Bristol Police Log: Suspicious activity keeps Bristol cops on their toes
BRISTOL — Bristol police dealt with a variety of incidents in August, according to a log of the month’s activity released just late last week by Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Among them was an Aug. 20 incident where police received a complaint from a Meadow Lane resident that her neighbor’s chickens were wandering onto her property. In the absence of any chicken-specific town ordinances, police advised the birds’ owner to corral the chickens to avoid any future fowl play.
During August, Bristol police conducted 20 speed and DUI patrols at various times of day spread throughout the month — 14 of these were supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and the others were contracted by the town. They made many stops and issued at least one ticket during many of the patrols.
The town patrols were on Monkton, Carlstrom, Burpee, Stoney Hill, Hardscrabble, Lower Notch and Upper Notch roads.
In other action in August, Bristol police:
• On Aug. 3 at 1 a.m. conducted a DUI patrol and stopped four vehicles, issued no tickets and spoke with one designated driver.
• On Aug. 3 shortly after noon helped a resident dispose of old medications.
• On Aug. 3 at 1:15 p.m. picked up a dog that was reported wandering near the Route 116 bridge construction and took it to the pound. The owner later picked it up.
• On Aug. 3 at 9:50 p.m. a resident asked police how to get a vehicle back that he had sold to someone, who had not paid the total amount for it. Police referred the man to small claims court.
• On Aug. 4 responded to a burglary at a Main Street residence near Mountain Street. Police determined someone had entered the home through a front window after removing the screen sometime between 5:30 p.m., Aug. 3, and 8:30 a.m., Aug. 4.
• On Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. received a report of downed wires on Mountain Street and learned that a tree company had inadvertently taken down numerous telephone wires. Champlain Valley Telecom employees repaired the lines.
• On Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. received a wallet found on Route 17 in New Haven and turned it over to state troopers.
• On Aug. 5 arrested town resident Ryan Oscar Davis, 18, on suspicion of lying to police. Police said Davis told them that his vehicle was damaged in a hit and run accident at 1:30 p.m. near a West Street business. Police reviewed surveillance video of the area and determined that there was no such accident. Davis later admitted that he had damaged his vehicle by driving it into a tree.
• On Aug. 5 took custody of a wallet found on Airport Drive.
• On Aug. 6 just before noon assisted state troopers in looking for a suicidal male in Bristol or Lincoln, but could not find him.
• On Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. talked to one resident on behalf of another about “prior unwanted contact” and helped both parties reach and understanding.
• On Aug. 6 at 4:25 p.m. cited town resident Calvin Tierney, 58, for driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana.
• On Aug. 6 received a cell phone left at the town Laundromat and identified the owner.
• On Aug. 7 at 6:38 p.m. cited town resident Paul Joseph Hotchkiss, 38, for driving with a suspended license after an officer spotted him driving on Munsill Avenue.
• On Aug. 7 assisted the Bristol Rescue Squad with an attempted suicide at a Munsill Avenue apartment. Medical personnel transported the man to Porter Hospital.
• On Aug. 8 at 2:14 p.m. responded to a report that a youth was running in and out of traffic on East Street. Police took the youth back home and spoke with parents.
• On Aug. 8 at 2:45 p.m. arrested transient Corey David McKay, 35, on suspicion of burglary to a West Street business, which had been broken into overnight, and cash was stolen. Video surveillance and multiple witnesses led police to McKay. Police said McKay had been camping around Bristol for several days after hitchhiking from New Hampshire. Police found him in Vergennes and arrested him without incident. Police found money they said was from the burglary in McKay’s possession. McKay was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail.
• On Aug. 8 just before 11 p.m. arrested Starksboro resident Danielle M. Thompson for driving with a suspended license on Main Street.
• On Aug. 10 just before 10 a.m. responded to Rockydale Road for a motorcycle accident with injuries. Bristol Rescue Squad personnel took a patient to Porter Hospital.
• On Aug. 10 just after noon responded to a Munsill Avenue home to help a man who had badly cut his forearm while working. Police helped the man stop the bleeding and dress the wound.
• On Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. looked for a reportedly rabid fox on Monkton Road. Police said they found and “disposed of” the animal.
• On Aug. 11 at 3:30 a.m. received a call from a Vergennes woman asking them to check on her husband, who had not returned from work at a Pine Street business. Police found the man, still at work, and told him to call his wife.
• On Aug. 12 just before noon met with a resident about an ongoing investigation involving a relative.
• On Aug. 12 at 10:45 a.m. helped state troopers with a burglary report. Police believe stolen items are being fenced to support some Bristol residents’ drug habits.
• On Aug. 13 at 2:50 p.m. investigated a gas drive-off from a West Street business. Video surveillance enabled police to identify the vehicle and driver. Police found the driver, who said there must have been a credit card problem at the pump, and returned to pay for the gas.
• On Aug. 13 at 7:44 p.m. assisted state police with an argument involving a girl near a cornfield by Daniel’s Four Corners.
• On Aug. 13 just after midnight helped Vergennes police bust an underage drinking party on Bowman Road. Police tracked down youths who were attempting to hide from them.
• On Aug. 14 at 8:30 p.m. a resident responded to a South Street residence for what they characterized as an “out of control teenager.” Police spoke with both parent and youth to resolve the incident.
• On Aug. 15 at 4:46 p.m. helped a woman determine her level of alcohol impairment before she got behind the wheel. Police said she was too drunk to drive, and suggested she find another way home or wait to sober up.
• On Aug. 16 at 2:14 p.m. received a report of a drunken woman in the Shaw’s parking lot, but couldn’t find anyone matching the description.
• On Aug. 16 just before 7 p.m. received a call that a distraught woman was walking the double yellow line on West Street, forcing vehicles onto the shoulder. Police looked around the neighborhood, but couldn’t find anyone.
• On Aug. 17 at 2:45 p.m. responded to the town green for a report of suspicious activity by people in parked cars. Police issued a parking ordinance warning, and the people left the area.
• On Aug. 18 at 4:42 p.m. arrested town resident Brian Parker, 48, for driving with a suspended license after cops saw him driving on Pine Street.
• On Aug. 18 attended a selectboard meeting to witness an animal control hearing involving two Cartersville Road residents and a Lower Notch Road resident. Police determined that no crimes had been committed
• On Aug. 18 at 7:39 p.m. received a complaint from a woman who said her neighbor called her names at Maplefields. The woman and the neighbor had just attended the aforementioned animal control discussion in front of the selectboard. The name calling had ended by the time police arrived.
• On Aug. 19 received a complaint of harassment via Facebook. Police said family members from out of state “engaged in harassing and disorderly behavior” on the social media site. Police told them to knock it off.
• On Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. received a cell phone found in the Maplefields parking lot on West Street, and returned it to its owner.
• On Aug. 19 investigated a forgery complaint on behalf of the Addison County State’s Attorney. The investigation is ongoing.
• On Aug. 19 at 2:14 p.m. helped an elderly Mountain Street woman who had fallen and couldn’t get up. Police said she was OK.
• On Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. picked up a wandering yellow Labrador retriever on North Street and took it to the pound.
• On Aug. 21 at 2:10 p.m. checked Lawrence Memorial Library for a 17-year-old girl who had run away from Burlington. Bristol police found the youth with two local residents and notified Burlington police, but took no further action.
• On Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. checked a report of illegal logging on Basin Street. Police found some people felling trees, but determined it was legal.
• On Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. checked an anonymous report that a fugitive was holed up in an apartment on East Street. Police said the man they were looking for was wanted for escape from the Department of Corrections, but a consent search of the home came up empty.
• On Aug. 21 at 6:25 p.m. received a report of a man and woman “acting suspicious,” by looking into the windows of Thad’s Automotive and into a parked police cruiser. An officer was sitting in the cruiser, and he found out that they were looking for someone to help them with a flat tire.
• On Aug. 21 just before midnight responded to Maplefields on West Street after a cashier reported being threatened by a patron after the cashier refused to sell the patron alcohol. The suspect was gone by the time police arrived.
• On Aug. 22 received reports from a resident about harassing phone calls and thefts by a neighbor. Police said they had received “repeated false reports” and were considering court action.
• On Aug. 22 at 5:44 p.m. investigated an accident in the Shaw’s parking lot that resulted in property damage.
• On Aug. 23 let the organizer of the annual Soapbox Derby to borrow the department’s speed cart to clock how fast the derby cars raced.
• On Aug. 24 at 2:33 p.m. an officer responded to a West Street apartment where an 85-year-old man had fallen and was bleeding from the head. Police provided first aid until the Bristol Rescue Squad arrived.
• On Aug. 24 mediated a dispute at a Mountain Street apartment between a landlord and the tenant’s children. Police said the landlord reportedly had thrown an empty soda bottle that hit one of the youths, but determined this did not rise to the level of a crime.
• On Aug. 25 at 9:53 a.m. received a black wallet that was found on North Street. Police identified the owner.
• On Aug. 25 at 12:45 p.m. received a complaint regarding the custodial exchange of children, but determined that no crime at been committed.
• On Aug. 25 “received information” about heroin dealing in the area.
• On Aug. 26 at 6:47 p.m. received a complaint that a man was drinking at a local bar. The anonymous caller told police that though this was not illegal, the caller suspected the man would likely drive home later that night. Police declined to intervene, as there was no evidence of a crime.
• On Aug. 26 at 11:16 p.m. helped state troopers search a vehicle at a traffic stop on Route 116.
• On Aug. 27 at 1:39 a.m. assisted state troopers in hot pursuit of a vehicle heading south from Hinesburg. Police laid spike strips on Route 116 south of Stoney Hill Road that caused the fleeing vehicle to stop. The suspect made a run for it on foot, but police nabbed him.
• On Aug. 27 at 9:46 p.m. stopped a car for failing to signal. A state police dog detected the odor of narcotics, and after the driver consented to a search of the vehicle, police found marijuana. Police issued the man a ticked for possession of marijuana.
• On Aug. 29 arrested Bristol residents David Fleming, 39, and Cathy Fleming, 40, and New York residents Dameon Williams, 41, and Oleitha Turner, 28, for a variety of drug offenses. See the full story on addisonindependent.com.
• On Aug. 30 arrested Vergennes resident Jonathan Bouffard, 29, for possession of heroin. His arrest was related to the arrests on Aug. 29. See the full story at addisonindependent.com.
• On Aug. 30 arrested a 21-year-old Hinesburg man for possession of stolen property and petit larceny. Police said the man, whom they did not identify, stole a cell phone from a Williston retailer earlier in the day.
• On Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. responded to The Hub teen center for a dispute between two 13-year-olds, one boy and one girl. Police contacted the youths’ mothers to take them home.
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