Vergennes Police Log: Stabbing report proves false

VERGENNES — Vergennes police with help from both Middlebury and Vermont State police responded to a 3:45 a.m. report on May 16 from a Hillside Drive apartment that an intoxicated mother had tried to stab her daughter, but learned on arrival the allegation was untrue, city police said.

Police said that through investigation they learned the daughter had made up the story because she was upset after her mother had turned off the residence’s WiFi. 

According to police they calmed the situation down and arranged for another family member to stay at the apartment for the remainder of the morning.

Between May 11 and 17, Vergennes police also conducted 22 motorized patrols, four property watches and two foot patrols, and also: 

On May 12:

•  Took a report from a School Street resident that she saw and greeted a man standing near her vehicle early the previous morning, and that day she noticed scrape marks and damage on the car door lock; she reported that nothing was taken and her car was still locked.

•  Investigated a report on Hillside Drive of a woman smacking a young child in the face and knocking him to the ground; police said they are still looking into the incident and have reported it to the Vermont Department for Children and Families.

•  Checked a report of two vehicles that had been parked in the Macdonough Drive Park area for more than two weeks; police contacted the owners, who said they would have the vehicles removed by the weekend.

•  Looked into a report of vehicles illegally parked next to the skateboard park; the owners moved them.

•  Took a report of a lost utility trailer plate in the vicinity of Main Street and Macdonough Drive.

•  Responded to a report of a High Street family dispute; police calmed the participants and contacted social services to assist the family.

On May 13: 

•  Checked the welfare of a female East Street resident and determined all was well.

•  Responded to a report of excessive noise coming from somewhere on Thomas Circle; any noise had stopped before the officer’s arrival.

On May 14: 

•  Check a report of loud noise and music coming from a Booth Woods residence all night and learned someone had left a radio playing in a shed.

•  Investigated a report of a vehicle’s rear window being shot out in Booth Woods; there was no sign of a projectile, and the incident is under investigation.

•  Attempted to serve an abuse prevention order on a Main Street worker, but were unable to contact the recipient.

On May 15 helped state police by responding to a burglary alarm at the Starry Night Café on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh; police said they found evidence of forced entry and used the department canine unit to clear the building before state police arrived.

On May 16: 

•  Checked out an anonymous report about photos on Facebook of a female cutting herself; police determined the she was OK.

•  Responded to a report of a gathering at Falls Park; police learned the group was there to celebrate a birthday, and participants they said would follow social distancing guidelines.

•  Went to Booth Woods after receiving a report that a male had been bitten by a dog that was running loose; the complainant sustained a minor wound on his hand but declined to give a statement.

•  Went to Jersey Street in Addison to help state police with a reported underaged drinking party.

•  Responded to a report of an ATV driving up and down Green Street; it was gone upon arrival.

On May 17:

•  Assisted the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad with a suicidal female.

•  Checked a report of a suicidal male on Panton Road and determined he was upset, but OK.   

•  Went to East Street to deal with a female who was upset and had walked away from the home she was living at. Police said the female tried to punch both her caregiver and an officer, and they contacted the Counseling Service of Addison County and arranged for the female to spend the night elsewhere.

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Addison County Independent

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Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
Fax: 802.388.3100