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Bristol Police Log: Woman accidentally donates handgun to charity event

BRISTOL — Police in Bristol dealt with a variety of incidents in July, as was seen in an activity log recently submitted by Chief Kevin Gibbs. Among the incidents was one in which police returned to a local couple a handgun they had accidently donated to a charity event.
Bristol police were called to the Three Day Stampede Toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis on July 24 at 7:30 p.m. when organizers found a revolver among items donated to the event. Police confiscated the gun, a Smith and Wesson .44 magnum with an 8-inch barrel, in its holster.
They located the owner, who said his wife had accidentally donated a box with his gun in it. When asked, the man said the gun had been missing for about three weeks. After matching the serial number the man provided with the one etched on the gun, police returned the revolver to him.
Police remind citizens to lock up their firearms in a safe location.
In other action in July, Bristol police:
•  On July 1 shortly after midnight helped a family make contact with a relative from out of town who had not shown up as scheduled. The relative was located, and found to be safe.
•  On July 1 prepared a road closure plan for Bristol’s Independence Day Parade.
•  On July 1 took a report of a smashed window at a Liberty Street home. Police suspect vandalism.
•  On July 1 at 6:21 p.m. investigated a minor two-vehicle crash on Main Street.
•  On July 1 at 8:20 p.m. received a report of a burglary at a West Street business, where a “large quantity” of mechanics’ tools and two air compressors were stolen some time in the previous weeks.
•  On July 2 patrolled Burpee and Monkton roads and issues one speeding ticket.
•  On July 2 investigated a damaged car window in the parking lot of a Pine Street business. Police reckon the window may have been damaged by a rock ejected from a lawn mower.
•  On July 3 responded to Main Street where a cement truck was leaking fuel. The fire department responded and stopped the leak.
•  On July 3 at 10:25 p.m. rushed to the area of West Pleasant Street and Munsill Avenue for a report of fireworks, but were unable to locate the source.
•  On July 4 responded to purported fisticuffs at the entrance of the Kountry Trailer Park. The fight was over by the time police arrived, but they said it was a “mutual affray” and took no action.
•  On July 4 provided security to the annual outhouse race without incident.
•  On July 4 shortly before 10 a.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash on Mountain Street. Police said a South Burlington woman was injured after she backed her vehicle into another vehicle that was backing out of a driveway across the street.
•  On July 5 responded to a report of an intoxicated man walking in the road along Route 116. Police found him near the intersection of Routes 116 and 17, and gave him a ride to where he was going.
•  On July 5 patrolled Hardscrabble Road and issued one ticket and one warning.
•  On July 5 at 8:30 p.m. served a town resident with court papers without incident.
•  On July 5 at 9:25 p.m. tried to pull over a vehicle for speeding, but the car sped away. Police said they gave up chase because of safety concerns.
•  On July 6 responded to a report of a 16-year-old who had been arguing with their father’s fiancée and then left the home. Police located the youth at the youth’s mother’s house in Middlebury.
•  On July 7 shortly after 1 a.m. made contact with a group of boys on West Street who had placed traffic cones across the road to block traffic. The boys removed the cones, and police told them to go home.
•  On July 7 at 6 a.m. received a report of a car break-in on Garfield Street. Police discovered that in the preceding hours someone had broken into the car and stolen a purse and UVM bag containing clothing. Police said a “life hammer” entry tool was at the scene, which was later found to have been taken from a vehicle on Woodland Drive, where another theft occurred. State police and Bristol police at the time were investigating several other thefts in Bristol and Lincoln, as well as an attempted burglary at the Lincoln General Store.
•  On July 7 helped a California man gain access to a locked storage unit, as he was the executor of a former resident’s estate.
•  On July 7 shortly before 7 p.m. responded to an attempted suicide at the Kountry Trailer Park. Police met with the person, who was soon transported to the hospital by the Bristol Rescue Squad.
•  On July 7 at 9:16 p.m. checked the welfare of a man whom the caller suspected may have harmed himself. Police found the man to be safe in Monkton.
•  On July 8 helped Jackman Fuels get a Bristol resident to make restitution for a check totaling $394 that bounced.
•  On July 9 conducted a bike patrol around the town park during the band concert.
•  On July 9 at 8 p.m. responded to a report of a man on Main Street drinking alcohol in public, but were unable to locate him.
•  On July 9 at 9:30 p.m. responded to a report of fireworks at Mountain Street and Hidden Drive, but all was quiet when police arrived.
•  On July 10 participated in a patrol for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and issued two warnings and five speeding tickets.
•  On July 10 at 3 p.m. checked the town’s waterways for a report of a woman who was reported to be thinking of suicide. Police were unable to locate the woman, and referred the case to state police.
•  On July 11 patrolled Monkton, Burpee and Stoney Hill roads, and issued one speeding ticket.
•  On July 11 returned a lost set of 10 keys to a town resident.
•  On July 11 at 12:30 p.m. responded to Park Place where the caller said teenagers were smoking marijuana in a white van. Police responded, but could not find the van.
•  On July 11 at 1:22 p.m. received a report that a man threw something at a passing car on Main Street, but were unable to locate such a man.
•  On July 11 at 5 p.m. took a report of a backpack that was stolen from a vehicle parked in the Shaw’s parking lot.
•  On July 12 just before 1 a.m. joined state troopers in responding to a reported burglary in progress on Munger Street. Police were unable to locate any burglars.
•  On July 12 at the request of state police responded to a report of car break-ins in progress in Lincoln. Bristol police secured the area, but found no suspects.
•  On July 12 at 9:15 a.m. took down a report of a stolen pickup truck from a North Street home. The owner of the truck later told police that his girlfriend had simply parked the vehicle in a different location, without telling him.
•  On July 12 at 7:32 p.m. checked the welfare of a resident on behalf of a family member concerned that he would harm himself. Police did not initially find the man, but were called back to the residence several hours later after the family member called and said he had attempted suicide by overdosing on insulin. The Bristol Rescue Squad took the man to the hospital.
•  On July 14 took a report of a parked car hit by another vehicle in the parking lot of Mount Abraham Union High School.
•  On July 14 at 8:14 p.m. responded to an incident on North Street where a boy on a skateboard crossed in front of a moving vehicle. The skateboarder escaped without injury, but the motorist crushed the skateboard. Police warned the kid’s parents that skateboarding is prohibited in the village.
•  On July 14 at 11 p.m. patrolled Main Street on foot and found one business to be unlocked, and notified the property owner.
•  On July 15 received a call about a man driving erratically on Route 116, heading toward downtown. A state trooper pulled over the car on Rockydale Road, and later arrested the man for an offense Bristol police did not disclose.
•  On July 16 at 6 a.m. talked to an East Street resident who said he left his house to walk his dog, only to find another man rifling through his truck. The dog walker determined the burglar had taken several things from his truck. Police were able to get a description of the suspect. The investigation is ongoing.
•  On July 16 responded to a traffic crash on Garfield Street where a woman backed into a parked car near Almost Home Market, knocking off its side view mirror. Police wrote up the incident for insurance purposes.
•  On July 16 at 2:15 p.m. mediated an argument between two people at the Kountry Trailer Park.
•  On July 16 at 2:20 p.m. responded to a reported burglary at a Crescent Street home. Police said that, based on evidence gathered at the scene, they believe the burglar is a family member or friend of the victim.
•  On July 16 after 5 p.m. took down a report from an East Street woman who said someone had stolen a GPS, child’s booster seat, baby wipes and DVDs from her vehicle. The car’s dashboard was damaged in the theft. Police identified one suspect, and said the investigation is ongoing.
•  On July 16 at 6:36 p.m. blocked off the parking lot near the Bristol municipal offices so cranes could park there in order to perform building repairs.
•  On July 16 at 10:40 p.m. helped state police find a suspicious vehicle near the radio tower on Monkton Road that had been there for “a suspicious amount of time.” Police said the car was gone when they arrived.
•  On July 16 at 11:30 p.m. discovered an open door at a Main Street business, and notified the owner.
•  On July 17 at 4:45 a.m. fielded a call from a resident who said they believed someone was hiding between the cars in their driveway. Police didn’t find anyone there, and the resident said that nothing had been taken from the vehicles.
•  On July 17 just after noon a Starksboro woman reported that her car had been keyed while parked at MAUHS on Dec. 19, 2013. She said her insurance company asked her to report the incident to police.
•  On July 17 at 5:10 p.m. responded to Maplefield’s on West Street for a reported gas drive-off. Police said the car was a white “newer model” with New York plates reading “FCG 7275.” Police said the suspect was a white man around 40 years old. Anyone with information on this July 17 case is asked to call Bristol police at 435-2533.
•  On July 17 just after 8 p.m. arrested town resident Jonah S. Kleinfeldt, 39, who had an outstanding warrant for escape from the Department of Corrections.
•  On July 17 at the request of Brandon police interviewed a Bristol resident in an ongoing criminal investigation.
•  On July 18 around 7 p.m. stood by while a resident took her belongings from her former domicile. “All went well,” police said.
•  On July 18 at 9:44 p.m., at the request of the Bristol firefighters, made sure an abandoned home in Broadview Estates was unoccupied.
•  On July 19 just after midnight responded to a loose horse galloping down Main Street. Police cornered the equine on East Street, and with the help of a resident corralled the animal with a rope. Police returned the horse to its owner.
•  On July 19 responded to Bartlett Falls to a report of a hypodermic needle, and disposed of it.
•  On July 19 at 9:30 a.m. responded to a Lauritsen Lane home where police said a neighbor had trespassed. Police said they’d warned the man against trespassing a week earlier. The man told police that the resident of the home had tried to start a fight with his son. Police let the man off with a second warning.
•  On July 19 at 1 p.m. took down a report from a resident who on two separate occasions saw a bear near the Dumpster behind N.D.’s Bar. Police drafted a notice for the public.
•  On July 19 at 10:08 p.m. helped state police investigate a suspected underage drinking party at a Mountain Road residence in Monkton.
•  On July 20 just after 9 a.m. responded to an Adirondack View residence for a dispute “that could be heard outside the residence.” Police determined that no injuries had been sustained, and calmed the situation before leaving.
•  On July 20 at 1 p.m. responded to West River Road in Lincoln where an old man was wandering in the road. Police said the man was disoriented and had left the home of his caregiver, who soon picked him up.
•  On July 21 after 2 p.m. treated a boy on Airport Drive who had fallen off his bicycle and hit his head.
•  On July 21 at 3:42 p.m. received a complaint that a skateboard had been stolen from Airport Drive between July 4 and 16. Police said they have a suspect in mind and are continuing to investigate.
•  On July 22 participated in the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and wrote three speeding tickets.
•  On July 22 at 10:12 p.m. responded to a report of an argument in the parking lot of Bristol Elementary School. Police found the arguers on Mountain Street, determined the incident did not involve violence and took no further action.
•  On July 22 at 10:42 p.m. responded to a Mountain Street residence to a report of a couple arguing. A woman told police her boyfriend had been in a spat with neighbors, but had since “passed out on the couch.” Police took no further action.
•  On July 23 at 4:42 p.m. police tried to find the owner of an iPhone found on Rockydale Road. The owner later came to the station to pick the phone up.
•  On July 23 at 7:30 p.m. received a report from the grandmother of a resident who said her granddaughter had received a letter from an inmate at the Marble Valley Correctional Center, but did not know the inmate, or how the inmate got her address. Police called the prison to ensure that no more letters would be permitted to be sent to the woman.
•  On July 24 at 2 p.m. received information about drug activity in Bristol and Middlebury, and vowed to follow up.
•  On July 25 at 1 a.m. patrolled the Bristol area, stopping two cars, but issuing no citations.
•  On July at 11:41 p.m. responded to the town garage for a report of suspicious activity. Police found three youths doing bicycle tricks under the street light. They pedaled away when cops arrived.
•  On July 26 at noon were told by a woman that she had left her wallet containing $300, a Social Security card and credit cards, as well as her cell phone in the back seat of a car owned by an acquaintance. Police asked the acquaintance about the property, who said they had no knowledge of it. Police said the investigation is ongoing.
•  On July 26 at 3:30 p.m. responded to a report of a dog locked in a gray Volvo in the Shaw’s parking lot. Police were unable to find the vehicle.
•  On July 27 at 12:30 p.m. helped state police with a two-car accident on Bristol Road in Monkton.
•  On July 27 at 4:13 p.m. investigated a girl’s bike stolen from near the tennis courts at the Bristol Recreation Field. Police conducted a “thorough search” but didn’t find the bike, which they described as being a blue and black male bike with 20-inch wheels.
•  On July 28 at 2 a.m. conducted a DUI patrol with state troopers. Police stopped three cars and issued three warnings.
•  On July 28 at 9:18 a.m. a West Street residence reported a bicycle had been abandoned on her property. Police brought the 18-speed girl’s ICO Mountain Bike with 26-inch wheels to the station. An owner has not yet come forward.
•  On July 28 at 1:41 p.m. arrested 45-year-old Bristol resident John C. Lawrence, who had a warrant out for his arrest for violating his conditions of release. Police picked him up from a Main Street residence and transported him to the Rutland correctional facility.
•  On July 28 at 2:47 p.m. responded to Church Street to a report of a suspicious vehicle with two white men in it. Police said a dark blue “older model” van was stopped in front of the caller’s home, and a heavy man wearing a polo shirt approached the house. He told the resident, who was sitting on the front porch, that he was selling household products, police said. The resident declined and the man returned to the van and drove away, toward North Street. Police ask anyone with information to call 453-2533.
•  On July 28 around 5:30 p.m. responded to a family fight at a South Street residence, where police said a father-son argument about dirty dishes came to blows. Incidentally, police issued the father a ticket for possession of marijuana, and also provided aid to a pregnant woman who went into labor at the scene.
•  On July 29 at 9:20 a.m. patrolled Monkton, Burpee and Stoney Hill roads and issued one speeding ticket.
•  On July 29 received a wallet belonging to Kurt Rogers of Los Angeles, Calif., from the manager of the Village Creeme Stand. Sent a letter to Rogers at his California address, and a family member later recovered the wallet.
•  On July 30 at 10:30 a.m. responded to a call about a woman sitting in a car with an infant while drinking beer in a Pine Street parking lot. Police found the woman to be sober, though there were empty beer cans in the car.
•  On July 30 at 4:30 p.m. responded to a report of a small child wandering near Adirondack View. The caller took the child inside while police looked for the parents. Police found a parent, who said the child had wandered off the property. Police returned the child and also notified the Department of Children and Families.

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