Vergennes Police Log

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...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police ended up citing a member of two sparring First Street families on April 13, but not on a charge related to either one of the two calls that brought them to the scene that Tuesday. The first call came from a First Street man who accused a neighbor of stalking and harassing him. Police said they learned there was a custody dispute involving a grandchild of one of the families involved. They said they calmed the parties down, and also advised one party on how to obtain no-stalking and relief-from-abuse orders. The second call came from a man who alleged he’d received...
VERGENNES — On April 10 Vergennes police cooperated with workers at the Charter House warming shelter in Middlebury to get help for a woman who called a dispatcher saying she was in Vergennes at the intersection of Mountain View Lane and School Street and needed assistance. During the course of helping the woman and eventually returning her to the Charter House, police said they also took a loaded firearm from her for safekeeping. The dispatcher first received a call from the woman and told Vergennes police she had ended the call after divulging her location in the city. Soon after the...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on March 27 cited a Bristol resident for possession of drugs following a Route 7 traffic stop. Police allege that John C. Cunningham, 47, had six grams of cocaine in the vehicle and $2,125 in cash on his person when they searched him and his vehicle after stopping him after he allegedly failed to stop for a red light at Route 7’s intersection with Monkton Road. Police said they saw drug paraphernalia in Cunningham’s vehicle and asked for permission to search it, but were denied. They said they obtained a warrant to do so, in part because the department’s canine...
VERGENNES — In recent activity, Vergennes dealt with reports that included allegedly stolen cellphones, a youth riding a loud ATV on a city street, a medical emergency, and an R-rated unwanted text message. Between March 22 and 28, Vergennes police also conducted 10 cruiser and four foot patrols and one property watch, responded to an accidental 911 call, conducted a pre-employment fingerprint test, and also: On March 23: •  Took a report for insurance purposes of two cellphones that had earlier allegedly been stolen from a delivery box outside a Main Street apartment. •  Took a phone call...
VERGENNES — After receiving a March 17 tip late in the day about a possibly suicidal city resident, Vergennes police worked hard to find her, but ultimately once they found her were told by the resident she felt OK. Acting on a tip from a concerned acquaintance, police first went to her residence. Not finding her, they decided to trace her phone and discovered it was in a remote area. With help from Vermont State Police, Vergennes police searched that area unsuccessfully. They asked the phone to be pinged again and discovered she had returned to her residence. Police then went there and spoke...

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