Vergennes Police Log

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...
06/25/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on June 18 cited a Hinesburg resident for a June 1 retail theft at Kinney Drug Store in the city.  Cited was Brent Labombard, 37, of Hinesburg. Police allege Labombard stole about $200 of merchandise, including cologne and electronics.  City police said Labombard is also a person of interest in a Chittenden County case, and they are working with several agencies in that investigation. Between June 15 and 21 Vergennes police also conducted 17 motorized and five foot patrols throughout the city, and:  On June 15: •  Heard from the Small City Market that a patron had...
06/18/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are discussing with the Addison County State’s Attorney whether charges should be filed against a local resident who on June 10 placed what Police Chief George Merkel said were “eight or 10” signs around the city using “vulgar and derogatory” language to refer to him and the state’s attorney.  The first sign was found outside a Monkton Road bank, and police soon found and removed the rest of them. The resident has a history of disagreements with local law enforcement, Merkel said.  In other action between June 1 and 14, Vergennes police operated 34 motorized...
06/04/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police said a man walking on White Street on May 28 was “bitten severely” in the legs and hospitalized briefly after being attacked by three dogs running loose. Police said the man was lucky the injuries were not worse. Police issued a municipal ticket to the dogs’ owner and ordered the dogs to be quarantined for 10 days. As well as conducting 24 motorized patrols, two property watches and one foot patrol, and participating in two Clang and Bang Parades, one on Memorial Day, between May 25 and 31 Vergennes police also:  On May 25 helped a motorist enter a locked car at...
05/21/2020
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....
05/14/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents between May 4 and 10, including chasing down a suspect for the Vermont State Police, investigating a retail theft, calming a fracas in a store’s parking lot, handling a dispute about wayward house cats, and dealing with an alleged drunk-driving case.  As well as conducting 15 motorized and one foot patrol and participating in nightly clang-and-bang parades, during those seven days Vergennes police:  On May 4: •  Checked on a city resident who was reported to be experiencing emotional distress due to health issues; police...
05/07/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are warning local residents not to respond to blackmail emails threatening to release video of recipients in compromising positions.  According to city police they and other Vermont law enforcement agencies have received multiple reports of an email scam in which recipients are asked for money in exchange for videos that show the recipients engaging in sexual acts.  Police said senders do not have videos of recipients and advise them not to send money and instead to contact the police department with any concerns. City police received complaints on April 28 from a...
04/30/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police continued to patrol the city heavily between April 20 and 26, while incidents remained relatively few.  During those seven days city police conducted 25 vehicle patrols, six inspections of particular properties, and one foot patrol. They also participated in the morale-booster “clang-and-bang parade” each evening at 7 p.m. In other action during that week, Vergennes police:  •  On April 20 received a report that on the evening before a man had been seen on the roof of the Ryan Block downtown. Police urged the caller to report such incidents in a timely manner, and...
04/23/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating two thefts last week at Shaw’s Supermarket, one they said allegedly occurred inside the grocery store and the other outside in its parking lot. In both cases police said they were reviewing video footage.  On this past Saturday, April 18, police said a , after shopping at Shaw’s, loaded groceries into her vehicle and then returned to the store to pick up one or more items. Police said she apparently forgot to lock her vehicle, and when she returned the groceries were gone.  On the day before that, police were told a man’s debit card was stolen...
04/09/2020
VERGENNES — Between March 30 and April 5 Vergennes police continued their focus on maintaining high visibility during the current COVID-19 crisis, while also keeping an eye on vacant homes and other potentially sensitive properties, such as grocery stores and schools. During that week city police conducted 16 directed patrols through downtown, neighborhoods, and the Shaw’s Supermarket Area, and another 11 targeted property watches of specific buildings and areas.  In other action between March 30 and April 5, Vergennes police:  On March 30:  • Responded to a report of a store patron who drove...

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