Vergennes Police Log for Nov. 10

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Nov. 2 worked with federal law enforcement and the Bank of America’s fraud department to prevent a fraudulent check for about $6,900 being charged to a city law firm.

A representative of the law firm reported to city police a check written to a fire protection firm had at some point been altered from $115 to $6,900. City police contacted Bank of America and said it was determined the check was being held at a postal processing center in North Attleboro, Mass.

Federal law enforcement and bank officers determined the identity of the person who had deposited the check and were able to halt the transfer of funds, city police said. As of earlier this week an arrest of a Massachusetts resident was believed to be imminent, they added.

Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, Vergennes police also conducted one patrol on foot and one by cruiser, one traffic stop and three VIN inspections, and also:

On Nov. 1 checked the welfare of a city resident’s ex-girlfriend, to whom he had lent his car. Police said she was OK.

On Nov. 3:

• After spotting a man walking at least partially on Route 7’s traveled lanes just south of Vergennes, spoke to him and discovered he was walking to Middlebury. Police gave him a ride to the downtown Tri-Valley Transit bus stop.

• Helped a South Maple Street resident get into a locked vehicle.

On Nov. 4:

• Heard from a woman that she had removed $200 from a National Bank of Middlebury ATM, but forgotten to take it with her when she left. The money was gone when she returned, she told police. The incident remains under investigation.

• Backed up a Colchester police officer who was citing a driver for operating with a suspended license on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

On Nov. 5:

• Cited Jeremy Jennings, 39, of Bristol for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without insurance and with plates not assigned to a vehicle, and driving with a suspended license and an open container of alcohol.

Police said they first spotted Jennings driving erratically near the intersection of New Haven Road and Green Street in the city, and followed him onto Route 7 heading south, alleging he drove 65 mph and had trouble staying in his lane before they pulled him over on the highway in New Haven. Police alleged his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.117; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

• Accepted a tip about a local man allegedly driving with a suspended license.

• After checking a report of a car parked after hours at the former Meigs Road home of DR products, issued court diversion paperwork to three juveniles in the car for THC consumption. Police also called the teens’ parents to pick them up.

• Responded to spray-paint vandalism at the city recycling center, including to the interior of a portable toilet, a truck and the recycling building. Police said the most notable of the painted objects was a clown face on the back of the building.

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