Vergennes Police Log: Tips received for a recent city house fire

VERGENNES — The owner of a Mountain View Lane home destroyed by fire last month called Vergennes police on April 29 and gave them a list of people he believed might have started the blaze, according to police.
According to city police, fire investigators do not at this point believe the fire was deliberately set, but Vergennes police forwarded the information to investigators and said the fire remains under investigation.
Vergennes police between April 29 and May 5 also conducted 10 directed patrols on city streets intended to enforce traffic laws, during which they issued four tickets and two warnings.
In other incidents during those seven days, city police:
On April 29:
•Took a report that a parked car had been struck by a hit-and-run driver somewhere in the city.
•Checked the welfare of a Hillside Drive resident, who was found to be fine.
On April 30 looked unsuccessfully around Alden Place for a recently dismissed Valley Vista client who had reportedly refused to leave the property.
On May 1:
•Advised a Panton resident about property right-of-way issues.
•Calmed an argument between two brothers at a Main Street apartment.
•Dealt with an couple who began arguing, according to police about music selections on the radio, while driving through the city. Police said they told the man involved to move along, while the woman stayed behind with a relative.
•Checked a report of a boat possibly being stuck in debris above the Otter Creek falls and determined it was flotsam.
On May 2 began investigating a counterfeit $20 bill passed at a downtown business.
On May 3:
•At a traffic stop cited both the driver and a passenger. Police cited Austin T. Sherburne, 24, of Burlington for driving with a criminally suspended license and without a registration, and cited Jordan A. Orcutt, 25, of Shelburne to appear in court for an outstanding warrant.
•Helped a motorist get into a locked vehicle in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.
•Told a truck driver to move his vehicle at Vergennes Union High School.
•Made another in a series of visits to Creekview Apartments when a resident complained of an odor police could not detect.
On May 4 guarded the festivities during the VUHS prom at the Basin Harbor Club.
On May 5 helped Vermont State Police by dealing with a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 7 and Monkton Road.

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