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Vergennes Police Log: Police issue abuse-relief orders

VERGENNES — Vergennes police recently served two temporary relief-from-abuse orders, or RFAs, after hearing from women allegedly having trouble with boyfriends or ex-partners. 

On May 29, they took a phone call from a woman who reported issues with her boyfriend. Police told her how to obtain either an RFA or a no-stalking order from a court, and she obtained an RFA the next day that police served on the man on May 31. 

On June 1, a woman reported an argument with an ex while he picked up their children, and harassing texts that followed the exchange. Police again explained the process of obtaining an RFA and also told her how to reach out to Atria, formerly known as WomenSafe. Police said she obtained an RFA that they served on the man on June 2. 

In other incidents between May 27 and June 2, Vergennes police conducted 10 patrols by cruiser and one on foot and 14 traffic stops, processed three pre-employment fingerprint requests, responded to two false alarms, and:

On May 27:

• Provided traffic control for the city’s Memorial Day parade.

• Took a report of a stranger going through a car at a West Street home; the incident remains under investigation, including an expected review of home security video.

• Calmed a man worried about running out of gas; police directed him to Maplefields.

On May 28:

• Conducted a background check on a job applicant.

• Dealt with a fender-bender in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot.

• Heard a complaint from a First Street resident about someone feeding cats on a neighboring property.

• Asked the owner of a truck blocking a Main Street property’s driveway to move it. 

On May 29:

• Were told by a caller that a man was yelling at Main Street pedestrians.

• Took a report of a panhandler at Shaw’s.

• Helped the driver of a disabled tractor-trailer truck on Main Street near Champlain Farms.

On May 30: 

• Checked out a report of a possible gunshot in the Walker Avenue area and determined a transformer had blown.

• Investigated the theft of an 18-pack of Coors Light from Kinney Drug Store. 

• Took a call from a man concerned about the mental health of his mother, who he said had recently been scammed. Police said he called back and said she was OK.

On May 31:

• Took a report of a bear loose in the Walker Avenue area.

• Were told a small dog had gotten loose from the Comfort Hill Kennel; the kennel called shortly afterward and said the animal had been found.

• Following a complaint, told a man not to shoot photographs without permission of preschool teachers and students out for a walk.

• Took an online report of a Main Street fender-bender. Such minor incidents may be reported at Vergennes.org through police department links.

On June 1:

• At the city station, helped Bristol police evaluate a driver for potentially operating under the influence of drugs. 

• Went to Panton to help Vermont State Police at the scene of a four-wheeler accident. State police reported that 23-year-old Vergennes resident Colin Hossink had died in the crash.

On June 2, took a report from a First Street resident of a suspicious person walking into the mobile home park from Panton Road; police said there was no problem. 

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