Vergennes Police Log for Oct. 19

VERGENNES — Vergennes police this past weekend dealt with two serious drug-overdose cases. 

The first came from Booth Woods on Saturday, Oct. 14, when a resident said a possibly suicidal house guest had apparently overdosed on prescription medication. Police said they and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad responded to a man slipping in and out of consciousness; VARS took him to Porter Hospital. He was later transferred to UVM Medical Center for further treatment.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, city police responded to help an apparently homeless person who had been camping off Comfort Hill when a friend reported finding her unconscious. Police said they twice treated her with Narcan before Charlotte Rescue took her to UVM Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition on Monday.

In other action between Oct. 9 and 15, Vergennes police conducted 15 patrols by cruiser, three traffic stops and a property watch; fingerprinted four job applicants; responded to two false alarms; certified a VIN number; and also:

• Along with Vermont State Police, dealt in the Armory Lane area with an extremely drunk homeless man who was accused by a homeless woman of unwanted advances and touching. Police said the man’s blood-alcohol content tested at 0.291%, and state police took him to a Rutland detox center for his safety. As a matter of comparison, the legal blood alcohol content for driving is 0.08%.

On Oct. 10:

• Three times dealt with the same homeless man who police said was passing through on the way to Burlington. He first stopped at the police station and asked for guidance to local services. Next, John Graham Shelter personnel reported he had propositioned a staff member for sex while seeking work and information there, and finally they ran into him at Champlain Farms after handling two other cases and took him to the Ferrisburgh park-and-ride lot to catch a bus north.

• At Champlain Farms, heard from a juvenile who had left home after an argument with a grandfather. Police said she went to stay with a different relative. 

• While at Champlain Farms, helped a visitor from another country operate the gas pumps.

• Helped state police at the scene of the car-train collision at the crossing near Monkton Road on Route 7, in which troopers blamed a distracted driver and said no one was seriously hurt. 

• Went to the Valley Vista rehab center at Alden Place to help remove a patient whom staff described as uncooperative. Police said she cooperated and walked to a bus station to leave town. 

On Oct. 11:

• Helped a city resident embroiled in a long running identity-theft case by sending information to a California law enforcement agency. 

• Helped Vermont State Police look for an elderly missing person; troopers found her in Waltham. 

• Heard from a Vergennes Union Elementary School parent about a possible gun threat at the school. Police said they spoke with the principal after the call and determined the threat was unfounded. 

On Oct. 13:

• Conducted a background check on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security.

• Responded to a report of a Northlands Job Corps student who had allegedly threatened to throw a rock at staff. Police said the student cooperated with staff and police while leaving the center.

• Reviewed video after being told a man stole reading glasses valued at about $33 from Kinney Drug Store. Police said they’ve identified a suspect and expect to issue a retail theft citation. 

On Oct. 14:

• Advised a Hillside Acres apartment resident who suspected one of her neighbors might have stolen one of her three keys. Police suggested she speak to her landlord and change her locks if she was concerned.

• Heard of possible suspicious drug activity from a Maplefields convenience store worker.

On Oct 15:

• Checked on a “suspicious” car parked early in the morning near the Bixby Library and found no problem.

• Took an email report that a citizen had cleaned up human feces off the sidewalk near the city green and had seen a possible suspect leaving the scene. 

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