Vergennes Police Log: Local police have a busy week

VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with if a variety of incidents between Oct. 16 and 22, including thefts of change from unlocked cars, a couple of accidents, animal problems, a noise complaint, an allegedly indecent photo and a resident with a medical issue.

They also escorted students walking for a good cause; worked with Vermont State Police several times; conducted 14 cruiser patrols, four traffic stops and a property watch; fingerprinted a job applicant; responded to a false alarm; and:

On Oct. 16:

• Dealt with a two-vehicle accident in which one vehicle sideswiped another on Main Street and then left the scene and couldn’t be found. 

• Following a complaint, asked the city animal control officer to speak to the Main Street owner of a dog that had reportedly been acting aggressively toward a child.

• Told a Green Street resident to make less noise following a complaint from a downstairs neighbor.

On Oct. 17:

• After he turned himself in at the station, cited Eric Bynum, 22, of Ferrisburgh into court for failing to make an earlier court appearance.

• Following a complaint, told a vehicle owner to stop shining his headlights into a Hillside Drive residence.

• Along with state police, checked out a First Street residence to make sure all was OK after a neighbor reported an open door.

On Oct. 18:

• Escorted Vergennes Union High School students walking to Kingsland Bay to raise awareness on the issue of suicide prevention. 

• Looked into a student complaint about an allegedly explicit photo of an adult female in the VUHS art room. Police said they’ve not yet determined if the complaint has merit. 

On Oct. 19:

• Were told by two vehicle owners that change and an unused wallet had been taken from their unlocked vehicles parked on Main Street. The case remains open, police said.

• Went to Plank Road property in Waltham near Route 7 to euthanize a bobcat that had been struck by a vehicle. The county game warden was unavailable to take on the task.

• Accepted a passport that had been found on Main Street. Police said they’ve been unable to contact its owner with only the information of his place of birth in Massachusetts, but hope he’ll reach out to them. 

On Oct. 20:

• Responded along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad to a medical problem at an Armory Lane apartment. VARS took the resident to the UVM Medical Center. 

• Took a report from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes that a juvenile had filed a false report of a kidnapping attempt on Monkton Road. Authorities spoke to the juvenile’s parents about the incident.

• Searched unsuccessfully for a driver that a Shaw’s Supermarket employee reported to be intoxicated. 

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

On Oct. 21:

• Joined state police and other local law enforcement agencies in searching for juveniles involved a multi-county crime spree, including in parts of northern Addison County. Vergennes police said they didn’t find them, but noted other agencies eventually arrested the juveniles.

• Helped state police by notarizing documents.

On Oct. 22, responded to a two-vehicle accident next to Maplefields on South Water Street. 

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