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Bristol Police Log: Cops respond to mooners at town park

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Posted on July 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Bristol police recently issued a log of the large number of incidents with which they dealt during the month of May — some of great importance, others routine police work.

For instance, on May 8 police responded to the town park, where three youths were reportedly “mooning” passing cars. The officer found no mooners.

Also during the first part of that month, Bristol police:

•  On May 1 investigated a bad check complaint from Martin’s Hardware. Police learned the company had not yet sent notice on the check, and informed the proprietor of state statutes.

•  On May 1 responded to Main Street for a possible fight, and found two men yelling at each other. An officer helped the men resolve their issue.

•  On May 1 assisted the Department of Liquor Control to see if a Main Street business was open and selling alcohol, as the establishment’s license had expired. The business was found open and the investigation is being handled by the DLC.

•  On May 2 received a report from a West Street business about two thefts in April. Video surveillance showed the same man taking items without paying on two separate dates. The police investigation is ongoing.

•  On May 2 stopped a vehicle for an expired inspection sticker, and also discovered the vehicle had no registration. Police had the vehicle towed and issued citations to the driver.

•  On May 2 patrolled Burpee Road and issued one speeding ticket.

•  On May 3 at 12:30 a.m. assisted Vermont State Police at a traffic stop at New Haven Junction. Bristol police issued a ticket to one of the passengers of the car for possession of marijuana and gave two passengers a ride to the state police barracks.

•  On May 3 at 10:44 a.m. responded to Stoney Hill Road for a report of downed power lines, but found none.

•  On May 3 at 11:45 a.m. attempted to pull over a vehicle for speeding on Munger Street in New Haven, but the driver sped away. The investigation is ongoing.

•  On May 4 took a complaint related to drug activity in the area.

•  On May 4 at 1 p.m. responded to a two-car accident on Fitch Avenue. Police determined a driver backing out of a driveway struck a parked car.

•  On May 4 at 10:29 p.m. called to back up a Vergennes officer with a domestic disturbance, but the call was cancelled en route.

•  On May 5 at 4:30 a.m. responded to a Pine Street residence for a report of loud music. The officer found a car radio playing, and was told by the driver that an electrical short caused music to play while the engine was off.

•  On May 5 at 1:16 p.m. responded to a report that a student had fled Mount Abraham Union High School. An officer located the student at Munsill Avenue and West Street and convinced him to return to school.

•  On May 5 at 3:15 p.m. found a cell phone on the steps of the Bristol Recreation Department and tried to identify its owner, but were not immediately successful.

•  On May 5 sent a warning letter to a Monkton woman who they believed had driven by a stopped school bus that morning.

•  On May 5 at 4:42 p.m. received a report from a local business that an employee was receiving obscene phone calls. Police set up a phone trap with the phone company, and said that action is pending.

•  On May 5 at 6 p.m. patrolled Carlstrom Road but issued no tickets.

•  On May 6 at 11:22 a.m. checked a report that a man with a suspended license had dropped his girlfriend off at MAUHS. Police found both the man and his girlfriend had suspended licenses and also that the car registration was expired. Police issued citations to both.

•  On May 6 at 12:27 p.m. searched on foot for an 85-year-old woman who had wandered away from Living Well. She was later located by staff.

•  On May 6 at 5 p.m. took a report of a compound bow stolen from a Pine Street resident.

•  On May 6 at 7:30 p.m. responded to a Main Street apartment for the reported smell of marijuana, but smelled none.

•  On May 7 at 3:42 p.m. responded to a report of skateboarding youths on South Street, but found none.

•  On May 7 at 11 p.m. patrolled Monkton Road and issued one speeding ticket.

•  On May 8 at 2:20 p.m. helped a citizen gain access to a Main Street storage unit that belonged to a dead relative.

•  On May 8 arrested Jacob True Lathrop, 18, of Bristol on suspicion of aggravated assault. Police said Lathrop grabbed a fellow student by the neck, “strangling the student while lifting the student off the ground.” Police said Lathrop then threw the classmate to the ground.

•  On May 9 responded to Bristol Elementary School where a vehicle had been parked for 10 days. Police found that it was registered to a Lincoln resident, and issued a parking ticket.

•  On May 9 at 11:20 a.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on West Street near School Street. Police said a Bristol driver had taken her eyes off the wheel to retrieve something that had fallen off the dashboard, and crashed into a car driven by a Lincoln woman. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

•  On May 9 at 4:43 p.m. issued a trespass notice against an individual who was not following the rules at the Hub teen center.

•  On May 9 at 11:40 p.m. responded to an unresponsive woman at the Kountry Trailer Park, and delivered first aid until the Bristol Rescue Squad arrived on scene.

•  On May 10 at 12:27 a.m. issued diversion paperwork to three men at Park Place for possession and use of marijuana.

•  On May 10 at 4:39 a.m. responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the area of Route 116, just north of Lincoln Road. Police discovered the two suspicious individuals had just purchased the property, which had been vacant for some time. Police ended their investigation.

•  On May 10 an officer conducted security without incident at the MAUHS prom in Bridport.

•  On May 11 captured a loose dog in the area of Airport Drive and released it to the owner after levying fines and dog registration fees.

•  On May 11 at 2:03 p.m. found a black checkbook on North Street and called its owner to pick it up.

•  On May 11 at 3:35 p.m. patrolled Plank Road and issued one warning for an obstructed windshield.

•  On May 11 at 5:43 p.m. conducted a patrol of Hardscrabble Road and issued one speeding ticket.

•  On May 12 at 8:05 a.m. took a complaint from a Church Street resident who reported the theft of items from an unlocked car. The items included cash, fuel, three silver necklaces and a cell phone. Police believe the theft occurred between 11 p.m. on May 11 and 6 a.m. on May 12. Police believe the thefts could be related to similar burglaries in Starksboro.

•  On May 12 at noon conducted a welfare check on a South Street resident, but found no one at the home.

•  On May 12 at 1:39 p.m. responded to the parking lot near the Marble Works Pharmacy on Pine Street where a man in a car was reportedly yelling at kids on the curb. Police found neither kids nor an angry man in a car.

•  On May 12 at 3:11 p.m. investigated a hole in the wall of a home on Mountain Terrace that was determined to be from a BB or pellet gun. Police identified no subjects.

•  On May 13 two officers attended REID School of Interview and Interrogation at Vermont Police Academy.

•  On May 13 at 4:45 p.m. went to drive a Bristol Elementary School student home, but the student was being driven home by a teacher.

•  On May 13 at 6:12 p.m.  warned individuals for passing stopped school buses with red lights flashing at MAUHS.

•  On May 14 at 12:45 p.m. responded to the Park and Ride in Vergennes for a Vergennes officer’s request for help with a traffic stop. Bristol police provided security for the stop, which resulted in one arrest for an outstanding warrant.

•  On May 14 at 9:20 a.m. patrolled Burpee Road and issued one speeding ticket.

•  On May 14 received a report of a stolen boat at the South Street bridge construction site, which had been used by the construction crew to cross the river. The boat had been secured by cable. On June 24, a citizen found the boat abandoned downstream.

• On May 14 at 4:46 p.m. found a woman wandering in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union parking lot. Police said they determined the woman, Andrea Pray, 36, of Waterbury, had been drinking earlier in the day. Police found her car abandoned in the Rite Aid parking lot. Police arrested her on suspicion of DUI and later determined her blood alcohol content to be 0.197 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

•  On May 15 at 2:43 p.m. issued a citation to a resident who, at Rite Aid, turned in a prescription bottle for a refill that was full of marijuana.

•  On May 16 checked the welfare of a Mountain Street resident.

•  On May 16 at 12:20 p.m. responded to MAUHS for a student who refused to leave. The student ultimately chose to leave with a staff member rather than in the back of a police car.

•  On May 16 at 12:57 p.m. responded to a report a drunk man who had driven away from Champlain Farms on West Street. Police found the man, James D. Hanf, 62, of Bristol at his home on Mountain Street.

Hanf initially resisted arrest, police said, but an officer was able to subdue him and bring him to the station. Police later determined he had a blood alcohol content of 0.312, nearly four times the legal limit. Police also found that Hanf did not have a license to drive and took the car he drove without permission. He was issued citations of DUI, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

•  On May 17 responded to Adirondack View apartments for a reported theft. The resident said items taken included bedding plants, pots and soil. Police looked for the items in the area, and could not locate them.

•  On May 17 at 7 p.m. received a noise complaint from a resident about ND’s Bar. Police notified the staff at the bar and filed a complaint with the Department of Liquor Control.

•  On May 18 at 12:14 a.m. responded to an alarm at the Lathrop Mill, but found it secure.

•  On May 18 responded to the recreation field for an unresponsive 75-year-old man, and found him awake and Bristol Rescue Squad already on scene.

•  On May 18 at 12:19 p.m. patrolled Monkton and Burpee roads and issued one speeding ticket.

•  On May 18 at 5:24 p.m. responded to a Munsill Avenue residence where a resident said someone had taken beer and tobacco from her apartment. Police found the report to be unfounded.

•  On May 18 at 10:12 p.m. responded to North Street for an abandoned vehicle blocking one lane of traffic. Police determined the parking brake had failed, causing the vehicle to drift into traffic. Police moved the vehicle out of the road.

•  On May 19 at 2:56 responded to Rite Aid where construction materials were found in the store’s Dumpster. No suspects were identified, and police vowed to patrol the area more thoroughly.

•  On May 19 removed a dead possum from under a tree at a West Street business.

•  On May 19 at 6:23 p.m. investigated a damaged security chain at the Kountry Trailer Park. Officers helped the resident better secure their trailer, and tightened the screws on their front door.

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