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Vergennes Police Log: Police say Ferrisburgh man accidentally fires gun into neighbor's house

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Posted on April 16, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on April 7 cited a Ferrisburgh resident for reckless endangerment for allegedly accidentally firing his rifle inside his Basin Harbor Road apartment, an action that resulted in a bullet passing through the outside wall of his home and through the outside wall of a neighboring home before lodging in a shower.

City police responded to the neighbor’s home on behalf of Vermont State Police on April 7, when the neighbor found the bullet. They learned that a nearby resident had allegedly been drinking and fired a weapon the day before, and went to speak to him.

Vergennes police stated the man, Stephen P. Aniolowski, 60, was cooperative and admitted he had accidentally fired the rifle and apologized for the incident. They then cited him for reckless endangerment.

In other incidents between April 7 and 13, Vergennes police:

•  On April 7 looked into the theft of a cellphone at Vergennes Union High School.

•  On April 9 investigated an attempted burglary at a South Maple Street home; police said someone entered it through a window and tried to open a toolbox, but apparently took nothing.

•  On April 9 accepted unused prescription drugs for destruction.

•  On April 10 cited a driver on Route 22A for driving with a civilly suspended license after stopping a car for an invalid inspection sticker.

•  On April 10 responded to VUHS after being told a student had left without permission, but were told permission had later been granted.

•  On April 10 stopped a car on Monkton Road after the department’s license plate reader indicated both of its owners had suspended licenses, and at the stop cited Laurie Jerger, 46, of Ferrisburgh for driving with a suspended license, driving without a seatbelt, and driving an unregistered and uninspected vehicle. Police ordered the car towed.

•  On April 10 went to a Second Street home after being told an intoxicated woman there was threatening to harm herself; police while there also learned she was showing some symptoms of heart problems, and the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad took her to Fletcher Allen Health Care.

•  On April 10 handled a loud music complaint at a Main Street apartment.

•  On April 11 picked up two young girls walking on Route 7, drove them home, and spoke to a parent about whether it was safe to walk along the highway at their age.

•  On April 11 began investigating a complaint of illegal dumping in the Little City Family Practice Dumpster.

•  On April 11 calmed two Hillside Acres Apartments neighbors arguing about smoking in the stairwell.

•  On April 12 helped VSP by serving a relief-from-abuse order at a Middlebrook Road home in Ferrisburgh.

•  On April 12 began investigating retail theft at Kinney Drug Store; police are trying to identify a man seen taking medications out of packaging and pocketing them.

•  On April 12 responded on behalf of VSP to Higbee Road in Monkton, where a car was stuck off the road.

•  On April 13 issued court diversion paperwork for underage drinking to a 20-year-old Northlands student.

•  On April 13 referred an alleged assault at a Main Street apartment to the state’s attorney’s office for possible charges.

•  On April 13 dealt with a South Water Street noise complaint.

•  On April 13 handled a minor two-vehicle accident near the Subway shop.

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