Vergennes Police Log: Woman cited for unlawful mischief

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Nov. 23 cited a newly discharged client from the Valley Vista substance use disorder treatment facility for unlawful mischief and trespass after a couple of interactions with her. 

Police first came into contact with Emma Larkin, 27, of Manchester on Nov. 22 as she was being discharged after becoming argumentative with staff at the 1 Alden Place facility. At that point Larkin refused assistance, police said. 

Later in the day police spoke to Larkin again after responding to a report of a woman loitering and acting strangely at Vergennes City Hall. They again offered help, which they said she refused, and then asked her to move along. 

Given the cold night, police sought her out one more time, and offered aid one more time after finding her at the Maplefields convenience store. Again, they said, she declined. 

The next morning at about 8 a.m. a maintenance worker at the elderly housing complex on Armory Lane reported he had discovered a damaged door and evidence of someone in the building, and had then seen someone in the bushes and then walking away from the property.

Police picked up Larkin, took her to the station and cited her and released her to her parents. Police have regularly been called to Valley Vista to deal with dismissed clients, and have noted the for-profit facility does not appear to have a plan to help clients leave who do not successfully complete programs there.

In other action between Nov. 21 and 27, Vergennes police conducted 28 traffic stops, four patrols by cruiser and one on foot; responded to a false alarm; fingerprinted two job applicants; and also:

On Nov. 21 on behalf of AgeWell checked the welfare of a Walker Avenue resident, who they learned was OK.

On Nov. 22: 

• Were told a mentally challenged individual had left a city home after a dispute with a family member, but learned quickly he had returned.

• On behalf of a friend checked the welfare of a South Maple Street resident, who they learned was OK.

On Nov. 23 responded along with Charlotte Rescue to a man who had slipped on ice and fallen on a West Main Street sidewalk, cutting his cheek. Police walked him to his nearby home.

On Nov. 25 took a report that a woman had lost her purse near the post office. Police learned on the 27th that it had been returned to her.

On Nov. 26 began an investigation of a crash of a cruiser driven by a Vermont State Trooper. Police said the trooper was driving west on Plank Road near Route 7 when the cruiser left the road and struck a tree. As of Monday the investigation was ongoing. 

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