Vergennes Police Log for Mar. 3

VERGENNES — A truck driver and his company found taking a shortcut in Vergennes on Feb. 21 to be expensive.

Vergennes police pulled over a tractor-trailer unit on Monkton Road on that Monday because it lacked an overweight permit. Upon weighing the commercial vehicle police discovered the truck was 52,700 pounds over the legal limit for the city street, and they issued an $8,762 ticket.

In other action between Feb. 21 and 27, Vergennes police conducted four patrols by cruiser and one on foot and also:

On Feb. 21 told the owner of a vehicle blocking a traveled lane of School Street to move it.

On Feb. 22 looked into a report of possible gunshots near Thomas Circle and found no problem.

On Feb 23:

  • Began investigating the theft of two bottles of beer from the Maplefields convenience store on Main Street. Police said they have so far been unable to identify the woman captured on store video.
  • Provided security for Sen. Patrick Leahy’s visit to downtown.
  • Took a report of a minor two-car accident on South Water Street.
  • Responded to a collision between a vehicle and a logging truck on Main Street. Police said a vehicle apparently pulled out of South Maple Street into the path of the truck, causing major damage to its front end. The driver was taken to Porter Hospital with a possible head injury. The truck suffered a blown tire and other minor damage, police said, and its driver was unhurt.

On Feb. 25 dealt with a series of accidents during a snowstorm. Police directed traffic around a vehicles that slid off West Main Street and Monkton Road, and around a tractor-trailer that couldn’t make it up Woodman Hill south of town, an action taken to help Vermont State Police.

On Feb. 26:

  • Began investigating a significant allegation of check theft and fraud from an Armory Lane resident. The resident alleged she put a $20 check in the mail and that it was stolen, altered to read $4,000, and cashed at a local bank. Police are still looking into the case.
  • Checked into a report that men with three pickups were loading tires from a Meigs Road business into their trucks after 10 p.m. The vehicles were gone when police arrived, and police on Tuesday were still waiting to hear from the business owner whether this was a theft or a permitted action.

On Feb. 27:

  • Responded to a one-car accident on Basin Harbor Road in Panton and stood by until state police could process the driver for driving under the influence.
  • Took a report of suspicious activity in an Alden Place parking lot.
  • Expunged records on behalf of Addison County Superior Court.
  • Conducted a records check on behalf of New York State Police.
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