Vergennes Police Log

09/24/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police were able to find a juvenile female who went missing on Sept. 14, and then reunite her with her family with help from her cellphone company.  Police said they were told the girl was last seen by a friend that Monday walking home from school on Main Street. They said the girl did not answer her cellphone, but with cooperation from her provider police were able to ping her phone a number of times over the course of 48 hours.  They used that information to narrow down their investigation into the girl’s whereabouts, and were eventually able to reach her by calling a...
09/17/2020
VERGENNES — Following several incidents, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel put out a statement on social media reminding dog owners not to allow their pets to roam free.  Merkel noted city officers have “recently responded to an increasing number of dog complaints in the city, during which dogs that were not leashed or controlled by their owners, attacked pedestrians and inflicted injuries. “These incidents were unacceptable, and the owners of the dogs received substantial fines for violating the city dog ordinance,” Merkel added. “Luckily, no serious injuries were sustained, but the...
09/10/2020
VERGENNES — Alerts from citizens enabled Vergennes police to twice issue citations to impaired drivers last week. On Sept. 3 just before 10 p.m., a caller told police someone was driving erratically through neighborhoods south of Main Street, at one point allegedly traveling in the opposite lane.  Police said they stopped a vehicle being driven by Scott Bissonette, 25, of Vergennes on Spring Street. After he allegedly failed roadside testing and registered 0.216 on a roadside breathalyzer test, police cited him for driving under the influence of alcohol. The legal blood alcohol limit for...
08/27/2020
VERGENNES — On Aug. 20 Vergennes police responded to a burglary and damage to equipment at the New Haven Road Laundromat and car wash. Police said an unknown person or persons forced entry into the building, damaged washing machines and a coin change machine, and stole coins. Police said the business management could not say exactly how much money was stolen, and that they are still investigating the crime.   Between Aug. 17 and 23 Vergennes police also conducted 14 motorized and two foot patrols and two property watches, and also:  On Aug. 18:  •  Responded to a 1 a.m. accident on Main...
08/13/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Aug. 10 cited James E. Amblo, 42, of Vergennes for sexual assault, unlawful restraint and  violation of conditions of release. The arrest and citation arose from an incident on Main Street.  During the period from Aug. 3-9, Vergennes police conducted eight directed patrols and one foot patrol. Vergennes officers also:  •  On Aug. 3 assisted the Vermont State Police with the issuance of a mental health evaluation order on East Street in New Haven. The subject of the order was taken into custody without incident. •  On Aug. 4 responded to a minor two-vehicle...
08/06/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating the theft of a record album collection from the Big Barn Home Center on Friday, July 31.  Police said the owner estimated the value of the vinyl collection at the New Haven Road business at $2,000.  In other action between July 27 and Aug. 2, Vergennes police department also conducted 25 motorized patrols, two property watches,  three foot patrols, and:  On July 27:  •  While working for the town of Addison cited Andrew Kayhart, 23, of Addison for excessive speed; police allege Kayhart’s vehicle was traveling 94 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 17...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — A variety of incidents and accidents kept Vergennes police busy in the two weeks that ended this past Sunday, including arguments, traffic issues, animal problems, stolen lawn signs, phone threats and parking issues.  Between July 13 and 26 Vergennes police also conducted 55 traffic patrols, five property watches, and six foot patrols, and: On July 13: •  Responded to a report of a group gathered in front of an East Street house during the early morning hours and determined the report was false. •  Helped a Mountain View Lane resident who reported her husband was missing; her...
07/23/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 6 issued a no-trespass order to a customer of the Small City Market who, according to the store owner, had been harassing customers at the Main Street convenience store about their failure to wear facial masks in a public place. The store owner reported he had been receiving complaints about the patron and requested the no-trespass order, and police said they issued it without incident. Vergennes police however, urge residents on their Facebook page to wear masks in shops and crowds:  “Please continue to follow Governor Scott’s directive to maintain your...
07/09/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on June 29 cited the driver of a motorcycle for driving under the influence of drugs/test refusal, a citation that followed an accident.  Cited was Kyle J. Desjardin, 35, of Vergennes. Police had responded to a report of a collision between a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of White and West Main streets. While investigating the accident, police alleged Desjardin appeared to be impaired by drugs. Police said after Desjardin was screened by a Drug Recognition Expert he refused to take a blood test, and police then processed and cited him. Between June 29...
07/02/2020
VERGENNES — In a recent seven-day period in which Vergennes police handled a variety of incidents they continued to patrol the city on a regular basis. Between June 22 to 28 Vergennes police conducted 21 motorized and 16 foot patrols and checked in on four properties to make sure they were secure.  During that week, city police also:  On June 22:  •  Checked in on a female resident of Cataract Lane who was reported to be experiencing emotional distress and led a crisis counselor to believe she would hurt herself. Police said a family member offered to stay with the woman, who said she had no...

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