Vergennes Police Log: City police investigate robbery

VERGENNES — In addition to beginning the investigation that led to the arrest of the suspect in the May 1 armed robbery of Small City Market and two southern Vermont businesses (click here to see story), Vergennes police between April 30 and May 6 handled a variety of incidents, including processing a drunk-driving case, helping people who were reported to be feeling suicidal, and dealing with alleged threatening behavior. 
During that week, Vergennes police: 
On April 30 responded to Shaw’s Supermarket when an employee told them there was a drunken customer there. After making contact with the customer, police cited her for driving under the influence of alcohol, refusal to submit to testing. Cited was Kerrin Hopkins, 57, of Skaneatles, N.Y.
On May 1: 
•           Were alerted by an employee of United Technologies that he had been receiving threatening text messages from a resident of New York state, a situation he said was already being investigated by state police in New York but wanted to make city police aware of.
•           Dealt with a loose dog complaint in the West Street area.
•           Helped Vermont State Police deal with a vehicle that had been abandoned on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. 
•           Took a report at the station for insurance purposes of damage done to a vehicle at an earlier date. 
•           Checked out a report of youths smoking near the skate park, but could not find them. 
On May 2:
•           Helped calm a depressed woman who was considering jumping into the river at the Otter Creek falls; the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took her to the UVM Medical Center. 
•           Were told by a Monkton Road resident that there was a suspicious person in her garage the evening before.
•           Responded along with state police to the Victory Baptist Church in Waltham to a report of a threatening man with a weapon, which proved to be a BB gun. He was transported to Middlebury to the Counseling Service of Addison County.
•           Were called to the Hillside Apartment complex because a 13-year-old said to have a gun had allegedly threatened to kill a younger girl and her family. Police talked to his mother, who said the children had a history of not getting along and the gun was not real. Police confirmed there were no real guns in the residence and advised the mother to calm things down. 
On May 3:
•           Helped John Graham Shelter personnel deal with a troublesome resident. 
•           Dealt with a fender-bender in the United Technologies parking lot.
•           Secured a local church building’s door after finding it unlocked while on foot patrol.
On May 4 looked unsuccessfully for a Thomas Circle resident reported to be driving while drunk.
On May 5:
•           Accepted from a resident an empty heroin bag and spoon found on the city green.
•           Looked into an allegation that a man had violated conditions of release at a child custody exchange and learned the conditions had expired.
•           Helped state police deal with a depressed individual at a Waltham residence. 
On May 6 ticketed a driver for towing an unregistered trailer, an action taken after the driver was reported by another motorist for reckless driving.

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