Bristol Police Log: Officers make arrests for thefts, violations
BRISTOL — Bristol police last week released their police log for the month of March. Officers had a busy month, and made several arrests for thefts, as well as for violations of court-imposed conditions.
On March 20 police arrested town resident Samuel Hellmuth, 36, after a domestic altercation at a North Street home. Police allege Hellmuth forced his way into his ex-wife’s house by kicking in a door, then threatened to harm his ex-wife and her son.
While inside the home, police said Hellmuth stabbed himself in the chest and cut his wrists with a pair of scissors. Hellmuth had fled by the time police arrived, but they found him at a Mountain Street residence and took him into custody. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.357 percent, more than four times the legal limit for driving.
Also in March, police responded five times to alarms tripped at several businesses and Holley Hall, and each time found the buildings secure.
In other action for the month of March, Bristol police:
• On March 1 disposed of a syringe found on the ground near Martin’s Hardware.
• On March 1 held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new police department offices at Munsill Avenue. More than 100 residents attended.
• On March 1 responded to a two-vehicle crash on West Street that resulted in minor damage. Police determined the cause of the crash was one driver failing to yield to another.
• On March 1 escorted the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team back to the school after they won the state championship in Barre.
• On March 2 referred to court officials a resident who had questions related to custodial issues.
• On March 2 tended, along with the Bristol Rescue Squad, to a 25-year-old woman who sustained an injury to the face while sledding.
• On March 3 responded to a North Street residence where the estranged husband of a resident was reportedly threatening to harm himself. The man was found OK, but drunk, and police arrested him for violating the conditions of his release, which required him not to drink.
• On March 3 forwarded police reports about a Munsill Avenue resident to Adult Protective Services. Police said the resident has been reporting unfounded complaints.
• On March 3 conducted a background check on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
• On March 5 completed a patrol of Burpee Road, and issued two warnings for equipment violations.
• On March 5 received a report from a mother that her daughter was missing and had not returned home after school. Initial follow-ups with the girl’s friends’ homes were unsuccessful, but the girl was later located and returned to her mother.
• On March 6 assisted with traffic control on Main Street while the Bristol Fire Department extinguished a blaze started by a cigarette butt.
• On March 6 responded to a domestic dispute on East Street. When officers arrived, no one was there.
• On March 6 responded to Main Street at Prince Lane for a woman in mental health distress. The woman was taken to Porter Medical Center for evaluation.
• On March 7 responded to MAUHS for a 13-year-old girl who was disruptive and refused to go with her mother to Counseling Services of Addison County. Police took the girl to CSAC.
• On March 7 responded to MAUHS to determine if a substance found on a student was marijuana. A field test determined it was not.
• On March 7 patrolled Monkton Road and issued three speeding tickets.
• On March 9 arrested Kimber Ilene Mills, 25, of Enosburg for violating conditions of release. After being arraigned on drug charges, a judge ordered Mills not to go to Bristol. Police lodged her at Chittenden County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.
• On March 14 arrested Bristol resident Dean Allen Bushee, 41, on suspicion of selling narcotics, driving with a suspended license and violating the conditions of his release. After finding evidence of Bushee selling drugs, police obtained a search warrant for his home and car. When police were en route to his home to conduct the search, they found Bushee driving, and arrested him.
• On March 10, Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs sat down with a MAUHS student for an interview about the school’s lockdown procedures.
• On March 11 responded to a car accident on Lauritsen Lane in which a vehicle drove into a home. Police determined a neighbor backing down a driveway accidentally punched the gas instead of the brake, and careened across the street into the home, damaging both the exterior and interior.
• On March 12 assisted a motorist who had driven off Stony Hill Road in snowy conditions.
• On March 13 disposed of expired medications on behalf of a resident.
• On March 13 conducted a VIN inspection for an abandoned vehicle.
• On March 14 responded to Bristol Internal Medicine for a potentially disruptive patient, but encountered none.
• On March 14 contacted the owner of a Spring Street residence and requested that vehicles parked in front be moved so snow plows could clear the street.
• On March 14 received a report from a Munsill Avenue resident who said someone had broken into her home and stolen things. Police found no evidence to substantiate this report.
• On March 16 received a 911 hang up call from a Main Street business, in which the caller asked for directions to a New Haven residence and then hung up. Police later identified the caller, who was evaluated for mental health concerns by CSAC.
• On March 16 assisted a resident in applying for a relief from abuse order against her former boyfriend, whom she said was stalking her.
• On March 17 received a report from a resident who alleged that a neighbor keeps breaking into her home, while she is there, and steals some of her tobacco from a large bag. Police said the caller has made numerous calls of the same type, and police have found no evidence of any such thefts.
• On March 17 responded to a report of a stolen checkbook. The person later called back to say that she had found her checkbook.
• On March 18 received a report from a Main Street resident that she had been sexually assaulted by her husband. The woman is now staying at a shelter, police said. Police turned over the case to the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations.
• On March 18 served a temporary relief from abuse order to a district resident.
• On March 18 responded to MAUHS for a reported fight between two boys. According to police, a 13-year-old attacked and injured a 15-year-old, while other students watched or took videos the altercation. The investigation is ongoing.
• On March 18 responded to a report of a bad check in the amount of $100 issued to the American Legion.
• On March 19 responded to Woodland Drive for a man with chest pain. He was transported by the Bristol Rescue Squad.
• On March 19 took a teen into custody at the request of the Department of Children of Families. The child was turned over to the DCF.
• On March 19 got a call from a Bristol woman who said she was being followed by a man who she previously reported was stalking her. Police told her to drive to the station, where her car was monitored by video cameras on the outside of the building. Police saved the video, and the woman later obtained a protection order from the court.
• On March 20 responded to a report of trespassing at Champlain Farms. Brett Lane, 28, was inside the store and attempting to purchase merchandise. He had previously been issued a no trespass notice for the store. Police later located and arrested Lane.
• On March 21 responded to an East Street home after a resident reported a man known to her was attempting to enter her home against her wishes. Police found the man, whom they believed to be intoxicated, in the area and issued him a no trespass order.
• On March 21 responded to a man with chest pain at a North Street residence. The resident was evaluated at the scene by the Bristol Rescue Squad.
• On March 21 received a report from a resident that her wallet, containing $205, was stolen from her car, which was parked near the town library.
• On March 22 received a complaint from a woman who said she was assaulted by a man at his home on West Pleasant Street. According to police, the Addison County state’s attorney declined to prosecute the case.
• On March 23 served a relief from abuse order against a Monkton resident.
• On March 23 received a complaint about a drunken man who had stolen at item from Shaw’s Supermarket. The man, who police determined had a blood alcohol content of 0.217 percent, was taken to Act 1 in Burlington, and issued a no trespass notice. For the sake of comparison, the legal blood alcohol limit for driving is 0.08 percent.
• On March 24 received a report of a vehicle that was abandoned on the roadway near Lord’s Prayer Rock on East Street. The vehicle was gone by the time police arrived.
• On March 24 assisted a caseworker from the Department of Children and Families during a meeting with a family.
• On March 25 were requested to respond to Bristol Elementary School for two out-of-control students, but could not immediately respond because the officer on duty was in court.
• On March 25 assisted Vermont State Police with talking to the defendant of a relief from abuse order.
• On March 24 took a report of a vehicle theft from a Mountain Street residence. The vehicle was towed, police said, by an estranged husband who believed the vehicle belonged to him. The vehicle was returned.
• On March 26 received a report from an MAUHS staff member about threatening statements made by a parent. Believing the parent in question was en route to the school, officers drove to Mount Abraham. Police were able to make phone contact with the parent, who said they were not going to go to the school.
• On March 26 aided New York State Police in serving a relief from abuse order to a Bristol resident, but discovered the defendant had since moved. The order was forwarded to Vermont State Police.
• On March 26 a member of the Bristol selectboard turned in to police an envelope containing $325 in cash that the board member found in the road near the traffic light. The owner was determined to be the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership and the money came from donations to improve playground equipment.
• On March 27 received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at the recreation field. Police spoke with the occupants, who were dressed in baseball gear and said they were waiting for practice.
• On March 27 received a complaint of a prank phone call. The resident said the caller was a boy, who police have not yet identified.
• On March 29 cited Middlebury resident William Carl Orvis, 43, for driving with a criminally suspended license.
• On March 29 responded to a man on Plank Road suffering from stroke symptoms. Bristol Rescue Squad personnel transported the man to the hospital.
• On March 29 responded to Kountry Trailer Park for a reported overdose of a female resident, who allegedly took an unknown number of sleeping pills. The victim agreed to be evaluated at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.
• On March 30 received a complaint from a non-district resident who said he had purchased a cell phone from the “Addison County Garage Sale” on Facebook. He subsequently tried to activate the phone, and discovered it was stolen. The investigation is ongoing.
• On March 30 assisted state police with the arrest of Joshua Martell, 28, for allegedly robbing the Big Wheel General Store on Route 116 South with a knife.
• On March 31 arrested Nathan Pecor, 26; Chastity Pecor, 29; and Kimberly Jimmo, 18; for allegedly helping Martell in the robbery of the store by planning to serve as his getaway vehicle.
• On March 30 received a report from Shaw’s Supermarket that two people had shoplifted from the store. Both were gone when police arrived.
• On March 31 received a call from a resident who said the street sign from Lawson Lane at Pine Street was missing. Police have thus far been unable to loc
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