Vergennes Police Log: Eclipse traffic ends with two minor accidents

VERGENNES — Despite the heavy traffic during the day of the eclipse, Vergennes police reported only two minor vehicle accidents within city limits on April 8, and only one on Main Street, which is also Route 22A through the middle of the city. 

Police responded to that accident at the intersection of Main and South Water streets, but they reported no injuries and only minor damage to the vehicles involved. Police also took a phone report of a fender-bender at the intersection of South Water and School streets.

Between April 8 and 14, Vergennes police went out on nine patrols in cruisers and two on foot, conducted eight traffic stops, processed two pre-employment fingerprint requests, responded to one false alarm, and:

On April 8, discussed with one half of a separated couple her difficulty in retrieving children’s belongings from the other half’s apartment, but concluded there was no real issue and she could do so the next day.

On April 9:

• Directed traffic around a disabled vehicle on West Main Street.

• Took a report of a fender-bender in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.

• Backed up Vermont State Police while they processed two drunken driving suspects, one at the intersection of Route 7 and New Haven Road, the other on Panton Road in Panton.

On April 10:

• Went to a First Street address on behalf of Burlington police to look for a vehicle, but it wasn’t there.

• Heard from a Commodore Drive resident that two unknown cars had been parked on the road for two hours; the resident soon called back to report they’d moved on.

On April 11, stood by while Addison Housing Works, the landlord, moved items temporarily out of the office at the Hillside Drive apartment complex due to a disgruntled tenant. 

On April 12:

• Directed traffic on Monkton Road near Main Street while city workers removed a large tree branch that had fallen onto the road during high winds.

• Went to West Main Street to check on the welfare of a grieving elderly man and stayed there until family members arrived.

• Checked on the welfare of a Green Street resident, who police said was eventually transported to receive mental health counseling.

On April 14, looked unsuccessfully for a man who had knocked on the door of a Panton Road residence and who the homeowners said acted oddly. 

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