Vergennes Police Log for Feb. 24

VERGENNES — Romance was not exactly in the air on Valentine’s Day for Vergennes police, who dealt with two calls on Feb. 14 involving relationships gone sour that included sending or alleging the existence of compromising videos.

The first came from a city resident who said her boyfriend’s ex was sending her threatening texts that included bad language and mentioned compromising videos, but without an outright threat to use videos as leverage in an ongoing child custody dispute.

Police advised the caller to block all messages from the texter and to seek legal advice on the custody dispute, and they contacted the texter and told her to stop contacting the complainant.

Next, they heard from an employee of a city firm that her out-of-state ex-husband was sending compromising videos dating back five years to her work email, which unlike her private accounts she was unable to block, and threatening to make them public. Police said this case remains under investigation.

Between Feb. 14 and 20, city police also conducted nine patrols by cruiser, responded to one false alarm caused by strong wind, ticketed two vehicles left out on streets in violation of the city’s overnight parking ban, and also:

On Feb. 14, told New Haven Road callers their complaint involving a family issue was of a civil nature.

On Feb. 15:

  • Took a report from a South Water Street resident of an unsuccessful Social Security scam. Police advised the resident to monitor accounts and to report the scam to the attorney general’s office.
  • Checked the welfare of a School Street resident, who they learned was OK.

On Feb. 16:

  • Went to a Main Street home when a resident said an exterior light had been broken, possibly by an intruder. Police concluded high winds had blown a storm door open and damaged the light.
  • Backed up Vermont State Police at the scene of a reported domestic assault on Middlebrook Road in Ferrisburgh.

On Feb. 18, investigated a two-car accident on Battery Hill.

On Feb. 20, heard from the neighbor of a School Street property of a possible break-in due to loud noises and a car parked facing the wrong way out in front. Police investigated and learned a youth had dropped his girlfriend off at the home.

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