Vergennes Police Log: Two men cited for a fight

VERGENNES — Vergennes police late last week cited two men for an alleged Sept. 26 fight at the bottle redemption window of Community Market, a North Main Street business.

Police cited Kenneth Bell, 60, of Addison for aggravated disorderly conduct/hate crime, and Casey S. Simpson, 20, of Ferrisburgh for simple assault. The charges followed a review of the investigation and the incident by the Addison County State’s Attorney Office, police said.

Between Oct. 4 and 10, Vergennes police conducted six patrols by cruiser and two on foot, performed one VIN inspection, helped three motorists get into locked vehicles, and also:

On Oct. 4:

•  Dealt with a case of vandalism in which a crosswalk post was spray-painted at a Main Street intersection.

•  Spoke to a reported suspicious person on School Street near the National Bank of Middlebury and determined there was no problem.

•  Referred to the Counseling Service of Addison County a resident’s email forwarded from a city official making claims about bullying from a former resident and at Vergennes Union High School. Police said the claims were clearly unfounded.

•  Helped the driver of a disabled tractor-trailer truck at the intersection of Main and South Water streets.

On Oct. 5:

•  Went to a residence where a man said a former guest who was not welcome had returned; she had already left when police arrived.

•  Issued a no-trespass order to a man caught on a Sunset Drive security camera during early morning hours.

•  Checked the welfare of a Battery Hill resident who was not home; police were told later the resident was OK.

On Oct. 6:

•  Removed a block of wood from the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A that was posing a hazard to traffic.

•  Notified a Main Street business manager of an unlocked door after hours.

On Oct. 7 joined forces with Black Sheep Bistro employees to help a homeless woman who had been sitting outside the restaurant and yelling. Police were unable to find a shelter bed for her, but restaurant employees chipped in $100 toward a room in a Rutland Holiday Inn, and gave her some food, and police took her and her belongings to the hotel and made sure she was settled in.

On Oct. 8 helped John Graham Shelter personnel evict a resident who had violated shelter policy.

On Oct. 9:

•  Helped Vermont State Police by responding to the New Haven Junction Jiffy Mart to deal with the report of a man acting in a bizarre manner; he was gone when they arrived.

•  Helped state police process a driving-under-the-influence case at the city station.

•  Issued an alert for other agencies to be on the lookout for a white truck that a resident had seen pick up a homeless woman on Main Street. Police said the occupants of the truck had criminal backgrounds relevant to that action.

On Oct. 10:

•  Issued a no-trespass order to a Walker Avenue resident on behalf of another due to her disorderly behavior.

•  Handled a two-car accident on Main Street near the bridge over Otter Creek.

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