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Vergennes Police Log: Minor dispute escalates to serious charges

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VERGENNES — An April 30 domestic dispute at a South Maple Street residence led to charges of aggravated domestic assault, unlawful restraint and endangerment of a child filed against a Vergennes man. Vergennes police said the argument started over a doorknob that was not working properly.

Cited was Joshua Lafountaine, 23. Police allege that he struck the victim; pushed her down on a couch repeatedly; twice grabbed her around the neck, at least once hard enough that she couldn’t breathe; and also grabbed the victim’s baby, refused to hand the crying child over, and once ran at the victim in a threatening manner while carrying the child.

Police lodged Lafountaine at the Addison County Sheriff’s Department lock-up, and said he was arraigned the following day.

In other incidents between April 30 and May 6, Vergennes police:

•  On April 30 were told a Northlands Job Corps student’s personal ID folder was missing.

•  On April 30 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Booth Woods medical call.

•  On April 30 went to Vergennes Union Elementary School to help people there deal with a student who had locked himself in a bathroom. The student jumped out of the window and tried to run away, and police took him to meet him with Department of Children and Families personnel, who referred him to the Counseling Service of Addison County.

•  Ticketed Shawn Clark, 36, of Port Henry, N.Y., on April 30 for driving with a suspended license and for driving an unlicensed and uninsured car after a traffic stop in Ferrisburgh.

•  On April 30 cited Max Sullivan Cryns, 18, of Latham, N.Y., for possession of marijuana after a West Main Street traffic stop.

•  On May 1 received a tip about illegal drug activity.

•  On May 1 helped Vermont State Police at a traffic stop on Route 22A Addison and at an accident on Hardscrabble Road in Monkton.

•  On May 1 cited Taylor Judge of New Jersey for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license after a West Main Street traffic stop.

•  On May 2 helped a woman get into her locked car on Green Street.

•  On May 2 confiscated drug paraphernalia from a city woman after receiving a tip.

•  On May 2 cautioned a driver on Route 7 after receiving a report of reckless driving.

•  On May 3 accepted a found credit card and notified its owner.

•  On May 4 backed up Bristol police at a drug-related arrest.

•  On May 5 were told that a City Limits patron who claimed to be a police officer displayed a gun and tried to pick a fight after he was told the bar wouldn’t serve him any more alcohol. He was gone when police arrived, and they are trying to identify him based on a picture.

•  On May 5 accepted a found purse and returned it to its owner, who then said money was missing from it. 

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