Vergennes Police Log: City police help out state troopers

VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of calls between Sept. 20 and 26, including twice helping out Vermont State Police in major cases, performing welfare checks, dealing with vandalism, investigating the theft of money from unlocked cars, and processing what they called a minor altercation outside a local business.

As well as conducting two foot patrols, responding to one car alarm, and helping one motorist get into a locked vehicle, during that week Vergennes police:

On Sept. 20:

•  Began investigating the reported theft of $128 cash from a strongbox left in an unlocked car parked on Sunset Drive.

•  Looked into the theft of lesser amounts of money and small items from the parking lot of the affordable housing complex at 45 Armory Lane.

•  Helped a driver negotiate his way out of a partially blocked parking spot on North Green Street.

•  Backed up state police while they made a domestic assault arrest on Button Bay Road in West Ferrisburgh. Initial reports said a large, drunken man was wielding a large knife.

On Sept. 21 met state police at the city station and helped them evaluate a driver arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

On Sept. 22:

•  Responded to the bottle redemption window at the Community Market on West Main Street, where two parties had come to blows after exchanging words. Police earlier this week said they were readying details on the case to send to the state’s attorney’s office for possible prosecution for simple assault. They added one of the parties involved was also being investigated by state police in a Ferrisburgh domestic dispute.

•  Checked the welfare of a Walker Avenue resident, who was determined to be well.

•  Dealt with a report of a downed phone line on East Street.

On Sept. 23:

•  Went to the city green, where cryptic graffiti had been spray-painted on a table. Police said it read, “Brian Food #473.” The table was cleaned, police said.

•  Received a tip about criminal activity in the city.

•  Took a report of a car being scratched earlier in the month, an incident police said was probably related to the spree of car keying that dates back to then.

On Sept. 24:

•  Helped out with the Vergennes Union High School homecoming parade.

•  Responded to a one-car crash on Monkton Road in which a vehicle swerved and struck a road sign.

On Sept. 25:

•  Determined a death at a Second Street residence was due to natural causes.

•  Following a call from a concerned citizen, concluded there was nothing amiss at an unattended Green Street yard sale.

•  Stopped a vehicle on West Main Street after a report that it had been operated erratically on Route 22A, but along with state police determined the driver was not impaired.

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