VERGENNES — Vergennes Police on March 11 hosted a Project Vision North meeting via Zoom, and since then the program has marshaled resources from the group of participating government and nonprofit agencies to help three local residents, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.
Merkel said 18 representatives from 15 of the 17 member agencies attended the Zoom meeting, and he’s in the process of recruiting an 18th agency, Adult Protective Services, into the fold.
Between March 8 and 14, Vergennes Police conducted 11 car patrols and one Vehicle Identification Number inspection,...
VERGENNES — Between March 1 and 7, among other calls, Vergennes police dealt with a complaint of persistent speeding on a city street, helped evict an unruly Valley Vista patron and find her housing, calmed a neighbor dispute, and tried to help a resident with a fraud complaint.
During that week, Vergennes police conducted 13 car patrols, two foot patrols and one property watch; ticketed two cars for parking overnight on city streets in violation of the city’s wintertime parking ban; and:
On March 1 accepted a cellphone a citizen found on Panton Road and returned it to its owner.
On March 2...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police in separate incidents on Saturday calmed two sets of arguing neighbors after one of the parties in each case called to complain. In both cases, police said, alcohol appeared to have been a factor.
The first call on Feb. 27 came from a Walker Avenue apartment resident. Police said they calmed and separated the two parties. One resident called the next day and asked that police serve a no-trespass order to the other, and police obliged.
The second came from the Hillside Apartment complex. Again, police said they calmed and asked the people involved, who they...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Monday night cited a New York resident for driving under the influence of drugs after finding him slumped behind the wheel of his pickup in the Champlain Farms convenience store parking lot.
Police cited Drew M. McCarthy, 37, of Mechanicsville, N.Y., for DUI-drugs and released him to a family member after a trip to Porter Hospital that included McCarthy being administered NARCAN after police said he began to overdose at the city police station.
Sgt. Jason Ouellette and Officers Mark Barber and Jill Harter arrived at about 5:30 p.m. and assessed the situation....
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are working with Bristol police to investigate a possible child pornography case, according to Vergennes Chief George Merkel.
Merkel said the case involves alleged nude photos of a juvenile, and an investigation is ongoing.
In other activity between Feb. 8 and 14, Vergennes police conducted 22 motorized and three foot patrols and one property watch; ticketed three vehicles left on city streets in violation of the city’s overnight winter parking ban; dealt with one false alarm and one accidental 911 call; and also:
On Feb. 8 secured an unlocked door at a New Haven...
VERGENNES — Ferrisburgh’s Hoehl Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Vergennes Police Department, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.
Merkel said a foundation representative told him a member of the foundation’s board had recommended the department for the award. A letter that arrived with the donation stated the award was “in honor of the good relationship the Vergennes Police Department has with their community and the tremendous work that they do.”
Merkel said the department has used the donation to help pay for training for its officers, including in “Interview and...
VERGENNES — On Jan. 28 Vergennes police ticketed a truck driver hauling crushed cars north on Route 22A after being told parts from the cars — including pieces as large as a hood — were flying off the back of his truck and threatening other vehicles.
City police stopped the driver on Main Street and said he “acknowledged his vehicle was losing pieces as he drove.”
As well as ticketing the driver for hauling an unsecured load, police said they grounded the vehicle until its load could be safely wrapped with security netting.
Between Jan. 25 and 31, Vergennes police also conducted 16 cruiser...
VERGENNES — During the week of Jan. 18-24, Vergennes Police issued a criminal citation to a driver for driving a vehicle with a suspended license; sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to Middlebury, resulting in another citation; investigated unauthorized credit card use; and handled car accidents, a loose dog, welfare checks, and a domestic dispute.
During those seven days, Vergennes police also performed 15 patrols and one foot patrol, ticketed two cars for violating the city’s wintertime parking ban, and:
On Jan. 18:
• Helped Vermont State Police (VSP) by responding to a one-car...
VERGENNES — During a busy two-week period, Vergennes police conducted a number of welfare checks, investigated a case of fraud, handled car accidents, dealt with family disputes, responded to reports of a threat and child neglect, cited a driver for criminally driving with a suspended license, and, as the Independent reported earlier, made an arrest after a shooting on First Street.
Between Jan 11 and 17, Vergennes police also conducted numerous patrols, and five property watches.
Between Jan. 4 and 17, city police ticketed four vehicles left overnight on city streets in violation of the...
VERGENNES — In a week that ended 2020 and began 2021, Vergennes police conducted two welfare checks, helping a despondent individual during one; dealt with a domestic dispute; helped a woman with an abuse-relief order; and looked into two complaints of suspicious activity.
Between Dec. 28, 2020, and Jan. 3, 2021, Vergennes police also conducted 18 motorized patrols, three property watches and six foot patrols; ticketed four vehicles left out overnight in violation of the city’s wintertime parking ban; and also:
On Dec. 28:
• Along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad checked the health of a...