Vergennes Police Log: City police try to resolve family issues

VERGENNES — Vergennes police received a half-dozen calls in a four-day span from the same duplex, shared by two generations of the same family. The calls covered a variety of issues, including allegations of theft and fraud, requests for welfare checks and concerns about loud noises.

The first call, on Aug. 23, came in from the older couple in one half of the home, alleging that their son in the other half had three years ago sold two guns owned by the couple to help with their medical bills, but then did not pay them. Police said the statute of limitations had expired, but if the facts were correct the parents could pursue civil action.

Later that day the son called and asked police to check in on his parents because they appeared depressed about the possibility they might need to move to a care home. On Aug. 26 he again called to seek a welfare check.

On Aug. 24 the son alleged one parent had stolen $1,200 out of a joint account, but police determined the parent had authorization to do so in the event of an emergency.

On Aug. 26 the son and his girlfriend twice reported yelling, and once banging, in the other half of the home.

Police said they are working with AgeWell through Project Vision North to help the parties.

In other action between Aug. 15 and 28, Vergennes police conducted four patrols by cruiser and two on foot, nine traffic stops, one property watch and two VIN inspections; responded to one false alarm; took multiple pre-employment fingerprints; helped a motorist get into a locked car, and also:

On Aug. 15 helped a motorist with a disabled vehicle in the Champlain Farms parking lot and gave the person a ride to Button Bay State Park.

On Aug. 16:

  • Issued warnings to the owners of two cars citizens saw racing on Commodore Drive.
  • Went to the Ferrisburgh park-and-ride lot to help Vermont State Police with a reported domestic dispute and discovered loud teens instead of an argument.

On Aug 17:

  • Made the first of several visits to the Green Street area to look for a homeless man with a bicycle acting suspiciously in and around a bank and credit union. National Bank of Middlebury officials finally requested a no-trespass order, but as of earlier this week police had not yet found him to serve it.
  • Went along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to the city green to help a man experiencing mental health issues; VARS took him to a hospital for help.

On Aug.18 responded to a report of two men on the grounds of the Valley Vista facility at 1 Alden Place who were causing a client to be fearful. They were gone, but police interviewed the client for details.

On Aug. 19 checked out a reported fight on Main Street and were told by a group of four people it was a misunderstanding, and police said the people apologized for being loud.

On Aug. 20 joined state police at the scene of a reported family fight in Waltham.

On Aug. 21 responded to a report of two people arguing on South Main Street and found one drunk and possibly under the influence of drugs lying by the side of the road. That person declined help, and police made sure he reached a home safely.

On Aug. 25:

  • Looked unsuccessfully for a woman from Vergennes and her car that St. Albans police said might have been involved in a domestic dispute in that city.
  • Directed traffic around a tractor-trailer truck that broke down on the hill near the Main Street bridge.

On Aug. 26 within a few minutes found a young child who had wandered away from a South Water Street home.

On Aug. 27:

  • Supported the Vergennes Day road race.
  • Responded to a minor accident on South Water Street.
  • Spoke to a Monkton Road resident with a concern about an eviction.
  • Dealt with a noise complaint at a Main Street apartment building.

On Aug. 28 warned a Whispering Pines Campground resident not to dump trash at Champlain Farms.

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