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Vergennes Police Log: Police look for catamount, help VARS

VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded to a variety of incidents between Oct. 21 and 27, including traffic violations, citizens’ disputes, medical issues, and truant and/or unruly juveniles.
During those seven days, Vergennes police:
On Oct. 21:
• Looked into the reported theft of a cellphone by Vergennes Union High School student; an investigation is ongoing.
• Returned a dog reported to be running loose to its owner.
• Conducted two special traffic controls and ticketed two motorists.
• Began an investigation into pornographic material that was sent to a juvenile from Amazon.com by mail. 
On Oct. 22 responded to Panton Road to help with a tractor-trailer unit that was stuck off the roadway. 
On Oct 23:
• Spoke with the parent of a truant juvenile and arranged for the minor to return to school.
• Assisted the Vergennes Areas Rescue Squad (VARS) with a patient.
• Responded to King Street after a report of a dispute in a vehicle between a male and a female, but found no one.  
On Oct. 24:
• Were unable to find a catamount reported to be in the area of Hillside Drive.  
• Conducted traffic patrol downtown area and on West Main Street and ticketed one motorist and warned another.
• Searched the area around Monkton Road and Main Street for a blue Subaru Forester reported to be driven erratically, but could not find it.
• Responded to South Maple Street to calm an unruly juvenile threatening an assault; officers also assisted in contacting a counselor for the minor.
On Oct 25:
• Cited the operator of a tractor-trailer unit for driving without a license and instructed him to repair a defective headlight.
• Assisted Vermont State Police on Route 7 in New Haven with a motorist who did not halt when a trooper attempted to stop a motor vehicle. The vehicle eventually stopped, and police determined that the driver was suffering from a medical emergency, and VARS transported the driver to a hospital.
• Went to West Main Street to handle a two-car crash with damage and no injuries.
• Calmed a child-custody dispute on First Street. 
• Helped VARS with a person who was threatening to self-harm; VARS took the person to the hospital.
• Went to Comfort Hill after the report of three suspicious people walking around private property; police could not find the suspects.
• Helped state police in Ferrisburgh by checking a report of people camping in a fishing access; police told the people to leave the access in the morning.
On Oct 26:
• Checked a report of a verbal dispute on South Water Street; the people insisted they were not fighting.
• Responded to Alden Place after a report of a person threatening suicide; VARS took the person to a hospital.
• Helped a motorist get into a locked vehicle on Green Street.
• Checked a report of an erratically operated vehicle on Green Street and learned it was driven by a city firefighter; police told the driver to obtain emergency lights for his vehicle.  
On Oct. 27:
• Checked a report of people using drugs in the Valley Vista parking lot and found the vehicle near Main and South Water streets. Although police said a consent search of the vehicle found drug paraphernalia for cannabis and heroin use and an open alcohol container, police said they determined that the operator was not impaired. They cited the operator for an open container and for driving a vehicle the wrong way on a one-way street.
• Responded to Champlain Farms for a medical emergency. While on-scene, the patient became combative and was restrained by officers for the safety of the first responders, public and the patient, who was transported to the hospital by VARS with a Vergennes police officer. 

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