Vergennes Police Log: City police coordinate county-wide traffic-control effort

VERGENNES — A widespread Saturday, Dec. 29, traffic control effort coordinated by the Vergennes Police Department and including 10 Bristol, Vermont State and Vergennes police officers resulted in 34 traffic tickets and 19 written warnings, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.
The patrols were funded by the grant recently awarded to the city department by the Governor’s Highway Safety Council, funding intended to enhance traffic safety around Addison County.
Law enforcement officers patrolled roads in Middlebury, Ferrisburgh, Bristol, Vergennes and Addison, according to Merkel.
In other activity between Dec. 24 and 30, Vergennes police:
On Dec. 24:
•  Responded to a minor two-car accident on West Main Street.
•  Checked a report of a disabled vehicle on West Main Street, but found nothing.
On Dec. 25:
•  Were told $300 had been stolen from a vehicle, a report they were soon told was erroneous.
•  Helped a motorist enter a locked vehicle on South Water Street.
•  Calmed a family argument on Monkton Road.
•  Helped state police calm a drunken and possibly suicidal Ferrisburgh resident.
On Dec. 26:
•  Responded to a minor two-car accident on South Water Street.
•  Conducted two special traffic-control patrols on West Main Street and Panton Road and issued eight tickets and two warnings.
•  Told a man to stop sending unwanted texts to an employee of a Main Street business.
On Dec. 27:
•  Conducted a special traffic-control patrol on Panton Road and issued three tickets.
•  Checked a report of a person asleep in a car on Panton Road and discovered a person napping on a lunch break.
On Dec. 28:
•  Ticketed two cars left overnight on city streets in violation of the city’s wintertime parking ban.
•  Found the owner of a dog reported running loose on First Street.
•  Helped close a stubborn window on Alden Place.
•  Conducted a special traffic-control patrol on West Main Street, but issued no tickets.
•  Stopped a truck reported to be weaving on the road and determined there were no problems.
•  Calmed a child-custody dispute on Monkton Road.
On Dec. 30:
•  Checked the welfare of a man who had missed an important medical appointment and determined he was OK.
•  Accepted a purse that had been found in a downtown alley and contacted its owner.
•  Were told an unknown person or persons had damaged a garage door at Country Commons.
•  Advised a person receiving anonymous threats through Instagram to block the individual.
•  Referred people involved in a custody dispute to Family Court.

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