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Bristol Police Log: Animal cruelty check leads to drug charge

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BRISTOL — Bristol police on June 21 responded to Main Street to check on a dog in a vehicle and cited Scott Martin, 35, of Winooski for possession of marijuana.

The officer asked Martin to crack his truck windows. As soon as he opened the truck door, Bristol police Chief Kevin Gibbs said, the officer was overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana.

Martin — who, according to Gibbs, was already on federal probation for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine — was further warned for leaving his dog in an enclosed vehicle on an extremely hot day.

In other recent activity, Bristol police:

• On June 21, received a report of a suspicious pickup truck with a cap that stopped by a residence on Lawrence Lane at 10:30 p.m.

• On June 22, arrested Luke Vera, 30, of Vergennes on an outstanding warrant for failing to show up to work crew duties for a previous charge. Vera was taken to jail.

• On June 22, checked the welfare of an East Street man. He was not in any distress or danger.

• On June 22, received a wallet from a South Street business owner. The wallet’s owner was identified and the wallet was returned.

• On June 22, arrested Tanner Joseph Church, 24, of Charlotte for driving with a suspended license and violating conditions of release. He was stopped for speeding, and the officer discovered that his license was suspended. He was arrested in January in Chittenden County for the same infraction and was instructed not to drive.

• On June 22, Gibbs stood by at Big Truck Day on the recreation field.

• On June 23, arrested Beth Champagne, 38, of Bristol for domestic assault and prohibiting access to emergency services. Gibbs reports that, after a verbal altercation with a 15-year-old in her care, Champagne allegedly struck the girl in the face and smashed her cell phone with the teen tried to call 911. Police lodged Champagne at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility. At 2:30 a.m., her blood alcohol content tested at 0.121 percent, according to Gibbs. As a measure for comparison, the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

• On June 23, received a report from a Mountain Terrace resident about a dog howling and barking all day. When an officer arrived, no one was at the house where the dog was. The officer later contacted the owner and received permission from the owner to enter the house and close the window so the neighbor couldn’t hear the dog. This dog’s barking has been a source of ongoing complaints, and the animal control officer and town administrator were told about the complaint.

• On June 23, received a complaint from a resident of Kountry Trailer Park. One of her neighbors swore at her when she drove by earlier in the day. The accused was warned.

• On June 23, responded to a report that somebody driving a blue Toyota truck left Maplefields without paying for $52.07 in gas. A suspect was identified, and the police are trying to determine if the customer made a mistake since he is a frequent customer.

• On June 24, responded to a crash at Maplefields. A woman operating a black Ford Escape backed into the kerosene pump on the side of the building after putting air in her tires. There was no apparent damage to the building or the pump. The fire department was also unable to find any leakage.

• On June 25, assisted the Addison County Family Court on-call worker by allowing the worker to use the police department’s office to obtain a relief from abuse order.

• On June 26, received a Bristol man’s backpack, which apparently was stolen from the man at Bartlett Falls.

• On June 26, received a report from an unidentified male who said he was receiving harassing phone calls from a man in Vergennes. The unidentified man said the subject calling him was dealing drugs in Vergennes and the information was passed onto Vergennes police. Bristol police suggested that the unidentified male tell the harasser to stop calling or he could be prosecuted.

• On June 26, assisted state police with a pursuit in Addison.

• On June 27, responded to the Bristol post of the American Legion with the fire department for a fire alarm. There was no fire and the fire department couldn’t get into the firebox to turn off the alarm. They could not locate the key, so they left the alarm system completely off down until the problem was fixed.

• On June 27, received a report of an attempted fraud. A Bristol family received a letter indicating they had won a sweepstakes, which listed a number of large stores including Wal-mart. The prize was worth thousands of dollars and in the letter was a check for $3,000. They went on vacation and then called the sweepstakes company. They were instructed to wire $1,500 to them to cover the tax on the winnings. They went to their bank and discovered the check didn’t clear. They spoke to a representative from their bank, who explained that the check was part of a scam.

• On June 27, assisted state police with a domestic disturbance on Mountain Road in Monkton. The perpetrator took off on foot but was apprehended.

• On June 27 received a report of animal abuse on West Street. The complainant indicated that next door neighbor’s dog hadn’t been treated well. It had been left outside in high temperatures, and at the time of the complaint, the dog was chained outside in the rain and howling. Action is pending, said Gibbs.

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