Vergennes Police Log: Police handle variety of cases

VERGENNES — Vergennes police had a busy seven days between June 26 and July 2, with several notable cases.

Those include multiple calls about a juvenile who left his home, a case also involving Vermont State Police; a call from a concerned neighbor about children’s welfare; two calls about dogs at one residence; a drunk driving arrest; several welfare checks; a report of a man getting out of a car on Main Street and dropping his pants; a citation for violating conditions of release; and a rogue dirt bike rider.

In that week, Vergennes police conducted four patrols by cruiser, 11 traffic stops and three VIN inspections; responded to one false alarm; fingerprinted nine job applicants; and also:

On June 26:

• Went to Walker Avenue to check out a report of a woman screaming, but found no one.

• Made the first of two trips to a First Street home after calls from neighbors worried that dogs, often heard barking inside during the day, were being neglected. Police said they learned the dogs were fine, and that their owner, who works long hours, had arranged for a daily visitor to care for them. 

• Checked on the status of plates found on an abandoned car in New York on behalf of the Essex County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department, which had discovered they were last registered to a city resident. The resident, after being contacted by city police, discovered the plates had been stolen from her porch.

• Responded to a call from a Champlain Farms employee that a man had gotten out of a car across the street, pulled down his pants, and mooned a passenger in the car. Police spoke to the parties involved and were told the man had acted on a $100 bet that he wouldn’t get out of the vehicle and walk around in his underwear. They also learned the car was unregistered and uninsured and grounded the vehicle, but said no charges were immediately filed. 

On June 27:

• Conducted a background pre-employment check on behalf of the Department of Defense. 

• After a tip, cited Timothy Farr, 70, described as homeless, for violating court-imposed conditions of release by drinking alcohol.

• Discussed allegedly suspicious behavior by a visiting relative with a Maple Manor resident and the relative, who apologized for his actions.

• Heard for the first time that a 15-year-old boy had left his city home while refusing to tell his mother where he was going. Police learned he was staying at a friend’s home in Shoreham, thus involving state police. They discussed the possibility of involving the Department for Children and Families (DCF) in the case with the mother. On June 30, at the request of state troopers, city police checked to see if the boy was back in Vergennes staying with friends. 

On July 1 the mother reported that she had picked her son up at a friend’s home, that he was back home with her, and that all seemed to be OK.

• Looked unsuccessfully for a group of girls reported to be crouching behind a Kennedy Brothers Dumpster.

• Checked on the welfare of children at a Main Street apartment after a neighbor alleged having heard what appeared to be a slap or a punch and one child telling a parent to leave the other child alone. Police said the children seemed to be OK when they visited, but reported the situation to the DCF.

• Issued a no-trespass order to an unwanted individual on behalf of the Maplefields convenience store.

On June 28:

• Briefly directed traffic around a tractor-trailer unit stuck on the hill near Otter Creek.

• Told a woman camping on Vergennes-Panton Water District property on Green Street to move along, securing the property behind her.

• Checked the welfare of a woman on Hopkins Road; she said she was fine.

• Went to the Amtrak station in Ferrisburgh to check out a tip about a possible impaired driver; city police turned the case over to state police.

On June 29:

• Checked the welfare of a man said to be possibly suicidal. Police could not find him, but left messages, and he called to say he was fine.

• Looked into a report of an alleged conflict between parents and juveniles, and possibly an employee, at Maplefields. Police earlier this week were awaiting video to help sort things out.

On June 30:

• Guided a couple from out of town to the address they were seeking. 

• Checked the welfare of one half of a couple that had just had a serious dispute, an act taken on behalf of the other half; he was OK, police said.

On July 1:

• Told a juvenile racing up and down Meigs Road on a dirt bike to knock it off.

• Looked into a Main Street complaint about barking dogs and decided it was unfounded.

• Cited James Davis, 32, of Winooski for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police allege his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.112 (the legal limit for driving is 0.08) after they found him asleep in his car in the parking lot that sits off the bridge over Otter Creek. Police said his vehicle was damaged, apparently from striking a bridge abutment before he pulled off the roadway. A resident of the apartment building that the parking lot serves told police the vehicle was there.  

• Took a report of a checkbook stolen from a purse in car left unlocked outside Kinney Drugs. Curiously, police said other items, including a wallet, were not taken from the purse. 

On July 2 helped the Department of Homeland Security with a case. 

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