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Vergennes Police Log: Man cited after caught speeding

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on this past Saturday cited a Monkton resident for driving with a criminally suspended license. 

Police said they stopped a vehicle on Route 22A in Panton for alleged speeding and said it was being operated by Matthew Melendy, 25, of Monkton. They then learned Melendy’s license had been criminally suspended, and they cited him into court to answer for the offense. 

In other action between June 3 and 9, Vergennes police conducted 16 patrols by cruiser and two on foot and 10 traffic stops, processed four pre-employment fingerprint requests, responded to one false alarm, and:

On June 3:

• Went to Vergennes Union Elementary School to help administrators deal with parents reportedly upset by their child’s suspension, but on arrival police learned the parents had already left.

• Served two relief-from-abuse orders to city residents.

• Responded to a Main Street accident without injuries after which one driver had left the scene; police could not find the driver.

• Spoke to Addison Housing Works about tenant complaints at 45 Armory Lane about an unwanted individual sneaking into the building, which the agency manages. Police said the agency had no receipt for the no-trespass order it had issued, and suggested the agency/landlord obtain one. 

• Conducted a background investigation prior to a ride-along for a potential department hire.

• Conducted a commercial vehicle investigation on a tractor-trailer unit stopped for speeding. Police found no problems, but issued a warning for speed.

On June 5:

• Participated in the weekly VUES Walk/Bike to School effort. 

• Took an online accident report for insurance purposes.

• Followed up on a tip that a shoe and other items found near the post office might indicate a missing person, but concluded the stuff was just trash. 

On June 6 looked into a complaint that unmown grass near the intersection of West Main Street and Panton Road was posing a visibility problem at the intersection, but found no issue. 

On June 7:

• Conducted a background investigation for an out-of-state candidate for a bar exam.

• Went to the intersection of Main and Green streets after a report of a disabled car and discovered a citizen had already helped resolve the problem. 

On June 8:

• Assisted at the Pride Parade, which was reported to have gone smoothly.

• Helped Vermont State Police by handling a two-car accident at the intersection of New Haven Road and Route 7. Police said Charlotte Rescue took one person with minor injuries to the UVM Medical Center.

• Began investigating the theft of a phone with credit cards attached that a Maplefields customer had accidentally left behind in the convenience store. Police said the phone was found — without the credit cards — on a nearby side street, and that the case remains under investigation. 

On June 9 helped state police at the city station by having a department Drug Recognition Expert evaluate an allegedly impaired driver.

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