Vergennes Police Log

01/20/2020
VERGENNES — Following a West Main Street traffic stop on Jan. 11 Vergennes police cited a Hinesburg man for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said they stopped a vehicle operated by Robert R. Russell III, 25, for allegedly traveling 52 mph in a 30 mph zone. After noticing signs of intoxication, the city officer cited Russell for DUI, alleging his evidentiary blood-alcohol content tested at 0.176%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other incidents between Jan. 6 and 12, Vergennes police: On Jan. 6 spoke with a Vergennes Union High School student and a parent about challenges...
01/13/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Saturday, Jan. 4, responded to a report of a drunken man at Shaw’s Supermarket and ended up taking him into protective custody when his blood-alcohol content tested at well over four times the legal limit for driving. According to police, they discovered the man’s BAC was 0.349%; the limit for driving is 0.08. They brought him to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for detoxification. In other incidents between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, Vergennes police: On Dec. 30 investigated a report of a mailbox that was destroyed the night before by what appeared to be...
01/06/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating two Dec. 27 incidents of thefts at the same Main Street apartment. Police said a woman reported that personal financial and identification materials and medications were stolen from a car that she briefly left running outside her home. Police said she also reported a number of Amazon packages delivered to her apartment were stolen. The case remains under investigation, according to police. In other action between Dec. 23 and 29, Vergennes police: On Dec. 23: • Ticketed two vehicles left out at night on Main Street in violation of the city’s...
01/02/2020
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...
12/19/2019
VERGENNES — City police on Dec. 15 arrested John Coleman, 47, of Vergennes and charged him with four crimes in connection with domestic dispute that day at a Scovel Lane residence with a woman they described as his girlfriend. Police allege that Coleman at various points during the incident locked his girlfriend out of her residence, grabbed and ripped her clothing, blocked her in the kitchen of her home with his body to prevent her from leaving her residence, and attempted to grab her cellphone to prevent her daughter from calling police. City police charged Coleman with aggravated...
12/12/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes police at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 4 decided to request that Vergennes Union elementary and high schools and the nearby Champlain Valley Christian School go into lockdown after a report of the sound of gunshots near VUES. According to Police Chief George Merkel city police, assisted by Vermont State Police Captain Michael Manley, who was in Vergennes at the time, found nothing to indicate there was a threat to the schools. Police later said the source of the sound might have been a transformer exploding on Panton Road. Police were nearby assisting on a monthly Walk and Ride...
12/05/2019
VERGENNES — During a routine traffic stop on Panton Road, Vergennes police on Nov. 29 arrested a Burlington man wanted in Chittenden County. Police stopped a car operated by Timothy J. Ely, 63, of Burlington for allegedly speeding on Panton Road and discovered there was an outstanding Chittenden County warrant for his arrest for writing bad checks and embezzlement. Police lodged Ely at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with a cash bail of $5,000, and also issued him a speeding ticket. In other incidents between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, Vergennes police: On Nov. 25: • Responded to a...
12/02/2019
VERGENNES — On Nov. 24 Vergennes police took a step to warn vehicle owners that the city’s winter parking ban was set to begin this past Sunday, Dec. 1. Police went along Main Street and side streets on Nov. 24 and placed notices on windshields reminding people that the law prohibiting parking on city streets between 2 and 6 a.m. would soon take effect. The ban runs from Dec. 1 until March 31. Vehicles parked in violation of the ordinance can be ticketed and/or towed, and owners will be liable for storage as well as towing fees, police said. The ban is intended to keep streets clear to allow...
11/21/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Nov. 13 cited a Northlands Job Corps student for simple assault on another student, and police said he pleaded guilty in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division the next day and was convicted and expelled from the Job Corps program. Convicted, according to city police, was Shalom B. Fenton, 22, of Fredrikstead, Virgin Islands. According to police, Fenton tried to steal the other student’s X-box, and then hit him repeatedly in the face while also using what they called “hate-motivated language.” Police said the victim was taken to Porter Hospital for...
11/14/2019
VERGENNES — City police said more charges are pending in a Sunday case in which they cited one adult Northlands Job Corps student for supplying alcohol to a minor and issued court diversion paperwork to two Northlands students for underage drinking. Police said they first responded on Sunday to a report of a female causing a disturbance at Macdonough Park. There they determined the two underage students had consumed alcohol and cited them, and alleged that Mario A. Molina, 22, of The Bronx N.Y. had furnished them alcohol, and cited him. Police said the students had been allowed to consume...

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