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Vergennes Police Log: Police help woman in crisis

VERGENNES — On April 10 Vergennes police cooperated with workers at the Charter House warming shelter in Middlebury to get help for a woman who called a dispatcher saying she was in Vergennes at the intersection of Mountain View Lane and School Street and needed assistance.
During the course of helping the woman and eventually returning her to the Charter House, police said they also took a loaded firearm from her for safekeeping.
The dispatcher first received a call from the woman and told Vergennes police she had ended the call after divulging her location in the city. Soon after the Charter House called the dispatcher seeking help in finding the woman. A Charter House worker told the dispatcher the woman, a client, had left during early morning hours and had not been seen since.
A city police officer and a Vermont State Police trooper then found the client at the location and persuaded the woman to go back to the Charter House, where she could receive help from crisis workers, police said.
Between April 5 and 11, Vergennes police also conducted 17 patrols and two VIN inspections, and:
On April 5:
•  Ticketed a commercial motor vehicle for failing to stop for a red light.
•  Dealt with the alleged theft of a walker from the porch of a South Maple Street residence. Police said its owner told them she thought the property manager might have taken the walker because it was not allowed to be stored there. According to police, the property manager denied taking the walker, but replaced it.
•  Responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of West Main Street and Panton Road.
•  Spoke to the owner of a vehicle reported to be operating in an erratic manner on School Street; police said he was extremely tired.
•  Responded to a family dispute at a West Main Street residence that police said began the evening before and worsened the next day. Police said they calmed the parties and told them how they could get help through a Project Vision North agency.
•  Dealt with a report from the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS) of a male who was sitting on the side of West Main Street and appeared to be drunk. Police spoke to him and determined he was drunk, but learned he was waiting for someone to pick him up, and his mother soon did so.
On April 6:
•  Provided vehicle lock-out services to a motorist on Panton Road.
•  Responded to a report from an East Street resident that a man was watching her through a window. Police said the caller might have been experiencing a mental health crisis, and referred the incident to an agency involved in Project Vision North.
•  Went to South Water Street to help VARS with a drunken man who they were told might become combative. When they arrived, the man was in the ambulance.
•  Helped state police by responding to the Dollar General in Ferrisburgh because the store’s lights were on after closing. Police determined there was no problem.
•  Helped a woman retrieve belongings from a First Street residence. 
On April 7:
•  Warned a youth riding an ATV in fields near Booth Woods without a helmet to wear a helmet and get landowner permission to ride on the property. 
•  Advised a Ferrisburgh resident how to report a stolen license plate to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
•  Helped persuade an uncooperative Walker Avenue resident to seek medical care at a hospital.
•  Received information about alleged criminal activity in the Vergennes area.
•  After receiving a report of erratic driving on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and ticketed the operator for speeding and driving without insurance.
On April 8:
•  Checked the welfare of a Walker Avenue resident and learned the resident had been taken to a hospital.
•  Checked a report of a disabled vehicle on Main Street and learned the situation had been resolved prior to arrival.
•  Helped persuade a Main Street resident who had spoken about suicide to go with VARS to a hospital for assistance.
•  Advised an Armory Lane resident who had been receiving threatening phone calls from another man to block the number and Facebook account; police identified the unwanted caller but were unable to contact him.
On April 9:
•  Responded to a report of a drunken female attempting to enter a First Street residence. Police arrived, but were told by the caller that the woman, believed to be a former girlfriend, had left. 
•  Received a complaint about firefighters parking on Green Street.
•  Served an abuse prevention order to a man at a Monkton Road store.
•  Helped VARS at a First Street call.
On April 10:
•  Discussed with a local resident her concerns about her grandchild and custody issues.
•  Responded to a two-car accident on Main Street.
•  Took possession of an iPhone found on Main Street. Police said the phone had been struck by a vehicle.
•  Took possession of a wallet found on Park Street and contacted its owner.
•  Responded to a report of a fire on Cataract Place and learned the Vergennes Fire Department had already extinguished it.
•  Served a subpoena on a Monkton Road resident for Addison District Court.
On April 11 took a call from a Second Street resident alleging that her ex-boyfriend had taken her license plates and was using them on his vehicle.

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