. 19:
•  Ticketed a car in violation of the parking ban.
•  Pulled a downed TV cable that had sagged down onto Main Street.
•  Checked the welfare of an elderly Green Street resident and determined he was OK.
•  Worked on court diversion paperwork for and talked to the parents of students discovered smoking marijuana in a VUHS locker room.
•  Took a report of an apparent phone scam from an East Street resident, who reported that a caller threatened an arrest if she did not call a certain number.
On Jan. 20:
•  Went to Booth Woods to help deal with loose cows and discovered the animals’ owner had the situation under control.
•  Sent the department K9 unit to help state police on Plank Road in Bristol.
On Jan. 21:
•           Responded to an untimely death in a Hillside Drive apartment and determined it was not due to foul play.

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