Vergennes Police Log: City police focus on speeders, ticketed five
VERGENNES — Vergennes police recently conducted a number of directed patrols designed to control speeding within city limits, with the result that they issued the most tickets on West Main Street.
On Oct. 15 they patrolled both West Main and South Maple streets and issued five tickets on West Main, but found no offenders on South Maple.
On Oct. 16 city police operated patrols on West Main, South Maple and South Water streets and ticketed three motorists after stops on West Main, but did not stop any vehicles on the side streets.
On the 17th they conducted a patrol on West Main Street, and on the 18th they patrolled both West Main and South Water streets, all without stopping any motorists.
The exception came to the rule came on Oct. 21, when Vergennes police patrolled the area around Green and Victory streets and ticketed one driver and warned two.
In other action between Oct. 15 and 21, Vergennes police:
On Oct. 15 looked into a car break-in on Walker Avenue; a car lock was broken and a door left ajar, but nothing was taken.
On Oct. 16:
• Dealt with two automobile accidents. In one a northbound driver on Main Street struck a parked car, and her vehicle rolled onto its left side. In the other three vehicles were involved in a minor accident at the intersection of Main Street with Macdonough Drive and South Water Street.
• Were told sunglasses were stolen from an unlocked car on Meadow Lane.
On Oct. 17:
• Served a summons to a School Street resident on behalf of Essex County, N.J., law enforcement.
• Took a report of a suspicious vehicle on South Maple Street, but could not find it.
On Oct. 18:
• Cited a Vergennes Union High School student into juvenile court for allegedly stealing wireless headphones from another student; the item was also returned to the student.
• Calmed a family fight at a Main Street residence; police said the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS) took one woman to Porter Hospital who they described as combative and under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
On Oct. 19:
• Cited Dennis Laberge, 58, of Jericho for driving with a criminally suspended license, an action taken following a South Maple Street traffic stop.
• After receiving information at the police station about an ongoing Main Street family dispute issued no-trespass orders to two family members.
• Calmed a family argument at Champlain Discount Foods.
• Responded to a report of suspicious activity in a Walker Avenue parking lot and discovered friends helping a man moving belongings from a garage into a home.
• Searched unsuccessfully for the source of gunshots reported near South Maple Street.
• Began investigating an alleged assault that occurred at the American Legion Post on Armory Lane; police said one man allegedly arrived and punched another over a dispute involving the alleged assailant’s girlfriend.
On Oct. 20:
• Responded along with VARS to a report of an unresponsive infant at a West Main Street residence; police said the infant did not survive.
• Tried to find a vehicle that passed a stopped school bus on Macdonough Drive, but could not, apparently because of an inaccurately reported license plate number.
• Took a report from a Vergennes man that an unknown man had followed him around the city, a situation he believed is related to a Middlebury case in which he was allegedly assaulted. Police told him to notify them promptly if it happens again.
• Were called to a Second Street home because children were out of control; police stood by briefly when another family member arrived to restore order.
On Oct. 21:
• Cited Northlands Job Corps student Deron Harpool, 23, of Mashpee, Mass., for unlawful mischief after Harpool allegedly threw another student to the ground, breaking his glasses.
• Found an abandoned bicycle in the High Street area and stored it.