Vergennes Police Log: Authorities investigate graffiti incident at city skate park

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating a Dec. 21 incident of racist, sexist and anti-Semitic graffiti at the city’s skate park off East Street.
Police Chief George Merkel said a vandal or vandals applied offensive language and images, some of them graphic, to several structures at the park. The park is in the middle of the East Street Vergennes recreation area near Vergennes Union Elementary School and includes the ice-skating rink/tennis courts, basketball hoops and city pool.
Merkel said town workers have covered the words and images.
Vergennes police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call them at (802) 877-1152.
In other incidents between Dec. 17 and 23, city police:
On Dec. 17:
•  Began looking into a one-vehicle accident at the intersection of West Main Street and Panton Road in which a vehicle struck and damaged the base of one of the flashing pedestrian-crossing lights there. Police would also like anyone who saw anything at that intersection to report what they witnessed.
•  Advised a man involved in a dispute with an ex over visitation rights to see his children how to appeal that civil issue to Family Court.
On Dec. 18:
•  Helped Department of Motor Vehicles inspect a truck on West Main Street.
•  Heard an allegation from a Ferrisburgh resident that her ex-boyfriend had assaulted her, a case city police referred to Vermont State Police.
•  Helped an owner enter a locked vehicle on the Northlands Job Corps campus.
On Dec. 20:
•  Issued a warning for defective equipment during a special traffic-control patrol on New Haven Road.
•  Helped state police at the Route 7, Ferrisburgh, scene of a two-car accident.
•  Checked the welfare of a Hillside Drive apartment resident, who was found to be weak but OK.
•  Calmed an arguing couple at a South Maple Street residence.
•  Checked a report to the Addison County Humane Society of neglected cats at a North Maple Street apartment, but found no problem.
On Dec. 22:
•  Ticketed two cars violating the city’s nighttime winter parking ban.
•  Checked a report of a woman yelling for help on Green Street, but found no problem.
•  After a report of erratic driving, stopped a car-carrier truck on West Main Street, but determined the driver was OK.
•  During a special traffic-control patrol on Main Street cited two drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol. Cited were Christopher Castillo, 22, of Vergennes for allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.124; and Amanda Lee Stearns, for allegedly driving with a BAC of 0.110; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

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