Bristol Police Log: September 2013

BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department handled a wide range of law enforcement activities during the month of September. In activity reported by Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs recently, Bristol officers:
•  On Sept. 1 assisted with a medical related call at a Maple Street residence without incident.
•  On Sept. 1 conducted a DUI checkpoint in conjunction with the Vermont State Police, Vergennes police and Addison County Sheriff’s Department as part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
A total of 581 cars were stopped at the checkpoint. Approximately a dozen drivers were screened for possible impairment. No DUI arrests were made but several tickets and warnings were issued.
•  On Sept. 1 received a report of a strange noise that the caller described sounding like cats fighting, but then observed two youth on bikes riding down Mountain Street. Officers checked the area and found nothing wrong.
•  On Sept. 1 stopped a motor vehicle on East Street for a violation and searched the car, with the owner’s consent, but found nothing.
•  On Sept. 2 assisted Vergennes police in dealing with a reported suicidal female on Maple Street.
•  On Sept 2 responded to Blaise’s Trailer Park to assist VSP with a domestic fight in progress. Police assisted in securing the scene and stood by until one subject was transported from the scene by VSP for detox.
•  On Sept. 2 responded to a request for assistance in Vergennes in dealing with a suicidal female subject who had made threats and attempts of suicide. Upon arrival to the area units on scene were secure and canceled the request for assistance.
•  On Sept. 3 patrolled Hardscrabble Road, under a town contract, and issued one speeding ticket.
•  On Sept. 3 received a call from a Main Street business reporting a syringe found in the bathroom. The owner of the syringe was not identified and it was not determined whether the syringe was for medical or recreational purposes. The needle was disposed of without incident.
•  On Sept. 3 worked on an ongoing investigation of the sale of narcotics in the village district.
•  On Sept. 4 checked the welfare of a female who may have been involved in a domestic dispute the night before and found her OK.
•  On Sept. 4 issued a ticket for marijuana possession during a traffic stop on Prince Lane at Main Street.
•  On Sept. 5 responded to Mount Abraham Union High School where a former student was refusing to leave the grounds. The subject was gone on arrival. A trespass notice was requested for the subject.
•  On Sept. 6 responded to Bristol Elementary School to check the welfare of a mother attempting to pick up her child. Another parent reported possible drug use by the mother. No impairment or evidence of drug use was found.
•  On Sept. 7 cited Dwayne Lee Vukoder, 37, of Bristol for a criminal count of driving with a  suspended license.
•  On Sept. 7 completed a foot patrol on Main Street for business checks and bar closings without incident.
•  On Sept. 8 assisted Vergennes police in locating a suspect who had assaulted a subject in the park. The subject was located and apprehended without incident.
•  On Sept. 8 a Bristol woman reported medications (Percocet, methadone and Fentanyl) were stolen from her vehicle while she was shopping at Shaw’s or was at Bristol Elementary School in the afternoon of Sept. 8. No suspects were identified.
•  On Sept. 9 received two reports of improper driving on Pleasant Street. Directed patrol in the area yielded one ticket to a juvenile for transporting passengers in violation of Junior Operator’s License restrictions.
•  On Sept. 9 a Monkton man reported his grandchild was missing when he went to Bristol Elementary to pick him up after school. After making the report the complainant located the child at the child’s home.
•  On Sept. 9 received a report from a Pleasant Street resident of a vehicle racing up and down the street. Police later found the vehicle and warned the suspected driver.
•  On Sept. 10 received information regarding drug sales in Bristol. Investigation continues.
•  On Sept. 10 responded to the Living Well Community Center where a 911 hang up had been received. On arrival found a medical emergency was called in to the rescue squad. Police assisted with lifting.
•  On Sept. 11 received a harassing text message complaint from an unknown number. Investigation into the identity of the suspect is active and court action is pending.
•  On Sept. 11 made a check of local records on a Bristol resident seeking a permit to carry a concealed gun in Maine. No record was found.
•  On Sept. 11 responded to Kountry Trailer Park where high winds had downed a tree onto a mobile home. No one in the home was injured. An officer stood by and assisted the Bristol Fire Department with crowd control while the safety of a nearby propane tank was determined.
•  On Sept. 12 responded to the area of South Street near Pump House Road for a report of a possible crash. A West Street resident reported hearing something from that area that sounded like a car crash. None was found; however, concrete Jersey barriers had apparently just been placed near the site of the former bridge.
•  On Sept. 12 four officers attended three hours of training at the Vermont State Police barracks. The Addison County State’s Attorney provided training on law updates. The remaining officers attended a separate session.
•  On Sept. 14 were dispatched to Mountain Road for suspicious motor vehicle activity, but found none.
•  On Sept. 14 were dispatched to Lower Notch Road to assist VSP until they could arrive for a reported suspicious activity or family fight. Police found no fight, and turned over information gathered to VSP on their arrival.
•  On Sept. 14 responded to a West Street business for a reported dispute between a clerk and customer. Police determined no charges would be filed and the investigation was turned over to the business owner.
•  On Sept. 16 responded to MAUHS, where a former student had refused to leave when asked by two staff members. Prosecution was discussed with staff. No action, other than a trespass notice, was requested at this time.
•  On Sept. 16 received a request from a South Burlington man to check the welfare of his 20-year-old son, who had been terminated from employment and had threatened to overdose. The son was located and found to be OK, and was not threatening to harm himself.
•  On Sept. 17 mailed a statement form to a former district resident, who has court-ordered restrictions for not entering Bristol. She wanted to write a statement about the male who was the victim in her pending criminal case.
•  On Sept. 17 four officers attended two hours of firearms qualification and weapons cleaning classes.
•  On Sept. 17 received a report from a West Street resident that she had been threatened by a male because of a motor vehicle incident that occurred on Hewitt Road. The male was advised against making further threats.
•  On Sept. 19 executed a search warrant at a South Street apartment and arrested Terrence Devon Diggs, 33, of Waterbury, Conn., and charged him with sale of heroin, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine and possession of narcotics (bath salts). As was reported in the Independent last month, Bristol police had been conducting a lengthy investigation into the sale of controlled substances at the South Street apartment. Based on that investigation a search warrant was applied for and obtained to search the apartment.
During the execution of that warrant by members of the Bristol Police Department and an officer from the Vergennes Police Department, Diggs allegedly was found to be in possession of drugs and a significant amount of cash. Police lodged Diggs at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $25,000 bail.
•  On Sept. 18 checked the welfare of a Mountain Street resident after she had failed to show up for work, as it was unusual for her to not call her employer. The resident was found OK and advised to call her employer.
•  On Sept. 19 searched for a horse seen running riderless on Mountain Street. The horse was found to have been recovered by its owner, who was thrown from the horse just before the complaint was called in.
•  On Sept. 19 responded to MAUHS for a reported court order violation regarding parent-child contact, in that a parent had picked up a child in violation of a court order. It was found that no unlawful contact was made and the student was located safely at the school.
• On Sept. 20 responded to a reported fight in progress outside on West Pleasant Street. The parties told police it was a misunderstood wrestling match and not a true fight as reported.
•  On Sept. Cody Roderick Burritt, 20, of Monkton was arrested for Disturbing the Peace by Electronic Device following an incident involving repeated and harassing text messages and phone calls.
•  On Sept. 20 received a report of a cell phone stolen from a customer at Maplefields on West Street. Officers reviewed the video system at the gas station but found no evidence to substantiate the complaint.
•  On Sept. 20 assisted VSP in responding to an underage drinking party in New Haven.
•  On Sept. 21 assisted at a reported oven fire on Pleasant Street.
•  On Sept. 23 responded to the northern junction of Routes 116 and 17 to look for a vehicle occupied by a woman needing medical attention. An officer arrived to find rescue first responders on scene, and assisted with lifting and securing the woman’s vehicle.
•  On Sept. 23 responded to a report of a domestic dispute at an East Street residence. Officers found the dispute was primarily over; their child and the complainant just wanted the incident documented. One of the parties involved voluntarily agreed to leave for the night. State police assisted.
•  On Sept. 24 received a complaint from an Addison resident who was reporting fraudulent use of a debit card. Investigation continues.
•  On Sept. 25 investigated a two-vehicle, no-injury crash at MAUHS involving an unoccupied, parked school bus.
•  On Sept. 24 received a call from Bristol Elementary staff reporting a vehicle travelling at unsafe speeds in front of the school. There were no buses stopped at the time but several vehicles were stopped letting children off for school. The registered owner of the vehicle was identified and warned for reasonable and prudent speeds.
•  On Sept. 26 an officer attended eight hours of training in issues around the Freedom of Information Act and record retention.
•  On Sept. 26 assisted the Addison County Sheriff’s Department by serving civil papers at an East Street residence.
•  On Sept. 27 took a stray dog to the pound and posted information, including a picture, on the department Facebook page.
•  On Sept. 27 assisted a woman suffering from dementia. The woman was eventually transported to Porter Hospital when she became violent and threatening.
•  On Sept. 28 provided crowd and traffic security at a soccer jamboree at Mount Abe. Last year a serious crash occurred at the jamboree and organizers took steps to avoid, as best as possible, another problem. No problems were encountered.
•  On Sept. 29 received a report that several subjects were harassing the girlfriend of the complainants. On the officer’s arrival the subjects had left the area. One of the subjects has a corrections ankle monitoring device on and follow-up was conducted with Department of Corrections to inform them of an “out of bounds” violation.
•  On Sept. 30 responded to an alarm at a West Street business. The business was found secure.
•  On Sept. 30 conducted town contract patrol for traffic enforcement with two warnings issued.
•  On Sept. 30 responded to The Hub teen center, where some minor vandalism was done with spray paint. A suspect was identified and action is pending.

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