Vergennes Police Log: Police charge two with heroin sales

VERGENNES — Vergennes police last week cited three people for drug-related offenses, one for sale and possession of heroin, one for sale of heroin, and one for driving under the influence, test refusal for drugs, an incident during which police allege they found empty heroin bags in the suspects’ car.

City police issued two of the citations on Saturday, but one was for an earlier incident. In April, police allege that Jackson Downey-Teachout, 22, of Cornwall bought 30 single-use bags of heroin from a confidential informant during what police described as a controlled buy in a Middlebury business parking lot. In what was a cooperative investigation with Bristol police, Downey-Teachout was then cited for sale of heroin on June 22.

Also on Saturday, Vergennes police cited Andrew Coyle, 19, of Ferrisburgh for both sale and possession of heroin. He was cited for earlier selling heroin in another controlled buy, and when he was cited police said they found another 10 single-use bags of heroin in his possession. They then also issued the second citation.

On June 19, police cited Nicole Therrien, 28, for DUI refusal, which police said if convicted would be her second DUI. Police allege that Therrien left Vergennes and her car went off Green Street in Waltham into a ditch and struck a mailbox, and that police determined she was under the influence of drugs. She refused a blood test.

Police obtained a warrant and found what they said were empty heroin bags and other paraphernalia in her car. Vermont State Police and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department helped Vergennes police with this case.

In other action between June 17 and 23, Vergennes police:

•On June 17 accepted an Arizona driver’s license a citizen had found.

•On June 17 helped a motorist get into a locked car in the Agency of Transportation’s Ferrisburgh commuter lot.

•On June 18 dealt with a minor two-car accident on Green Street.

•On June 18 helped a motorist get into a locked car on MacDonough Drive.

•On June 18 told youths not to ride dirt bikes on city property near Otter Creek along MacDonough Drive.

•On June 18 tried unsuccessfully to find an individual on behalf of Bristol police.

•On June 19 requested that a business not park cars so as to block a Main Street sidewalk.

•On June 19 were told a car parked at a Main Street gas station had been scratched with a key.

•On June 19 and 20 accepted prescription meds from residents for destruction.

•On June 19 looked unsuccessfully for a driver with a suspended license seen driving on West Main Street.

•On June 19 checked a report of a suspicious car parked in front of a South Maple Street home and determined the occupant was a surveyor.

•On June 19 calmed an arguing couple at a Main Street apartment.

•On June 20 took a woman found stumbling drunkenly on Main Street to an acquaintance’s residence.

•On June 20 calmed a motorist who was cursing at a city public works employee; the man apologized.

•On June 20 took a report from a man who said his cell phone number was being hijacked and used to make harassing phone calls; the man said he had contacted his cell provider.

•On June 20 returned a dog found running loose at Shaw’s Supermarket to its owner.

•On June 20 spoke to a youth who had entered a South Water Street porch and then fled when confronted, damaging a fence. The youth and acquaintances fixed the fence.

•On June 22 stopped a car on Route 7 that VSP had reported being driven erratically. The driver reported being tired, but police saw paraphernalia and received permission to search the car and found pills; an occupant told police she had a prescription and would provide proof.

•On June 22 took a report that paint had been thrown on a Comfort Hill roof; police determined the substance was bird droppings.

•On June 22 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Monkton Road.

•On June 22 checked the welfare of a Mountain View Lane resident, who was found to be OK, although he had fallen out of a chair and police helped him back into it.

•On June 23 checked a report that dogs had been left in a truck for several hours; it was gone when police arrived.

•On June 23 handled a minor two-car accident at the intersection of Panton Road and West Main Street.

•On June 23 served a citation on a city resident on behalf of South Burlington police.


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