Vergennes Police Log: Man cited on numerous counts
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Monday filed seven charges against Jackson Downey-Teachout, 29, that stemmed from a series of December domestic incidents at a Main Street residence. Police said they were notified of the alleged crimes in late February.
Police said Downey-Teachout, whose last known residence was in Cornwall, was already being held at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility on an earlier, separate charge of aggravated domestic assault when they charged him this week.
City police cited him for second-degree aggravated domestic assault, violating an abuse-prevention order, second-degree unlawful restraint, unlawful trespassing, unlawful mischief, interfering with emergency services, and petit larceny for events they said occurred on Dec. 1, 12, 25, 26 and 27.
Police allege that Downey-Teachout:
• On Dec. 1 spit in the victim’s face, shoved her in the face, smashed a computer screen, told her he had planted drugs in her residence, and threatened her.
• On Dec. 12 shoved the victim onto a bed in front of a child, causing scrapes and bruises, and threatened to call the Department for Children and Families to have her children taken away.
• On Dec. 25 took medications from the victim, refused to leave the residence, shoved her, threatened her, and made her “afraid to leave” her home.
• On Dec. 26 told the victim he had planted drugs in the residence and threatened to injure her and her children if she reported his activities to police.
• On Dec. 27 again threatened the victim and her children if she contacted police, and also threatened self-harm.
Police said Downey-Teachout was expected to answer the charges in court this week.
Meanwhile, between March 23 and 29 Vergennes police continued their efforts to be visible during the current crisis by conducting 13 vehicle patrols, some designed to control traffic and others to visit specific sites, such as the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot and city schools, and another seven property watches, including checking on vacant homes and patrolling on foot.
During those seven days, city police also:
On March 23:
• Discussed a family issue with a concerned caller.
• Responded along with firefighters and public works employees to West Main Street, where a series of vehicles, including tractor-trailer units, had slid off the road during heavy snow. Police said the road was closed for three hours until all the vehicles could be moved and the public works department could treat the road surface.
On March 24:
• Dealt with an accident in which a vehicle knocked over a light pole in the Collins Aerospace parking lot.
• Took a report of suspicious traffic at a city home.
On March 25:
• Helped a parent and child deal with family issues at the city station.
• Checked the welfare of a female city resident, who was determined to be OK.
• Responded along with a Vermont State Police trooper to a report of two men fighting at a West Main Street residence; the men acknowledged arguing, but said it was verbal, and police said they had been drinking, but appeared calm.
On March 26:
• Dealt with what appeared to be a minor hit-and-run accident in the Shaw’s parking lot.
On March 27:
• Warned a Walker Avenue resident not to violate a no-trespass order by visiting another Walker Avenue resident.
• Helped Department for Children and Families (DCF) personnel as they took a juvenile from a Cataract Lane residence.
On March 28:
• Discussed possible prescription abuse by a child with a divorced parent and determined there was no problem.
• Alerted DCF and spoke to parents about obtaining counseling this week for a child after an altercation between siblings at a city home. Police said the teen showed up at the station seeking help.
On March 29:
• Were told that a driver had left Champlain Farms with a gas nozzle and hose still attached to his vehicle, but that he had returned to handle the situation.
• Began investigating the alleged online harassment of a city woman by a New Jersey resident.
• Heard a complaint from a parent that a neighbor had allegedly taken photographs of her son while making a delivery; police advised the parent to speak to the landlord because the son was in a public space.
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