Vergennes Police Log: Winter parking ban keeps police busy

VERGENNES — Between Dec. 16 and 23 Vergennes police were busy enforcing traffic and winter parking laws within the city limits.

During four separate patrols during those eight days city officers ticketed four vehicles left on downtown streets between 2 and 6 a.m. in violation of the city’s wintertime parking ban.

The department also conducted seven traffic details, setting up shop at various times on Monkton and Hopkins roads and Main and West Main streets, and issuing four tickets and seven warnings.

During those eight days, Vergennes police also:

On Dec. 16 responded to a report of a vehicle striking a loading dock at Northland Job Corps with minor damage resulting.

On Dec. 17:

• Ticketed a tractor-trailer unit on Monkton Road for being 52,000 pounds overweight and failing to carry an overweight permit; police said the tickets totaled $9,930.

• Helped a motorist get into a locked vehicle at Vergennes Union High School.

• Dealt with a minor two-vehicle accident on Alden Place at the Valley Vista facility.

On Dec. 18:

• Checked the welfare of a man who had made suicidal threats; police said he admitted making the threats but had no intention of carrying them out, and a family member agreed to stay with him and get him help for a substance-abuse problem.

• Went to Hillside Drive to help the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad assistance with a patient who refused to be examined; it was determined the man was OK and did not have to be transported.

• Investigated the theft of personal belongings from a police vehicle parked at Northland Job Corps.

On Dec. 19:

• Investigated a vaping pen, a part of another pen, and a small amount of marijuana residue found in a small bag on a school bus seat and identified the owner of the items; police spoke with a parent and the items were destroyed.

• Received information about drug activity in the Addison County area.

• Assisted Vermont State Police with a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Route 7 and New Haven Road.

On Dec. 20:

• Responded to a report of a man illegally dumping trash in a New Haven Road Dumpster; he was identified and agreed to come back and pick up his garbage.

• Helped two motorists get into their locked vehicles on Main Street.

On Dec. 21 stopped a vehicle on Panton Road for defective equipment and ticketed the operator for driving an unregistered vehicle without insurance.

On Dec. 22:

• At the city station assisted state police with the evaluation and processing of a driver who was suspected of being under the influence of drugs; the department’s Drug Recognition Expert handled this task.

• After a New Haven Road traffic stop cited Kyle M. Delphia, 23, of New Haven for driving under the influence of alcohol, test refusal, and for failing to stop at a stop sign.

• Responded to a report of a domestic assault at a Main Street residence and determined the incident took place in Panton; the officer assisted state police troopers with the initial interview of the victim.

On Dec. 23 took a report that in the late morning a man walked into a Comfort Hill residence and, when confronted, claimed to be making a service call. When the woman at home called her husband to ask if such a call had been scheduled, she was told no, and police said the man quickly left the home and area, apparently on foot. Police patrolled, but could not find him, and they urged residents to be careful.

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