Vergennes Police Log: City police respond to shooting

VERGENNES — A Vergennes police officer was the first law enforcement official to respond to a home on McKnight Lane in Waltham on Sept. 15 after the call came in at 7:05 p.m. that Friday that a woman had been shot there, as it turned out fatally. McKnight Lane borders Vergennes off Maple Street. 

Vergennes police said the city officer took control of a scene that included about 30 onlookers as well as the people in the home where Michelle Kilbreth, 48, was shot multiple times. Vermont State Police allege a juvenile on the scene pulled the trigger during a dispute between Kilbreth and another woman. Police allege the juvenile, whose identity has not been released, used a weapon belonging to the victim.

As well as Vermont State Police, who are investigating the homicide, Middlebury police also helped at the scene, and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad also responded. City police referred questions to state police. 

In other action between Sept. 11 and 17, Vergennes police conducted eight cruiser patrols, one foot patrol, seven traffic stops, and two VIN inspections; fingerprinted seven job applicants; and also: 

• On Sept. 11 took a report that a cellphone had been stolen from a customer at or near a Monkton Road business, but later were told the phone had simply been misplaced and was found.

On Sept. 12:

• Conducted two welfare checks, one on a female resident on Hillside Drive and the other on children in a Main Street apartment. In both cases police said the subjects were OK.

• Helped a citizen jump-start a vehicle on South Water Street. 

• Took a report that a city traffic cone set out on Main Street had been struck by a vehicle and knocked into and broken the window of a ground-floor apartment.

• Began investigating the theft and illegal use of an electronics benefit card from a Walker Avenue resident.

On Sept. 13 helped state police look for a reportedly suicidal person. A trooper found the woman. 

On Sept. 14 dealt with a minor two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Main and Green streets.

On Sept. 15:

• Calmed arguing neighbors on Hopkins Road, a report that originally came in as phone harassment, and on Maple Manor, a complaint originally described as a threat. 

On Sept. 16:

• Helped Vermont State Police by supplying a department Drug Recognition Expert at the city station to evaluate a driver suspected of operating under the influence of drugs. 

On Sept. 17 looked unsuccessfully for an erratic driver reported near the intersection of Routes 7 and 22A.

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