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Vergennes Police Log: Police investigate missing checkbook

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are looking into the alleged theft of a checkbook from the local Knights of Columbus organization. Police on Dec. 30 said their investigation shows around $8,150 in checks had been written from the account.

Police said the checks had apparently not been written locally, and the case remains under investigation.

Between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2, Vergennes police also conducted five patrols by cruiser and one on foot, ticketed and ordered towed three vehicles in violation of the city’s wintertime parking ordinance, and:

On Dec. 27:

  • Checked the welfare of a Main Street resident, who was determined to be OK.
  • Took a report that someone had unsuccessfully tried to enter a pickup parked in a West Main Street driveway.
  • Returned an ID card to a Charlotte Rescue Squad member that had been lost during a Walker Avenue call and later found.

On Dec. 28, after a report of erratic driving, stopped a southbound commercial truck on Route 7 in Waltham and determined the driver wasn’t impaired.

On Dec. 29:

  • Looked unsuccessfully for two young teenage boys reported to be hitchhiking on Route 22A in Panton.
  • Directed traffic at the city recycling center during the post-holiday rush.

On Dec. 30:

  • Defused a dispute between two apparently drunken women near the intersection of South Water and Main streets. Police said one woman had taken away the other’s car keys to prevent her from driving, and both went home safely without driving after they arrived.
  • Responded to a 911 call from a Walker Avenue apartment and were told by the resident her cat had dialed the phone. When the resident also complained about heartburn and appeared intoxicated, police involved the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to make sure she was OK.
  • Called VARS to help a woman whose car they stopped on Route 7 for driving very slowly and police said appeared to be having mental issues. They learned she had been injured during the day, which they believed contributed to her confusion. VARS took her to Porter Hospital for evaluation.

On Dec. 31:

  • Cited Sara Minor, 31, of Swanton, for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. Police said they found Minor unresponsive behind the wheel of her car parked outside the Post Office, and the car’s transmission was in drive.
  • Began investigating the case of a man who allegedly stolen alcoholic beverages from Kinney Drug Store on three separate occasions.

On Dec. 1:

  • Helped Vermont State Police with an assault case on Maple Street in Waltham.
  • Directed traffic at the city recycling center.
  • Helped John Graham Shelter personnel with a woman they said was intoxicated and disorderly; police took the woman to a hotel in Middlebury after the shelter found her a room there.
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