Vergennes Police Log: Man cited for assaulting a child
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on April 1 cited a homeless man, who they had just helped evict from the John Graham Shelter the day before, for allegedly hitting his four-year-old son twice, at least once hard enough to knock the child to the floor.
Cited for domestic violence was Stacy Rogers, 41, whose last address was Philadelphia. Police had been called to the shelter on March 31 when Rogers allegedly became abusive to shelter staff, and they had escorted him from the premises. Shelter staff alerted police to possible child abuse, and police said their investigation uncovered video evidence of the alleged crime.
Police also issued Rogers a no-trespass order on behalf of the John Graham Shelter.
Police also between April 1 and 7 operated a number of special traffic-control patrols throughout Vergennes. During two of them they issued tickets, two while on patrol in the West Main Street and Panton Road area on April 5, and one ticket while patrolling Main Street on April 6.
In other activity in that week, Vergennes police:
On April 1:
•Conducted a background investigation of a former city resident for the FBI. Police conducted two similar investigations on April 4.
•Responded to the report of a dog bite of a family member, a young child, at a Union Street home. Police learned the dog had its shots, but the family decided to find it a new home.
On April 2:
•Referred to Vermont State Police a complaint from a Panton man that a woman had improperly withdrawn money from a joint account and disposed of cars.
•Cited Northlands Job Corps student Rene Lajeunesse, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for simple assault. Police allege he knocked another student to the floor and punched him over a dispute about text messages that insulted a female acquaintance.
On April 3 and 4 began looking into allegations from three female Northlands Job Corps students that a male student had sexually assaulted them; police said an investigation is ongoing.
On April 4 dealt with a loose-dog complaint in Booth Woods.
On April 5:
•Reported to the Department for Children and Families a man who left two young children locked in a car while he shopped at Shaw’s Supermarket; police were called to the scene by a tip.
•Served an abuse-prevention order to a South Water Street resident.
•Helped Vermont State Police by evaluating a motorist suspected of driving under the influence of drugs on Route 7; the Vergennes Drug Recognition Expert determined the driver was under the influence, and troopers cited him.
•On April 7:
•Cited Amber Thomas, 23, of Orwell for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Police responded to a report of a speeding northbound vehicle on Route 7 and allege it was traveling at 83 mph in a 50 mph zone when they encountered the vehicle, resulting in Thomas also receiving a $351 speeding ticket. Police said Thomas has four DUI-drug charges already pending in court.
•Checked a report of a suspicious vehicle near Aubuchon Hardware off Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh and determined a man was napping while waiting for his wife to pick up food to go.
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