Vergennes Police Log

VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited three people last week for stealing items from Kinney Drugs, two people from Shelburne in one June case and one Vergennes resident in a case from earlier this month. Cited for the alleged June 6 theft of a DVD player were William D. Burnett, 20, and Erin Marie Chamberlain, 45, both of Shelburne. City police cited Mark Spencer, 51, of Vergennes for five counts of retail theft. Police allege Spencer stole the over-the-counter drug Benadryl. Spencer was also taken into custody in a year-old warrant for retail theft and unlawful mischief. Between July 12 and 18...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating an allegation of a sexual assault that reportedly occurred this past Saturday, July 10. City police said they are working with the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations on the case. They said they could not comment on the details, except that the case involves an alleged assault committed by a male city resident on a female visitor. In other incidents between July 5 and 12, Vergennes police conducted nine patrols by cruiser and one on foot, helped one motorist get into a locked vehicle, responded to one false alarm and one inadvertent...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between June 21 and July 4 ticketed five commercial trucks for traveling between 14 and 20 mph over posted city speed limits. Police issued most of those tickets while on targeted patrols, many of those on West Main Street. Police also issued three citations for various tractor-trailer-related violations. Also during the period June 21 and July 4, Vergennes police conducted 16 directed patrols and four foot patrols, responded to one false alarm, performed a VIN inspection, helped two motorists enter their locked vehicles, and: On June 21: •  Checked on the welfare...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on June 17 dealt with two commercial trucks they stopped for speeding on Main Street. Police stopped the first truck for traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and ticketed the driver for speeding, but found no other violations. City police later that day pulled over another commercial vehicle for allegedly traveling 48 mph in a 30 mph zone, and this time found what they described as several minor violations, including the truck being slightly overweight and a logbook not being complete. Police said they grounded the driver and vehicle for 10 hours, and issued a...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded to three motor vehicle accidents between June 7 and 13. The most serious occurred on June 9 at the junction of Route 7 and Monkton Road. Police said a driver rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the traffic light, knocking it into the path of a third vehicle. Police said the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS) treated the first driver on the scene for non-life-threatening injuries and transported her to Porter Hospital. Other drivers suffered minor injuries, police said, while one vehicle was probably totaled and the other two were moderately damaged. On...
VERGENNES — Among other incidents between May 24 and June 6, Vergennes police cited a person for driving with a criminally suspended license (DLS), cited a Bristol resident into court for retail theft, cited a Bristol resident for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), ticketed a truck driver for allegedly traveling 21 mph over the speed limit, and helped state officials deal with a runaway juvenile. Police also conducted 13 cruiser and three foot patrols, three property watches, one pre-employment fingerprint test and one VIN inspection; responded to one false alarm; helped two...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police twice last week issued no-trespass orders on a man they and city business owners believe was using Main Street business restrooms to do drugs. But, police said, they couldn’t prove the man had done so, although in both instances he stayed in the restrooms for long periods of time and showed clear signs of being under the influence. The first call came from Champlain Farms on May 17. Employees said the man had entered the store restroom more than once that day. Police said they found a syringe in the restroom, but couldn’t prove who’d left it there. On May 21, they...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on May 10 cited a Waterbury woman for driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense. Police issued the citation after being called to Alden Place by a Valley Vista employee who said there appeared to a person slumped over the wheel of a car at a nearby intersection. Police cited Robin A. Farnsworth, 63, for DUI-alcohol 2 after she refused testing. Police allege when they found her in her vehicle Farnsworth was unable to get out of it under her own power. They then called the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, which took her to Porter Hospital. Between May 10...
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police are still trying to find out who was involved in an attempted child abduction in the Little City on May 1. At around 4:15 on that Saturday, two unidentified men in a vehicle attempted to abduct a 13-year-old girl as she was walking home near the intersection of West Main and Canal streets, Vergennes police report. The girl told police the passenger in the vehicle was a white man in his 30s, who had a beard and sunglasses. The vehicle was a red SUV with a Vermont license plate and several Vermont stickers on the rear bumper, police said. The SUV was last seen...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police reported a successful National Prescription Drug Take Back Day effort on Saturday, April 24. According to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel area residents on that day turned in 30 pounds of unused or expired prescription medications to the department’s Main Street station. In other action between April 19 and 25, Vergennes police conducted a dozen cruiser and three foot patrols and three VIN inspections; took one set of pre-employment fingerprints; and also: On April 20: •  Provided incident reports to the Addison County Community Trust. •  Participated in the...

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