Vergennes Police Log: Man cited for domestic assault

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sept. 19 cited a man with a Ferrisburgh address for domestic assault and two other charges stemming from a Sept. 18 incident at a Hillside Drive apartment that he was sharing with his mother. 

As well as domestic assault, city police allege Matthew Husk, 42, violated conditions of his release for an earlier offense and committed unlawful mischief. 

Police allege Husk on Sept. 18 assaulted a woman with a Charlotte address who they said stopped at the apartment to visit. They said after he left the scene his mother locked him out, and he then kicked the door in an attempt to re-enter. 

Police did not find Husk to issue the citations until the next day. Vergennes police said on the evening of the incident Middlebury police helped try to find Husk, while Vermont State Police visited the victim’s Charlotte home to make sure it was secure. 

Between Sept. 18 and 24 Vergennes police also conducted five patrols in cruisers and 14 traffic stops, fingerprinted six job applicants, responded to an accidental 911 call, and also:

On Sept. 18:

• Cautioned a Main Street dog owner about not letting his animals run loose, an action taken after a complaint.

• Stopped a tractor-trailer on Main Street after receiving a complaint it had passed a vehicle northbound on Route 22A; police said they found no problem.

On Sept. 20:

• Were told a vehicle had been parked on Green Street all night with its motor running. Police contacted the owner, who acknowledged forgetting to turn its engine off.

• Stopped a car on Main Street that had been reported leaving the scene of an accident in Chittenden County. Police said the driver was not impaired, but they provided information to state police in Williston. 

On Sept. 21:

• Responded to a 911 call from a city woman and learned upon arrival she was having mental health issues that included a serious delusional episode. Police contacted the Counseling Service of Addison County. 

• Were told that a car had been parked on South Maple Street for more than a week and contacted its owner, who said he was waiting for repairs that would probably happen that day. 

• Responded to a relatively minor two-vehicle accident at the intersection of New Haven Road and King Street.

• Following a complaint spoke to a resident about barking dogs on Thomas Circle. 

On Sept. 22:

• Checked the welfare of a Main Street woman who according to a friend was expressing suicidal thoughts; police and Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS) personnel agreed help was a good idea, and a family member took her to Porter Hospital. 

• Issued court paperwork to a Valley Vista client at 1 Alden Place. 

• Took a report from Northlands Job Corps that two students had been involved in a dispute the day before in a dorm room, and one was dismissed from the program.

• Escorted the Vergennes Union High School homecoming parade.

On Sept. 24:

• Responded along with VARS to an injured bicyclist on Macdonough Drive; VARS took the cyclist to the UVM Medical Center.

• Provided space at the station for state police to process a drunk-driving suspect. 

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