Vergennes Police Log: Couple cited after fight outside store

VERGENNES — Simultaneous cases on Saturday, May 25, at around 9:30 p.m. outside the Maplefields convenience store resulted in Vergennes police issuing two citations for domestic assault and one for driving under the influence of alcohol. Vermont State Police helped in one of the cases. 

City police said a witness reported seeing a couple allegedly assault each other in the Maplefields parking lot before driving off in a car with a Massachusetts license plate. The witness also reported an apparently intoxicated individual drive off on a motorcycle. 

Vergennes police alerted VSP to be on the lookout for the Massachusetts vehicle, and troopers pulled it over and on behalf of city police, cited into court the occupants, both of Feeding Hills, Mass., for domestic assault: Ryan Longtin, 43, and Kristine Chapin, 45.

City police tracked down the operator of the motorcycle, who they identified as Jeremiah Delorme, 28, of Vergennes, and cited him for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

In other action between May 20 and 26, Vergennes police conducted 17 patrols by cruiser and 36 traffic stops, processed five pre-employment fingerprint requests, responded to a false alarm, and:

On May 20:

• Were informed by a neighbor that a truck had been left for several days in the Vergennes Union Elementary School parking lot. Police said it was up to VUES administrators to decide if they wanted it towed.

• Took a report from a Walker Avenue resident that a jewelry box had been stolen; police believe this complaint might be inaccurate. 

• Looked into a report from an Armory Lane resident that tools were stolen. 

• Heard from a South Maple Street resident of suspicious banging noises outside of a home; the resident called back and said bears were making the noises.

On May 22:

• Handled a minor two-car accident on North Street.

• Were told a license plate had been taken from a car parked on Armory Lane. The plate was recovered nearby.

On May 23: 

• Heard from a person who’d sold a vehicle a while ago that its new owner had still not switched plates, and was still using out-of-date ones that had belonged to the seller.

• Calmed a dispute between a divorcing Second Street couple about who had the right to remain in the home. Two days later, police served an abuse-prevention order to the male member of the couple and stood by while he left the premises.

• Took a report that a resident had found a loose dog at the intersection of Main and South Maple streets and returned it to its owner. 

On May 24: 

• Were told of a road rage incident on Route 22A by the father of a young woman involved. He alleged the driver of a tractor-trailer unit had followed her into a pull-off and had waved at her in a threatening manner for no apparent reason.

• Referred a Vergennes Union High School truancy issue to the state’s attorney’s office.

On May 25, helped VSP at the city station by evaluating a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.

On May 26:

• Were told by two residents of King Street and one of New Haven Road that three individuals had acted suspiciously on their properties, looking in mailboxes and into windows. 

• Heard an allegation about a stolen vehicle from a new client of Valley Vista at 1 Alden Place. Police determined the complaint related to the late return of her vehicle to her home by the person who had dropped her off, but that it since had been returned.

• Dealt with a fender-bender in the Maplefields parking lot.

• Took a complaint about barking dogs and an uncooperative owner on South Water Street. 

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