Vergennes Police Log: Drunk drivers, domestic cases keep police busy

VERGENNES — Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 11 Vergennes police began investigation of two alleged sex offenses, cited two drivers for drunk operation, responded to verbal domestic disputes, several times helped out Vermont State Police, and twice worked with the Department for Children and Families on sensitive cases.
During those two weeks, Vergennes police also conducted 34 directed patrols, nine foot patrols and a property watch, and: 
On Sept. 28: 
•  Assisted a resident with an abandoned vehicle in his Main Street parking lot.
•  Responded to report of a dispute in a Hillside Acres apartment. Police said it was verbal only and had ended before they arrived.
On Oct. 1: 
•  Responded to a minor two-vehicle accident on Main Street.
•  Conducted a background investigation for the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Stafford, Va.
On Oct. 2: 
•  Helped Vermont State Police by responding to a report of an oven fire at a Panton residence. It had been put out before police arrived. 
•  Issued an abuse prevention order to a local resident.
•  Assisted a First Street resident who expressed concerns about her granddaughter’s welfare. Police urged the complainant to report her concerns to the Department for Children and Families.
•  Helped state police at a Main Street traffic stop for an operator driving with a suspended license.
On Oct. 3:
•  Tried to find a person reported to be near the power station on Canal Street, but found no one.  
•  Twice helped state police process impaired drivers at the city police station.
On Oct. 4: 
•  Cited Rodney Jerome, 74, of Leicester for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) after stopping his vehicle on Panton Road. 
On Oct. 5:
•  Cited Jean Clark, 69, of Bristol for DUI alcohol while on a Governor’s Highway Safety Patrol detail on Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh. Police allege they saw her in her unmoving car in the middle of the road before processing her. 
•  Reported an incident to DCF after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen who reported that a parent left a child home alone to purchase drugs. Police said a plan was formulated to address the issue.
•  Helped VSP with processing a DUI.
•  Conducted traffic control on Armory Lane during a charity food distribution event.
•  Investigated an allegation of a sexual assault; police described the case as ongoing.
•  Took a report from a resident of missing medication.
•  Separated parties involved in a First Street family dispute and worked out a plan to prevent the incident from happening again.
On Oct. 6:
•  Took a report that a person had displayed a video depicting a juvenile engaging in a sexual act. Police are investigating.
On Oct. 8:
•  Returned to the owner a credit card found on Main Street.
•  Took a report from a resident that she paid $150 for an upgrade to her DishNet account, but later learned from DishNet that the arrangement was fraudulent. The caller reported the perpetrator referred to himself as David, called using the number 888-628-7874, and spoke with a Middle Eastern accent.
•  Responded to a two-vehicle crash on South Water Street with damage to both vehicles.
•  Responded to Meigs Road, where tractor-trailer truck drove off the roadway and became stuck, temporarily blocking the road.  
•  Helped two people on Main Street to develop a plan for the exchange of property.
•  Helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS) with a hysterical person on South Maple Street. The person was calmed and taken to Porter hospital for care.
On Oct. 9 while conducting a property watch on Main Street heard two people yelling, spoke to them, and found no problem.
On Oct. 10:
•  Helped VARS with an intoxicated Walker Ave patient who was transported to Porter Hospital. 
•  Found a Main Street business unlocked and searched secured the property.

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