Vergennes Police Log: Police deal with complaints, scams

VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents between Aug. 28 and Sept. 10, including several encounters with houseless individuals, neighbor disputes, noise and dog complaints, a drug overdose, and a phone scam. 

During those two weeks city police conducted 24 motorized patrols, 17 traffic stops, three property watches and a VIN inspection; fingerprinted 15 job seekers; responded to a false alarm; and:

On Aug. 28:

• Responded to Walker Avenue after a complaint that a neighbor was banging on a resident’s door and demanding to enter. Police said the man was gone when they arrived, but they returned three days later when told he was reported to be yelling and being disorderly outdoors and warned him to discontinue his disruptive behavior.

• Looked unsuccessfully for a reported erratic driver on New Haven Road.

• Calmed a family dispute on Monkton Road.

On Aug. 29 took a report of a Main Street fender-bender.

On Aug. 31:

• Warned a repeat offender to stop setting off fireworks on Hillside Acres following a complaint.

• Responded to Settlers Park to a report of a person going around parked cars with a flashlight; police determined there was no problem.

On Sept. 1:

• Asked a homeless couple in a van parked in a North Maple Street bank parking lot to move to a different location. 

• Took a report of a minor Monkton Road accident.

• Responded along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to help a juvenile who overdosed on a prescription med at a city residence; VARS took the teen to Porter Hospital. 

• Dealt with a complaint that one dog at a Main Street apartment building attacked another dog there.

• Handled a complaint of barking dogs at a First Street residence.

On Sept. 3:

• Served a no-trespass order to an unwanted individual on behalf of a Battery Hill resident.

• Looked unsuccessfully for an individual in the city on behalf of Homeland Security. 

On Sept. 4 helped the manager of a Main Street apartment building arrange for an abandoned vehicle to be towed. 

On Sept. 5:

• At the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A ticketed a commercial truck for being 22,000 pounds overweight.

• Encountered a man they described as homeless who was seen trying to enter Evergreen Preschool on South Water Street. Police took him to the bus stop to catch a ride to Burlington. 

On Sept. 6 helped a woman who reported she had been scammed by a fake auto insurance rep caller and had given out VIN and credit card numbers over the phone. Police said she froze her accounts before anything was taken, and they advised her — as they do other phone and internet scam victims — to log onto the FBI’s reporting website, which is the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

On Sept. 8 checked out a report of homeless people living on a trailer on Meigs Road, but found nothing. 

On Sept. 9 helped VARS at the scene of a two-bike crash on Comfort Hill during the Kelly Brush Ride for charity. Police said VARS transported one rider to UVM Medical Center for treatment, but the other was OK. Police also provided traffic control for the event. 

On Sept. 10 returned a wallet found at the Maplefields convenience store to its owner. 

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