Vergennes Police Log: Police respond to alleged juvenile violence

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on March 31 cited a 17-year-old for allegedly assaulting his mother in a Main Street apartment that day. 

Police allege the teen punched his mother in the eye, neck and back. He was cited for domestic assault and assault in the presence of a child. Police said he was placed into the custody of the Department for Children & Families.

The second case that same day involved an alleged juvenile assault at Vergennes Union High School that remains under investigation. Police said one female student allegedly attacked another female student from behind in a school hallway. Police on Tuesday said they were reviewing cellphone video and Porter Hospital records, while interviewing witnesses in an investigation that could soon yield a citation, most likely for simple assault.

Also between March 27 and April 2, Vergennes police conducted 17 patrols, 16 in cruisers and one on foot; conducted 10 traffic stops; responded to one false alarm; fingerprinted nine job applicants; and:

On March 27, heard a complaint from a Main Street tenant that work being done to her apartment was performed without respecting her schedule and was also threatening her family’s health. Police advised her to contact a lawyer if she wished to take action on what is a civil issue.

On March 28, heard an allegation that a client who had voluntarily left the Valley Vista addiction treatment program and had taken a ride home to southern Vermont with a delivery driver had allegedly been coerced into a sex act in exchange for the ride. Police determined the allegation was based in Brandon, but eventually the case was referred to the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, based in Middlebury. 

On March 29:

• Broke up a fight in the Champlain Farms parking lot on Main Street and calmed the two male combatants. Two days later, police issued a no-trespass order to one of the men involved on behalf of the business.

• Heard a complaint from a teenage employee of a local business that an older man was harassing her, including asking her if she wanted to go for a ride in his car. Police advised the victim how to get a no-stalking order, an action they reported she and her family were considering.

On March 30, conducted a number of stops on commercial trucks, putting one vehicle out of service because its driver had an invalid license.

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