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Posted on March 19, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Bristol police recently issued a log of their activity for the month of January. A notable call that month came on Jan. 24 when an officer responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on West Street. The driver said she couldn’t get cell service in Lincoln, so she was using her computer and iPad from West Street.

When the driver said she was cold and unable to start her car, police provided her with a cup of hot chocolate and jump-started her car.

Meanwhile, police provided security at Mount Abraham Union High School basketball games on Jan. 2, 3, 8, 15, 17 and 25. Most of those events went off without police activity, except for the Jan. 2 game, when the officer issued several parking tickets. On Jan. 20, police received a report from a resident that their vehicle was damaged while parked at the Jan. 15 basketball game.

In other activity in the month of January, Bristol police:

•  On Jan. 1 assisted Vermont State Police in detaining an intoxicated driver who was resisting arrest on Burpee Road.

•  On Jan. 1 received a complaint of vandalism to two vehicles parked outside a home on Crescent Street. No suspects were identified.

•  On Jan. 1 helped Burlington police locate a person who was involved in a traffic crash.

•  On Jan. 3 at 12:20 a.m. assisted a motorist in the Bristol Works parking lot whose vehicle would not start due to extreme cold. Police got the vehicle running.

•  On Jan. 3 assisted state highway personnel in clearing Stony Hill Road by closing the westbound lane to allow vehicles to pass trucks that were stuck on the hill.

•  On Jan. 3 arrested Thomas Coleman, 18, of Bristol on suspicion of escape, and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility.

•  On Jan. 3 conducted a welfare check on East Street and came upon a resident allegedly consuming illegal drugs in the presence of a child. Police contacted the Department of Children and Families and the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the child was taken into custody.

•  On Jan. 4 responded to Maplefields to investigate a report of a suspicious man, but found none.

•  On Jan. 4 assisted Boy Scout Troop 543 with a merit badge activity related to crime prevention.

•  On Jan. 4 took a statement from a New York resident who stopped by the office alleging a Bristol resident was being abused by a girlfriend. Police conducted a follow-up and said they found no abuse.

•  On Jan. 4 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident, who was OK.

•  On Jan. 5 responded to the Shaw’s parking lot, where a motorist struck a pedestrian with her vehicle. According to police, the driver, an elderly woman, was pulling into a parking space when she pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle struck a woman in a crosswalk and knocked her onto the hood of the car. The pedestrian fell off the hood in front of Rite Aid. She was transported to Porter Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Investigation is continuing.

•  On Jan. 5 cited a Bristol resident for driving with a suspended license and driving at night without headlights.

•  On Jan. 6 received a fraud complaint from a town business about a company who identified itself as All School Fundraising. The complainant was concerned about the validity of the company.

•  On Jan. 6 received a complaint from a resident about damage sustained to their vehicle over the last few days, and requested a police report be filed for insurance purposes.

•  On Jan. 7 responded to Taylor Street for a report of a barking dog. No hound was found.

•  On Jan. 7 responded to Mountain Street for a report of burglary. The resident told police someone had entered his home and moved items around inside. The man reported that nothing appeared to be missing.

•  On Jan. 8 arrested Samuel Hellmuth, 36, of Bristol on suspicion of violating a relief from abuse order. A day earlier, police responded to a North Street home to search for Hellmuth. He turned himself in Jan. 8.

•  On Jan. 8 conducted a welfare check on Mountain Street, but the resident was not home.

•  On Jan. 9 received a report of an erratic driver on Pine Street. Police mailed the registered owner of the vehicle a sternly worded letter regarding the operation of the vehicle.

•  On Jan. 9 assisted a parent in locating their teenager. The teen was found at a friend’s home.

•  On Jan. 10 arrested Joshua Martell, 28, of Bristol on suspicion of stealing from Rite Aid. Police located Martell outside the store, where they said he turned over a watch battery and retrieved the packaging, which he had hidden in the store.

•  On Jan. 10 responded to Taylor Street to investigate a report of a barking dog. No hound was found.

•  On Jan. 11 responded to an alarm accidentally tripped by an employee at the Lathrop lumber mill on South Street.

•  On Jan. 11 responded to a West Pleasant Street home for a domestic dispute. Police escorted a woman, who they said had damaged property and had become physically aggressive, off the property.

•  On Jan. 11 responded to Munsill Avenue to investigate the theft of a dog crate from a resident’s property. No suspect was identified.

•  On Jan. 12 disposed of two hypodermic needles a resident found on his lawn.

•  On Jan. 12 took a report of the theft of approximately 100 gallons of kerosene from a resident.

•  On Jan. 12 mediated a property dispute between residents.

•  On Jan. 13 assisted state police in responding to the home of an elderly resident on Stony Hill Road, who said someone was trying to enter her home through the front door.

•  On Jan. 13 served a subpoena to a Woodland Drive resident.

•  On Jan. 13 responded to a tripped alarm at a South Street business. Police discovered an employee had trouble disarming it.

•  On Jan. 15 received a debit card that was found at a local business and contacted the owner of the card.

•  On Jan. 15 received a complaint from a resident that items had been stolen from her home although they hadn’t left home in several days. Police found no evidence to support the allegation, and said the resident had made numerous false theft reports in the past.

•  On Jan. 15 cited a 16-year-old for possessing marijuana, depressants, ecstasy and acid. The teen was released into the custody of their parents.

•  On Jan. 15 issued citations to three teenage boys found to be in possession of marijuana and alcohol on Prince Lane.

•  On Jan. 15 investigated a report of employee theft from a West Street business. Police turned over the case to the Addison County State’s Attorney.

•  On Jan. 16 began an investigation of truancy issues at MAUHS.

•  On Jan. 17 responded to an assault at a South Street residence. Police interviewed people involved and provided medical attention. The investigation is ongoing.

•  On Jan. 17 responded to a minor car accident in the parking lot of the Bristol American Legion. One car backed into a parked car.

•  On Jan. 21 assisted state police in stopping a vehicle that had fled the scene of an altercation in New Haven.

•  On Jan. 21 received a complaint from a resident who reported another resident called him names while on West Street. Police took no action.

•  On Jan. 22 began an investigation into the death of a 34-year-old South Street woman whose death police suspected was due to a heroin overdose. Autopsy results determined the cause of death to be a fatal dose of fentanyl, an opioid that is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. The Drug Enforcement Agency offered to provide assistance in the investigation of the death, which is ongoing.

•  On Jan. 24 assisted staff at MAUHS in subduing a disruptive student. Also on that day, police arranged counseling for an at-risk student.

•  On Jan. 24 completed a property check of Martin’s Hardware.

•  On Jan. 24 helped a Bristol resident obtain a no-trespass order against a New Haven resident.

•  On Jan. 25 assisted state police with a crash with injuries on Burpee Road.

•  On Jan. 26 at 1:05 a.m. conducted a traffic patrol around Lovers Lane, Hewitt Road and South Street, and issued three warnings.

•  On Jan. 27 received a report of the theft of money and stereo equipment from a vehicle.

•  On Jan. 27 investigated a two-vehicle accident on West Street at Liberty Street that resulted in property damage, but no injuries. Police determined that one driver was following the other too closely and issued a ticket.

•  On Jan. 27 assisted Hinesburg police in issuing no-trespass notices to two citizens.

•  On Jan. 28 conducted a traffic patrol on Monkton Road and issued two speeding tickets.

•  On Jan. 29 responded to an East Street residence for a report that a man would not leave when asked. Police took the man to Middlebury as a courtesy.

•  On Jan. 29 assisted state police with a vehicle/deer accident on Stony Hill Road.

•  On Jan. 30 cited Melodie Campbell, 41, of Bristol for driving with a suspended license and violating conditions of release for several previous DLS arrests.

•  On Jan. 30 issued one speeding ticket while on traffic patrol on Monkton Road.

•  On Jan. 31 investigated a reported assault on West Pleasant Street and found no assault had taken place.

•  On Jan. 31 received information about a phone scam from a Main Street business owner. 

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