Crime

Vergennes Police Log: Unwanted gift leads to fracas

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Dec. 11 cited four residents of Vergennes for disorderly conduct after responding to a report of several people fighting in a Main Street apartment building.
Police said they investigated and determined that the brawl was triggered by “a bag of dog feces being left on the steps of one of the participant’s apartments.”
Cited were Kaleb J. Shepard, 29; Tyler Inman, 29; Thomas Carey, 28; and Claudia Bolivar, 23.
During the week of Dec. 7 to 13, Vergennes police conducted eight directed patrols and one foot patrol, and also:
On Dec. 7:
•  Cited Tiffany Bedard, 32, of Vergennes for what police called “a number of retail thefts” from Shaw’s Supermarket. Police alleged Bedard offended again later in the week.
•  Investigated a report of a vehicle stolen from the parking lot of the former Denecker’s Chevrolet on Main Street. Police said the vehicle had been left there for a while, and there is a question as to whether the former tenant or the new owner of the business site owns it. Police said the incident remains under investigation.
•  Helped an owner enter a locked vehicle on Main Street.
On Dec. 8:
•  Ticketed a vehicle in violation of the city’s ban on overnight parking on city streets. The winter ban is in effect between 2:30 and 6:30 a.m.
•  Responded to a one-vehicle accident on Comfort Hill. Police said a pick-up truck slid off the road and struck a tree in the front yard of a home, causing minor damage to the tree. The vehicle left before an officer arrived.
On Dec. 9 dealt with a dog bite on Thomas Circle. Police said the dog had its rabies certification, but was quarantined for 10 days.
On Dec. 10:
•  Investigated a report of a suspicious man who had asked an East Street resident for permission to plug in some equipment at a home. Police said the resident refused and the man sat in his truck in the driveway before leaving. The caller took a picture of the truck’s registration, and the operator was identified as a New Jersey resident.
•  At the station assisted Richmond police with screening of a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
On Dec. 11:
•  Took a report from an East Street resident of repeated vandalism to Christmas lights.
•  Went to First Street to calm a disagreement between a man, his daughter and his ex-wife.
On Dec. 12:
•  Issued a citation to a city resident on behalf of Middlebury police.
•  On Monkton Road cited a commercial truck for operating while exceeding the weight limit by 9,000 pounds (a $358 offense) and for operating without an overweight permit (a $228 offense).

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