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Vergennes Police Log: Homeless shelter resident arrested on outstanding warrants

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Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on May 17 arrested a resident of the John Graham Shelter on three outstanding warrants issued by Chittenden County courts.

City police took into custody Brandon Lawrence, 20, whose last address was at a Burlington residence, and lodged him at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. Police said the warrants were for grand larceny, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, and disturbing the peace by electronic means.

Police also said they were acting on a tip from an acquaintance of Lawrence.

In other action between May 14 and 20, Vergennes police:

On May 14 responded to a report of two drunken men in the city park; police determined they were sober, but asked them not to sit on the Macdonough monument.

On May 15:

•  Went to Falls Park after being told teens were harassing pedestrians using the stairs down to the Otter Creek basin area; police told the teens to stop and said it was the second such report.

•  Deployed the department speed cart on South Water Street in response to complaints of speeding during morning and afternoon commuting hours.

On May 16:

•  Looked into a report of a theft of cigarettes and change from a car on Burroughs Farm Road in Ferrisburgh.

•  Cited Japheth Kehoe, 34, of Bridport for driving with a criminally suspended license at a Main Street stop; police were alerted by an off-duty Vermont State Police trooper.

•  Were told youths were driving recklessly on West Main Street.

On May 17:

•  Were told of regular suspicious activity on Cataract Place, possibly involving drugs.

•  Responded to a one-car accident in a West Main Street driveway; police said a driver crashed through his garage door and struck another vehicle inside the garage, blaming the mishap on getting his shoelace stuck on the gas pedal.

•  Took a man to the Act 1 detoxification center in Burlington and then to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility after he harassed a Green Street resident; police said he was an ex-boyfriend who only left the Green Street home when he was threatened by the victim’s brother with a shotgun, and he continued to harass the victim by phone after he left. Police found him on Satterly Road in Ferrisburgh before taking him to Burlington and said his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.229. As a matter of reference, the legal BAC limit for driving is 0.08.

On May 18:

•  Began investigating a woman’s complaint that a man followed her to Small City Market and acted suspicious, including refusing to respond to her when she shouted at him. Police were planning to review store video in an attempt to identify the man.

•  Served a temporary relief-from-abuse order to an Alden Place resident.

•  Dealt with a minor two-car accident on Main Street.

•  Helped state police by responding to a drinking party on Button Bay Road in Ferrisburgh at which there were allegedly underage drinkers; no underage drinkers were cited at what police said was a large event.

On May 19:

•  Checked a report of two youths hanging over the edge of the Otter Creek bridge, but found no one.

•  Stopped a car that was reported as being operated erratically, but determined the driver was fine.

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